Event Pictorials
Finland's President Visits Hancock - 2003
April 27, 2003
Here, President Halonen acknowledges her introduction by Finlandia President Robert Ubbelohde. The President of Finland, the Honorable Tarja Halonen, receives an Honorary Doctorate Degree, assisted here with her appropriate collar emblem by Dr. Ubbelohde.
During a later press conference, President Halonen talks with Finlandia President Dr. Robert Ubbelohde.
Also waiting was long time Finlandia Board of Control member Gloria Jackson, who earlier received an Honorary Doctorate Degree, with her husband, Cable America, Inc. owner Bill Jackson, a local native. This rare print, from an original painting by Finnish native Juho Rissanen, was a gift to Finland. Shown here (L-R): Jarmo Viinanen, advisor to Pres. Halonen; Ambassador Jukka Valtassari; Consul-General Jukka Leino; Jim Johnson, Honorary Consul of Finland for N. Minnesota; (R) Kim Mattsson, Aide de Camp to Pres. Halonen. President Halonen shares a moment with Mrs. Ruth Wisiti, a special award grantee on behalf of her late husband and, well known attorney Andrew Wisti.
Other Hancock City Council members and officials & wives meet President Halonen, including here Councilperson Liza McKensie.
The students perform a song on homemade Kantelas (stringed instruments)...really great! A skit, partially in masquerade, which all enjoyed. Following the class demonstrations, the President presented some Finnish dolls to Mrs. Stadius for the students.
The President of Finland, the Honorable Tarja Halonen, and her husband, Dr. Arajarvi , pose for this portrait with the Hancock Elementary Third Grade Finnish language class. (L) Elem. School Principal Ed Longacre; Hancock Pub. Schools Superintendent Vaara; President Halonen; Third Grade Teacher Mrs. Stadius; and (R) Dr. Arajarvi during a coffee social.
[ Photos by Roland Burgan & Ken Linna ].
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