St Urho: Survival Mode – Schedule of Events

February 12, 2021

St Urho’s Weekend will be quite a bit different this year. There are no indoor social activities at the Community Center this year. Instead there will be a combination of online/livestream events as well as outdoor events, the main one being the parade at Noon on Saturday March 20th.  We ask that you wear masks and keep your group small so as to keep everyone safe so we can be together again next year. We will also be livestreaming the parade for folks to watch from home.  Let’s save our toilet paper and our grapes from those evil grasshoppers. We all know they hoarded the supplies others needed to survive. We fully understand the world isn’t out of the woods yet and that’s why we ask you to be safe. Sunday, March 7th – Online Float Workshop – watch here.  Friday, March 12th – Making Mojakka – Online class taught…

St Urho 2021: Survival Mode

January 20, 2021

It’s been almost a year since St. Urho took to the woods to escape the pandemic. It’s time for him to come out and restock the essentials. Toilet paper, aluminum foil, yeast, and hand sanitizer to name a few. How did you survive? Were you creative? A house for every bird in the yard! Handy? Put a faucet in every room! Just a bit lazy? Who notices 20 pounds! However you’ve survived, we want to know. Join us for the St. Urho’s Day Parade on Saturday March 20th as we socially distance ourselves down Highway 1 in Finland MN at 12:00 noon. Parade floats and crews should gather at the County garage around 11 to line up and get ready. We ask that you wear masks and keep your group small as to keep everyone safe so we can be together again next year. So let’s get together and save…

Light in the Dark

January 1, 2021

2020 has been a lot of hard work to adapt to ever changing circumstances. I have struggled personally. I have watched all of the staff struggle individually. We have struggled together. We have watched our community struggle while we all feel cut off from each other in so many ways. It feels like it took a lot of struggle and floundering and trying and stopping and starting, but we are adapting. Sometimes it’s easy to adapt and sometimes it’s slow and painful. But we’re doing it. You are doing it. We’re doing it together, even if we are apart. All the way, I have been inspired by the creativity and sisu and humor of the people who I work with and who make up our community. I love you all and I don’t feel like I would have gotten through the last year without the fine folks I get to…

Update from the Friends of Finland Board: Welcome New Board Members!

January 1, 2021

The Friends of Finland board just welcomed a number of new members whose terms will begin in January 2021. Continuing board members Lori Walewski (Chair), Lise Abazs (Treasurer), Danielle Hefferan (Secretary), and Greg Hanson set out to recruit and attract a good array of new folks who will be representing the diverse aspects of our community. Everyone in our area uses the Clair Nelson Community Center and benefits from Friends of Finland’s work and we want to hear more voices as we fulfill our mission to help make Finland and its surrounding area an inviting and vibrant place. New board members are Kathy Chumley, Randy Duke, Dominic Lehtinen, Kathy Johnson, Kurt Mead, and Terry Miller. All are talented folks who have been active in activities and groups that happen at the Center and we are excited to welcome them to the Friends of Finland Board! For more information about the…

The Finland Community Nature Childcare is Very Close to Opening!

January 1, 2021

You may have heard already that the Finland Community Nature Childcare has been working with Lake County to acquire a lease for the currently unused County Forestry House, located right in Finland, between the DNR  building and the Fire Hall, on the north side of Highway 1. Friends of Finland has incubated this project from an idea proposed at meetings, to the hard work of the project champions Elli King and Randall Walz, as it has grown to become a committee of interested folks who will now become a Board of Directors for the childcare as it spins off into its own nonprofit organization. One of the most beautiful things to watch with this project has been the support from the community as it has slowly become a reality. Funding from the Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, the Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, the support of Crystal Bay Township and Lake County,…