Update from the Friends of Finland Board: Welcome New Board Members!

January 1, 2021

The Friends of Finland board just welcomed a number of new members whose terms will begin in January 2021. Continuing board members Lori Walewski (Chair), Lise Abazs (Treasurer), Danielle Hefferan (Secretary), and Greg Hanson set out to recruit and attract a good array of new folks who will be representing the diverse aspects of our community.

Everyone in our area uses the Clair Nelson Community Center and benefits from Friends of Finland’s work and we want to hear more voices as we fulfill our mission to help make Finland and its surrounding area an inviting and vibrant place.

New board members are Kathy Chumley, Randy Duke, Dominic Lehtinen, Kathy Johnson, Kurt Mead, and Terry Miller. All are talented folks who have been active in activities and groups that happen at the Center and we are excited to welcome them to the Friends of Finland Board!

For more information about the role of the Friends of the Finland Board: www.friendsoffinland.org/about/board/ 

For more information about Friends of Finland’s mission, history, structure, and current activities: www.friendsoffinland.org/about/

The Finland Community Nature Childcare is Very Close to Opening!

January 1, 2021

You may have heard already that the Finland Community Nature Childcare has been working with Lake County to
acquire a lease for the currently unused County Forestry House, located right in Finland, between the DNR  building and the Fire Hall, on the north side of Highway 1.

Friends of Finland has incubated this project from an idea proposed at meetings, to the hard work of the project champions Elli King and Randall Walz, as it has grown to become a committee of interested folks who will now become a Board of Directors for the childcare as it spins off into its own nonprofit organization.

One of the most beautiful things to watch with this project has been the support from the community as it has slowly become a reality. Funding from the Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, the Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, the support of Crystal Bay Township and Lake County, as well as private donations, are a huge part of making this thing happen, but the support and input from families and community members has been vital as well.

Working together is powerful! Way to go Finland Community Nature Childcare! We wish you success.

Opening date is yet to be determined, but the group is hoping for March of 2021.

Contact Childcare Director Elli King for more information and/or to be put on a list for an application for
childcare for your kids – finlandchildcare@gmail.com

 

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.