Local & Handmade Timber Frame Project at the Clair Nelson Center

May 6, 2022

As the pandemic recedes and makes way for new hope, our hearts will be warmed to see new life in the form of a long awaited equipment shed that reflects the values of our community. This May 21st we’ll be sending off an old friend of the Finland community and welcoming a new one. That old sinking ship that once housed our tennis, skateboarding, and hockey equipment will finally be let to founder for good into the seabed of our hearts as it makes way for this new tall masted replacement. This new creation will be a more fitting structure to adorn the scene at our bustling little community center and will allow our Youth Program, Farmers Market and tennis court users the space to grow into the future.  The design and construction are happening at the old Finland school (#5) on the Heffelfinger Road as a weeklong workshop using…

St Urho 2022 Thank Yous and Shout Outs

April 5, 2022

Kiitos paljon kaikille!  Thank you all so much! To the many people who helped to make the 47th 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 or selling raffle tickets and buttons, you all help make this event happen. Thank you so much! Big thanks to the crew that put on Miss Helmi, the great contestants this year and their helpers, and to Bob and Dianne at the Our Place for feeding the crew afterwards, and for lending us your bartender so he could WIN!!! Miss Helmi 2022 is Demetrius Hill, as Anna Conda, the Fresh Queen of Finland! Thank you Cheri Bischoff for organizing an excellent parade, and to Colin Bischoff for stepping up to put them all in line on…

Finland Community Nature Childcare Scheduled to Open in February

February 2, 2022

At long last, the Finland Community Nature Childcare is scheduled to open this month! They are now taking registration for children ages 6 months to 7 years. Call Elli King at 218-220-8997, email finlandchildcare@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Finland-Community-Nature-ChildCare-110362037541575/ Friends of Finland incubated the childcare project as it has grown to become its own nonprofit organization.  Way to go Finland Community Nature Childcare! We wish you success.

St Urho Flies the Coop – Information and Schedule of Events

February 2, 2022

St Urho’s Celebration will be March 11th, 12th and 13th this year. The Theme is St Urho Flies the Coop. Are there grapes out there that need protecting? A grasshopper herd that is growing too large? Does Miss Helmi have a sister? Maybe St Urho just needs to take a vacation.  St Urho’s Weekend is back for another year with a combination of online/livestream events as well as outdoor events, the main one being the parade at Noon on Saturday March 12th. We ask that you follow current COVID guidelines so as to keep everyone safe. We will also be livestreaming the parade and other events for folks to watch from home. St Urho Online Auction:  Bidding starts March 5th at Noon and ends on March 13th! Link coming soon! Friday, March 11th –  6-8pm – Miss Helmi Talent and Beauty Contest – various stops around town 8pm-Midnight – Music…

Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship Accepting Applications Until April 1st, 2022!

January 19, 2022

The Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship is accepting applications now through April 1st. Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarships offer financial assistance to high school seniors and adult residents of School District 381. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in a vocational or technical field. Vocational career fields are usually considered to be those that require two years or less of postsecondary education or training. Three scholarships of $500 each are awarded annually. Applications are accepted January 1st to April 1st of each year. Applications can be obtained through the guidance offices at the high schools in Two Harbors and Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Silver Bay Service Centers, and are also available here. When Friends of Finland took over managing the Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship in 2011, the Fund was just over $14,000 and had only a few regular donors. We gave out 4 scholarships of $250 each annually to students…