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…

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…

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,…

Learn Screenprinting with the Finland Community Youth Program!

November 9, 2020

Announcing SISU STEW!

October 16, 2020

We know that things have been tough this year. Cooler weather and declining light are upon us. Woodsheds are being filled, and there may be just a little stress about managing to “get it all done” before winter finally comes. None of this has been made any easier with COVID-19 keeping us from having our normal community gatherings. In this time, we all need some comfort, normalcy, community, and some extra determination. Wanting to offer strength, share happiness, and say thank you to our wonderful community, we are offering a special treat: Sisu Stew! Sisu stew is a harvest stew, designed to warm you to the bone and give you a little extra sisu. Sisu is an unending determination. Something we could all use these days. Sisu is a Finnish concept, brought here by the founders of our community. Those Finnish settlers sure had a lot of sisu, and their…