Finlayson, Minnesota

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Finlayson, Minnesota
Nickname(s): Fintown
Location of the city of Finlaysonwithin Pine County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Finlayson
within Pine County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°12′5″N 92°55′8″W / 46.20139°N 92.91889°W / 46.20139; -92.91889
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Pine
 • Total 2.92 sq mi (7.56 km2)
 • Land 2.79 sq mi (7.23 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
Elevation 1,109 ft (338 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 315
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 312
 • Density 112.9/sq mi (43.6/km2)
 • Demonym Finlaysonite
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55735
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-21122[4]
GNIS feature ID 0643633[5]

Finlayson is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 315 at the 2010 census.[6] The city's area was incorporated from Finlayson Township, the remainder of which is still adjacent to it.

Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highways 18 and 23 are three of the main routes in the area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.92 square miles (7.56 km2), of which 2.79 square miles (7.23 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.[1] Its lakes include, Fish Lake, Indian Lake, Big Pine Lake, Upper Little Pine Lake, Upper Big Pine Lake and Rhine Lake. Finlayson is the halfway point between Forest Lake and Duluth. The surrounding cities of Finlayson are Sandstone, Hinckley, Giese and Askov.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 186
1920 293 57.5%
1930 241 −17.7%
1940 225 −6.6%
1950 195 −13.3%
1960 213 9.2%
1970 192 −9.9%
1980 202 5.2%
1990 242 19.8%
2000 314 29.8%
2010 315 0.3%
Est. 2015 311 [7] −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 315 people, 134 households, and 78 families residing in the city. The population density was 112.9 inhabitants per square mile (43.6/km2). There were 145 housing units at an average density of 52.0 per square mile (20.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 1.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 134 households of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.8% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 45.1 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 18.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 314 people, 132 households, and 76 families residing in the city. The population density was 114.1 people per square mile (44.1/km²). There were 136 housing units at an average density of 49.4 per square mile (19.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.50% White, 0.64% African American, 0.32% Asian, 1.27% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 132 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,250, and the median income for a family was $46,875. Males had a median income of $35,313 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,818. About 3.4% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.


Finlayson Township, organized October 22, 1895, and the city in Finlayson and Pine Lake Townships were named in honor of David Finlayson, the former proprietor of a sawmill in this village. The city was incorporated as a village on August 24, 1905; it had a station of the Northern Pacific Railroad, a sawmill, a pickle factory, and two potato warehouses among its early businesses; the post office was established in 1887.[9]


Finlayson City Hall 2217 Finland Avenue PO Box 244 Finlayson, MN 55735

The regular meeting of the Finlayson City Council are held on the second Monday of each Month at 7:00 pm City Hall hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.[10] This building is used as a meeting spot for community clubs such as the Community Club and the PTO. Its lawn is also a host for the "Kiddy Corner" on the 4th of July.


Elementary School[edit]

Currently there is one education building: Finlayson Elementary School. The School is located right off of Highway 18 and is referred to as "the School Growing in the Pines", given its surrounded by many pine trees. The Elementary School is dedicated to John W. Osborn, a former Superintendent at the school. The school hosts grades K-6 and provides preschool a few days a week. The class sizes are relatively small with all classes under 20 students enrolled making the whole school size around 80 for 7 grades.

Due to budget cuts, the teacher to student ratio is approximately 1/14. In 2006, the classes were combined providing one teacher to teach two grades. First and Second, Third and Fourth, and Fifth and Sixth were placed together in one room to be taught by one teacher.

High School[edit]

The former Finlayson High School was torn down in 2004 due to instability. The last class to graduate was the class of 1987. Students who attend high school in Finlayson were moved to Hinckley High School to finish their education. The Finlayson high school's colors were maroon and gold and the mascot was a Falcon. Later, the high school in Hinckley changed its name to Hinckley-Finlayson High School. Hinckley changed its mascot from the Vulcans (Red and Silver), to the Jaguars (Red, Black and Silver) during this switch. To this day, the students of Finlayson make the 30 minute commute to Hinckley for high school. The average class grade is between 50-80 students with around 400 students total. Finlayson students only make up around 18% of the school.


The Shepherd's Camp[edit]

Victor Barnard, the founder of River Road Fellowship, moved to Finlayson in 1996 to help establish The Shepherd’s Camp. This non-denominational Christian Camp was in operation from 1996-2004. During his years of living in Finlayson, Barnard wrote the book entitled Considerations of Jesus Christ the Apostle and High Priest (Kithara Publishing, 2007.) In February 2014, the so-called minister was arrested while vacationing in Natal, Brazil. He was held accountable for over 20 counts of sexual abuse on young girls in his camp aged from 12 – 18 years old. Parents and family members of the young girls at Barnard's camp reported to the Department of Homeland Security that he sexually abused these several young girls from 2000 to 2009. After relocating his group to Washington state, the abuse continued on young girls in his religious group. There was very little contact between the cult and outsiders for several years, until people from Barnard's group spoke up.[11] Barnard’s additional publications include the following: The Steps of Abraham (Kithara Publishing; 2009)[12] Christ in You, the Hope of Glory (Kithara Publishing; 2013)[13] Jesus Christ the Apostle, Priest and King (Kithara Publishing; 2015)[14] Waymarks Biblical Articles (Kithara Publishing; 2010-2014)[15]

Annual celebrations[edit]

4th of July[edit]

On July 3 and 4, the town of Finlayson is a very lively place. The city's main street is packed with food stands provided by the local churches and community groups. There is live entertainment of music and local performances. On the night of the 4th, people can camp in a large field to watch the county firework show.

St. Urho's Day[edit]

St. Urho's Day is the Finnish tradition of celebrating when St. Urho chased the crickets, and other vermin, out of Finland. Finlayson embraces its Finnish background by celebrating St. Urho's feast day on March 27. The city's fire department, elementary school and community center is open to the public for a day of basketball, volleyball, fried bread and good friends. The community center is the host of a free pancake breakfast while the fire department hosts the delicious fried bread.

Deer Hunting[edit]

Finlayson survives as a getaway place for vacationers. During deer season, Finlayson is packed with the colors of blaze orange and camouflage. The city's land consists of many fields and swamp where the deer are common. The Municipal hosts a gun raffle and a meat raffle during these weeks that attract outsiders to join in with the festivities.


Coordinates: 46°12′06″N 92°54′58″W / 46.20167°N 92.91611°W / 46.20167; -92.91611