Finland Community Mural Project: Past, Present and Future

April 28, 2015

We are working with the Northern Lake County Arts Board and muralist Greta McLain because we are hoping to do a mural here at the Clair Nelson Center next year. We will be posting more info on what you can do to help and how to get involved as things develop! Here’s some photos of Greta’s work and how the process works!

Greta McLain’s Blog with many photos of her work

Corcoran Connections Mural Photos

Thank You Finland! The 40th Annual St Urho’s Celebration was Amazing

March 31, 2015
A huge thank you to everyone who helped to put on the 40th Annual St Urho’s Celebration! Thanks to all the individuals and businesses who sold tickets and buttons, and everyone who bought them! Thanks to Miranda Sve for organizing the Scavenger Hunt, thanks to everyone who participated,and thanks to all the businesses that assisted with that. Thanks to the folks who participated in the Float Workshop. Thanks to the folks who hang up the sign over the highway every year. Thanks to all those who donated photos and helped with the 40-year photo display. Thanks to all those who helped with set-up and prep at the Clair Nelson Center. Thanks to the Friday night Helmi Crew for the best year ever! Special thanks to Ron VanBergen and George Beck for their amazing performance and assistance. Thanks to Terri Ramsdell for being our photographer/videographer! Thanks to the Booya Committee and many other volunteers for help on Saturday morning. Thanks to the tug of war teams – West Branch won! Thanks to Cheri Bischoff and all the parade participants for the best parade ever! Thanks to Jeff Berquist and State Farm insurance for their generous donation to help cover the parade costs. Thanks to Nancy, Suzy and all the kitchen helpers for the great lunch at the Clair Nelson Center after the parade, to Amy, Kathy, kids and parents for the kids activities, Thanks to the Trestle Inn for donating the ice cream machine and supplies, thanks to Thrivent Financial for support for the kids games and the lunch supplies, to Cindy Hansen for helping to sell buttons and raffle tickets at the door, thanks to Fish Soup for playing music on such short notice. Thanks to Adam’s Autovalue and others for providing free sober rides! Thanks to all the businesses who donated door prizes for the raffle ticket drawing. Thanks to Carol and Elwood Youngberg for getting all of the door prizes. Thanks to all the helpers at the drawing, and thanks to the West Branch for hosting! Thanks to Marc Smith for helping to put everything away! Thanks to anyone we’ve forgotten!
Top ticket sellers were
Renee Goneau – over 1000
Heather Lehtinen – 700ish
Owen Klinker – 400ish
Melinda Suelflow – 250s
Miranda and Miranda – 300
Gary Nikolai – 200s
Senja Ahlbeck – 200s
Four Seasons, Our Place and West Branch all sold close to 200, with Trestle Inn and Wildhurst not far behind!
Many others helped out as well, and every bit helps!
Thanks ticket sellers! You rock!
Raffle Winners:
1st Prize- $600 – Faron Meeks
2nd prize – $300 – Mona Thums
3rd Prize – $200 – Wayne Madsen
4th – $100 – Dani Brandes
5th – $40 – Ron Van Bergen
6th – $40 – PJ from Wisconsin
7th – $40 – Colin Bischoff
8th – $40 – Carole Bakke
9th – $40 – Senja Ahlbeck
Thanks everyone who bought tickets!
Thanks to AmericInn Silver Bay, Bri-esa’s, Camp 61, Cedar Chest, Divas Design, Don’s Auto, Finland Co-op, Four Seasons, Hy-Fashion, Jimmy’s Pizza, Julie’s Variety, Maple Grove Bait Shop, Beaver Bay Mobil, Norshor Agency, North Shore Barber Shop, North Shore Federal Credit Union, North Shore Oil and Propane, Northwoods Family Grille, Our Place, Quilt Corner, Teddy’s Plumbing and Heating, the Lake Bank, Vicki’s License, Wildhurst and Zups for your generous door prize donations! Your support helps make the raffle ticket drawing a really nice event.
Again, thanks to everyone! We’ll see you next year at the 41st Annual St Urho’s Celebration on March 18, 19 and 20, 2016! Whoohoo!  Kookelikuu! Please feel free to correct my bad Finnish spelling!

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2015 St Urho Schedule of Events

February 25, 2015

Sunday, March 1st – 1:30-4pm – St Urho Scavenger Hunt – Starts at Four Seasons, Ends at Wildhurst

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 6th, 7th, and 8th – 10 am- 4pm – Float Workshop at the Clair Nelson Center

Friday night, March 13th – 6-8pm – Miss Helmi Talent and Beauty Contest – various stops around town

8pm-Midnight – Music at the West Branch by Aurora Baer and the Good Intentions

8:30pm-Midnight – Music at the Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and friends

Saturday, March 14th

8-10:30am – Finland MN Historical Society’s Pancake Breakfast, and Craft Fair at the Clair Nelson Center

Noon – Tug of War across the Baptism River

Before and during the parade – Finland Fire and Rescue will be selling refreshments outside the Finland Fire Hall.

Before and during the parade – Four Seasons Beer Van and Mojakka – Downtown Finland

Before and during the parade – AfterProm will be selling St Urho T-shirts and refreshments outside the Finland Co-opP1010115

Noon-1 pm – Parade through Finland on Highway 1. Call Cheri Bischoff at 220-9947   to register for the parade.

1-3pm – Clair Nelson Center – Craft Fair, Lunch, kids games and polka music by Donna Illikainen and the Melody Makers

1-3pm – Sled dog rides on the softball field – fundraiser for French Club Trip

1-4pm – Music at Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and friends

1-5pm – Music at Our Place by the Curry Band

8pm-Midnight – Music at West Branch by Aurora Baer and the Good Intentions

8:30pm-Midnight – Music at the Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and friends

Sunday, March 15th

4pm –Raffle Ticket Drawing and door prizes, West Branch

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Finland Checkpoint 2015

January 23, 2015

The Beargrease hit Finland on 5pm on Jan 25th! The kitchen at the Clair Nelson Center was open that afternoon until after midnight and again on Tuesday the 27th all day long, serving chili, sandwiches, pancakes and of course, gallons of coffee. It was a fun and bustling Finland Checkpoint! A big thank you to all the kitchen volunteers – including those who were on standby in case the activity went on into the wee hours! Also a big thank you to the checkpoint and overall race coordinators and volunteers!

We were so busy in the kitchen that there was no time to take photos, though this was the first year that we’ve been able to watch the mushers come in and take off through the kitchen window, partly due to the propane generators and massive lighting outside! What a race!

MN USA Veterans Snowmobile Ride Jan 10th

January 23, 2015

The annual MNUSA Veterans Snowmobile Ride was in Finland/Silver Bay this year, hosted by the Finland Snowmobile and ATV Club and the Silver Trail Riders. There were over 120 sponsored veterans, and many more volunteers, family, and spectators. We’ve never had so many snowmobiles in the Clair Nelson Center parking lot before (that we know of)! [shashin type=”album” id=”3″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”]