The Finland Community Youth Program is looking for Youth Night Workers!

June 4, 2021

Position will work with other Youth Night Staff to collaborate in creating and running high-quality youth activities for area children ages 5 to 18. Position will provide supervision and guidance as needed at weekly Youth Night which offers open gym, arts and crafts, and a teen room, as well as occasional special events & outings. Must also be able to participate in occasional staff planning meetings and trainings.

Applications are available for download, and paper copies are available at the Clair Nelson Center – inquire with Honor, Nancy or Andrew.

Download the application here. (Please return to Honor, Nancy or Andrew at the Clair Nelson Center).

Job Posting: Business and Finance Lead

April 12, 2021

Deadline Extended! Join the Leadership Team of the Friends of the Finland Community! Business & Financial Lead Position

Friends of Finland is a vibrant nonprofit organization supporting a wide variety of community programs, and we have grown to where we are looking for a person with the business and financial expertise to strengthen and expand the work we do.

The Friends of the Finland Community Business and Finance Lead position handles budgeting, nonprofit reporting, grant management, fiscal agency, donation management, insurance, billing and invoices, payroll, and maintaining personnel records. Must have the interest and ability to communicate and educate others on business and financial topics. 

Position requires working collaboratively with other core staff to uphold the organizational mission and vision, cocreate staff culture, participate on hiring committees for new core staff and organizational support staff, hold each other accountable and deal with staff issues as they arise. Position requires regular participation in strategic visioning, core staff meetings, and communication platforms. Position will work with other core staff to facilitate and mentor projects/programs through training and assistance, volunteer coordination, grant writing, and community capacity building. Position also requires acting as a Community Liaison by hosting the public using the Clair Nelson Center, providing information, and facilitating and tracking community usage and impact.

Position is part-time up to 20 hours a week at up to $25/hr.

Job training will be provided, experience with Quickbooks is preferred but not necessary.



  • Assist Executive Director in developing and implementing sound financial systems and best practices for the organization.
  • Manage Quick Books systems according to accepted non-profit accounting principles.
  • Provide timely and accurate financial reports as needed.
  • Assist in developing and implementing financial policies
  • Work with auditor on annual audit review
  • Manage payroll system and reports


  • Assist Executive Director in developing and implementing a grant expense tracking system that ensures accurate grant reports.


Assist Executive Director in developing and implementing equitable human resources systems, including:

  • Employee files containing all relevant information: contracts, tax forms, etc.
  • An employee policies handbook
  • Benefits, disciplinary, expectations, etc.
  • Standard operating procedures


  • Provide administrative support as needed to assist with overall operations of the organization

Please contact Honor Schauland for more information at 218-353-0300. Deadline to apply is May 26th, 2021.

Resumes and cover letters can be dropped off at the Clair Nelson Center during business hours or please mail to Friends of the Finland Community, PO Box 582, Finland MN 55603.

Or – please fill out the form below to apply for this position:

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Seeking a Coordinator for the Finland Farmers Market!

April 2, 2021

Stefan Meyer, our long-time Farmers Market Coordinator, is phasing out of this position this season, so we are on the lookout for a new coordinator to fill some pretty big (slightly muddy) shoes!

Job Description: 

Position helps with promotion of the Market in any way possible, including print ads, news articles, website, Facebook, posters, and flyers, with support from Friends of Finland Communications Lead. Position sets up for the Market – making sure vendors (or musicians) have what they need. During the Market, position oversees handling of credit cards/EBT/Farmers Market Bucks/Power of Local programs for attendees, tallies and tracks numbers of vendors and customers, takes photos for documentation and promotional purposes, and collects and tracks vendor fees. Position leads and oversees after Market cleanup, helping to put everything away and leave the Pavilions in a clean state, then tallies and enters numbers into online spreadsheets. Position coordinates with potential and new vendors, and also works with Finland Food Chain staff and other community entities as they work to enhance the Market with educational demonstrations and special events. Position calls vendor meetings as needed for important decisions that affect the group. Position works with vendors on COVID-19 guidelines and requirements for the Market and ensures that customers are following the posted rules. Position tracks their own hours and submits an invoice to Friends of Finland monthly. Position is part-time. Approximate hours: 4-7 hours a week. Rate of pay: $15-17/hour. This is currently a contract position – no taxes are taken out – you will receive a 1099 at the end of the year and you are responsible for paying the taxes on the money you make.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Friends of Finland Core Staff, PO Box 582, Finland, MN 55603 or call 218-353-0300 for more information or to make an appointment to apply in person. You may also use the form below to submit an application or request more info.

