Bouncing into Summer with Thursday Youth Night

June 7, 2022

The sun is peeking out from the clouds, and like the yellow dandelion blossoms that line the front lawn of the Finland Community Center, the kids at Youth Night are eager to play outside. Laughter and screeching tennis shoes rule the air on Thursdays. Colorful plastic cups covered in stickers and scribbled names can be found all over. Though they are often empty, they are relics of a full night. With an updated fleet of colorful LED lite tricycles, the gym area has been lit up with words like, “Wow! It glows!” and… “Wook at the kowas!” (“kowas” is a 5 year old’s interpretation of the word, “colors”.) Like Times Square on the fourth of July, Heather delivered an epic grand finale snack display before passing the, “snack person” baton back to Sheryl for the season. Our teenage staff employees Ryan and Layla seem evenly matched when put on opposing…

Support Camp Finland 2022!

May 6, 2022

Dear Finland Community, Camp Finland is back June 20th-24th for another week of local arts, exploration and adventure for kids 5-17! Kids Camp serves the 5-11 year-olds as a day camp with one overnight. The theme for Kids Camp this year is “Northern Explorations” as we will be heading north to explore the Grand Portage and Grand Marais area. We will start in Grand Marais by visiting Joy & Co, and Yellow Bird Gallery. In Grand Portage we will visit the heritage site and explore around the beautiful Canadian Border. Teen Camp serves the 12-17 year-olds as a week long overnight camp out of our own Teen Base Camp. This year we’re heading up north to sail on the great ship Hjordis out of the bay of Grand Marais, a day trip into the Boundary Waters near Ely, and tons of art, youth empowerment, swimming and nature based activities from our base…

Local & Handmade Timber Frame Project at the Clair Nelson Center

May 6, 2022

As the pandemic recedes and makes way for new hope, our hearts will be warmed to see new life in the form of a long awaited equipment shed that reflects the values of our community. This May 21st we’ll be sending off an old friend of the Finland community and welcoming a new one. That old sinking ship that once housed our tennis, skateboarding, and hockey equipment will finally be let to founder for good into the seabed of our hearts as it makes way for this new tall masted replacement. This new creation will be a more fitting structure to adorn the scene at our bustling little community center and will allow our Youth Program, Farmers Market and tennis court users the space to grow into the future.  The design and construction are happening at the old Finland school (#5) on the Heffelfinger Road as a weeklong workshop using…

St Urho 2022 Thank Yous and Shout Outs

April 5, 2022

Kiitos paljon kaikille!  Thank you all so much! To the many people who helped to make the 47th 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 or selling raffle tickets and buttons, you all help make this event happen. Thank you so much! Big thanks to the crew that put on Miss Helmi, the great contestants this year and their helpers, and to Bob and Dianne at the Our Place for feeding the crew afterwards, and for lending us your bartender so he could WIN!!! Miss Helmi 2022 is Demetrius Hill, as Anna Conda, the Fresh Queen of Finland! Thank you Cheri Bischoff for organizing an excellent parade, and to Colin Bischoff for stepping up to put them all in line on…

Finland Community Nature Childcare Scheduled to Open in February

February 2, 2022

At long last, the Finland Community Nature Childcare is scheduled to open this month! They are now taking registration for children ages 6 months to 7 years. Call Elli King at 218-220-8997, email finlandchildcare@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Finland-Community-Nature-ChildCare-110362037541575/ Friends of Finland incubated the childcare project as it has grown to become its own nonprofit organization.  Way to go Finland Community Nature Childcare! We wish you success.