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Finland, Minnesota

Village or Town
Friends of the Finland Community

Finland is an unincorporated village in Crystal Bay Township, Lake County, Minnesota with a population of around 475 people. Finland has been built around the Baptism River Valley, six miles inland from Lake Superior. Finland was one of the last areas of Minnesota to be settled. Finns and other Scandinavians began to file for homesteads in the late 1890's. In 1907 the Alger Smith Company built a railroad to the community to facilitate logging operations. In 1913 the Finland Co-op was organized and purchased a truck to bring groceries from Duluth once a week. Electricity came in 1939. By 1935 there were 179 Finnish families. Over the years the population has grown with Reserve Mining in nearby Silver Bay and the Finland Airforce Base in the 1950s, and shrunk with the closing of the airbase and mining company in the 1970s. In recent years the population has again been on the rise with the building of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and other people choosing to live here. The population still has a very Finnish and Scandinavian element but has changed over time. Finland boasts, in addition to the scenic beauty surrounding the community, the over 100-year-old Finland Co-op, Wolf Ridge ELC, an active volunteer Fire Department, the Finland Heritage Site and Living History Tours, multiple great cultural events such as the Annual Saint Urho's Celebration, an excellent network of snowmobile and ATV trails, access to the Superior Hiking Trail, a number of bar/restaurants, resorts and cabins, the Clair Nelson Community Center, and a reputation as a friendly place.

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