Keeping the Finland Community Connected

December 11, 2020

While the Clair Nelson Center remains closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 virus, we are still working on ways to serve community needs safely. One way is through internet and technology services, especially related to telehealth. 

Thanks to CARES Act Funding distributed by Lake County, the Community Center was recently able to expand internet access options. Wireless internet will soon be available throughout the entire parking lot, so people can park and connect if they need to attend a virtual medical appointment or connect to a job interview. If you would like to use a scanner, printer, or video conference-enabled room, you must make an appointment by calling 218-353-0300. There are also iPads available for checkout.

The Clair Nelson Center has been serving the community’s tech needs for years with WiFi internet, printing, scanning and public computers. Those services have become even more important because of the current COVID crisis. Thanks to Lake County and the CARES Act funding, community members will now have the ability to use new equipment and better WiFi.

The community center is located at 6866 Cramer Rd, Finland, MN 55603. Community members can contact the center at 218-353-0300 to set up an appointment to utilize indoor internet services or they can connect anytime to the outside network. The network info and password are posted in the entryway of the building, which is accessible 24 hours a day. 

 

Free Yuletide Feast – To Go!

December 4, 2020

Meal pick up will be Wednesday December 23rd, 2-4pm

Staff at the Clair Nelson Center are really missing all of you community folks and the regular potlucks and other meals we used to share. We’re counting down to the shortest, darkest days of the year right now. Traditionally, winter holidays like Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, and others are all about coming together with family and friends as a way to combat the darkness of the Winter Solstice and celebrating the return to the light with the new year.

Because this year is different, we are trying to be creative. Since we can’t be together in person, we have to find new ways to share happiness, love, hope, and gratitude. That is why we are offering a free Yuletide Feast – to go! With this meal, please know that we are all still here, our community is as strong as ever, and we will make it through these tough times.

This free Yuletide Feast will include Swedish meatballs, ham, macaroni and cheese, roasted root vegetables, green beans, and dessert items! All are welcome! Please click here or call 218-353-0300 to reserve free meals for your household.

Online ordering instructions: To order this free Yuletide Feast, click here, then “add” a meal for each person in your household. Then go to the “cart” (upper-right side of the screen) and click “checkout.” After that, you just follow the on-screen instructions to complete your order. 

Funding for this project was made possible by Federal Nutrition Funds through the CARES Act, obtained through a partnership with Friends of Finland, North Shore Area Partners, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging and the United Protestant Church in Silver Bay. Thanks so much to North Shore Area Partners for writing the grant and facilitating this project!

Free Thanksgiving Dinner – To Go

November 11, 2020

Wednesday November 25th, 2-4pm

“Gratitude is a powerful thing, so powerful that when you hold it in your heart, you are forced to let go of all your fear, anger, sadness and hurt.” -Nancy Anselment-Olson

There is a reason we call the dark part of the year the “holiday season.” As the outdoor temps cool, we turn our attention to sharing food and spending time with family and friends. That sense of togetherness and belonging is part of what carries us through the darkness of winter.

But this year is different. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to avoid gatherings. Since we can’t be together in person, we have to find new ways to share happiness, love, hope, and gratitude. And with a community like ours, we have a lot to be grateful for! That is why we are offering a free Thanksgiving dinner – to go! With this dinner, please know that we are all still here, our community is as strong as ever, and we will make it through these tough times.

This free Thanksgiving Dinner will include organic turkey, stuffing, and sides! All are welcome! Please click here or call 218-353-0300 to reserve a free Thanksgiving dinner for your household.

Online ordering instructions: To order this free Thanksgiving Dinner, click here, then “add” a meal for each person in your household. Then go to the “cart” (upper-right side of the screen) and click “checkout.” After that, you just follow the on-screen instructions to complete your order. 

Funding for this project was made possible by Federal Nutrition Funds through the CARES Act, obtained through a partnership with Friends of Finland, North Shore Area Partners, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging and the United Protestant Church in Silver Bay.

Learn Screenprinting with the Finland Community Youth Program!

November 9, 2020

Announcing SISU STEW!

October 16, 2020

We know that things have been tough this year.

Cooler weather and declining light are upon us. Woodsheds are being filled, and there may be just a little stress about managing to “get it all done” before winter finally comes. None of this has been made any easier with COVID-19 keeping us from having our normal community gatherings. In this time, we all need some comfort, normalcy, community, and some extra determination. Wanting to offer strength, share happiness, and say thank you to our wonderful community, we are offering a special treat: Sisu Stew! Sisu stew is a harvest stew, designed to warm you to the bone and give you a little extra sisu.

Sisu is an unending determination. Something we could all use these days. Sisu is a Finnish concept, brought here by the founders of our community. Those Finnish settlers sure had a lot of sisu, and their spirit of strength and determination are still an important part of our community. Where does sisu come from? We’re not sure, but we think the support, love, and belonging that you get from a strong community can help. So with this Sisu Stew, remember that you are strong, you are loved, and all of us are rooting for each other. Let the warmth of our community warm you and give you the strength you need to make it through the coming months.

Sisu Stew is free! But to get it you will need to put in an order. Sisu stew will be available for pickup on Sunday, Nov. 1st 2020 from 2pm – 4pm at the Clair Nelson Center. To order Sisu Stew, click the link below and enter the number of people in your household. Then go to the “cart” (upper-right side of the screen) and click “checkout”. After that you just follow the on-screen instructions to complete your order. Note: If you are isolated or are unable to pick up your stew, we are offering delivery to people who live in Finland.


Click Here To Order Sisu Stew for Your Household.

If you need help placing your order, please call us at 218-353-0300

Want to help?

We are currently looking for people to help us deliver Sisu Stew to community members who are unable to pick it up. If you are interested in helping with deliveries, please call 218-353-0300.

Funding for this project was made possible by Federal Nutrition Funds through the CARES Act, obtained through a partnership with Friends of Finland, North Shore Area Partners, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging and the United Protestant Church in Silver Bay.