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…

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”]

Community Feedback Event on Jan 9th a Big Success!

January 23, 2015

With the help of Mary Mathews, a consultant who specializes in helping communities plan for a prosperous future, on January 9th, 2015, Friends of the Finland Community hosted a conversation centered on the economic future of our region. People came with ideas and input on what is working well, what more could be done and what they would do if money were no object. A list of ideas discussed at the event can be viewed here. Soup, sandwiches and a variety of beverages were provided! This event was funded by a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. Coming soon: Next steps! [shashin type=”album” id=”2″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”] If you were not able to attend but still wish to give ideas or input, please contact us below!

Fun Photos from the Co-op Christmas Party

January 23, 2015

Lots of folks were on hand for the annual Finland Co-op Company Christmas party for members, employees and community! This year the Clair Nelson Youth Program kids attended and had a blast making ornaments and visiting Santa. The potluck dinner was amazing!