St Urho 2024 Rundown and Thank You

April 3, 2024

A giant KIITOS (THANK YOU) to all of the people who helped to make the 49th Annual St. Urho’s Celebration happen. From all of those who help 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, and to the businesses and folks who participated in the ‘Passport Game’… you all help make this event happen. Thank you so much! Big thanks to the outstanding crew that put on Miss Helmi, the great contestants this year and their helpers, and to the kind folks at the Four Seasons for feeding the crew afterwards. The Miss Helmi 2024 winner is Shawn Nowotcyznski. Thanks to Adam’s Auto Value SB for providing the bus and an especially big thanks to our driver, Carter!  Thanks to all who helped out at…

St Urho Travels the World: 2024 Schedule of Events

March 4, 2024

Finland’s 49th Annual St Urho’s Celebration Schedule of Events Theme – St Urho Travels the World St Urho Online Auction:  Bidding starts March 11th at 6pm and ends on March 17th at 7pm! Bid here! Friday, March 15th –  3pm – Four Seasons Outdoor Urho Celebration begins and goes all weekend! Tent, heaters, firepit, music, games, outdoor bar and food 6-8pm – Miss Helmi Talent and Beauty Contest – various stops around town 8:00pm-Midnight – DJ and Karaoke at the Four Seasons by Upbeat Entertainment (Tara) Saturday, March 16th – 8-10:00am – Finland MN Historical Society’s Pancake Breakfast, and Craft Vendors at the Clair Nelson Center 11am – Noon – Outdoor music at the Finland Fire Hall by Robin Sunquiet Noon – Tug of War across the Baptism River Before, during, and after the parade – Finland Fire and Rescue will be selling refreshments outside the Finland Fire Hall Before,…

Finland Community Scrapbook Archive

February 7, 2024

We keep a scrapbook archive at the Clair Nelson Center of many of the items that have happened over the recent years here in Finland but especially here at the Center and the recreation site. It started as a way to record and track info about our activities to show to our grant funders, but it has become much more than that.  Sicilia Dubbin has been working on updating the archive recently, and she had the following comments: Getting to help work on the Finland Community Scrapbook was such a privilege. It was so much fun getting to live the past through the present! I was also able to see all the opportunities with events and classes that the Community Center provides, which are astounding. It doesn’t matter your age, the Community Center will have something for you! There are so many events that they put on to keep community…

Home Solutions Kicks off in Finland

February 7, 2024

By Mike Nikula (Finn), Outreach Coordinator With the ever-growing need for housing, Crystal Bay Township and Friends of Finland have gathered a diverse group of folks in the Finland area as a team that has dubbed itself “Finland Home Solutions.” After gathering input and participation through multiple public meetings and a community-wide survey, our goal is to take a realistic approach to tackling the housing issues we are facing while keeping Finland “Finland”. Rather than waiting for outside influences to dictate what happens in our community, we want to emphasize that this is a community process and we are happy to have more input and participation from residents. For now we are focusing on learning and projects like helping older people stay in their homes as long as possible, helping veterans find a place to live, potentially rehabilitating existing run down houses, and finding properties and tax forfeited land that…

Friends of Finland Winter Update 2023-2024

January 24, 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 a warm space and a cup of coffee for anyone who needs it. We work to offer opportunities for folks to come together for healing with weekly Yoga groups, Bone builders, and more. We also work to offer opportunities for folks to come together to share food at the monthly community potlucks, the winter farmers market, and special events. We also offer space for our community to come together in celebration for birthday parties & baby showers, and in mourning when community members pass away. This place is special. This is the place where our…