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Lots of "Good News" for Finnish American Reporter

June 15, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - The Finnish American Reporter received some good news June 10 in Marquette, Mich. At a luncheon and awards ceremony the monthly newspaper was awarded three 2009 Good News Awards.

The awards are sponsored by the religious leaders of the United Methodist, Catholic, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan region. Since 1998 the Good News Awards have been honoring works of excellence in broadcasting and print that affirm the dignity of people, recognize and uphold universally-recognized human values, and uplift and nourish the human spirit, says a recent news release from the Diocese of Marquette.

In the Weekly, Biweekly, Monthly Newspapers category, the Finnish American Reporter (FAR) received the following Good News Awards.

The first was a Feature Story award for the article, "Finns in School Part 5:  Cross-curricular Culture," in which FAR editor James Kurtti reported how teachers at Jeffers High School, Painesdale, Mich., incorporate Finnish culture into several subjects.

The second, a Certificate of Merit in the Editorial category, also by Kurtti, was for "Simple Gifts" in which Kurtti wrote of the magic of Christmas traditions.

Finally, the FAR was awarded a Certificate of Merit for "Juhannus Kokko (Bonfire)," a photograph taken by Kurtti of the annual bonfire at Toivola, Mich., to celebrate midsummer.

The Finnish American Reporter, published by Finlandia University, is a monthly English-language journal containing news and items of interest to Finns and Finnish-Americans. For additional information about the FAR, please contact James Kurtti at 906-487-7302 or

For additional information about the Good News Awards, please contact the Diocese of Marquette at 906- 227-9129.