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Salolammen Sanomat

The Concordia Finnish Language Village

From the Helsingin Sanomat July 24, 2011 Iida Tikka HS



Generous Gifts Prompt $20,000 Increase in Scholarships

(Translated by Marlene Banttari, Director)

American Väinämoinens This is a camp/village in the U.S. where Rachel becomes Tuulikki and James becomes Petteri. There U.S. youth study Finnish. In a U.S. northern state exists a special/unique place. There, every summer, tens of children and youth speak Finnish and pay for purchases with euros instead of dollars. They eat food with Hackman utensils and from Arabia dishes. This place is the Salolampi village, a little Finland in the state of Minnesota. The village represents Finnish in many ways and the villagers need a “passi” to enter. At the small village each summer, villagers are exposed to Finnish culture and language immersion. The daily schedule includes flag raising, language hour, speaking opportunities, and other activities. At the village, the children sing Maamme, play pesäpalloa, and bake karjalanpiirakoita…. Finnish Ambassador, Pekka Lintu, came to the village on Midsummer. In his opinion, the village is an ideal Finnish representation up to the shore sauna, with the exception that it is in the United States. Lintu was impressed with how volunteer support created such a village. This is a big difference from Finland where the government support is much greater. This village would not exist without this decisive American touch. Finnish Americans have always been an active crowd. That has been apparent in Finland. After the war in Lapland, they collected needs and supplies that had been destroyed and especially for the Kemijärvi church construction. Salolampi village has its own rich story. At the beginning, Salolampi did not have buildings. Architect Jerry Jyring, originally Jyrinki, in 1980, became involved. He had met his sweetheart, Fannie Käkelä. Both had been widowed and they married. Fannie’s granddaughter attended Salolampi and impressed Jerry with her Finnish language skill that she had learned. He became interested in Salolampi and decided to gift the architectural design and gift several hundred thousand dollars which initiated additional fund raising….

Villagers sang at the gala 35th anniversary celebration of Salolampi. See story page 11.

Good news for summer session villagers in 2012! The Salolampi Foundation endowment fund has received several generous gifts during the past year. As a result, the Salolampi Foundation board recently approved an unprecedented $20,000 increase to the automatic scholarship fund for summer youth sessions in 2012. Consequently, Salolampi automatic scholarships for one-week villagers will increase from $95 to $200; scholarships for two-week villagers will increase from $180 to $400; and scholarships for four-week high school credit villagers will increase from $292 to $800. Although Concordia Language Villages’ base fees for 2012 will increase by about 4 percent, tuition will remain at 2011 rates for villagers who enroll by December 1, 2011. Villagers who enroll before April 1, 2012, will received an additional Salolampi tuition discount. With early-bird incentives from Concordia Language Villages and the increased automatic scholarships from Salolampi Foundation, villagers can receive a 30 percent discount for 2012. Additional Salolampi scholarships, needs-based scholarships, and regional donor scholarships can result in even greater savings. See page 4 for more information.

Art that appeared with the story about Salolampi in the July 24 Helsingin Sanomat.

A New Flag Pole

The Tallest Structure By Joanne Bergman, President According to the official Rules for Displaying the Finnish Flag, a flagpole must be the tallest structure on the site. The bottom of the flag must be one flag-height above the reach of the peak of the tallest building. When Finnish Ambassador Jaakko Laajava visited Salolampi in 1998, he noticed and remarked that Salolampi’s standard did not measure up. Within a few weeks, Oiva Ylonen of the FinnishAmericans and Friends of Hibbing, Minnesota, installed a new spruce flagpole of regulation height, and Jack Rajala lent him the truck that delivered it. This past spring, unfortunately, that flagpole fell victim to the ravages of dry rot and high winds. Fortunately for Salolampi, past president Jack Rajala is still a timberman with an eye for a fine tree and its potential utility as a flagpole. Early this June, Jack and his son John delivered to Salolampi a new pine log of regulation height and planed, painted, and installed it just as Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu arrived to celebrate Salolampi’s 35 years of teaching and learning the Finnish language and authentic Finnish customs. Oiva Ylonen, who built the 1998 flagpole that blew down this past May, is an interesting figure. He immigrated to St. Paul from Finland after World War II and later planted 48,000 Christmas trees near Hibbing. Thousands of the trees remain, should Salolampi require yet another new flagpole.


