Northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range Tour, August 14 – 16

The TRIP:  Join us for a three-day, two-night mini trip to the Mesabi Iron Range. This is an opportunity to try something different. We know that some members are no longer traveling internationally, but small three-day tours, especially in our state, might be something you would enjoy. Our state has much to offer, from both a historical and beauty aspect so, this mini tour may be just the thing for you. If all goes well, we’ll travel to a different area of Minnesota next year.

We’ll take a trip back in time to Minnesota’s Mesabi Range to learn how this region has had such a major Influence in our state. We’ll travel  back in history starting with logging at the Forest History Center in the 1800’s followed by the discovery of rich deposits of iron ore that made this part of the state one of the richest in the nation starting in the 1930’s. All that changed in the 80’s and now this area has been struggling to find its place in our modern world.

DATES: Tuesday, August 14th to Thursday, August 16th (3 full days, 2 nights)

COST: The cost of the trip is $175.00 per person, not including transportation or additional meals. This trip is limited to 22 people.  If you would like to secure your place, send a $75.00 check, made out to “Jane Norman” to the address below. The down-payment deadline is June 1.

Jane Norman (FFMNTC Activities Co-Chair)
Postal Mail: 6041 Sumter Place North, New Hope, MN 55428

You also can give a check for your down-payment to Jane at the April 10 lunch at Bachman’s.

LODGING and MEALS: We will be staying at the Timber Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids (2 nights lodging, 2 per room). This premiere hotel has many amenities including a large pool, hot tubs, attached restaurant and full hot breakfast (included). Also included: two picnic lunches, and wine and cheese party Tuesday night. Dinners are on your own.

ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDED: Forest History Center Tour, Minnesota Discovery Center, Minnesota Museum of Mining Tour, Greyhound Bus Museum, Hibbing High School, Bob Dylan’s childhood home, Hull Rust Mine and more.

TRANSPORTATION: This will be a drive-up trip and we will be asking for volunteers to drive. If you have a vehicle that can transport 4 or more people and would be willing to drive, please let me know. What we have done in the past is have passengers share the price of gas. This usually works well.

Lunch among the Flowers at Bachman’s – April 10

Tuesday, April 10, 11:00 AM

RSVP by April 5

Patrick’s Bakery Café Restaurant at Bachman’s

6010 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis MN (612-861-9277)

Lunch Reservations:

Contact John at: or 612-361-078

An optional tour of Bachman’s “Spring Ideas House” before or after lunch is available. Tickets are $5.00 per person and are sold at the gift counter in half-hour time slots, once there, you can stay as long as you want. For details or to register in advance, go to:


FFI 2018 Super Conference April 20-22, Cincinnati OH

Click below for FFI Super Conference Flyer  Cincinnati Ohio, April 20-22:


FFMNTC 40th Anniversary Celebration September 9, 2018

The Friendship Force of  Minnesota – Twin Cities

Invites you to our

40th Anniversary Celebration

Share Memories with our Long-term Members

Meet our Open World Delegates from Ukraine

Sunday, September 9, 2018

1:00 to 4:00 PM

Lafayette Club – Lakeview Room  (

2800 Northview Road, Minnetonka Beach MN 55361

Luncheon Buffet: $35 per person

Cash Bar   –    Valet Parking

Guests and Potential Members Welcome

Members are encouraged to contact friends who have been FFMNTC Members in the past and invite them to the Anniversary Celebration. RSPV Contacts to be added later.


Open World Delegation from Ukraine – September 7-15, 2018

The FFMNTC Board voted to accept another Open World delegation in September.  The delegation is from Ukraine (5 delegates, 1 facilitator and 1 interpreter). The dates in the host community are September 7-15, 2018. Open World provides funds to support the program; FFMNTC will need to provide home hosts and leaders to plan and implement the program.

FFMNTC Updates:

  • Tom Scott has agreed to be program coordinator.
  • The Delegates from Ukraine will join us at the FFMNTC 40th Anniversary Celebration on September 9, 2018.
Here is the description of this theme:
Health Care Management and Quality Assurance Rationale: Ukraine is in the midst of undergoing significant reform of its healthcare system. One of the main goals of this reform is an efficient allocation of funds. Therefore through late 2017– early 2018 the Ministry of Health of Ukraine plans to introduce a new National Health Service, which will focus specifically on procurement. The current reforms envision a healthcare system that reforms primary, emergency, and palliative care simultaneously. The new National Health Service would be an independent body in the executive branch under the Cabinet of Ministers. The new reforms also aim to introduce medical insurance into the daily life of Ukrainians. Such a radical transformation of the healthcare system in Ukraine will benefit if healthcare managers and practitioners have an opportunity to learn from the American experience and current health care debate to see what works best for Ukraine.

Susanne Wolter Bids Us Farewell

I am sure you may know or will remember seeing Susanne Wolter at a Friendship Force event. She has been a member of Friendship Force for a long time – Read more