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Burgum proclaims special day to mark Finland’s 100 year anniversary of independence from Russia


BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has named a day to help Finland celebrate its 100th anniversary from the Russian Republic.

He has signed a proclamation calling Dec. 6 “Finland 100 Day” in North Dakota when the country officially celebrates its Independence Day..

Burgum’s proclamation ceremony will take place, however, on Dec. 12. Persons interested in attending the ceremony, should call 701-281-9303 before Dec. 8, according to

Ellen Lehto Liddle.

She said in a release that the history of Finns in North Dakota dates back to the late 1800s with the first Finnish settlement in Dakota Territory. When North and South Dakota were admitted to the United States, the settlement was split into the communities of Savo and Frederick in Brown County, S.D. and Ellendale, Ludden, and Oakes in Dickey County, N.D.

The Finns then continued to settle in communities across the state, she said.

Liddle said contemporary North Dakotans are  proud of this heritage and have worked hard to preserve it through the North Dakota Finnish Society in Minot, the Young People’s Society in Wing, the Red River Finns in Fargo-Moorhead, the Finnish-American Historical Society of North Dakota in Brocket, and Savo Hall Association and Frederick Forward in Frederick.

She said they also participate in many cultural celebrations in the region each year.