The ’20s are Roaring Already! St Urho Wrap-up Info

March 17, 2020

The theme of Finland’s 45th Annual St Urho’s Celebration was St Urho Makes the ’20s Roar! The big weekend was March 13th, 14th and 15th, 2020.

2020 button

2020 Button design by Audrey Ferris

Paljon kiitoksia (Thank you very much!) to the many many people who helped to make the 45th 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 impacted somewhat by the developing situation with COVID19, but the parade went on as scheduled, and it was a beautiful day!

This year’s raffle drawing winners were:

1st Prize: $600 – Dave McDonough from New Hope, MN

2nd Prize: $300 – Darlene Hoff from Little Marais, MN

3rd Prize: $200 – Dani Lehtinen from Finland, MN

4th Prize: $100 – Tom Mealey from Lax Lake, MN

5th Prize: $100 – Linda Carlson from White Bear Lake, MN

6th Prize: $100 – Cindy Hoiland from Prior Lake, MN

Herbie and owen on TV

Pat Ramsdell and Owen Klinker represent Finland MN on Fox 21 News

Two of the winning tickets were sold at the Trestle Inn this year, one by Julie’s Variety, one by the Four Seasons Supper Club, one by Northwoods Family Grille, and one by Honor Schauland. Thanks again to all the individuals and businesses who helped to sell raffle tickets. Also thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and buttons – that’s how we pay for the party! We appreciate your support!

Thanks also to all of the many individuals and businesses that contributed items for the door prizes at the raffle ticket drawing. There were many beautiful items donated and it always helps to make the drawing a festive event. Thanks this year to the Silver Bay AmericInn, Northwoods Family Grille, Zup’s of Silver Bay, North Shore Barber Shop, Holiday Gas Station Beaver Bay, Teddy’s Plumbing and Heating, Elwood and Carol Youngberg, Bri-Esa’s, Beaver Bay Mobil, Norshor Agency, North Shore Federal Credit Union, Quilt Corner, Christmas Up North, Lake BankJulies Variety, Vicki’s License, Four Seasons, Maple Grove, Hugo’s, Our Place, Wildhurst, Hooterville, and Whitetails Unlimited Cabin Fever Chapter. Thanks also to Leroy and Colleen at Wildhurst for hosting the drawing this year!

Thanks to Carol and Elwood Youngberg for all of their work to gather door prizes. If you won a door prize, please tell them how much you enjoyed it when you see them!

You can't do this on Hennepin Avenue

You really can’t do this on Hennepin Avenue. Especially not this year.

Thanks to all of the Miss Helmi Contestants this year: Steve, Brock, Carter, and Derek! Also, big thanks to Herbie (Pat Ramsdell) and Owen Klinker for being the Emcees. You were great! Also thanks to Kaare and Karl for being our sound crew, Papa Jeff Mitchell for the use of his vehicle, Ashley, Rachel, Miranda, and Aili, the real ladies who helped us with makeup and everything else, and all the people who put up with us. We had such a fun time doing the show! Steve Solkela from Palo was the winner as “Gladys.”

Extra thanks to Steve Solkela and Aili Lund for jumping right in to the festivities with both feet and having good humor and flexibility when things did not go as planned. Steve was scheduled to play music at the Clair Nelson Center, but when that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, instead he won the Miss Helmi Contest, skateboarded in the parade, and crashed the Our Place and the Four Seasons and the square dance at the Finland School with his accordion. We really hope they will both come back to Finland MN again in the future!

Special recognition this year to the Berquists and State Farm Insurance for their generous donation, to Cheri Bischoff for an amazing parade, to all of the creative people with their amazing parade floats, to Pam Kettunen for driving the Urho Car in the parade, to Adam’s AutoValu for the sober cab service, and to Bob and Diane at Our Place for feeding the Miss Helmi Crew! You guys all rock! Thank you to our Grand Marshal Betty Josephson!  Thank you to Silver Bay Area Tourism Association and Welcome to Finland for help with promoting this event. To everyone who helps – THANK YOU! We’ll see you next year!

With love, the St Urho Committee

Visit the St Urho’s Celebration in Finland MN’s Facebook page for many photos and videos of the festivities.

Many more photos here – we lifted these from all over Facebook:

Float Workshop photos here:

**Postponed** Announcing the First Ever Finland Food Chain Conference!

March 4, 2020

**This conference has been canceled but watch this webpage and our Facebook page for updates on rescheduling.**

The first ever Finland Food Chain Conference has been **Postponed**

Activities & Classes Include:
Farmers Market, Seed & Scion Swap, Grafting, Gathering & Growing Food, Bee Keeping, Making Value-Added Products & Cottage Food, and Mushroom Cultivation!

Is cost an issue? Volunteer and/or Scholarship options are available.

Register Here

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How Will Friends of Finland be Structured in the Future?

February 26, 2020

The Community Potluck for February was hosted by a number of local kids (all of whom participate in the Finland Community Youth Program), along with some key adults to help the kids stay on task. It was pretty fun to watch the kids setting out items like clean glasses, salt and pepper etc. on the tables to get ready for dinner. There’s a crew of older adults who often come early and pitch in with setup, and it was great to watch the interaction between those folks and the kids. There was also a great turnout for the potluck this time around – over 60 people!

What people value about Friends of Finland

What Do You Value Most about Friends of Finland?

Afterwards we had a short presentation followed by questions and answers from the community folks present about the new organizational structure that Friends of Finland has been working on putting into place.