A young mölkky player at Family Fun Weekend.

Learning – on the water, on the lawn

And in the Jyringin Talo classrooms

TOP LEFT: Impi and Anja making piirakoita. LEFT ABOVE: Ambassador Pekka Lintu with Director Paavo Taipale. TOP RIGHT: Villagers in the Finnish rowboat built and gifted by Olli Ollila. RIGHT MIDDLE: Counselors and villagers relaxing on the lawn. RIGHT BOTTOM: Ambassador Lintu with the tehokurssi credit villagers.



Family Week



Ages or Grades

Ages 0–18


Ages 7–11

Ages 8–15

Ages 12–18

Grades 9–12

Ages 6–11

2012 Dates

June 11–16

June 11–16

June 18–23

June 18–30

July 2–14

June 18– July 14

June 18–22 July 2–5








Register after December 1, 2011*








Register by December 1, 2011*








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2-Week 4-Week Adventure + Int’l Day + Int’l Day Day Camp

Concordia Language Villages 2012 BASE FEES












Salolampi Early Registration (by 4/1/12)






Allie Luoma Family Week Scholarship

















Salolampi Automatic Scholarship

SAVINGS (based on early registration)** NET COST (based on early registration)**

*Deposit – $300 for residential sessions, $35 for Adventure Day Camp. Deposit non-refundable after December 1, 2011. **Check other scholarships on these pages for additional savings or visit Salolampi website (www.salolampi.org).

$20,000 in Additional Scholarships in 2012! Look at those Net Costs! Register by December 1, 2011.

PHOTOS Top: Director Tiina Watts explains how to play Finnish Uno at an Adult Week session.


Middle: Claudia Atkins, Tampa Florida.

CHECK THESE SCHOLARSHIPS…………………………………… We encourage you to study these scholarship offerings. By planning, you can reduce tuition costs substantially. TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS Enrollees in the two-week and four-week sessions from the east, west, and south coastal states, plus Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, and Hawaii, receive $125. Enrollees from all other states, excluding Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, will receive $75 (available until $2,000 is expended). GO FROM ONE WEEK TO TWO WEEKS A villager who has attended a one-week session and enrolls in a TWO-WEEK session will be eligible for a $100 scholarship (available on a first-come basis until $1,000 is expended). UPPER PENINSULA SCHOLARSHIPS Youth from 497, 498, or 499 zip code areas are eligible to apply on a first-come basis for either a $159 one-week, $250 two-week, or $450 one-month session scholarship (available until $2,000 is expended). SUOMI-KOULU SCHOLARSHIPS A $100 scholarship for a villager who has attended a Suomi-koulu. (Finnish Saturday School). Download an application from www.salolampi.org or write to info@salolampi.org or the Salolampi Foundation by APRIL 1, 2012.

ALLIE LUOMA FAMILY WEEK SCHOLARSHIPS A $50 scholarship will be awarded to each family member who registers for the Family Week, June 11–16, 2012.

NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES Assistance primarily based on financial need, also taking into account multiple members of an immediate family. Contact Concordia Language Villages at 800-222-4750, Ext. 808, for information. Deadline for financial assistance is FEBRUARY 29, 2012 (online registration available). HELEN SALO MITCHELL SCHOLARSHIPS are needs-based scholarships available to Salolampi villagers; determined by Concordia Language Villages. Call 800222-4750 for information. Application deadline: FEBRUARY 29, 2012.

REGIONAL DONOR SCHOLARSHIPS KISARIT FINNISH AMERICAN FOLK DANCERS, will award ONE $500 scholarship to a four-week villager. Request information from Kathleen Jackson, 3225 Century Ave. S., Woodbury, MN 55125; 651-7393102. Application deadline: MARCH 1, 2012.

