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Premiere Date: August 2, 2011

'The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition'

The Ollila sauna in Brimson, Minnesota, is one of many on the shores of a spring-fed lake developed by a group of Finnish American families who built recreational retreats here in the 1930s and 1940s. The sauna is on property still owned by a family member.



Text excerpts and photographs taken from The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition by Michael Nordskog, photography by Aaron W. Hautala. Published by the University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Copyright 2010 by Michael Nordskog. Photographs copyright 2010 by Aaron W. Hautala.



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