New Survey Finds Moms on Front Lines of Children’s Education

Most mothers identify with role of ‘Chief Education Officer’ according to
a Sylvan Learning survey

Duluth, MN (Grassroots Newswire) January 27, 2014 — A new Sylvan Learning
survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive among 5,000 U.S. adults in
December 2013, finds that nearly 9 in 10 mothers of school-aged children
regard themselves as having principal responsibility for their child’s
academics. According to the survey, 88% of moms of children aged 6–17
actually see themselves in the role of “Chief Education Officer.”

Cheryl Hynes of Sylvan Learning located in Duluth applauded this finding.

“Sylvan has long recognized that the best educational outcomes are the
result of strong partnerships and cooperation between families and
educators,” said Hynes. “Mothers have always been at the forefront of that
relationship. But we are especially encouraged to see that they now
realize that they must ramp up their game as ‘Chief Education Officers’ to
ensure their children succeed when schools are under-resourced or children
need supplementary learning support.”

The survey indicates that most mothers also plan to increase the role they
play in their children’s academic lives. In fact, a majority (80%) of moms
of school-aged children revealed that they plan to take a more active role
in their students’ education in the upcoming year.

“Most mothers today realize that students often may need more than schools
can provide,” said Hynes. “According to the survey, four in five
moms—79 percent—agree that using outside academic resources to supplement
in-school instruction helps ensure they are doing the best they can for
their children.”

To help moms become more effective Chief Education Officers, Sylvan
Learning located in Duluth is offering five simple tips:

* Engage actively in your children’s education. Do more than ask “How was
school today?” Check homework daily, help set homework and study
schedules, join the PTA and volunteer at school.

* Develop a relationship with your children’s teachers. Communicate with
them regularly. Learn how they prefer to communicate—email, phone or
face-to-face. Listen to teachers’ advice and counsel, and ask for
suggestions on what other things you can do to help your children.

* Seek information and be a smart education consumer. Just as you would
research medical treatment for your children or the proper sports
equipment to succeed on the field, explore programs and services within
and outside your children’s school.

* Set a good example. Parents who read every day have children who read
every day. Be an educational role model for your children.

* Motivate learning through encouragement and rewarding positive behavior.
Nagging is a short-term solution. Inspiration will have a lifelong impact.

For additional tips and resources, please contact Cheryl Hynes of Sylvan
Learning located in Duluth at (218) 723-1551,
http://tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/centers/55811, or
sylvan805@charterinternet.net.

Survey Methodology: The survey was conducted online within the United
States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Sylvan Learning from Dec. 18–23,
2013 among 5,082 adults age 18 and older, of whom 471 are mothers of
children age 6–17 living in their household. This online survey is not
based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical
sampling error can be calculated.

About Sylvan Learning, Inc.
With more than 30 years of experience and more than 800 locations
throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of
personal learning for students in grades K–12. As the leader in
supplemental education, Sylvan is transforming how students learn,
inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring
approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad®
for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan programs include study skills,
math, reading, writing and test prep for college entrance and state exams.
Sylvan also provides educational services to public and nonpublic schools.
The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Baltimore,
Maryland. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit
www.SylvanLearning.com or Sylvan’s Mom Minded blog at
www.SylvanLearning.com/blog.

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Minnesota History Pass opens doors for sixth graders

Any child who is in 6th grade in Minnesota is eligible to receive the 6th Grade Minnesota History Pass. The pass will provide free admittance for the student (only the 6th grader, not parents or siblings) to all MHS locations through Aug. 31, 2014. The pass may not be used for field trips, paid programs or specially priced exhibits.
This new program has been developed to support the new state academic standards, which designate Minnesota state history and government as the primary focus of 6th grade social studies curriculum.
For more information or to request a History Pass for your 6th grader, please visit www.mnhs.org/education.

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From Digital Pacifiers to Brain Vitamins, how to buy eBooks for your kids

By Sherry Maysonave

Ebooks are not only fun for kids, but they’re also unique teaching tools. Digital media offer children a whole new way to learn. Some people mistakenly think of ebooks as digital pacifiers when, in fact, they’re actually vitamins for the brain and can open up whole new stimulating worlds for children.

Parents can maximize this opportunity by selecting ebooks and games that blend education with entertainment. Look for products that grow your child’s skill level, such as ones with expansive vocabulary. Another key is to seek products that incorporate the three primary learning modalities—visual, audio, and kinesthetic— all at one time, which creates a multi-sensory experience.