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Friends of Finland/Clair Nelson Center COVID-19 Building Usage Policy

April 2, 2021

Updated May 7, 2021

Hopeful things are happening! We’re not out of the woods yet, but we are proceeding with our slow plan (below) for reopening the Clair Nelson Center with small group meetings, like Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday evenings at 7:30pm and more activities for youth. Please bear with us as we do this slowly! We are excited and hopeful to see you in person but we need to proceed cautiously.

Current situation – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many indoor activities at the Clair Nelson Center are suspended, except for staff work, Youth activities, kitchen rentals, small group meetings and individual telehealth appointments.

General Remarks – To minimize potential exposure of community members, the best practice is for only one activity to be happening indoors at the Center with no overlaps. Occasional overlaps may be allowed at the discretion of the Operations Lead if they are deemed low-risk. Each group/activity/program must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan on file with Operations Lead Nancy Anselment-Olson before beginning activities. The group’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan shall outline what they will do to minimize contact and potential exposure between individuals participating in the group activities. Each Plan shall touch on handwashing, clean-up and sanitation of surfaces and/or equipment, distancing, and how they will enforce the mask mandate within their group. We may require Waivers of Liability for certain activities as requested by our insurance company.

Youth Activities – Official and prescheduled youth activities are allowed and have first priority for building usage. Youth Night was previously Thursday evenings from 6-9pm, with some time beforehand for set up of activities. Youth craft activities will, for the most part, utilize this time slot. Other activities will not be scheduled for this time slot. 

Kitchen – Kitchen rentals are currently allowed as long as proper COVID-19 hygiene protocols (as well as all the normal ones) are observed. Rentals must be scheduled with the Building Manager/Operations Lead. Kitchen rentals are the ONLY rentals allowed at this time.

Meetings – As of April 1st, we are allowing use of the meeting rooms for community organizations and groups such as AA who have a demonstrable need for meeting space. Meetings shall adhere to the MN Dept of Health recommendations of 10 or fewer people, and must be prescheduled with Operations Lead Nancy Anselment-Olson. 

Gym Activities – General gym activities are not allowed at this time. We are considering allowing limited gym activities tentatively starting May 1st, again, with a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (see above, General Remarks).

Rentals and Social Events – are not allowed at this time. We are tentatively considering allowing limited rental activities starting June 1st, again, with a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (see above, General Remarks).

All of the above are subject to change based on recommendations of the MN Department of Health and Governor Walz’s Executive Orders. The most likely outcome is the timeline for reopening being pushed back. 

We Survived! St Urho 2021 Wrap Up

March 26, 2021

The theme of Finland’s 46th Annual St Urho’s Celebration was Survival Mode. The big weekend was March 19th, 20th and 21st, 2021.

       2021 Button Design by Audrey Ferris

Paljon kiitoksia (Thank you very much!) to the many many people who helped to make the 46th Annual St Urho’s Celebration happen. From the guys who put the sign up over the highway, to the folks in the parade, to all the raffle ticket sellers, to the businesses that helped out by donating prizes or selling raffle tickets and buttons, you all help make this event happen. Thank you so much!

The festivities were somewhat different than normal due to COVID. There were a number of online events leading up the weekend, including a Virtual Miss Helmi Contest.

The parade was the main in-person event, and it was a beautiful day! The turnout wasn’t as big as some years, but it was ok!

