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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.

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"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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