2022 Summer Farmers Market Wrap-Up

It was another incredible summer season for the Finland Farmers Market.  This summer it became very apparent that the market is growing and reaching more and more people in the area!  We had record attendance this year. After crunching some numbers, it’s been determined that over 1600 people came and enjoyed music and food here…

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Local & Handmade Timber Frame Project at the Clair Nelson Center

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…

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St Urho 2022 Thank Yous and Shout Outs

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…

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Finland Community Nature Childcare Scheduled to Open in February

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 finlandchildcare@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Finland-Community-Nature-ChildCare-110362037541575/ Friends of Finland incubated the childcare project as it has grown to become its own…

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From Concept to Completion! Finland Wild Rice House “Caps” its Journey

The Finland Wild Rice House – Manoomin Waakaa’igan – Villirisi Talo capped off its first season with a shed roof built by Sonju Lake Sawmill and Timber Framing. It has been an interesting season for wild rice. The drought impacted rice stalks and bed numbers, some waterways were deemed inaccessible due to forest fires or…

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Another Successful Finland Farmers Market Season Ends!

by Katee Ristuccia, Finland Farmers Market Coordinator A big thank you to all our vendors and supporters that came out to supply and purchase delicious locally sourced food and sustain our local farms! What a entertaining year of both live music and weekly food demos we all shared. This summer we had musicians from all…

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Strategic Planning Potluck Results

For the past month, the Friends of Finland Board has been seeking community input as they develop a strategic plan for 2022-27. Posters, ads in the North Shore Journal, and in-person outreach by staff and board members have generated some great ideas and comments from folks. These ideas were all on display at the September…

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Light in the Dark

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…

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The Finland Community Nature Childcare is Very Close to Opening!

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…

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Keeping the Finland Community Connected

While the Clair Nelson Center remains closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 virus, we are still working on ways to serve community needs safely. One way is through internet and technology services, especially related to telehealth.  Thanks to CARES Act Funding distributed by Lake County, the Community Center was recently able to…

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