Art of Hosting: World Class Collaborative Leadership Training in Finland, Minnesota

November 18, 2021

Finland has always accomplished community goals by working together. It’s part of how we have survived as a community. It’s why the Finland Co-op is still here after 108 years. It’s how the old Finn Hall was built. It’s how the old Rec Hall was moved to Finland from the Forest Center logging camp and set up to serve the needs of the community at that time. It’s how we built the Clair Nelson Center. There are many other examples through the years. It’s easy to be influenced by the big world out there though. The overarching culture we also live within tells us to be rugged individuals, overcoming adversity alone. I would argue that even though many of us are indeed seriously rugged individuals, none of us can overcome our personal or community issues alone. We need other people. We need community. We can accomplish so much together that…

A Great Loss to Our Community: Kiva (Dennis) Black

October 27, 2021

Kiva Black  – July 26, 1963 ~ September 19, 2021 Kiva (Dennis) Black passed away September 19th after a short battle with stage IV colon cancer. Kiva was an integral part of the region, working as Sales Manager for the North Shore Journal, and very active in the community, living in the Finland area.  His positive nature made friends everywhere he went.  He was a big proponent of local food and sustainable agriculture and his love of gardening was well known. He was an integral part of the beginning of the Finland Food Chain project. He will be very much missed. Part of Kiva’s memorial was that he wished people would donate to Friends of Finland to support our work, most specifically the work we are doing through the Finland Food Chain to support local agriculture and a thriving local food system. A number of people have made donations in…

From Concept to Completion! Finland Wild Rice House “Caps” its Journey

October 27, 2021

The Finland Wild Rice House – Manoomin Waakaa’igan – Villirisi Talo capped off its first season with a shed roof built by Sonju Lake Sawmill and Timber Framing. It has been an interesting season for wild rice. The drought impacted rice stalks and bed numbers, some waterways were deemed inaccessible due to forest fires or lack of water for a canoe, and the fire bans left most processors unable to parch their rice!  However, even with all of the challenges, the Wild Rice House still made leaps and bounds toward its goals! The Wild Rice House Processing Facility processed over 2000 pounds of finished rice with more than 18 customers. The mentorship program gave 5 wonderful mentees experiences they will cherish for a lifetime and the project team hopes to offer those experiences to many more next season! There are also plans to try out processing other small-grains to potentially…

Another Successful Finland Farmers Market Season Ends!

October 27, 2021

by Katee Ristuccia, Finland Farmers Market Coordinator A big thank you to all our vendors and supporters that came out to supply and purchase delicious locally sourced food and sustain our local farms! What a entertaining year of both live music and weekly food demos we all shared. This summer we had musicians from all over the state and country treat us to their own flavors of tunes, and spoil us with their talent every week! You could find Country, Jazz, Blues, Old Time, Classic Hits, Trad, original compositions, and even a one man band with an accordion, (Steven Solkela pictured left) jamming down at the market this summer! Dan Cahill Mathews helped facilitate food demos with plenty of special guests chefs (pictured right, Alma Mitchell, making pasta) sharing recipes featuring in-season ingredients from our local producers to share with the community. We learned how to make delicious salsas, slaws,…

Camp Finland is Hiring for 2022

October 8, 2021

Camp Finland is hiring for Kids Camp and Teen Camp! Camp Finland will be in June of 2022! We are looking for folks who are interested in helping plan Camp Finland 2022! Download Application PDF here! Positions Available at this time: Kids Camp Coordinator Camp Kitchen Manager Read below for more detailed job descriptions for each position. Kids Camp Finland is a 4 day-long day camp. We focus on giving area youth the opportunities for friendship and discovery by providing them with activities and skills that will open their hearts and minds to the vast world around them.  Positions available:  Kids Camp Coordinator: The 2 Kids Camp Coordinators work together to organize Kids Camp.  This will include recruiting, and together with the 2 Teen Camp Coordinators, hiring of all staff and volunteers. Coordinators will be paid for 8 hours per day of Camp as well as up to 70 hours of…