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 www.superiorsalt.com. 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…

Healthy Happy Kids Make a Healthy Happy Community!

June 30, 2015

The Finland Community Youth Program was started four years ago by Elli King when the Clair Nelson Center had just opened and Elli and other parents were observing that there was a glaring lack of activities for kids in the area. Elli very generously donated her time to get Thursday night Youth Night off the ground back then and began organizing and applying for funding. From the very beginning, the Finland Co-op has donated snacks. Since it started, the Program has grown by leaps and bounds. From about 10 children each week in those early days, to nearly 30 kids every week in 2015, the program now requires more oversight, organization, volunteer help and funding. Two years ago, thanks to support from the North Shore Collaborative, we were able to hire Amy Gardner to coordinate the Program and Kathy Nelson as her assistant. Funding from the Northland Foundation has helped…

Food & Folk Art of Mexico Fundraiser

June 5, 2015

The Food and Folk Art of Mexico Fundraiser was an amazing and beautiful event! Pictures don’t do it justice! Thanks to everyone who came out to dine and bid on items in the silent auction, thanks to the cooks and volunteer helpers and also thanks to Zups for saving us from a small cucumber crisis! Pictures here