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Getting greenery

Jutila Center receives $5,000 for landscaping

September 14, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - In 2005 and 2009, Finlandia University did renovation work on the interior of its Jutila Center for Global Design and Business, which center manager Bonnie Holland said was appreciated.

"We were so fortunate to have all these floors updated on the interior," she said.

However, the funding for the renovations didn't include landscaping, Holland said. That situation was remedied Thursday when representatives of the Miners State Bank presented a check for $5,000 for landscape work to Holland.

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Ben Halonen of Halonen Landscaping, explains the species he will be planting at the entrance to the Jutila Center for Global Design and Business during a presentation of a check to the center for the work.

It was bank officials who approached the university about the donation, Holland said.

Miners State Bank Director Kristine Jukuri-Weidner and Kathy Codere, manager of the Houghton and Ripley branches, gave the check to Holland.

Codere said the donation was seen by bank officials as a way to give back to the community.

"We appreciate all that Finlandia University does for our community," she said. "Sharing those same ties to our community, the Miners State Bank is happy to support the university."

Holland said most people who come into the Jutila Center do so at the front entrance, so having the area landscaped will help enhance the visitor's experience with the building.

"We're so thrilled to have this (landscape work) done," she said.

The landscaping will be done by Halonen Landscaping, and owner Ben Halonen said work will start within the next few days.

Halonen, who did the landscaping for Finlandia's Finnish American Heritage Center, said he will be planting dogwood, burning bush, viburnum, spruce, maple and flowering crab trees.

"We wanted to enhance the beauty of the building," he said.



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