WNMU Specials

Pelkie Part 3: A Farewell to Dairy Farming

Special | 44m 40s

Children and grandchildren of the Finnish immigrants move away to go to school and many found work in Detroit. They married non-Finns outside of the community and many did not return. Finnish culture weakened in Pelkie. At the same time milk prices bottomed out and big box stores outside of Pelkie outcompeted the Co-op. Mennonites and strangers moved in while some Finnish Americans remained.

Aired: 03/15/21

Rating: NR

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