Finland Community Mural Project: Past, Present and Future

April 28, 2015

We are working with the Northern Lake County Arts Board and muralist Greta McLain because we are hoping to do a mural here at the Clair Nelson Center next year. We will be posting more info on what you can do to help and how to get involved as things develop! Here’s some photos of Greta’s work and how the process works! Greta McLain’s Blog with many photos of her work Corcoran Connections Mural Photos

Thank You Finland! The 40th Annual St Urho’s Celebration was Amazing

March 31, 2015

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to put on the 40th Annual St Urho’s Celebration! Thanks to all the individuals and businesses who sold tickets and buttons, and everyone who bought them! Thanks to Miranda Sve for organizing the Scavenger Hunt, thanks to everyone who participated,and thanks to all the businesses that assisted with that. Thanks to the folks who participated in the Float Workshop. Thanks to the folks who hang up the sign over the highway every year. Thanks to all those who donated photos and helped with the 40-year photo display. Thanks to all those who helped with set-up and prep at the Clair Nelson Center. Thanks to the Friday night Helmi Crew for the best year ever! Special thanks to Ron VanBergen and George Beck for their amazing performance and assistance. Thanks to Terri Ramsdell for being our photographer/videographer! Thanks to the Booya Committee and…

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”]