The Story Behind Heikki Lunta

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Heikki Lunta storyA Heikki Lunta Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center, 410 Jackson Street, Negaunee.

I’ve sang the songs and I’ve always heard it talked about, but I never really knew what “Heikki Lunta” was. Being 50% Finnish I thought I should know. I asked our Finnish News Director, Walt Lindala, and this is what he said. Heikki Lunta was a made-up Finnish version of a country Artists. “Hank Snow” is the English translation.

Songs were made up and recorded here in the Upper Peninsula. The “Heikki Lunta Snowdance Song” came out asking for snow because there wasn’t any. The U.P. got so much snow that year “Heikki Lunta Go Away” came out. With a little bit of superstition, the “snow god” became even more popular! Now there are festivals, CD’s and a bunch of Heikki Lunta activities around the U.P.

Tickets to the Heikki Lunta Dinner are available in advance only and must be purchased by Friday, January 11th at the Senior Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens.

Dinner will be completed in time for diners to attend the Heikki Lunta fireworks over Teal Lake at 7 p.m. For more information, call 475-6266.

Now, I feel even more Finnish and you know the story too!

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Watch “Da Yoopers” version of the “Heikki Lunta Snowdance Song” below!

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