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Linda LeGarde Grover will discuss her new novel "The Road Back to Sweetgrass" at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder.
Set in northern Minnesota, "The Road Back to Sweetgrass" follows Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie, a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics on the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation.
As young women, all three leave their homes. Margie and Theresa go to Duluth for college and work; there Theresa gets to know a handsome Indian boy, Michael Washington, who invites her home to the Sweetgrass land allotment to meet his father, Zho Wash, who lives in the original allotment cabin. When Margie accompanies her, complicated relationships are set into motion, and tensions over “real Indianness” emerge.
Dale Ann, Margie, and Theresa find themselves pulled back again and again to the Sweetgrass allotment, a silent but ever-present entity in the book; sweetgrass itself is a plant in the Ojibwe ceremonial odissimaa bag, which also contains a newborn baby’s umbilical cord. In a powerful final chapter, Zho Wash tells the story of the first days of the allotment, when the Wazhushkag, or Muskrat, family became transformed into the Washingtons by the pen of a federal Indian agent. This sense of place and home is both tangible and spiritual, and Grover skillfully connects it with the experience of Native women who came of age during the days of the federal termination policy and the struggle for tribal self-determination.
There will be a benefit for Cook County resident Hannah Irvin on Saturday, September 27. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with family friend, Marcia Lacey, about this event on North Shore Morning.
Hannah Irvin Family Benefit
Saturday, September 27 Hovland Town Hall
4:00 - 8:00 PM
Full Turkey Dinner 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Dinner, Silent Auction, Live Music, Games!
Hannah is fighting cancer. Come show your love and support for the Irvin Family!
More information is available from Lisa Bloomquist at 387-9099.
(Photo by SolarisGirl on Flickr)
The Oral Health Task Force and Grand Marais Family Dentistry are sponsoring a "Free Day" at Grand Marais Family Dentistry on October 3, 2014. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Georgene Daubanton of the Oral Health Task Force on North Shore Morning.
Call the dentist office at 387-2774 to schedule an appointment for your child ages 18 months to 18 years of age. Services include: an exam, cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, and/or sealants,
Friends and family of Hannah and Jason Irvin of Hovland are rallying to support the young couple and their three small children as they face a long course of treatment of cancer for Hannah. A benefit will be held at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday, September 27 from 4 - 8 p.m.
There will be a silent auction, fabulous live music, family-friendly games and a turkey dinner with all the fixings. Organizers say dinner will be served “from 5-7ish.”
They also invite all to take part, saying, “Join us as we rally in love, prayer and support around Hannah Irvin and her family.
If you are unable to attend the benefit, but would like to help the family meet medical and living expenses, an account has been set up for the Irvin family at the North Shore Federal Credit Union to accept donations.
On September 16, Cook County’s IS and communications director Rena Rogers told the county board that it is past time to replace the outdated system that was installed at the courthouse in 2003 at a cost of $33,000. The new system would cost 23,860, which sounds like a lot, but according to Rogers, it’s a bargain.
She said, “The phones are falling apart, we are experiencing a number of outages, and the phones we have cannot take advantage of broadband or any of the features available to the new Voice Over Phone service.” Rogers said recently the phones on the second floor of the courthouse went out for several days. “
The proposed system to be purchased from the State of Minnesota will not only offer more and better features, such as remote access, the ability to link with broadband and integrate and save e-mails, but it will save the county money. Rogers estimated that a monthly savings of about $900 will be realized from the $2,200 monthly phone bill because of the elimination of many long-distance toll charges to state agencies and some counties.
Furthermore, the contractor will manage and update the system, thus eliminating the county’s operational responsibilities.
The money needed for purchase and installation is available from a fund that’s been collected from each department over the years for phone replacement.
Rogers said the new system of 85 phone accounts will be installed at the courthouse, recycling center, community center and highway department, but not the Law Enforcement Center. In an effort to cut down confusion and disruptions, Rogers said all of the phone numbers will remain the same as they are now.
The board voted unanimously to purchase the new system.
The Grand Marais Library, in cooperation with the Arrowhead Library System, will present artist and musician Sara Pajunen at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at the library.
In her Laatikko/Box project, Pajunen brings a sampling of the University of Minnesota’s Finnish-American archives to the public. Using violin and voice, she weaves Finnish folk song with both archival audio recordings and conversations with her own Finnish-American family members. During the presentation, participants can view pictures, letters, and other material from Finnish-Americans.
Laatikko/Box is a project about immigration. Our ancestors left a security in culture and language – a place where they knew themselves. People leave spaces all the time: relational spaces, home spaces, habitual spaces. Why do we leave? How long does change take? Is home a physical place? Laatikko/Box provides a space to contemplate these questions from both immigrant and personal perspectives, considering universal human experiences of unknowing, change, discomfort, difference.
The Cedar Cultural Center of Minneapolis commissioned the first presentation of Laatikko/Box last February as part of its 416 Club Commissions series. For the work, Pajunen immersed herself in the Finnish-American Collection of the Immigration History Research Center at Elmer Anderson Library. She explored boxes and audiotapes of spoken words, melodies, and written history with the intention to give them new life. Much like the stages of immigration, Laatikko/Box is a constantly evolving piece.
For more information contact the library at (218) 387-1140.