The Daily Globe - Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Little Finland holds potluck


August 13, 2018

Jean Nordine/Daily Globe

Iron County Paisano Club president Joe Walesewicz (right) calls bingo during the National Finnish American Festival annual membership potluck on Sunday. His wife Dorothy helps out marking the bingo balls.


KIMBALL - News of the good life on the Penokee Iron Range brought Finnish immigrants here as early as 1887. By 1900, native born Finns were the largest ethnic group seeking a new life on the Range. Not only were there many Finns in the area but a smaller group of Italians as well.

Descendants of those early settlers gathered together on Sunday when the National Finnish American Festival invited the Gogebic and Iron County Paisano Club to their annual membership potluck at Little Finland.

About thirty Finns and Italians gathered together for the so...

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