Sweating Buckets, and Loving It: Minnesotans and Their Saunas

February 17, 2024

WHY WE’RE HEREJumping in a hole in a frozen lake during a subzero Minnesota winter evening is brutal. Communal saunas built in cities became gathering places for new immigrants, said Justin Juntunen, a descendant of Finns who moved to the state in the 1880s. (Nudity in communal saunas, once common, is not the norm these days in Minnesota.) “As we’ve become more technology-based, we’ve really lost that special aspect of having that human connection with people,” said Mr. Mays, 40. The post Sweating Buckets, and Loving It: Minnesotans and Their Saunas appeared first on New York Times.