The Community Conversation Continues!

January 5, 2016

Our 2016 Community Conversation was held on January 9th with a Contra Dance afterwards. More than 50 people attended the Conversation and enjoyed a lasagna dinner with ice cream dessert and a lively discussion on topics ranging from food and farming to housing, the economy and the arts. Each table recorded their discussion on paper and shared their findings with the larger group. Afterwards, everyone present marked community priorities with sticky dots. Some of the priorities identified included the Finland Community Mural (currently in the works!), a coffee/tea cafe, a wild rice processing facility, a community barter book, and better onsite camping at the Clair Nelson Center. Music by the Blackstrap Merrymakers rounded out the evening. Many of the attendees enjoyed a few dances! All in all, it was a successful evening. Purpose for the Community Conversation In late 2014, Friends of the Finland Community received funding from the Lloyd…

Outdoor Improvements Fundraising Update

January 5, 2016

One of our goals in 2015 has been to do some outdoor improvements to make the site nicer and more user friendly. This summer, with the help of Whitetails Unlimited Cabin Fever Chapter and Crystal Bay Township, we were able to install a swingset that has been very popular with the kids (and some “big kids” too). Our International Dinner: Food and Folk Art of Mexico Fundraiser was a great success, raising over $2,000. Some of these funds were used to complete the swingset installation. The remaining funds will be used to repaint the dugouts and concession stand in Spring of 2016. We are now working with Lake County Soil and Water to look at re-engineering key areas on site to funnel runoff away from parking areas and the septic system, build our soil to prevent erosion and remove invasive species. Recently, IRRRB awarded a grant that will allow the…

Clair Nelson Center Partners with North Shore Horizons to Provide Advocacy Services in Finland

January 1, 2016

Thanks to a grant from the Northland Foundation, there are two advocates trained to provide assistance in filing protective orders, safety planning, and accessing area resources  for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Those in need are welcome to walk in during the Center’s regular office hours from 10am – 4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and ask for Honor or Joni.

Clair Nelson Center Featured in MRES Solar Tour 2015!

September 15, 2015

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society has a tour of solar sites across the state and this year the Clair Nelson Center is one of the stops! On October 3rd from 10am – 3pm – Stop in and learn about the buildings renewable energy systems and how they are saving taxpayers money! More info about the Solar Tour on the MRES website.

Crystal Bay Comprehensive Community Plan Updates

July 31, 2015

Through part of a grant from the Lloyd K Johnson Foundation and also a grant from the Minnesota DNR Coastal Program, Friends of the Finland Community has been working with Crystal Bay Township to update the Comprehensive Community Plan. The Comprehensive Community Plan was originally created through many meetings with community groups and citizens in 2003-2004 and was officially adopted in 2005 by the Town of Crystal Bay. The document itself was necessary to get funding to build the Clair Nelson Community Center, and we came to realize that the process to create the plan was a really valuable experience for the community. Friends of the Finland Community is simultaneously doing organizational strategic planning to determine our own role in the community, defining our relationship with Crystal Bay Township, and envisioning how parts of the Comp Plan would be accomplished. Feedback from previous gatherings, including the Community Feedback Event in…