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…

Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship Accepting Applications Until April 1st, 2022!

January 19, 2022

The Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship is accepting applications now through April 1st. Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarships offer financial assistance to high school seniors and adult residents of School District 381. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in a vocational or technical field. Vocational career fields are usually considered to be those that require two years or less of postsecondary education or training. Three scholarships of $500 each are awarded annually. Applications are accepted January 1st to April 1st of each year. Applications can be obtained through the guidance offices at the high schools in Two Harbors and Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Silver Bay Service Centers, and are also available here. When Friends of Finland took over managing the Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship in 2011, the Fund was just over $14,000 and had only a few regular donors. We gave out 4 scholarships of $250 each annually to students…

The Finland Community Youth Program is looking for Youth Night Workers!

January 1, 2022

Position will work with other Youth Night Staff to collaborate in creating and running high-quality youth activities for area children ages 5 to 18. Position will provide supervision and guidance as needed at weekly Youth Night which offers open gym, arts and crafts, and a teen room, as well as occasional special events & outings. Must also be able to participate in occasional staff planning meetings and trainings. Applications are available for download, and paper copies are available at the Clair Nelson Center – inquire with Honor, Nancy, Kelly or Youth Night Staff. Download the application here. (Please return to Honor, Nancy, Kelly or Youth Night Staff at the Clair Nelson Center).