Friends of Finland Winter Update 2023-2024

Newsletter of Friends of the Finland Community, Crystal Bay Township and the community of Finland Friends of Finland’s mission is to help make Finland and its surrounding area an inviting and vibrant place. We do that by extending hospitality to everyone, no matter what circumstances have brought them to our door. We work to hold…

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Friends of Finland Strategic Plan

Our community has always drawn its strength from the spirit of helping that we inherited from the community ancestors that settled in this area. Those early settlers had to work together in order to survive, and over time they created systems and organizations to make Finland and its surrounding area an inviting and vibrant place.…

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Nancy’s Retiring!

Nancy Anselment-Olson has been with Friends of Finland for a long time. She started as one of the original board members when the organization was formed back in 2007, and was hired as the Building Manager (which became the Operations Lead position) a few years later, after the Clair Nelson Center was built. She has…

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

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Thank You to All Who Helped Put on Camp Finland 2022!

Camp Finland 2022 would not have been possible without the generous support of: The Duluth Superior Community Area Foundation – Silver Bay Charitable Fund, Northland Foundation, North Shore Collaborative, Cliffs Foundation, Tracy Family Foundation, Beaver Bay and Crystal Bay townships, Trestle Inn, and many other individual donors. Many thanks our amazing staff: Lucy Carlson, Amber…

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

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.…

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Make a Survival Flag for St Urho’s Day!

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…

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Announcing SISU STEW!

We know that things have been tough this year. Cooler weather and declining light are upon us. Woodsheds are being filled, and there may be just a little stress about managing to “get it all done” before winter finally comes. None of this has been made any easier with COVID-19 keeping us from having our…

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Clair Nelson Center Temporarily Closed to the Public

Dear Community Folks, We are unfortunately in a situation where we are required to temporarily close the Clair Nelson Center to the public in the interest of public health to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The Center will be closed to the public beginning March 25, 2020 with all programs suspended indefinitely. We…

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