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. It is the halfway point between the Twin Cities and Duluth. The surrounding cities of Finlayson are Sandstone, Hinckley, Giese and Askov.


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.[7]


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. [8] 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 super intended at the school. The school hosts grades K-6 and provides preschool 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.


Victor A. Barnard[edit]

In the year 2000, Barnard was the leader of the River Road Fellowship on the outskirts of Finlayson, MN. This seemed to be a simple camp where young girls would attend as a bible camp. However, there was a secret that Barnard was keeping. There was a national manhunt for Bernard 'who raped underage girls for nearly a decade after telling them it was God's word'.[9]

He was charged with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct pertaining to his time as leader of the Fellowship. Each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Late on the night of February 27 2015, Barnard was arrested in northeastern Brazil by the Brazilian police.[10]

Annual Celebrations[edit]

4th of July[edit]

On July 3rd and 4th, the town of Finlayson is a very lively place. This City hosts this patriotic event every year on these dates to over a thousand people. The cities 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 known firework show.

St. Urhos Day[edit]

St. Urhos 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. Urhos day on March 27th. The cities 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 cities land consists of many fields and swamp where the deer are lively. The Municipal hosts a gun raffle and a meat raffle during these weeks that flood in 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