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St Urho

// August 20th, 2005

Okay, so St. Urho…

Back in the olden days of Finland, they grew grapes there. There are no vinyards in Finland anymore, but back then it was all vinyards as far as the eye could see.

One year the vinyards were infested with grasshoppers. This Urho character drove them out, waving his pitchfork at them and saying, “Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, menetaalta hiiteen.” (”Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!”) Evidently this worked.

Urho became to Finland as St. Patrick is to Ireland or St. Pied Piper is to Hamlet. The savior and driver-out of pestilence. Except not, because if you ask an actual Finn, they won’t know who the heck you’re talking about. Works out Urho is the creation of Finnish Americans who settled in central Minnesota.

This statue of St. Urho is the most prominent feature of Menahga, MN, Marcy’s home town. Every year Menahga has St. Urho Days, a celebration marked with parades, picknics, fireworks, and other festivities. Each year during the St. Urho Day Parade, that year’s Blueberry Queen rides a special float of honor, waving at the town plebians. My own Marcy Ray (nee Updike) was the Queen in Question one fine year (and I’m so dead for telling you that).

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  1. On March 23rd, 2010 st urho said:

    [...] Day, Minnesota! … Today is St. Urho’s Day, as any true Son or Daughter of Finland would know. …Dan’s Horrendous Waste of Bandwidth St UrhoEvery year Menahga has St. Urho Days, a celebration marked with parades, picknics, fireworks, and [...]