FINNISH AMERICAN CULTURAL ACTIVITIES (FACA), Twin Cities, offers scholarships of $100 to ONE-WEEK VILLAGERS and $200 to TWO-WEEK VILLAGERS who are children or relatives of a FACA member. Request information and application from Kathleen Jackson, 3225 Century Ave. S., Woodbury, MN 55125; 651-739-3102. Application deadline: MARCH 1, 2012. THOMAS M. SEPPI SCHOLARSHIPS award TWO $100 scholarships for a ONE-WEEK SESSION, ONE $300 scholarship for TWO-WEEK SESSIONS, ONE $500 scholarship for FOUR–WEEK SESSION. Priority to residents of Minnesota; priority to St. Louis, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and Cook counties. Write to: Claire Seppi, 820 S. 3rd St., Virginia, MN 55792. Application deadline: APRIL 1, 2012. GEORGE A. KÄKELÄ SCHOLARSHIP will award a minimum of $250 to a ONEMONTH villager with preference given to a villager from northeastern Minnesota or with ties to a 557 zip code area. Those interested should send a copy of their Salolampi application form, information on their connection to northeastern Minnesota, and 300–500 words why Salolampi is important to them. Send materials to Karen Michael, 25024 S. Desert Trail Court, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 by MARCH 1, 2012.

Family Fun Weekend: Woodpile thanks to volunteers.





Salolampi Foundation is a secure 501C-3 nonprofit organization, separate from Concordia Language Villages.

TWENTY-TWO VOLUNTEERS POLISHED SALOLAMPI By Paavo Taipale, Director Fall work weekend was again successful with 22 participants. Salolampi Villagers, Staff, and Concordia Language Villages say KIITOS! Without the generous contributions from work weekend volunteers, Salolampi would not look the way it does today. Although no painting was completed due to cool and damp weather, the saunas are clean and the woodshed stocked with wood, the rock gardens are weeded, cabins cleaned, curtain rods replaced, costume storage cleaned and organized, stairs oiled, light fixtures debugged, and windows washed in and out. These are just a few of the many tasks completed at work weekend.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Spring 2012 Work Weekend is scheduled for MAY 11–13. Painting will be a high priority in the spring, but there are tasks for all different abilities. Painters, carpenters, cleaners and weeders are all welcome. Meals, lodging, and sauna provided. Please RSVP to p.taipale@gmail.com

ADULT WEEK SCHOLARSHIPS 2012 FINDER/FINDEE ADULT SCHOLARSHIPS A former Salolampi adult villager (the Finder) is eligible to refer one first-time villager (the Findee) for a $50 reduction in tuition and also to receive the $50 reduction. Scholarships are awarded upon receipt of Finder and Findee applications by the Villages office. ADULT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS An adult villager traveling more than 500 miles to a Salolampi Adult Week is eligible for a $50 travel scholarship. WORK WEEKEND COUPONS A first-time villager who volunteers during a spring or fall work weekend is awarded a $100 coupon, which will be credited toward tuition for Adult Week. For Adult Week scholarship application forms, visit the Salolampi website: www.salolampi.org or call 800-450-2214 to request forms or information from Sara Williams.


Farewell, Dear Dean MEMORIES OF A “FORMER” DEAN It doesn’t seem that I have been doing this for 26 years. Every year has been new, yet each summer continued where we left off. We greeted new counselors with great new ideas and returning staff with great new ideas and strong traditions, new villagers with nervous, excited smiles, and returning villagers with excited smiles and a sense of reunion, new songs and familiar ones, new learning activities and tried-and-true favorites, new meals and familiar comfort foods, new friends and old friends. It has been rewarding to work with talented, creative, and dedicated staff over the years. Annikki, Iida, Susanna, and Taavetti have all been a part of Salolampi for 15 to 25 years and more. Hundreds more have joined them in providing an outstanding experience for thousands of villagers since 1978. My mind is full of memories such as Camp Minne Wa Kan. The unbelievable efforts of Salolampi Foundation over the years. The building project. Thousands of scholarships. Vigorous disagreements and strong cooperation. Trips to Finland with Ken and Päivi and to Florida with Tracy. Many years at Laskiainen in Palo to pass out Finnish names and Salolampi information. A new pavilion and the Nevala sauna. Skillful volunteers remodeling the rantasauna. Visiting celebrities and ambassadors. Cabin-raising contests. Watching Pekka and Josefiina grow up. Being very proud of Pekka and Josefiina and a thousand others. Fire alarms in the night. The old Savo rowboat and the new rowboat (thank you, Olli). Fifty or so Juhannus bonfires. The nuotio path and the luontopolku. Finnish names. Homesickness. Villagers’ tears on closing days. Morning and evening circles. Adult weeks with discussions about whether Mirja or Olli had been to more sessions. The thrill of hearing young people fluent in Finnish because of Salolampi. The pleasure of meeting hundreds of adult participants. I remember Pirkko, Jerry and Fanny, Irja, Timo, Yrjö, Leo, Heta, Jussi, and many others who have been an important part of Salolampi. In the years ahead I will continue to be involved with Salolampi. I

