St. Urho is coming back to the Chinook Senior Center!


March 13, 2024

Colton Kingston is shown in his St. Urho's regalia outside the Helsinki Bar last March 16. Kingston was crowned St. Urho as part of the annual celebration in Butte. Miners of Finnish descent from Minnesota brought the made-up holiday with them when they came to work in the hard rock mines in and around Butte. One of the duties of St. Urho is to walk the next day in the much larger and more famous St. Patrick's Day parade held on the "Mining City."

Alert "Journal" readers may recognize the name "St. Urho." Actually, really alert readers will remember when the Finnish saint was first introduced in the "Journal" I spelled his name wrong-oops. That's all in the past, way back in 2022 when St. Urho made his first visit to Chinook. He appeared first at the Chinook Senior Center for lunch on March 16, the official St. Urho Day. Here's a bit of background to this year's runup to St. Urho's Day, 2024.

St. Urho created in Minnesota as a reaction to St. Patrick's Day

An off handed comment in a pre-St. Patrick's Day event in northern Minnesota star...

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