Here are six tips for using interactive ebooks to engage your kids both mentally and emotionally:

1) Visual Sense:
Choose illustrated ebooks that are visually-rich, those having artful (not merely stick-figure kiddy art) and colorful graphics to fully engage children visually and to stimulate their imaginations.

2) Audio Sense:
Select ebooks that have two modes of reading:
Read to Me mode: narration with enhanced sound—music and sound effects. Narrators should exhibit perfect enunciation and have healthy, positive voice tones. Tap words to hear them over again. Narration will begin again from that point as many times as tapped.
Read Myself mode.

To optimize audio integration, allow children to first enjoy and explore the narrated version with enhanced sound. Then, encourage reading alone. To further practice oral reading skills, host auditions for “best narrators.” Use recorders or smart phones to tape children’s versions. Encourage them to get creative by adding fun sound effects and music along with their narration. Parents may record for younger children who are not yet reading advanced vocabulary. Involve them and make it theirs by including their voice on the recording. Have them read, speak, or repeat after you, some of the words or short sentences.

3) Kinesthetic Sense:
Encourage tapping and touching of the screen to activate kinesthetic and interactive components. To maximize these features, have kids zoom in and out on art images, tap for duplication or animation of images, and tap words for definitions. For hands-on activities, iPad users can take screen shots of illustrations, then print them in black and white for kids to color, paint, trace, copy, and/or cut out.

4) Emotional Components:
A. Host a live chat to discuss stories and illustrations with children. Use the power of questions by asking what’s their favorite illustration? And why? How well does it match the story text? What would they choose to draw if they were the illustrator? Inquire about their favorite words, etc. Avoid asking, “What did you learn?”
B. Support the hero in your child. Develop their subjective thinking skills by helping them analyze the subtler life lessons typically embedded in children’s narratives. Kids do not always integrate what we think they will. Help them come to positive conclusions by asking them questions about the main character or characters, asking what they liked about them/him/her and didn’t like about them. Ask how they would respond to the dilemma or conflict if they were that character.

5) Language Development:
Give kids a choice of two illustrations from an ebook or have them select two favorites. Then have them write a new story, poem, song, screenplay, or sit-com script based upon the illustrations and what the images inspire in their imagination. Older kids can be required to have a lexical humor slant to their story, poem, screenplay, or TV show script and/or to choose a genre such as comedy or drama.

6) Memory and Family Fun:
Further develop kids’ memory and integration by extending the subject matter into family time by playing games, such as charades, using vocabulary-rich phrases from selected ebooks your children enjoy. A family/friends version of Who’s Smarter than a Fifth Grader can be played using the Fun Facts that some ebooks provide. To enhance family-dinner conversations and stimulate imagination, take a key sentence from kids’ favorite ebooks, and then create a new story from there. Family members can contribute in round-robin IMPROV style until new story is complete. Parents must participate and appear to enjoy. Kids will mimic parents’ attitudes.

MRI studies show that the use of imagination and multi-sensory experiences that ebooks can offer actually increase blood flow to the brain. Blood flow is connected to neuronal activity where new synapses can be created and dormant ones reactivated. Brains are not static; they can, and do, change.

So make your kids smarter by employing electronic devices as fun, learning tools rather than just digital pacifiers.

Sherry Maysonave is the author of the children’s ebook, “EggMania: Where’s the Egg In Exactly.” Visit her online at: www.maniatales.com.

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Family pass for The Beach in Cloquet is money well spent

Fun at The Beach in Cloquet

It may not feel like summer swimming weather yet, but it’s coming and so is the opening of The Beach swimming pond in Cloquet’s beautiful Pinehurst Park.

And, at $39 for an individual pass, $69 for a family pass, and $109 for the licensed childcare pass, I can’t think of a better summertime investment, especially for families.

When we lived in Pocatello, Idaho, the city had a beautiful swimming complex. Granted, it was pretty much all concrete, but there was a lazy river, swimming pool, water slides, a toddler play structure … and the price for a family pass was $275 a summer. I’d rather pay $69 and be able to sit in the grass, build a sand castle and frolic in the water at the swimming pond here in Cloquet.

It’s the perfect blend of lake and swimming pool. There’s sand, but no boats. Water that doesn’t sting your eyes (too much) but no fish or icky weeds and mud grabbing at your feet. And, best of all, there are trained lifeguards on hand helping watch over the swimmers.

The Beach opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 and it will be open daily from 11 am - 7 p.m. (closed for inclement weather) until Aug. 12, when hours change to 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The Beach will close for the season on August 30. Daily admission is $3 per person and credit cards are not accepted. Pre-season pass sale: Buy before June 8 and save $10 Buy your pass at the Community Education office during their extended office hours on Thursday, June 6 and Friday June 7,  7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. or online at http://www.cloquet.k12.mn.us/communityed. Prices go up $10 after June 7. Once the Beach opens, the price goes up to:  $49 single pass, $79 family pass, $119 licensed childcare pass.

