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Clair Nelson Finland Community Center

Kathy Nelson

The Clair Nelson Center is an ideal venue, offering space for rentals and use for groups up to 300 people. Located in Finland Minnesota, the Center offers access to the Baptism River, Superior Hiking Trail, North Shore State Snowmobile and ATV Trail, and is close to many area attractions. With six different rooms to choose from, it is the ideal setting for meetings, workshops, conferences, weddings and other parties. Built in 2010 utilizing cutting-edge green building techniques, the Clair Nelson Center is a unique venue for hosting events in a location midway between Duluth, Grand Marais, and the Iron Range.

The Center is run by a nonprofit organization, Friends of the Finland Community, in partnership with Crystal Bay Township, the local unit of government. Visit Friends of Finland's website for more information.

How to Support

We have multiple events throughout the year that are open to anyone to attend, stop by any community event or make an online donation here.


The Clair Nelson Center also hosts community events that are free and open to the public nearly every day of the week. We provide programming and services for youth, seniors and all members of the community, as well as visitors who happen to stop in! In summer we host the Finland Farmer's Market every Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm continuing through September, the Annual Finland Softball Tournament on the third weekend of July as well as community potlucks the last Sunday of every month year-round. Visit our website or our Facebook page for a complete calendar of events and more information on what's going on.

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