One Man’s Perspective By Adam (Aarre) Tervola Hultberg I have been asked to write a brief introduction/biography for Salolampi’s new Dean, Amy (Iida) Tervola Hultberg. This short document does not attempt to list all of Iida’s professional accomplishments, nor does it sum up all of her hopes/goals for Salolampi. I would much prefer to outline three of her most notable personal attributes that have and will continue to influence the Finnish Language Village. PASSION. I met Iida on December 1, 2000, during my first year of full-time teaching in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Without going into every detail of our dating history, I will simply say that I recall only four to five minutes going by before hearing something about being Finnish, the Finnish language, or Finland itself. I did not have a clue how much her “Finnishness” would impact our life together. As our relationship grew stronger, I learned about her extreme passion for Finnish language and culture. Even when I visited this mystical place called Salolampi for the first time, I noticed that Iida possessed a remarkable love and pride. PERSISTENCE. Iida does not give up. She will work on a project for its full duration. There have been many times in ten years of knowing her that I have said, “Let’s just forget about….” She would not hear of it. At first, I was confused about what drives this woman. When most people would rest or take a break, she starts to work harder! It didn’t take me long to learn the meaning of sisu. Some people define sisu loosely as “guts, determination, and persistence.” I occasionally sarcastically call sisu being too stubborn to know when to quit. PATIENCE. Despite her fiery passion and iron-like persistence, Iida


The Salolampi Foundation gave Dean Lauri an Oiva Toikka blown glass bird in remembrance and appreciation. wish Iida and Susanna all the best and much success as they continue to guide the summer and yearround programs. I am confident Salolampi has a bright future.

exemplifies patience when working with children and adults. As a professional educator, Iida knows that everyone can and should grow. At Salolampi, Iida has been a villager, credit villager, counselor, business manager, credit facilitator, and assistant dean. In each of those roles, she has consistently modeled patience for others’ passion and persistence. She looks for the best in every individual. I know what you’re thinking. Of course, you admire these traits in Iida. She’s your wife. You have to say nice things about her. Truthfully, each of the traits mentioned above has given me varying amounts of joy and head-scratching confusion. Thoughts such as “How can one person be this passionate?” or “Okay, Salolampi is a pretty cool place, but there are other places too!” or “Just because iittala makes a new Moomin coffee mug doesn’t mean we HAVE to buy it!” All in all, Iida Tervola Hultberg is committed to Salolampi as much as most Finns are committed to sauna.

Sami Drum Donated by Melvin Mattson Melvin Mattson of Eveleth, Minnesota presented to Salolampi the gift of a magnificent Sami-style drum. Melvin made the drum, and Pam Capin, also of Eveleth, painted the Sami symbols. The sound it produces is deep and resonating. It is on display in the dining room atop the dish cabinet.

Adult Week Goes Global in 2011

Middle photo: Karen Michael answered questions at the Salolampi Foundation booth at the FinnFest tori in San Diego. Bottom photo: Boot throwing was a big hit at Adult Week during Tiina Watts’ Weird Finnish Contests activity.

