Job Posting: Operations Lead

January 20, 2023

Join the Leadership Team of the Friends of the Finland Community! Operations 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 organizational expertise to strengthen and expand the work we do. Deadline to apply is February 9th or until the position is filled.  The Operations Lead position handles the work of keeping the Friends of Finland entity and the Clair Nelson Center building and grounds organized and running smoothly. This involves getting the mail, making deposits and withdrawals, procuring supplies and equipment, tracking Center usage, maintaining calendars, scheduling rentals, scheduling and working with kitchen businesses, overseeing repairs and maintenance, shipping and receiving, updating organization mailing and donor lists, and being the primary interface with the public at the Clair Nelson Center. Position requires working collaboratively with other core staff…

John Beargrease Finland Checkpoint 2023

January 20, 2023

This year the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will be starting at Billy’s Bar in Duluth the morning of Sunday January 29th, so we are expecting the first Marathoners around 6pm and Mid-Distance mushers after that. Be sure to tell your friends to come out and visit the Finland Checkpoint and experience the excitement of this unique event. With that in mind, the kitchen at the Clair Nelson Center will be open at 3pm on Sunday the 29th and will stay open into the wee hours of the 30th. We will serve chili made with locally grown beef and wild rice, cookies, bars, and beverages. This is a fundraiser for our programs here at the Center. We need a couple of volunteers to help in the kitchen – call 218-353-0300 if you want to help! We could also use donations of bars or cookies. Please drop off on Friday January…

Finland (and Silver Bay) Go to Laskiainen – February 4th, 2023!

January 6, 2023

Folks from Finland, MN have a history of traveling to Palo, MN for the Finnish sliding festival: Laskiainen! Early in 2020, before the pandemic caused so much disruption in our lives, a group of folks from Finland and Silver Bay loaded up on buses and traveled together to Laskiainen. But the festival was canceled in 2021, and in 2022 it was very abbreviated and didn’t have any sliding or vendors. Now we are excited to announce that Laskiainen will return in 2023, and North Shore Age to Age is planning to get buses and provide a ride for local folks who want to attend! Laskiainen is a mid-winter Finnish cultural festival with sliding and craft demonstrations at the Loon Lake Community Center in Palo, MN. This is the 85th annual! The Finland Community Youth Program is partnering up with North Shore Age to Age and North Shore Area Partners for…

Camp Finland is looking for Coordinators for 2023

January 3, 2023

Teen Camp Finland is a week-long overnight camp in Mid June for local teens based out of the  Community Center in Finland, MN. We focus on love of nature, discovery, friendship, self worth and leadership. We’re looking for 2 self motivated people to help coordinate Teen Camp in 2023 and moving forward into the future. The job is part-time, spread out between January and July 2023 and will require around 160 hours of work at $19/hr. Kids Camp Finland is a week long day camp also in Mid June based out of the Community Center in Finland, MN. There is a strong focus on art, friendship and outdoor games. Again we’re looking for 2 self motivated people to help coordinate Kids Camp in 2023 and moving forward into the future. The job is part-time, spread out between January and July 2023 and will require around 100 hours of work at…

Looking Back at 2022 and Looking Forward to 2023

December 28, 2022

2022 has felt like a “normal” year, or at least, “more normal” than 2020 and 2021. The Clair Nelson Center was used for regular weekly activities throughout this year with only occasional modifications or cancellations due to COVID concerns.  Most importantly, we were able to have Youth Night almost every Thursday this year, and we were able to have both Kids Camp and Teen Camp for a week-long experience in June. We also had Spanish Camp over three days in August.  The Finland Farmers Market was record-breaking once again, the Food Chain did a lot of fine work, and the Wild Rice House had their first real processing season.  We wrapped up the year with an amazing leadership training weekend that was attended by 17 of our staff and board members, 4 Finland community and other local organization folks, 2 who are Finland community connected, 5 from elsewhere (including Nebraska…