We Want Your Feedback! Again. Still. Always.

December 9, 2014

Do you care about the future of this community? What kind of future do you envision? Are you interested in taking an active role in creating the future you want to see? What do you like about this area? What are some things that you would like to see happen here?

This may sound familiar. These are the kinds of questions Finland struggled with about 10 years ago when the community came together and created the Crystal Bay Comprehensive Community Plan. At that time, the Project to build the Clair Nelson Community Center was one of the biggest reasons to complete the Plan; it allowed the Town to apply for more grants in order to build the Center.

What’s next? Right now we’re at a point where it would be a good idea to revisit and revise the Comprehensive Plan with input from the public indicating what would be best for the community, the Township, Friends of the Finland Community, and the Clair Nelson Community Center. (more…)

Live from Camp Finland

June 17, 2014

The Clair Nelson Center is hosting our first kids day camp this week, thanks to a grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation that is allowing us to expand the activities we offer for area youth, and so far it is a smashing success. In fact, I think if most of the community could see it happening, they would all agree that this is truly the fulfillment of a vision. The work put in by the organizers, Amy and Kathy, has been phenomenal.

The grant money has allowed us to offer a Counselor-in-Training opportunity for some older area youth to assist with leading activities and gain some valuable skills in the process. Various community members have taught classes, from guitar lessons and outdoor survival skills to the Tuesday Talents craft group showing the kids how to make pillows without sewing. The fun and sheer energy is palpable. (more…)

Announcing: Camp Finland!

April 16, 2014

It is our great pleasure to announce that this summer, due to generous support provided by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, The Clair Nelson Youth Program will be offering the first ever CAMP FINLAND!

Camp Finland, a day camp, will be held June 16 – 20th, 10am to 4 pm, with one overnight on June 18th, details to follow. We will be providing breakfast, lunch, snacks – Dinner and smores for the overnight.

It is our intention that Camp Finland provide our young people with a high quality summer camp experience, fostering a lifelong love of discovery, friendship, learning and leadership. Camp Finland Leader-Coordinators are Amy Gardner and Kathy Nelson. We will be drawing in local talent to lead various activities, as well as utilizing interested teenagers and young adults as “Counselors in Training”.

First and Foremost, Camp Finland will be FUN!!!

Camp Finland is open to area children of school age (K-12). Cost is $25 -scholarships are available.

For applications and/or more info call Amy Gardner at 353-7536 or The Clair Nelson Center 353-0300.

March 14-16: 2014 St. Urho’s Day Celebration

February 25, 2014

The 2014 St Urho’s Celebration took place on March 14th, 15th and 16th! The Theme was Hunting and Fishing. Sat, March 15th was the Opener of Hopper Season!

St. Urho is a fictional Finnish saint who is said to have chased away the grasshoppers to save the grape crop. St. Urho’s Day is traditionally March 16th, and there are widespread celebrations across northern Minnesota, and many places with populations of Finnish descent.

In Finland, MN, St. Urho’s Day is celebrated the weekend closest to March 15th. There is a beauty pageant, a parade, music, facepainting, food, snow sculptures, a scavenger hunt and other community festivities.

The 2015 St Urho’s Celebration dates and theme have not yet been set. Dress in purple and green and come on out!