COVID Decisions for Clair Nelson Center – Phase 3

June 5, 2020

Dear Folks, It’s been a long weird couple of months since this COVID-19 thing started and we had to make the hard decision to suspend community activities at the Clair Nelson Center. Now things are opening up again, kind of, and we are in the position of having to figure out what is allowed and what is not and also, what is safe and what is not. A complicating factor is that we are usually a “multi-use facility.” Many different activities can happen here at the same time. Normally that is a strength. We have often bragged about how much use this place was getting some days. Tuesdays used to be amazing, with the Craft Ladies in the meeting room, Toddler Playtime in the gym or outside, people coming and going all day, and meetings and basketball in the evenings. We really miss all of that. We’re confident that those…

Contest For Youth Program Kids!

May 28, 2020

From the Youth Night Staff @ the Finland Community Center UUUUGH!! Is this still happening? Alright kids, here’s what’s up. We’ve been cooped up and isolated for a few months now and we know it’s getting old, but it ain’t gonna last forever. Here at the World Headquarters for Northwoods Youth Funness (AKA The Clair Nelson Finland Community Center) we are actively working on getting  you back together in all new ways that will include keeping you safe from this coronavirus thing. You’ll be hearing more about that very soon, but for now we figured we’d just send you some cool stuff that’ll get you out of the house and having fun right away.  So, as well as sending you fun things to play with, we’re also announcing the beginning of our 1st-ever Youth Program  Graphic Art Contest for all YP kids ages 9-16. The prizes will include: 1st place:…

Community During COVID-19

April 14, 2020

Dear Community folks, we miss you! It’s good that we are all sheltering in place and doing our part to keep our most vulnerable community members safe and healthy, but it feels pretty strange to run a Community Center that community members can’t visit right now. It’s even harder when we know that some of our friends and neighbors are really struggling. There are some positives. We are getting a lot of maintenance, cleaning, and reorganizing work done at the Clair Nelson Center right now while it’s closed. We are checking in regularly (via teleconference) with program staff to adapt and plan for the future and to make sure staff are supported during this time. Staff have really stepped up to keep themselves and others safe while still enthusiastically collaborating online on projects that can be done now while we wait for the time when we can all see each…

Clair Nelson Center Temporarily Closed to the Public

March 24, 2020

Dear Community Folks, We are unfortunately in a situation where we are required to temporarily close the Clair Nelson Center to the public in the interest of public health to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The Center will be closed to the public beginning March 25, 2020 with all programs suspended indefinitely. We will continue to maintain office hours as much as possible, but staff will only be accessible via phone (218-353-0300) and email during this time. Office hours will be Tuesdays 10am-4pm, Wednesdays 10am-3pm, Thursdays 10am-3pm, and Fridays 10am-4pm. The outdoor bathroom and the entryway/library area will remain open. We ask that people use these areas one at a time to comply with social distancing recommendations, touch as few surfaces as possible, and leave each area as tidy as you found it. Internet will continue to be available. The wi-fi password is posted in the front entryway.…

The ’20s are Roaring Already! St Urho Wrap-up Info

March 17, 2020

The theme of Finland’s 45th Annual St Urho’s Celebration was St Urho Makes the ’20s Roar! The big weekend was March 13th, 14th and 15th, 2020. Paljon kiitoksia (Thank you very much!) to the many many people who helped to make the 45th Annual St Urho’s Celebration happen. From the guys who put the sign up over the highway, to the folks in the parade, to all the raffle ticket sellers, to the businesses that helped out by donating prizes or selling raffle tickets and buttons, you all help make this event happen. Thank you so much! The festivities were impacted somewhat by the developing situation with COVID19, but the parade went on as scheduled, and it was a beautiful day! This year’s raffle drawing winners were: 1st Prize: $600 – Dave McDonough from New Hope, MN 2nd Prize: $300 – Darlene Hoff from Little Marais, MN 3rd Prize: $200…