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“Sisu” – A Finnish concept described as stoic determination, grit, optimism, tenacity of purpose, resilience, hardiness.

This blog is dedicated to sharing stories from our community, based on this concept. Please email to write a story.

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Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan (Birch Bark Canoe) In recent years there has been a movement to learn about Anishinaabemowin and traditional skills including how to build a wiigwaasi-jiimaan. The Birch Bark Canoe Project (BBCP), at the Ely Folk School, is a gathering place of valuable knowledge for the Ely area community and those traveling through.  The birch bark […]

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The World Needs More Hobbies

By Sue Remes In the summer of 2019 my husband, a serial hobbyist, was packing his binoculars and preparing to head off to a nature reserve to do some birdwatching. “I need a hobby” I said to him as I watched him stuff a field guide into his backpack and walk out the door.Later that […]

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We are asking for a slice of your philanthropy pie!

‘Tis the season of fresh fruit pies, and the Ely Folk School is poised for a fresh start. We are hopeful, we are excited, and we are prepared for a safe and busy summer.  We have received a pledge for a $10,000 matching donation from an anonymous donor! Please help us secure these funds by […]

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Family Classes: Beaver Hat Story

Now is a good time to think about setting up a class with friends or family for a reunion in the coming months. Students have really enjoyed sharing time and learning with friends and relatives, and we can custom design a class for you! Just read this story below for a little inspiration! I was […]

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Favorite Memory at EFS

We tried something new this month and offered a free EFS t-shirt to one lucky winner. To enter we asked social media followers who took a class or attended an event at Ely Folk School to leave a comment and tell us what their favorite memory was. As we plan for the busy summer months […]

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Welcoming Growth

Written by: Stephanie Hibdon I have always enjoyed being out in nature and the outdoors. I am a Missouri native and have long enjoyed the natural resources the beautiful state provided. However, when my partner, Paul, introduced me to Minnesota, it was virtually love at first sight. The natural beauty, abundant waterways, and fishing opportunities […]

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Ice Tribe

Written by: Alexia Springer As the year ends, it’s important to take some time to reflect. The full Moon coincides perfectly with the last few days of our calendar year, adding to the benefits this reflection process gives us. Going into 2020 some of my goals included developing friendships, getting involved in the community, and […]

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A Special Message to our Ely Folk School community, near and far

Following the Governor’s recommendations, we have been closed to the public. Betty Firth, our Program Coordinator, has been working from home primarily, writing grants to fund new programs and support existing ones. We’ll keep in touch with you regarding plans to reopen. We are developing ideas for how to stay connected in a meaningful way. […]

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Celebration & Challenge

Happy Birthday to Us! Our Ely Folk School is entering our 5th Season! Please join us for our Celebration and our Challenge. Our Celebration: Join us for our special event 3-5pm Sunday, June 9, and share highlights of our first half decade, updates on new classes, lots of yummy cakes (& other treats) Our Challenge: We’ve […]

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