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Library offers crafts, puzzles March 20-27 for kids in connection with One Book selection

Children will make an attractive sun catcher to welcome spring and create interest in this year’s One Book, One Community choice: “Clara and Mr. Tiffany.” Beginning March 20, the first day of spring, children attending preschool story time will make a paper version of a stained glass sun catcher.

School-age children will be able to “make ’n take” the project outside school hours via a craft table that will be set up in the Children’s Section of the library March 20-27.

For older children and teens, the library will offer a pentominoes puzzle. A set of pentominoes is a mathematical tool consisting of 12 pieces. Each piece is made up of five squares that share at least one side. Youth can challenge themselves by creating a pentominoes puzzle.

The pentominoes puzzle is inspired by the book “Chasing Vermeer” by Blue Balliett, the children’s book selection for One Book, One Community. The book’s storyline features the pentominoes puzzle as well as a code hidden in the illustrations throughout the book.

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A book list made to order for anyone — of any age — who loves northern Minnesota

As I’ve gotten busier, I find that I don’t have time to read every bestseller that comes out across the country. However, I do try to make time for Minnesota-based books, because I can find out more about my adopted state and enjoy a good read at the same time. To my delight, I now have a ready-made list of such books to pursue, thanks to the University of Minnesota Duluth library, which announced candidates for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards today. Each May, the regional book community comes together to honor new titles that “capture the spirit of the Northland” and substantially represent northeastern Minnesota.

Volunteer readers are currently reading and evaluating 49 books published in 2012 and nominated in six categories. Why not read a few of these yourself?

25th Annual NEMBA Nominees

FICTION
Beneath the Palisade: Reliance, Joel Skelton, Dreamspinner Press
Convergence at Two Harbors, Dennis Herschbach, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Crooked Miles, Woven World: A Novella & Short Stories, Bruce Henricksen, Lost Hills Books
Headaches Can Be Murder, Marilyn Rausch and Mary Donlon, North Star Press of St. Cloud
HellBurger, David P. Holmes, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Laman’s River, Mark Munger, Cloquet River Press
The Lighthouse Road: A Novel, Peter Geye, Unbridled Books
The Long-Shining Waters, Danielle Sosin, Milkweed Editions
A Passage of Redemption, Pat McGauley, PJM Publishing
Superior Storm: A Lake Superior Mystery, Tom Hilpert, CreateSpace
Waters of the Dancing Sky, Janet Kay, CreateSpace
Whistling Pines: A Mystery, Dean L. Hovey, CreateSpace
POETRY
Beacons of the Earth and Sky: Paintings and Poetry Inspired by the Natural World, Diana Randolph, Savage Press
The Boy Who Slept Under the Stars: A Memoir in Poetry, Roseann Lloyd, Holy Cow! Press
The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota, Jim Johnson, Red Dragonfly Press
Flood Isle 2012, Eileen Keen, McGregor Printing & Graphics
Grace Intoxicated, Kyle Elden, art by Kate Whittaker, Driftwood Press
The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems, Barton Sutter, BOA Editions
Revisited: Notes on Bob Dylan, Scott F. Parker, North Star Press of St. Cloud
NONFICTION
Boundary Waters Canoe Camping, Cliff Jacobson, FalconGuides
Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness: A Sawbill Log, Stephen Wilbers, The History Press
Company Town: An Oral History about Life in Silver Bay, Minnesota, 1950s-1980s, Kent Kaiser, ed., Insight Publishing
Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Anton Treuer, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press
Finns in Minnesota, Arnold R. Alanen, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Ghost Burglar, Jack Burch and James D. King, Savage Press
Hawk Ridge: Minnesota’s Birds of Prey, Laura Erickson, illustrated by Betsy Bowen, University of Minnesota Press
A History of Lutsen: Gateway to the Wilderness, Robert Mc Dowell, Lutsen History Press
History of the Bagley Nature Area Neighborhood, University of MN, Duluth (and Other Stories), John R. Larson, Lulu
Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood, Tony Dierckins and Maryanne C. Norton, Zenith City Press/X-Communication
The Minnesota Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction, and More, Chris Niskanen, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Minnesota’s Outdoor Wonders, Jim Gilbert, photos by David Brislance, Nodin Press
Rez Salute: The Real Healer Dealer, Jim Northrup, Fulcrum Publishing
Upon Arrival of Illness, Coming to Terms with the Dark Companion, anthology of Kelly Calhane Prize essay winners, Savage Press
MEMOIR/CREATIVE NONFICTION
Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids: A Family Sailing Adventure, Katya Goodenough Gordon, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Can’t Never Did Nothin’: A Minnesota Pioneer Memoir, Glenn W. Ekbom with Clyde W. Ekbom, Savage Press
Danny Boy, Karen M. Collins, family, and friends, Savage Press
For Love of Lakes, Darby Nelson, Michigan State University Press
Going Full Circle: A 1,555-Mile Walk Around the World’s Largest Lake, Mike Link and Kate Crowley, Lake Superior Port Cities
Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration, Lonnie Dupre, Keen Editions
My Mother Is Now Earth, Mark Anthony Rolo, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press
Suitcase Full of Horses, Cheri Beatty, CrossBooks
Two Bucks and a Can of Gas: Model A Adventures on the Gunflint Trail, Robert R. Olson, North Shore Press/Northern Wilds Media
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Frozen, Mary Casanova, University of Minnesota Press
Keeping Safe the Stars, Sheila O’Connor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
The Map Maker, Matthew J. Krengel, North Star Press of St. Cloud
One Frozen Lake, Deborah Jo Larson, paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Summer of the Wolves, Polly Carlson-Voiles, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
ART/PHOTOGRAPHY
Another Year on the Gunflint Trail, Nace Hagemann, Gunflint Trail Productions
Words and Pictures, Louis Jenkins, images by Richard C. Johnson, Will ‘o the Wisp Books
Presented by the University of Minnesota Duluth Library in collaboration with Friends of the Duluth Public Library, this will be the 25th annual NEMBA competition.
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Pine Valley tubing hill open for President’s Day long weekend

