Minda Nelson is a 24 year-old entrepreneurial businesswoman from Hugo, Minnesota. She finished her AS in Business at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She will be going to Century college and is hopeful to be a U of M student someday soon.
Minda plans on building her own non-profit that works with breeding endangered species and promoting green businesses. After this summer, Minda will be starting her new role as Vice President of the Minnesota State College Student Association.
Minda is the only intern this summer with previous experience at the center. She first heard about the center through Peter Wahlstrom, her ethics professor at Anoka-Ramsey. “Peter is strict and straightforward. He’s 10 minutes late to every class, but he’s very relaxed when he comes up here,” she said.
She decided to come back this summer because of the unique community that welcomes all visitors. “Anyone is welcome here, there’s no judgement,” she said.
She remembers one of her first interactions with Will vividly. “He was telling a story and then in the middle of the story, he got up and walked away. I guess he had another thought and his train of thought on the story disappeared, so he disappeared, because he started thinking about another thing. I looked at him as scramble-minded, but he’s just got so many thoughts going through his mind,” she said.
Minda wants to work on herself this summer. “When I’m down in the cities I don’t have time to relax. When you’re up here you work hard and relax after the work day, getting into a good life balance, she said.”
She is also looking forward to putting her mark on the center through the stonemasonry and other work projects that the interns will be doing.
Minda recalls the First week here being the toughest. Getting used to the hard work everyday has been her greatest challenge. “The soreness goes away, but you also get used to the soreness,” she said.
She misses running water for dishes and family, and her toothbrush. One of her favorite dishes was the lasagna that she prepared with Nick for the rest of the interns in her second week. The rhubarb cake for Jake’s birthday was also really good,” she said.
During her free time, Minda enjoys reading and writing, hanging out with the residents and sorting through Will’s memorabilia. Interns can rely on Minda for her ambitious nature, experience, and knowledge of the center. One fun fact about Minda is that she can stick frame a house.

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