In September 2011, 34 motivated participants ranging in age from 27 to 92 attended Salolampi’s fall adult week in Bemidji, along with many talented presenters and instructors. Participants and staff traveled from all over the world to attend, several with no Finnish heritage or any previous study of the Finnish language. Finnophiles from all corners of the U.S. gathered in Bemidji, driving or flying in from California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Washington. Salolampi also welcomed participants from France and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. What draws these adults to Salolampi? A quest for knowledge of Finnish language and culture. An educational and entertaining escape to the beautiful Minnesota northwoods. A link to Finnish heritage. The spirit of friendship and camaraderie. And many would answer with one word: SAUNA. What happens during a typical day at Salolampi adult week? A day at adult week includes 3+ hours of Finnish language classroom instruction, plus ample time to practice and converse in Finnish at mealtimes, coffee breaks, singing time, Finnish culture hour, in Salolampi’s kioski stocked with Finnish goodies, in the sauna, and during evening activities, which might include a concert or Finnish film. During the daily activity periods, adults choose to play the outdoor Finnish games mölkky or kyykkä, learn a new craft, or take a mushroom-picking nature walk in the woods. What a wonderful year it has been for Salolampi adult weeks! Please join us in May and September 2012 for a supremely fun and educational week. Nähdään Salolammella! – Susan Susanna Harstad, Finnish Adult Week Program Leader




February 1, 2011 – September 23, 2011

New Indoor Sauna Ivy Nevala, sauna donor; Kenneth Tervola, sauna builder; Larry Saukko, Dean; and Jack Rajala, lumber donor.

Celebration of 35 Years Midsummer, June 25, 2011, was an appropriate day to celebrate the approaching 35th anniversary of the Salolampi Finnish Language Village. A pleasant sunny day welcomed guests who represented major donors and founders, who mingled with the villagers and staff during the lunch and program. During the morning, honored guest, Finnish Ambassador, Pekka Lintu, spoke during the closing ceremony for a session that was ending that day and noted that it was an ideal Midsummer day for the event. He visited with Salolampi Board members and spent question-and-answer time with the four-week credit villagers. Gil Kinnunen, master of ceremonies, took the audience through a colorful history timeline which included the four Salolampi village songs that had been composed over the years. Memories of past summers came back as the villagers sang. Recognition of Larry Saukko’s 26 years of service as retiring dean was made by Joanne Bergman, President of the Salolampi Foundation, and Patricia Thornton, Concordia Language Villages Director of Summer Programs. Amy Tervola Hultberg was introduced as the new Dean of Salolampi. The folk duo, Kaivama, entertained during the lunch and accompanied the audience for Maamme and villager songs. Sara Pajunen from the duo is a former villager and Adult Week staff member. A silent auction received an enthusiastic response as did the new sauna located in Jyringin Talo, sponsored by Ivy Nevala and Jack Rajala and built by Kenneth Tervola.

The silent auction was a success, with all bidding proceeds from donated items such as the Marimekko dress, worn by Viivi on the right, added to the scholarship fund.

Hei, Phonathon Donors

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SALOLAMPI FOUNDATION Officers Joanne Bergman President Angora, MN Tiina Watts President Elect Coon Rapids, MN Jack Rajala Past President Big Fork, MN Arlene Putikka Tucker Treasurer Hermantown, MN Amy Tervola Hultberg Secretary New York Mills, MN

Directors/Chairs Armi Koskinen Nelson Sanomat Editor Edina, MN

Directors Michael Anuta White Bear Township, MN Marlene Banttari St. Paul, MN Sara Ahlgren Bogie St. Paul, MN Erikki Daniels Minneapolis, MN Ken Daniels Blaine, MN Linda Warpula Davis Maple Grove, MN Evelyn Eskeli Minneapolis, MN Mary Ann Gomsi Hibbing, MN Susan Harstad Minneapolis, MN

Gil Kinnunen West St. Paul, MN Beverly Kallio Kmett Cook, MN Donna Kovala Osage, MN Jim Kurtti Houghton, MI Steve Leppälä Hermantown, MN Ove Lilja Stillwater, MN Eric Mäki Hayward, WI Ivy Nevala Cedar Grove, WI Marvin Nevala Amery, WI Ruthann Swanson Minneapolis, MN Paavo Taipale St. Paul, MN Tiina Watts Coon Rapids, MN Rosann Wulff Angeli Ironwood, MI