Thanks to Mother Nature dropping close to 5-inches of the white stuff last Sunday, just in time for a four-day weekend off school in Cloquet, the Tubing Hill at Pine Valley is opening this weekend!

The Hill will be open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 and concessions will be available for purchase at the chalet.

“We were starting to wonder if we would be able to open this year, but the snow came just in time,” said Ruth Reeves, Community Education director, noting that the hill didn’t open at all last year.
Reeves said the plan is to be open weekends through March 17 if the snow holds out or increases.
Tubing enthusiasts and sledders are asked to stay off the ski jumping hills as those have been groomed for the jumpers.

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Finding life balance

Here’s some practical advice for overstressed community leaders, parents and others from Leadership and Civic Engagement Extension Educator Jody Horntvedt. May you find balance.

Finding life balance

By Jody Horntvedt, University of Minnesota Extension

ROSEAU, Minn. — Finding balance in life is a much sought after goal for many individuals.  Leaders in communities too often feel the pressures of work, family and community responsibilities, feeling that things are “out of control.”  This often leads to dissatisfaction, frustration, and feeling undervalued.  Fortunately, this doesn’t need to be the way you live your life.  There ARE things that you can control which will help you find the balance needed in your life!

 

Begin by taking some time to analyze your life by writing down the responsibilities you have in three categories:  family, work, community.  Once you’ve named the major roles, expand your notes to include activities, objects or persons that relate to each of those roles.  Then, think about which of those items are the ones that might be the “major stressors” in your life which keep you “out-of-balance”.

 

Dealing with the major stressors in your life is important.  Take a close look at each of your stressors and then find ways to begin overcoming them.  Here are a few strategies for you to consider…

 

If your stress can be defined as OVERLOAD or ROLE CONFLICTS, here are some ideas that might help:

ü  Establish priorities among and within your roles

ü  Lower standards

ü  Hire help, use labor-saving devices

ü  Reorganize household roles with spouse and children taking on more responsibility

ü  Define and agree with spouse what is considered to be major and minor parental role responsibilities

ü  Work more efficiently and plan time more carefully

 

If your stress is identified as PERSONAL IDENTITY ISSUES, some things that might help include:

ü  Separate work and family roles.  Leave work and work-related problems at the office.

ü  Compromise occupational goals at certain life cycle stages

ü  Maintain optimistic outlook on your lifestyle

ü  Establishing and maintain friendships with others in similar situations

 

If there are WORKPLACE stressors, you might try:

ü  Negotiating work arrangements such as flexible scheduling and job sharing

ü  Communicate with colleagues and seek their suggestions

ü  Work on “naming” and then “minimizing” the stressors that you can control

 

If it is some of the LITTLE THINGS around your home (like the shoes piled inside the back door or piles of mail) that are causing you stress, you might try:

ü  Involve everyone in your family to discuss and strategize options

ü  Focus on one “little thing” at a time until you get it figured out!

