You may have noticed that there is a new initiative promoting the distinctive culture and heritage of our area: Welcome to Finland (wtfinland.com). Welcome to Finland is meant to be Finland MN’s version of a local chamber of commerce, with a particular focus on building the online and social media presence of our unique community. Finland MN is made up of people who are proud to live here and be part of this community and its heritage. Welcome to Finland’s goal is to attract people who want to learn about and/or reconnect with our local culture and community. Wtfinland.com is about claiming our narrative in the digital world so that we attract people who are interested in the unique experience Finland, MN has to offer.
Though only recently launched, blog and Facebook posts have been very popular, reaching tens of thousands of people, and there are plans for many creative ways to promote our area online. Welcome to Finland is excited to have the support of a growing number of local businesses and organizations, as well as a Culture and Tourism grant through the IRRRB. In collaboration, we can help get the word out online about the great things that happen in our area throughout the year. Look for more info at wtfinland.com and www.facebook.com/wtfinland/ .
Get Ready for the Finland Farmers Market 2018!
Summer 2018 at the Clair Nelson Center
Starting June 14th and continuing through October 4th!
Every Thursday evening from 5-6:30 pm
Under the Pavilion at the Clair Nelson Center
6866 Cramer Road
Finland, MN 55603
Vendors: 1st week is free! – $5 per week or $50 for the season
More info or to register call 218-353-0300
We are able to accept credit cards!
We are working hard to keep up with the number of vendors in our expanding market! This year we applied to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Good Food Access Program for funds to install awnings and bricks around our Pavilion to expand the space for the Market. We’re crossing our fingers that we get this grant! This is the second year we’ve applied, so hopefully this is our year!
We are also permitted to accept EBT/SNAP benefits this year! We are still figuring out how this will work, but we are excited to have the opportunity to help folks of all different economic situations patronize our Market and have access to healthy food.
The Finland Farmers Market was started in 2014 as part of an effort to focus on local food in the Finland MN Area as an economic development strategy. The idea is to make space for local producers to sell their goods in their own community. The Clair Nelson Center also has a commercial kitchen space that is MDA certified and available for those taking that next step and creating a food product for retail sale.
Finland Community Rummage Sale
Saturday May 19th, 2018
Rent an 8-foot space for $10 to sell your own used items or crafts.
Inside the gym at the Clair Nelson Center in Finland, MN
Call 218-353-0300 to reserve a space or with questions.
We are not accepting donations this year, just selling vendor space and refreshments.
Come one, come all to the Spring Runoff Spaghetti Dinner and Variety Show! The main event will take place on May 5th from 7-9pm on the Finland Community Center Stage. This is a fundraiser.
The spaghetti dinner will take place from 6-7pm before the show. A limited number of tickets are available, so get them ASAP! Tickets for the dinner are $15 and that includes the price of the show afterwards. Please call 218-353-0300 or stop by the Clair Nelson Center for tickets.
Money raised will support our efforts to improve the lighting in the Clair Nelson Center parking lot!
The event poster is to the right.
The Theme of Finland’s 43rd Annual St Urho’s Celebration was Urho Means Hero: Celebrate Everyday Heroes. The Big Weekend was March 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2018.
Paljon kiitoksia (Thank you very much!) to all the heroes who helped to make the 43rd 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 prizes or selling raffle tickets and buttons, you all help make this event happen. Thank you so much!
This year’s raffle drawing winners were:
1st Prize: $600 – Greg Neff from Hayward, WI
2nd Prize: $300 – Jace Larson from Silver Bay, MN
3rd Prize: $200 – Scott Williams from Mussel Shoals, AL (!!!)
4th Prize: $100 – Kalvin Ekroot from Two Harbors, MN
5th Prize: $100 – Richard Nikula (Dubs) from Finland, MN
6th Prize: $100 – Marcus LaBerge from Little Marais, MN
Two of the winning tickets were sold at the Our Place this year, two were sold by Owen Klinker, one by Miranda Sve and one by Honor Schauland. Honor Schauland sold the most tickets this year at 610 with Miranda Sve close behind at 560. Renee Goneau sold 400, Colin Bischoff 330, Owen Klinker 310. Thanks again to all the individuals and businesses who helped to sell raffle tickets. Also thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and buttons – that’s how we pay for the party! We appreciate your support!
Thanks also to all of the many individuals and businesses that contributed items for the door prizes at the raffle ticket drawing. There were some beautiful items donated and it always helps to make the drawing a festive event. Thanks this year to the Silver Bay AmericInn, the Tofte AmericInn, Jimmy’s Pizza, Northern Lights, North Shore Oil, Northwoods Family Grille, Zup’s of Silver Bay, North Shore Barber Shop, Holiday Gas Station Beaver Bay, Camp 61, Teddy’s Plumbing and Heating, Elwood and Carol Youngberg, Norshor Agency, HyFashion, Co-op Light and Power, North Shore Federal Credit Union, Quilt Corner, Christmas Up North, Lake Bank, Julies Variety, Cindy Rowlee, J & H Auto Repair, Salon Haven, Vicki’s License, Anonymous, Lutsen Resort, Four Seasons, Maple Grove, Don’s Auto, Finland Co-op, Our Place, Tom and Rosemary Tyson, West Branch, Wildhurst, Hugo’s and the Knotted Pine.
Thanks to Carol and Elwood Youngberg for all of their work to gather door prizes. They are truly St Urho Heroes!
Thanks to all of the Miss Helmi Contestants this year: Colin, Paul, Calvin and Sam! You all did great. Miss Greenie Timbers (Sam) won with her lesson on proper use of a chainsaw. Also, big thanks to Smokey and the Bandit for being the Emcees. You were amazing! Also thanks to Kaare and Jeffrey for being our sound crew, Pam and Kristin for makeup and more, Charlie for being our prop guy, and all the people who put up with us. We had a fun time doing the show!
Special recognition this year to the Berquists and State Farm Insurance for their generous donation, to Cheri Bischoff for an amazing parade, to the Honor Guard for making it happen (we can’t have a parade without an Honor Guard!) to Bob and Diane at Our Place for hosting the drawing and putting in a lot of extra effort this year, to Adam’s AutoValu for the sober cab service, and to all the Miss Helmi Contestants, but especially Colin Bischoff and Paul Plante for stepping up at the last minute to make sure we had enough to have the show! Thank you to our Grand Marshal Hero Dale Nikula! Thank you to rescue heroes Kenny Albrecht, Lindsey and David Dietz, and Fuzzy for all of your chauffeuring and assistance. To all the helpers – you are heroes! Looking forward to next year!
Lots of photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vK3LrhjRMdH0OH6c2
Remember to tag us in your event photos! #StUrho2018