Strategic Planning Potluck Results

October 1, 2021

For the past month, the Friends of Finland Board has been seeking community input as they develop a strategic plan for 2022-27. Posters, ads in the North Shore Journal, and in-person outreach by staff and board members have generated some great ideas and comments from folks. These ideas were all on display at the September Potluck at the Clair Nelson Center for further discussion and feedback by the community. People were encouraged to add their own ideas and also to vote for their favorite ideas out of the mix. It was a fun and lively evening – and the food was amazing too! Below is the list of ideas, in order of which got the most votes. We consider all ideas as valid suggestions and goals to strive for, but will place higher priority on the ones with the most community support. That said, sometimes things just come together to…

Community Activities Moved Due to Greenwood Fire

September 2, 2021

UPDATE: As of September 19th, 2021, all of Friends of Finland’s community activities have moved back to the Clair Nelson Center! Due to the Incident Management Team for the Greenwood, Whelp, and John Ek Fires using the Clair Nelson Center in Finland, MN, we are moving all scheduled activities to other locations temporarily. Please call 218-353-0300 with questions or for more information. Staff are checking messages regularly. -Monday/Wednesday Bone Builders group will move to Zoom. –Tuesday Crafts is canceled for now. -3rd Tuesday of the month Crystal Bay Township meeting will be at 7:00 PM at the Finland Fire Department Fire Hall. Baptism River Community Church: -Monday evening Alcoholics Anonymous 7:30pm will move to the Baptism River Community Church. -Friday evening Magic Cards at 7pm will move to the Baptism River Community Church. -1st Tuesday of the month Snowmobile club meetings will be at the Baptism River Community Church. Finland…

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

June 4, 2021

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. Must also be able to participate in occasional staff planning meetings and trainings. Applications are available for download, and paper copies are available at the Clair Nelson Center – inquire with Honor, Nancy or Andrew. Download the application here. (Please return to Honor, Nancy or Andrew at the Clair Nelson Center).

Friends of Finland/Clair Nelson Center COVID-19 Building Usage Policy

April 2, 2021

Updated June 29th, 2021 Current situation – We are excited to welcome you all back inside the Center! It’s been a strange year, but we’re still here, and the pandemic hasn’t stopped us from doing community work. Staff at the Center just want to say that we appreciate this community so much. Over the last year, your patience, flexibility, creativity, generosity, words of encouragement, and willingness to stand up for what is right have been truly inspiring. Now that we can be together in person again, we won’t be taking it for granted. Welcome back and see you soon! COVID-19 Policy – suspended as of July 1st, 2021 General Remarks – To minimize potential exposure of community members, the best practice has been for only one activity to be happening indoors at the Center with no overlaps. Occasional overlaps may be allowed at the discretion of the Operations Lead if they…

We Survived! St Urho 2021 Wrap Up

March 26, 2021

The theme of Finland’s 46th Annual St Urho’s Celebration was Survival Mode. The big weekend was March 19th, 20th and 21st, 2021. Paljon kiitoksia (Thank you very much!) to the many many people who helped to make the 46th 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 prizes or selling raffle tickets and buttons, you all help make this event happen. Thank you so much! The festivities were somewhat different than normal due to COVID. There were a number of online events leading up the weekend, including a Virtual Miss Helmi Contest. The parade was the main in-person event, and it was a beautiful day! The turnout wasn’t as big as some years, but it was ok! This year’s raffle drawing winners…