Now on Thursdays! Finland Farmers Market 2015!

July 30, 2015

Starting June 18th and continuing through September. Every Thursday evening from 5-6:30 pm under the Pavilion at the Clair Nelson Center. Rain or Shine! Vendors: 1st Week is free! $5 per week or $50 for the season More info or to register call us at 218-353-0300! We are able to accept credit cards! So far it has been a massively successful season! Lots of vendors and excited customers each week! It’s so much fun to see local commerce like this! Last week we had seven vendors, musicians, and someone bartering baby turkeys out of the back of a truck! It has also been great to see the interaction with the Thursday Night Youth Night kids. Many of them peruse the Farmers Market, and many parents drop off their kids and then check out the Market before leaving. This week we had Lake County Soil and Water doing education on invasive…

Camp Finland 2015 a Huge Success!

June 30, 2015

The 2015 Camp Finland at the Clair Nelson Center was a huge success! This year’s day camp served 25 kids for five amazing days of fun and learning. Nearly thirty adult volunteers, instructors, and chaperones helped make Camp happen this year, as well as multiple teenage counselors and counselors-in-training. Co-ordinators Amy Gardner and Kathy Nelson did an outstanding job, as did our counselors and CITs; Kenny Albrecht, Julia Littlewolf, Aurora Ramsdell, Al Robertson and Chase Peterson! Big thanks go to those who donated in order to make Camp happen: the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Silver Bay Charitable Fund, Whitetails Unlimited Cabin Fever Chapter, the Organic Consumers Association, North Shore Federal Credit Union, Co-op Light and Power, Holiday Stationstores, Zup’s, Marlene and Arnold Overby, and Ellen Sundholm. Also big thanks to the helpers, volunteers and instructors: Dean Paron and Lara Richardson for giving training for the counselors in first aid,…

Update on Business Incubator Project – June 2015

June 30, 2015

We are pleased to announce that in 2014 we were able to refer and assist two different local business start-ups. In 2015, we are already incubating one business, Sarah Wilson’s Acupuncture. Sarah offers acupuncture to clients on a flexible schedule most Fridays between 3-6pm in the Clair Nelson Center meeting rooms. Contact us at 353-0300 if you are interested! In addition, we will soon have two different entities renting our kitchen for business purposes. One is the Finland Co-op, which has hired local chef Tracy Jacobson as a baker to make local and organic artisan bread in the Clair Nelson Center kitchen which will then be sold at the Co-op. The other business is called Superior Salt, which handcrafts gourmet flavored sea salt in small batches. More info at Stay tuned to see how these projects develop!  

Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship 2015 Awards

June 30, 2015

The 2015 recipients of the Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship are Taylor Haselow of Finland, who will be studying veterinary technology at Ridgewater College; Kayla Maleski of Silver Bay, who will be studying nursing at Rochester Community and Technical College; and Spencer Tiboni of Silver Bay who will be studying heavy equipment operation and maintenance at Central Lakes College. The Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship Fund annually awards scholarships to individuals who are enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in a program focusing on a vocational degree or certification. Three scholarships of $350 are awarded. This scholarship is granted to adults and high school seniors in Lake Superior School District. The application period for 2016 is Jan. 1 to March 1. These scholarships are made possible by individual giving. The late Clair Nelson was a big support and inspiration for this program. Let’s keep his memory vital with these donations! Support…

Summer 2015 Fundraising Project: Playground and Other Outdoor Improvements

June 30, 2015

Thanks to the fundraisers and many generous donations last summer, in Fall of 2014 we were able to install really nice cabinets in our meeting rooms for use by community groups. This summer, our goal is to do some enhancements outdoors. While we have been working hard on our building and the things that happen inside of it, the outside has been a bit neglected. And honestly, that makes sense – the playground area in particular gets a lot of use these days! This summer and fall, we’d like to do some work to make it nicer and more user-friendly for everyone! Whitetails Unlimited Cabin Fever Chapter has donated the funds for a swingset that will be installed early this summer, but we also need gravel and topsoil for the playground, sand for the digging toys, heavy-duty outdoor garbage and recycling receptacles, benches, a bike rack, and maintenance work on…