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ANASTASIA RATIA: “FAMILY IS MY INSPIRATION”

STORY: ANASTASIA RATIA REPORTER: TOMI HINKKANEN – LOS ANGELES PHOTOS: JONNY KAHLEYN ANASTASIA RATIA: ‘FAMILY IS MY INSPIRATION’ Christina and Risto Matti Ratia’s middle daughter Anastasia came to the United…

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HOW A MURDERER’S BULLET CHANGED KRISTINA’S LIFE

STORY: KRISTINA RIPATTI REPORTER: TOMI HINKKANEN – LOS ANGELES MURDERER’S BULLET CHANGED KRISTINA’S LIFE PHOTO CREDIT: TOMI HINKKANEN Growing up, the Finnish-born Kristina Ripatti-Pearce, was an athletic girl who enjoy…

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FINNISH-BORN HOLLYWOOD ACTOR ANNA EASTEDEN’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY

Anna Easteden by Jonny Kahleyn REPORTER: TOMI HINKKANEN – LOS ANGELES PHOTOS: JONNY KAHLEYN Anna Easteden, née Shemeikka, entered the world’s runways at an early age working as a model…

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FACES OF FINNFEST 2011 + PHOTO GALLERY

FINNFEST 2011 REPORTER: TOMI HINKKANEN – SAN DIEGO (Photo Gallery below) Finnish traditional dancers The 2011 FINNFEST will come to an end tomorrow, August 14th. The labyrinthine Town & Country…

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TAISTO LISKI: FROM WRECKS TO RICHES

REPORTER: TOMI HINKKANEN – LOS ANGELES PHOTO CREDITS: JONNY KAHLEYN DIEB Finnish-American Taisto Liski Taisto Liski, 72, epitomizes the term ‘American Dream’. A self-made man, who moved out of the…

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BUSINESS PROFILE: PIA LAINE-LANGLEY’S SPECIALTY STORE ‘MY SCANDINAVIA’

STORY: MY SCANDINAVIA REPORTER: TOMI HINKKANEN – RENO, NV PHOTOS BY SUSAN KOPPEL Pia Laine-Langley’s “My Scandinavia” opened its doors in 2008 in Reno, Nevada. The store offers baked goods, handmade candles,…

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