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).

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

April 2, 2021

Updated June 29th, 2021

Current situation – We are excited to welcome you all back inside the Center! It’s been a strange year, but we’re still here, and the pandemic hasn’t stopped us from doing community work. Staff at the Center just want to say that we appreciate this community so much. Over the last year, your patience, flexibility, creativity, generosity, words of encouragement, and willingness to stand up for what is right have been truly inspiring. Now that we can be together in person again, we won’t be taking it for granted.

Welcome back and see you soon!

COVID-19 Policy – suspended as of July 1st, 2021

General Remarks – To minimize potential exposure of community members, the best practice has been 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 have first priority for building usage. Youth Night is 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 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. 

Meetings – As of April 1st, we began 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 allowed  starting May 1st, again, with a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (see above, General Remarks).

Rentals and Social Events – We are 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.

Make a Survival Flag for St Urho’s Day!

March 10, 2021

Make a St Urho survival flag to show off how you have survived the last year!

Flags will be displayed on a float in the March 20th St Urho’s Parade! You can make your own OR blank flags and paint markers are available for anyone who needs them – call 218-353-0300 and we will get you a kit with materials.


Basic flag-making instructions:

Think of all the things that have helped you get through the past year. Choose one that really symbolizes survival for you. The simpler, the better. If you have more than one thing, you can make more than one flag! We want to have a lot of these flags on display in the parade. Don’t be shy!

  • Sketch out your image for your flag with pencil on drawing paper.
  • Once you are happy with your image, trace it with the iron-on fabric markers. You may need to go over the lines a few times to make a nice bold line.
  • REMEMBER that any writing and image will show up backwards once ironed on.
  • Place the image face down on your flag.
  • Hold the paper in place and iron on the image. Do not use steam. Usually around 30-40 seconds.
  • Once the image is transferred you can use your fabric markers to color in any area that needs coloring in. You can also trace the other side of the flag with your fabric markers so the image is on both sides.

Finished flags can be dropped off in the entrance to the Clair Nelson Center anytime between now and March 20th.

We went over ideas for flags and technique more in our online float workshop – video here.

2021 St Urho’s Schedule of Events here. 

Candle-making Workshop with Finland Community Youth Program

February 18, 2021