This year’s raffle drawing winners were:

1st Prize: $600 – Brita Wilson from Silver Bay, MN

2nd Prize: $300 – Dan Hofstrand from Duluth, MN

3rd Prize: $200 – Jeffrey Maas from St Paul, MN

4th Prize: $100 – Dustin Goutermont from Silver Bay, MN

5th Prize: $100 – Casey Curtis from Silver Bay, MN

6th Prize: $100 – Deb Johansen from Finland, MN

Two of the winning tickets were sold by Audrey Ferris this year, one by Heather Sve, one by the Four Seasons Supper Club, one by Renee Goneau Maas, and one right at the drawing. Thanks again to all the individuals and businesses who helped to sell raffle tickets. Also thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and buttons – that’s how we pay for the party! We appreciate your support!


You can’t do this on Hennepin Avenue!

Thanks also to all of the many individuals and businesses that contributed items for our first ever Online Auction, as well as the door prizes at the raffle ticket drawing. There were many beautiful items donated. We made over $1,600 in the auction! The donated door prizes really help to make the drawing a festive event. Thanks this year to the Silver Bay AmericInn, Tofte AmericInn, Northwoods Family Grille, Zup’s of Silver Bay, Bri-Esa’s, Beaver Bay Mobil, North Shore Federal Credit Union, Quilt Corner, Julies Variety, Four Seasons, Maple Grove, Our Place, Wildhurst, Hooterville, Beaver Bay Sports, Tail Gunnar Charters, Finland Cooperative, Silver Bay Auto Value, North Shore Oil & Propane, Jimmy’s Pizza & Ice Cream Shoppe, Second Chances/Dilly Dally, Silver Bay PTO/Salmon Classic/Joe Nicklay, Don’s Auto Repair & Towing, Lemon Wolf Cafe, Lauri Hohman, Salon Haven, Our Place, North Shore Adventure Park, Wildhurst Lodge and Campgrounds, Angela Maki North, and Wildly Organic in Silver Bay. Thank you so much! Thank you bidders! Thanks also to Bonnie and crew at Four Seasons for hosting the drawing this year!

Thanks to Randy Duke for all of his work to gather door prizes and online auction items. If you won a door prize, please tell him how much you enjoyed it when you see him!

Thanks to the Miss Helmi Contestants this year: Nick, Robin and the guy from out of town we roped into it! Also, big thanks to Herbie (Pat Ramsdell) and Owen Klinker for being the Emcees. You were great! Also thanks to Kaare Melby, the brains behind the video camera, and to Bree who helped with makeup. We had such a fun time doing the show! Nick Perfetto from Silver Bay was the winner as “Nickelina Perfettinen.” Nickelina would like to remind people that when grouse hunting, you should be playing polka music in your truck. “Grouse love polka!”

Extra thanks to Steve Solkela for skateboarding in the parade with his accordion and performing all over Finland at many locations Friday and Saturday afternoon. Finland MN is adopting you, Steve!

Special recognition this year to the Berquists and State Farm Insurance, Greg Tibbetts of Tibbetts Trucking, and Mike Ettel of Eli Yachts for their generous donations, to Cheri Bischoff for an amazing parade, and to all of the creative people with their amazing parade floats! You guys all rock! Thank you to our Grand Marshal Bob Curry!  Thank you to Silver Bay Area Tourism Association and Welcome to Finland for help with promoting this event. To everyone who helps – THANK YOU! We’ll see you next year!

With love, the St Urho Committee

Visit the St Urho’s Celebration in Finland MN’s Facebook page for many photos and videos of the festivities.

Many more photos here – we lifted these from all over Facebook:

St Urho’s Float Workshop with Angela Maki Jones video here.

Finland Food Chain Mojakka Workshop with Dan Cahill Mathews – watch here.

Finnish American Cultural Association panel discussion on the Origins of St Urho here.

Virtual Miss Helmi – watch on YouTube.