Back in November of 2019, Friends of Finland hosted a gathering of over 30 people – folks who participate in many of the activities here at the Clair Nelson Center as either volunteers, staff, or board members, and sometimes in more than one of these roles! The group worked with facilitators from Co-Nexio of Duluth to talk about how Friends of Finland could restructure the organization to better hold all of the work we are trying to do that is absolutely necessary to our vital and well-functioning community. At the gathering we talked about what people value most about Friends of Finland and went together through a group “teach” about the living systems view of change. We talked about what will be coming into the new structure that won’t change, what works well in other organizations, and what are some characteristics of an ideal work culture. We went through the pros and cons of different organizing structures, listed resources and needs, and then broke into groups to design/brainstorm different possible structures for Friends of Finland. It was a long but inspiring day. Anyone interested in the nuts and bolts can look at the Outcome Report for the day here.

Since then, the Board and Staff have been hard at work on internal structure stuff, like policies, principles, and practices that will help to solidify the organization and our work. We have come up with a preliminary structure that honestly looks a lot like many of the structures that were brainstormed by the community on November 1st!

Here’s the Powerpoint presentation we showed at the February 2020 potluck:

Camp Finland is Hiring for Day Camp and Teen Camp 2020

February 25, 2020

Camp Finland is hiring for Day Camp and Teen Camp!

Camp Finland is on for July 20th-24th, 2020!

Download Application PDF here!

Positions Available:

  • Day Camp Counselor
  • Teen Camp Counselor

Read below for more detailed job descriptions for each position.

Day Camp Finland is a 5 day-long day camp. We focus on giving area youth the opportunities for friendship and discovery by providing them with activities and skills that will open their hearts and minds to the vast world around them. 

Positions available: 

Day Camp Counselor: Camp Counselors will be primarily involved in pre-Camp work by attending meetings to stay involved/up to date with pre-Camp organization and planning the Camp week. Counselors will be paid for 8 hours per day of Camp as well as up to 10 hours of planning and set-up. Counselors will track their hours and keep the group informed if they are over or close to going over their allotted hours.

  • Before and after the Camp week: they will need to be able to attend 1 full set-up day the weekend before and 1 full take-down day the weekend after.
  • During Camp week, they will be focused on the kids and helping them navigate the daily schedule; letting them know what is available at what times, what behaviors are and are not acceptable.
  • Counselors will be expected to engage with campers; helping campers if they are having a rough day or celebrating if they are having a good day or accomplished something difficult.
  • Experience with teaching about nature would be great.


Teen Camp Finland is a week long (5 days – 4 nights) overnight camp for area teens focusing on developing a healthy sense of self and community belonging. We focus on love of nature, discovery, friendship, self worth and leadership. Teen Camp Finland will run from June 14th – 18th this year. 

Positions available: 

Teen Camp Counselor: Teen Camp Counselors will primarily be involved in pre-Camp work through attending meetings to stay involved and up to date with the structure of the pre-Camp organization and the planning of the structure of Camp week in general. Counselors will be paid for 14 hours per day of Camp as well as up to 15 hours of planning and set-up. Counselors will track their hours and keep the group informed if they are over or close to going over their allotted hours.

  • During Camp week, they will need to be able to attend a minimum of 1 full set-up day the weekend before Camp and 1 full day the weekend after as well as the 4 overnights of Camp.
  • During Camp week, they will be primarily focused on the teens and keeping them where they need to be when they need to be there. 
  • Counselors will be expected to self-engage with teen campers verbally and emotionally on many levels. The ability to hold kids accountable and empower them at the same time is a must.
  • Counselors will be expected to lead campers in activities like: campfire music, ghost stories, outdoor skills and games (capture the flag, campfire games etc.). 
  • Counselors must have lots of energy.
  • Experience with teaching about nature would be great. 

To Apply

All of these positions (excluding Kitchen Assistants) require a background check and references.

Download Application PDF here!

Please fill out the form below to apply for this position:

Job Application - Youth Program

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Please contact Honor Schauland for more information at 218-353-0300

Applications can also be mailed to Camp Finland, Friends of Finland, PO Box 582, Finland MN 55603.

Paper applications may be requested at the Clair Nelson Center during business hours. Call 218-353-0300 or email using the form above for more information.

All positions are paid $15/hour.

St Urho Makes the ’20s Roar!

February 21, 2020

The theme of Finland’s 45th Annual St Urho’s Celebration is:
St Urho Makes the ’20s Roar!

The big weekend will be March 13th, 14th & 15th, 2020.

There will also be a float building workshop on March 6th, 7th & 8th at the Clair Nelson Community Center.

Finland’s 45th Annual St Urho’s Celebration Schedule of Events:

Friday night, March 13th –
6-8pm – Miss Helmi Talent and Beauty Contest – various stops around town
7-10pm – Music at the Our Place by the Barstones
8:30pm-Midnight – Music at the Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and Friends

Saturday, March 14th –
8-10:30am – *Canceled* 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 – AfterProm will be selling St Urho T-shirts
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 – *Canceled* Craft Fair, Kids Games, Lunch, and Music by the one and only Steve Solkela
1-4pm – Music at Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and Friends
1-5pm – Music at Our Place by the Curry Band
8:30pm-Midnight – Music at the Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and Friends

Sunday, March 15th –
3pm – Door Prizes, 4pm Raffle Ticket Drawing at Wildhurst

Supported by Welcome to Finland and the Silver Bay Area Tourism Association.