Support Camp Finland 2022!

May 6, 2022

Dear Finland Community, Camp Finland is back June 20th-24th for another week of local arts, exploration and adventure for kids 5-17! Kids Camp serves the 5-11 year-olds as a day camp with one overnight. The theme for Kids Camp this year is “Northern Explorations” as we will be heading north to explore the Grand Portage and Grand Marais area. We will start in Grand Marais by visiting Joy & Co, and Yellow Bird Gallery. In Grand Portage we will visit the heritage site and explore around the beautiful Canadian Border. Teen Camp serves the 12-17 year-olds as a week long overnight camp out of our own Teen Base Camp. This year we’re heading up north to sail on the great ship Hjordis out of the bay of Grand Marais, a day trip into the Boundary Waters near Ely, and tons of art, youth empowerment, swimming and nature based activities from our base…

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 or visit their Facebook page: 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…