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Aurora Ramsdell holds a target displaying a grasshopper pierced with arrows shot by St. Urho, the made up Finnish-American saint who freed Finland of grape-devouring grasshoppers, March 8, 2014. Finnish Americans in several towns in northern Minnesota and across the country now celebrate the holiday, which falls the day before St. Patrick's Day. Credit: Dan Kraker/MPR News

In St. Urho, Finns have a hero and a reason to celebrate

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Finland, Minn. -- At the main intersection in Finland, along State Highway 1, there stands a tall wooden carved statue of a bearded man with his mouth wide open, apparently shouting.


"Grasshopper, Grasshopper, go away," he warns in Finnish. As legend has it, long ago, grasshoppers invaded the country of Finland, threatening its grapes. Then, in stepped St. Urho.

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