The annual MNUSA Veterans Snowmobile Ride was in Finland/Silver Bay this year, hosted by the Finland Snowmobile and ATV Club and the Silver Trail Riders. There were over 120 sponsored veterans, and many more volunteers, family, and spectators. We’ve never had so many snowmobiles in the Clair Nelson Center parking lot before (that we know of)! [shashin type=”album” id=”3″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”]
With the help of Mary Mathews, a consultant who specializes in helping communities plan for a prosperous future, on January 9th, 2015, Friends of the Finland Community hosted a conversation centered on the economic future of our region. People came with ideas and input on what is working well, what more could be done and what they would do if money were no object. A list of ideas discussed at the event can be viewed here. Soup, sandwiches and a variety of beverages were provided! This event was funded by a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. Coming soon: Next steps! [shashin type=”album” id=”2″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”]
If you were not able to attend but still wish to give ideas or input, please contact us below!
Lots of folks were on hand for the annual Finland Co-op Company Christmas party for members, employees and community! This year the Clair Nelson Youth Program kids attended and had a blast making ornaments and visiting Santa. The potluck dinner was amazing![shashin type=”album” id=”4″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”]
Over 60 people attended the Square Dance at the Clair Nelson Center on Saturday! Popcorn and lemonade were provided and all ages were welcome. There were some seasoned participants and many newbies, but all were smiling and happy dancers! The event was organized by some of the Wolf Ridge Naturalists, and music was provided by Jess Frost, Bill Hansen, Bump Blomberg, and Cian Gill. A big thanks to everyone who organized and attended this event! Thanks to Callers Hannah Hemmelgarn and Colby Abazs, and thanks very much to the band for their patience as well! Hopefully they were entertained by all of us with extra left feet! There is talk of organizing another square dance in the next few months. Stay tuned for more details! [shashin type=”album” id=”6″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”]
In addition, the race itself can always use more volunteers! [Read more…] about Beargrease Volunteer Meeting
Pudgy Perfetto is the new Crystal Bay Township Road Supervisor!
If you live on a Township Road, call Pudgy at 220–9242 with questions or concerns. He doesn’t bite!
Once again, St Urho is going to drive away those pesky grasshoppers and save the grapes! When the first St Urho’s Day happened in 1976, do you suppose those Finlanders had any idea it would go on for 40 years? March 13th, 14th and 15th, 2015 will be the 40th Annual Celebration! Join us for a fun-filled weekend of remembering your favorite floats and themes, the best of the best in Finland creativity! As usual, plans include the Friday evening Miss Helmi beauty and talent competition, the Saturday Parade at noon on Highway 1 (the only state highway in Minnesota to shut down for a parade!), music, food, crafts and much more! [Read more…] about Get Ready for the 40th Annual St Urho’s Day Celebration in March!
We are pleased to announce that the Clair Nelson Center is now a location for Community Education Classes in partnership with Lake Superior School District. This means that if you read Community Ed’s Good News publication (mailed out 4 times a year to all households in the District), you will see that along with Silver Bay Community Ed and Two Harbors Community Ed, there will also be a section called Finland Community Ed that will showcase classes at the Clair Nelson Center. [Read more…] about Announcing: Community Education Classes in Finland!
Do you care about the future of this community? What kind of future do you envision? Are you interested in taking an active role in creating the future you want to see? What do you like about this area? What are some things that you would like to see happen here?
This may sound familiar. These are the kinds of questions Finland struggled with about 10 years ago when the community came together and created the Crystal Bay Comprehensive Community Plan. At that time, the Project to build the Clair Nelson Community Center was one of the biggest reasons to complete the Plan; it allowed the Town to apply for more grants in order to build the Center.
What’s next? Right now we’re at a point where it would be a good idea to revisit and revise the Comprehensive Plan with input from the public indicating what would be best for the community, the Township, Friends of the Finland Community, and the Clair Nelson Community Center. [Read more…] about We Want Your Feedback! Again. Still. Always.
The Clair Nelson Center is hosting our first kids day camp this week, thanks to a grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation that is allowing us to expand the activities we offer for area youth, and so far it is a smashing success. In fact, I think if most of the community could see it happening, they would all agree that this is truly the fulfillment of a vision. The work put in by the organizers, Amy and Kathy, has been phenomenal.
The grant money has allowed us to offer a Counselor-in-Training opportunity for some older area youth to assist with leading activities and gain some valuable skills in the process. Various community members have taught classes, from guitar lessons and outdoor survival skills to the Tuesday Talents craft group showing the kids how to make pillows without sewing. The fun and sheer energy is palpable. [Read more…] about Live from Camp Finland