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 selling raffle tickets and buttons, you all help make this event happen. Thank you so much!

Miss Helmi Crew 2022

Miss Helmi Crew 2022

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 the day of! And we can’t forget all of the creative people with their amazing parade floats! You guys all rock! Thank you to our Grand Marshal Jim Sinderman!

Extra thanks this year to Krista Starkovich for her extra effort on crafts and costume materials for kids as well as decorations for the outdoor stage. Another big thanks to Robin Sunquiet and Andrew Norcross for setting up and figuring out the outdoor stage, to Robin and Steve Solkela and the Bad at Math Quartet for playing music during the day despite the chilly weather, and to Lovin Lake County for sponsoring the whole thing. 

Thanks to Kaare Melby for livestreaming the festivities, particularly the parade, and to Pam Melby for being the logistics coordinator and amazing announcer. 

Having Fun at the 2022 Raffle Ticket Drawing at the Our Place Bar and Restaurant

Thanks to Crystal Bay Township for providing port-a-potties for the weekend! 

We also really want to acknowledge Adam’s Auto Value for sponsoring the sober cab – it really is a great option and helps keep everyone safe! Thanks so much!

Also thanks to Don Rabold from Don’s Auto Repair and Towing for keeping the St Urho Committee on our toes. We appreciate everything you do for the community. 

Huge shout-out to all the individuals and businesses who donated for the online auction and for door prizes for the raffle ticket drawing this year! There were many beautiful items donated. Thank you so much! Thank you bidders! We made over $2,500 in the auction! The donated door prizes really help to make the drawing a festive event. 

  • Adam’s Auto Value
  • All in One Fitness and Tanning Center
  • AmericInn by Wyndham Silver Bay
  • AmericInn by Wyndham Tofte
  • Avon- Donna McCurdy-Wolke 
  • Baptism River BBQ
  • Bay Trip Licensing & Outfitters
  • Beaver Bay Agate Shop
  • Beaver Bay Mobil Mart
  • Beaver Bay Sports
  • Blackbear Outfitters- Dick Krech
  • Black Beach Mini Golf
  • Bluefin Bay Resort
  • Briesa’s Convenience Store
  • Clearview General Store- Chris Homyak
  • Cove Point Crossings 
  • Cove Point Lodge
  • Crooked Lake Resort
  • Creating My Journey- Jessie Anderson
  • Elli Korpi
  • Finland Cooperative Company
  • Finland Fire Department- Ric Carriveau
  • Finnskogen Farm- Kaare & Pam Melby
  • Fish Out Of Water
  • Four Seasons Supper Club
  • Friends of the Finland Community
  • Greg Tibbetts
  • Holiday Stationstore Beaver Bay
  • Hugo’s Bar
  • J&H Auto Repair & Towing
  • Jimmy’s Pizza 
  • Julie’s True Value
  • Knotted Pine Inn & Tavern
  • Lauri Hohman
  • Maple Grove Bait Store & Lodging
  • Maxwell’s Woodland Nursery
  • Nacho Bizness
  • North Shore Area Partners
  • North Shore Federal Credit Union
  • Northshore Barber Shop
  • Northwoods Family Grille
  • Our Place Bar & Grill
  • Paparazzi – Debbie Ahlbeck
  • Quilt Corner
  • Robin Sunquiet
  • SalonHaven
  • Second Chances Thrift Shop
  • Silver Bowl
  • Tail Gunnar Charters- Andy Kosevich
  • Temperance Liquor Store
  • The Green Door
  • The Trestle Inn Food & Saloon
  • The Well Northshore- Mel Dubbin 
  • Thirty-One Gifts (Gloria Stern)
  • Timber Coffee Company
  • Tofte General Store
  • Tracks N Racks
  • Wildhurst Lodge & Campground
  • Wildly Organic
  • Wolf Ridge ELC
  • Zups Food Market- Silver Bay

Thanks to Randy Duke, Senja Ahlbeck, and Heather Sve for all of their work to gather door prizes and online auction items. 

Thanks to the Our Place crew for hosting the raffle ticket drawing this year and thanks to everyone who helped out the day of the drawing!
Raffle Drawing Winners were 1st Place: $600 – Andrew Wehrman of Silver Bay (ticket sold by Heather Sve), 2nd Place: $300 – Kristen McConnell (ticket sold by Steve Solkela), 3rd Place: $200 – Bonnie Tikkanen of Finland (ticket sold by the Four Seasons), 4th Place: $100 – Roger Peterson of Finland (ticket sold by Heather Sve), 5th Place: $100 – Brad Barstow of Silver Bay (ticket sold by Colin Bischoff), and 6th Place : $100 Noah Smith of Long Lake MN (ticket sold by the Trestle Inn). The Facebook Online Comment Contest Winner was Augie Schauland.

It feels like it really does take the whole town and then some to put on this event, so to everyone who helps – THANK YOU! We’ll see you next year!

With love, the St Urho Committee

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