We’re Getting an Outdoor Wood-Fired Oven!

At long last, we are getting an outdoor wood-fired oven under one of the pavilions on the grounds at the Clair Nelson Center! We have been working toward this and fundraising for a number of years and it is very exciting that it is finally happening. We’re hoping to have the oven up and running…

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Finland Community Scrapbook Archive

We keep a scrapbook archive at the Clair Nelson Center of many of the items that have happened over the recent years here in Finland but especially here at the Center and the recreation site. It started as a way to record and track info about our activities to show to our grant funders, but…

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Home Solutions Kicks off in Finland

By Mike Nikula (Finn), Outreach Coordinator With the ever-growing need for housing, Crystal Bay Township and Friends of Finland have gathered a diverse group of folks in the Finland area as a team that has dubbed itself “Finland Home Solutions.” After gathering input and participation through multiple public meetings and a community-wide survey, our goal…

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Looking Back at 2022 and Looking Forward to 2023

2022 has felt like a “normal” year, or at least, “more normal” than 2020 and 2021. The Clair Nelson Center was used for regular weekly activities throughout this year with only occasional modifications or cancellations due to COVID concerns.  Most importantly, we were able to have Youth Night almost every Thursday this year, and we…

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Local & Handmade Timber Frame Project at the Clair Nelson Center

As the pandemic recedes and makes way for new hope, our hearts will be warmed to see new life in the form of a long awaited equipment shed that reflects the values of our community. This May 21st we’ll be sending off an old friend of the Finland community and welcoming a new one. That…

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Finland Community Nature Childcare Scheduled to Open in February

At long last, the Finland Community Nature Childcare is scheduled to open this month! They are now taking registration for children ages 6 months to 7 years. Call Elli King at 218-220-8997, email finlandchildcare@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Finland-Community-Nature-ChildCare-110362037541575/ Friends of Finland incubated the childcare project as it has grown to become its own…

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A Great Loss to Our Community: Kiva (Dennis) Black

Kiva Black  – July 26, 1963 ~ September 19, 2021 Kiva (Dennis) Black passed away September 19th after a short battle with stage IV colon cancer. Kiva was an integral part of the region, working as Sales Manager for the North Shore Journal, and very active in the community, living in the Finland area.  His…

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From Concept to Completion! Finland Wild Rice House “Caps” its Journey

The Finland Wild Rice House – Manoomin Waakaa’igan – Villirisi Talo capped off its first season with a shed roof built by Sonju Lake Sawmill and Timber Framing. It has been an interesting season for wild rice. The drought impacted rice stalks and bed numbers, some waterways were deemed inaccessible due to forest fires or…

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Another Successful Finland Farmers Market Season Ends!

by Katee Ristuccia, Finland Farmers Market Coordinator A big thank you to all our vendors and supporters that came out to supply and purchase delicious locally sourced food and sustain our local farms! What a entertaining year of both live music and weekly food demos we all shared. This summer we had musicians from all…

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