St Urho 2024 Rundown and Thank You

A giant KIITOS (THANK YOU) to all of the people who helped to make the 49th Annual St. Urho’s Celebration happen. From all of those who help 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…

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St Urho Travels the World: 2024 Schedule of Events

Finland’s 49th Annual St Urho’s Celebration Schedule of Events Theme – St Urho Travels the World St Urho Online Auction:  Bidding starts March 11th at 6pm and ends on March 17th at 7pm! Bid here! Friday, March 15th –  3pm – Four Seasons Outdoor Urho Celebration begins and goes all weekend! Tent, heaters, firepit, music,…

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Home Solutions Kicks off in Finland

By Mike Nikula (Finn), Outreach Coordinator With the ever-growing need for housing, Crystal Bay Township and Friends of Finland have gathered a diverse group of folks in the Finland area as a team that has dubbed itself “Finland Home Solutions.” After gathering input and participation through multiple public meetings and a community-wide survey, our goal…

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Finland Farmers Market Summer 2023 Recap

by Kyle Flack, Finland Farmers Market Coordinator The Summer Farmers Market this year was a great success for everyone involved. A variety of wonderful vendors were here each week offering their delicious products for sale at a great price. But that’s just one aspect of our amazing market. Many customers are drawn to the market…

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Announcing the 2023 Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship Recipients!

We are excited to announce the 2023 Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship Recipients! Chase Hipple of Silver Bay Residential Electrician Certificate at Lake Superior College Samuel Peterson of Silver Bay Marine and Power Sports Technician at Alexandria Technical College Grayson Peterson of Two Harbors Electrical Lineworker Diploma at MN State Community and Technical College Ethan Swartout of…

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New Faces at the Clair Nelson Center!

We want to welcome two new staff members to the Friends of Finland Core Staff: Kyle Flack as the new Operations Lead, and Jenni Yandrasits as the new Finance Lead. In Kyle’s own words: My love of the North Shore goes back as far as I can remember. My father would bring us to the…

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St Urho ’23 and Me Thank Yous and Wrap Up

A giant KIITOS (THANK YOU) to all of the people who helped to make the 48th 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…

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Nancy’s Retiring!

Nancy Anselment-Olson has been with Friends of Finland for a long time. She started as one of the original board members when the organization was formed back in 2007, and was hired as the Building Manager (which became the Operations Lead position) a few years later, after the Clair Nelson Center was built. She has…

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’23 and Me: St Urho’s Community Float Workshop

Help us build and decorate the St Urho Family Tree at the St Urho Float Workshop on March 10th, 11th & 12th, 11am-3pm at the Clair Nelson Center in Finland. Join us as we build our own floats in preparation for St Urho’s parade at noon on March 18th!  Our plan for the group project…

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Job Posting: Operations Lead

Join the Leadership Team of the Friends of the Finland Community! Operations Lead Position Friends of Finland is a vibrant nonprofit organization supporting a wide variety of community programs, and we have grown to where we are looking for a person with organizational expertise to strengthen and expand the work we do. Deadline to apply…

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