Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship Accepting Applications Until April 1st, 2022!

January 19, 2022

The Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship is accepting applications now through April 1st. Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarships offer financial assistance to high school seniors and adult residents of School District 381. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in a vocational or technical field. Vocational career fields are usually considered to be those that require two years or less of postsecondary education or training. Three scholarships of $500 each are awarded annually. Applications are accepted January 1st to April 1st of each year. Applications can be obtained through the guidance offices at the high schools in Two Harbors and Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Silver Bay Service Centers, and are also available here. When Friends of Finland took over managing the Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship in 2011, the Fund was just over $14,000 and had only a few regular donors. We gave out 4 scholarships of $250 each annually to students…

The Finland Community Youth Program is looking for Youth Night Workers!

January 1, 2022

Position will work with other Youth Night Staff to collaborate in creating and running high-quality youth activities for area children ages 5 to 18. Position will provide supervision and guidance as needed at weekly Youth Night which offers open gym, arts and crafts, and a teen room, as well as occasional special events & outings. Must also be able to participate in occasional staff planning meetings and trainings. Applications are available for download, and paper copies are available at the Clair Nelson Center – inquire with Honor, Nancy, Kelly or Youth Night Staff. Download the application here. (Please return to Honor, Nancy, Kelly or Youth Night Staff at the Clair Nelson Center).

Art of Hosting: World Class Collaborative Leadership Training in Finland, Minnesota

November 18, 2021

Finland has always accomplished community goals by working together. It’s part of how we have survived as a community. It’s why the Finland Co-op is still here after 108 years. It’s how the old Finn Hall was built. It’s how the old Rec Hall was moved to Finland from the Forest Center logging camp and set up to serve the needs of the community at that time. It’s how we built the Clair Nelson Center. There are many other examples through the years. It’s easy to be influenced by the big world out there though. The overarching culture we also live within tells us to be rugged individuals, overcoming adversity alone. I would argue that even though many of us are indeed seriously rugged individuals, none of us can overcome our personal or community issues alone. We need other people. We need community. We can accomplish so much together that…

A Great Loss to Our Community: Kiva (Dennis) Black

October 27, 2021

Kiva Black  – July 26, 1963 ~ September 19, 2021 Kiva (Dennis) Black passed away September 19th after a short battle with stage IV colon cancer. Kiva was an integral part of the region, working as Sales Manager for the North Shore Journal, and very active in the community, living in the Finland area.  His positive nature made friends everywhere he went.  He was a big proponent of local food and sustainable agriculture and his love of gardening was well known. He was an integral part of the beginning of the Finland Food Chain project. He will be very much missed. Part of Kiva’s memorial was that he wished people would donate to Friends of Finland to support our work, most specifically the work we are doing through the Finland Food Chain to support local agriculture and a thriving local food system. A number of people have made donations in…

From Concept to Completion! Finland Wild Rice House “Caps” its Journey

October 27, 2021

The Finland Wild Rice House – Manoomin Waakaa’igan – Villirisi Talo capped off its first season with a shed roof built by Sonju Lake Sawmill and Timber Framing. It has been an interesting season for wild rice. The drought impacted rice stalks and bed numbers, some waterways were deemed inaccessible due to forest fires or lack of water for a canoe, and the fire bans left most processors unable to parch their rice!  However, even with all of the challenges, the Wild Rice House still made leaps and bounds toward its goals! The Wild Rice House Processing Facility processed over 2000 pounds of finished rice with more than 18 customers. The mentorship program gave 5 wonderful mentees experiences they will cherish for a lifetime and the project team hopes to offer those experiences to many more next season! There are also plans to try out processing other small-grains to potentially…