Regional Directors Jean Chapman Escanaba, MI Dennis Harrington Fairfax, VA Beatrice & David Meyers Holiday, FL Karen Käkelä Michael Sun Lakes, AZ Eleanor Senteney Waukegan, IL

Honorary Directors Elaine Anuta White Bear Township, MN Ernest Banttari St. Paul, MN Miriam Hendrickson Muskego, WI Daniel Karvonen Crystal, MN Ken Lahti Eveleth, MN Claire Seppi Virginia, MN Mark Wirtanen Hibbing, MN

Spring 2012 Adult Week May 13–19, 2012 Family Week Children Ages 0–18 June 11–16, 2012

U.S. Postage


Permit No. 2805

Amy Tervola Hultberg New York Mills, MN

ExOfficio/ Concordia Language Villages Christine Schulze Executive Director, Vice President for International Development, Concordia College Moorhead, MN Patricia Thornton Director for Summer Programs St. Paul, MN Martin Graefe Director for Year Around Programs Bemidji, MN Sara Williams Registration Specialist, Adult Weeks Bemidji, MN

The Salolampi Foundation is committed to sustaining the Finnish language and culture through scholarships and program support at the Salolampi Finnish Language Village.

Spring 2012 Work Weekend May 11–13, 2012

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Salolampi Foundation PO Box 14480 Minneapolis MN 55414-0480 www.salolampi.org

Credit Session Grades 9–12 June 18–July 14, 2012 Adventure Day Camp 2012 Schedule June 18–22, 2012 July 2–5, 2012 Fall Work Weekend September 14–16, 2012

Salolammen Sanomat is a publication of the Salolampi Foundation, PO Box 14480, Minneapolis, MN 55414-0480, written & assembled by volunteers. EDITORS: Armi Nelson, Editor; Marlene Banttari, Asst. Editor; with Joanne Bergman, Evelyn Eskeli, Susan Harstad, and Gil Kinnunen. PHOTOGRAPHY: Joanne Bergman, John Hanson III, Susan Harstad, and Gil Kinnunen. GRAPHIC ART: Design by Armi Nelson; computer layout by Wendy J. Johnson, Points Of View, Inc. Orono, MN. Points Of View generously discounts its prices for the Salolampi Foundation. SALOLAMPI VILLAGE is located at 10915 Ojutkangastie NE, Bemidji, MN 56601, northeast of Bemidji, Minnesota, on Turtle River Lake, County Hwy 20.

REMINDER! Early Registration due date is earlier for 2012. For the early discounts, submit registration by December 1, 2011.

CONTACT US TO RECEIVE SANOMAT NEWS ONLINE, visit www.salolampi.org TO REMOVE A NAME FROM THE MAILING LIST, e-mail info@salolampi.org or write *Salolampi Foundation SALOLAMPI FOUNDATION* PO Box 14480, Minneapolis, MN 55414-0480 www.salolampi.org e-mail: info@salolampi.org 2012 REGISTRATION

One-Week Session Ages 7–11 June 18–23, 2012

Fall Adult Week September 8–14, 2012

YOUTH SUMMER SESSIONS – FAMILY WEEK – DAY CAMP www.salolampi.org or www.concordialanguagevillages.org, find Finnish 800-222-4750

Two-Week Sessions Ages 8–15 June 18–30, 2012


ADULT SPRING & FALL WEEKS – FAMILY FUN WEEKEND e-mail: swilliam@cord.edu or call 800-450-2214

Study Scholarship Opportunities on Page 5

SALOLAMPI SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS e-mail: info@salolampi.org or write Salolampi Foundation* or visit www.salolampi.org

Ages 12–18 July 2–14, 2012

Students: Download Applications www.salolampi.org

SALOLAMPI ENDOWMENT FUND SALOLAMPI HERITAGE SOCIETY e-mail: info@salolampi.org or write Salolampi Foundation*

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