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Cook County Middle School students advance to regional HIstory Day

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:26am

Several Cook County Middle School students will be traveling to the University of Minnesota, Duluth to give presentations at the Regional History competition on March 29.

Middle School students have been hard at work in recent weeks, learning about a variety of historical topics as they completed their History Day projects. Unbeknownst to the students, while they were delving into a favorite historical area, they were also fulfilling the Minnesota State Standard for research in eighth grade. The results of their efforts were on display at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on February 21.

Previous History Day participants, Sara Carman, Maddy Roy, Frankie Miller and Owen Anderson helped judge the displays and asked questions of the students.  Several projects were selected to advance to Regional History Day.

Abbey Prom, Maya McHugh and Hanna Borson will present their project on the Vietnam draft. 

Also advancing is Daphne Lacina, who chose to research the Navajo Code Talkers and their right to be recognized for their important contribution to World War II. 

Seventh-grader Leif Anderson will share his research on the rights of the French and the efforts of Joan of Arc. 

Two student groups who produced documentaries will also be attending the regional competition. Bryn Soland, Claire Sherburne and Greg Howe created a documentary on the Birmingham Children’s March. 

Wellesley Howard-Larsen and Linnea Gesch will present their documentary on the rights of the Hawaiian people when they were annexed by the United States. 

Students selected will present their projects again on March 29 at Regional History Day at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.


Free showing of "Cherokee Word for Water" at St. Scholastica in celebration of Women's History Month

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:50pm

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The College of St. Scholastica is hosting a free showing of The Cherokee Word for Water, a motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

The film will be introduced by Melanie Benjamin, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, who will also lead a question and answer session afterward. She was a friend of Mankiller, who died in 2010.

The Cherokee Word For Water will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Burns Wellness Center on the St. Scholastica campus. There’s no admission charge and free refreshments will be provided. Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, The Cherokee Word for Water is about a community coming together to improve its life condition. Led by Mankiller and Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, they join forces and build nearly 20 miles of water line using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the community to trust each other, and reawaken universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness.

Lake Superior Binational Forum invites all to "Mysteries of Lake Superior" presentation at Barkers Island, Superior

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:47pm

Mysteries of Lake Superior, from Top to Bottom will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 at Barkers Island Inn, Superior, Wis.

This Lake Superior Binational Forum offers presentations by regional experts, artists, adventurers, business owners, scientists, Native Americans, and others who are exploring some of the mysterious or unknown aspects of the Lake Superior basin that many people might not know about.

Throughout the day, 25 concurrent sessions about mysterious findings from above the lake, on the water, in the water, on the lake bottom, and around the lake will be offered, such as: Are climate changes really affecting the natural resources in the basin; what are microbeads, how did they get into fish, and should we be concerned; and what are the mysterious "donut" rings buried in sediments hundreds of feet below the surface?

All Forum meetings are free and open to the public with no need to pre-register. 

In conjunction with the forum, there will also be a 90-minute program with regional artists from 5:30 to 7 p.m. designed to showcase the mysterious impact the lake and land around the lake has on people.

Called Lake Superior's Mysteries Through the Arts, five artists will celebrate the uniqueness of life around the lake as interpreted through photography, poetry, original songs, and Native American drums and singing. This event is free and light refreshments will be served. 

Grand Portage elections next week

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 7:13am

The Grand Portage Business committee elections are Tuesday April 1st. Polls open at 8am and close at 8pm.

There are three candidates for the 4-year term of Secretary/Treasurer: April McCormick (Clearwater-Day), Dana Logan and Dennis B. Morrison.

Candidates for Committeeperson – 1, a 4-year term include Amber Porter, Ricky Parent, Toby Stephens, Rob Hull, Mike Keyport, Orlando “Dedo” Swader and Norma Hendrickson-Roth.

Candidates for Committeeperson – 2, also a 4-year term include William “Bill” Myers, John Morrin and Bonnie Johnson.

Getting Home Canned Goods to Market...Safely

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 6:30am

Cook County Extension is co-hosting a webinar Friday March 28th on the home preparation of canned goods for commercial sale.  If you’re thinking about selling your home canned products at a Farmer’s Market or your fabulous cranberry jelly at a local gift shop, then Friday’s webinar is for you.  North Shore Morning host Barb Rawitzer spoke with University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Educator Deb Botzek-Linn, one of the presenters, on North Shore Morning.

The webinar will be at the Cook County Courthouse from 12:30 to 3:30pm, Friday March 28th.  More information from Diane at 387-3015.

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Mysteries of Lake Superior, from Top to Bottom

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:18am

The Lake Superior Binational Forum hosts ‘the Mysteries of Lake Superior, from Top to Bottom’, Friday March 28th.  It’s a day of speakers and discussion at Barkers Island Inn, in Superior Wisconsin.  North Shore Morning host Joe Detrick learns more in this interview with the Forum's U.S. coordinator Lissa Radke.   

A schedule of presenters and more information is in the agenda.


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