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!
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”]
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!
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!
Over 60 people attended the Square Dance at the Clair Nelson Center on Saturday! Popcorn and lemonade were provided and all ages were welcome. There were some seasoned participants and many newbies, but all were smiling and happy dancers! The event was organized by some of the Wolf Ridge Naturalists, and music was provided by Jess Frost, Bill Hansen, Bump Blomberg, and Cian Gill. A big thanks to everyone who organized and attended this event! Thanks to Callers Hannah Hemmelgarn and Colby Abazs, and thanks very much to the band for their patience as well! Hopefully they were entertained by all of us with extra left feet! There is talk of organizing another square dance in the next few months. Stay tuned for more details!