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Crowd packs Little Finland for Laskiainen


Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

DINERS PACKED Little Finland Sunday for a menu of pea soup and kropsua for Little Finland's Laskiainen celebration.


KIMBALL, Wis. - They ran out of soup. With cars forced to park on the U.S. 2 shoulder and the dining hall at capacity, it was the first time in a long time organizers can remember not having enough pea soup to feed the crowd packing Little Finland Sunday for the Laskiainen celebration.

The celebration is the Finnish equivalent of a Fat Tuesday celebration, said one of the organizers, Sonja Luoma.

"It's a tradition," Luoma said. "Like the English have Fat Tuesday. This is before Lent, everyone eats their bellies full."

The soup is made with ham,...

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