 

Finding balance in your life is important for your well-being as an individual.  It is also important that community leaders find ways to balance so that they can be more effective in their leadership roles – and that translates into a healthier community where volunteers are effective in their efforts and helping to make their community a better place to live.  If you’d like to know more healthy leaders and healthier communities, call (1-888-241-4546) or email (hornt001@umn.edu) me!

Jody Horntvedt is a Leadership and Civic Engagement Extension Educator with University of Minnesota Extension.

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Don’t let your turkey fryer get the better of you this Thanksgiving

SAINT PAUL, MN –The Minnesota Department of Commerce urges family chefs to use caution when frying turkeys this Thanksgiving.  Each holiday season, fire related insurance claims skyrocket.  As one might expect, grease and oil fires from turkey fryers play a large role in creating this spike. In fact, Minnesota is currently ranked eighth in the nation for the highest number of cooking-related insurance claim submissions on Thanksgiving Day.

 

“Every year, Minnesotans suffer serious injury and damage to their homes from deep frying turkeys,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “If you are going to deep fry your turkey this week, use care and caution; take your turkey outside and keep it away from your home and any flammable items. Play it safe, and your family will have much to be thankful for this Holiday Season.”

 

The National Fire Protection Association reports that most turkey fryers use large amounts of cooking oil heated to extreme temperatures. The oil is often uncovered and dangerous to its surroundings; exposed hands and arms are particularly vulnerable to splatters when dropping the thawed turkey into the cooking pot. It is reported that U.S. fire departments respond to more than 1,000 fires each year caused by turkey fryers, resulting in $15 million in property damage and injuries.

 

In recent years, William Shattner has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to highlight the risks and dangers of deep frying turkeys around the holidays. Mr. Shattner warns that the combination of cooking oil, turkey, and steam can cause the pot to overflow and possibly ignite the oil on the fryer’s open flame. The results can be devastating. Turkey fryer mishaps have resulted in an overwhelming number of medical burns and property damage claims.

 

Not one to avoid dramatics, according to Mr. Shattner: “Fire, metal, oil, and turkey are glorious when in harmony. But their power is unrelenting in careless hands.”

 

Due to the popularity of Shattner’s “Eat, Fry, Love” public service announcement released last year, a remix was released in 2012 to keep the safety tips at the top of mind as Thanksgiving chefs plan Thursday’s meal. All Minnesotans are encouraged to take a few minutes and make this video part of their family holiday tradition.

 

In addition to advising the utmost caution, Commissioner Rothman is also encouraging all homeowners to protect their investments and possessions in preparation for any potential mishaps. Rothman reminds all Minnesotans that creating a home inventory of items and possessions is an important tool for recovering losses through insurance claims if items are damaged or destroyed in an event like a fire.

 

“People don’t like to dwell on the possibility of a major home disaster – especially during the holidays,” said Rothman. “But people need to realize that they may be throwing away some of their insurance coverage if they don’t take the time to prepare an inventory.”

 

Home Inventory

Visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce website to learn how to create a home inventory.  Minnesotans who use smart phones can download the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) myHOME Scr.APP.book for both iPhone and Android phones. The inventory app captures images, descriptions, and serial numbers of household possessions, then organizes the information by room or category.  The app even creates a back-up file for email sharing.

 

Tips to Prevent Turkey Fryer Accidents

 

Take William Shattner’s word for it ­– Watch Eat, Fry, Love and Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix to understand the dangers associated with frying turkeys and the easy steps to avoid disaster.

 

Just don’t do it – The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor, oil based, turkey fryers.  For those who enjoy their turkey fried, it is recommended that consumers buy directly from a grocery store or restaurant, or consider turkey fryers that don’t use oil.

 

Location, location, location – If you are going to deep fry a turkey, make sure you do so outdoors on a flat, hard surface such as concrete.  It is also recommended that this location be a safe distance away from buildings and other property.

 

Easy does it – Make sure you don’t overfill the fryer with cooking oil.  Take into account the amount of oil that will be displaced by the turkey itself and don’t forget about the steam and bubbles that will eventually factor in.

 

Don’t slack off – Never leave the fryer unattended and always make sure to keep children and pets away from it.  Keep an eye on the pot’s temperature and turn it off immediately if it begins to smoke.

 

Don’t bring water to a grease fight – If an oil and grease fire does occur, do not try to put it out with water.  Have a fire distinguisher on hand and be prepared to call 9-1-1 in emergency situations.

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Make like Indiana Jones and check out Minnesota archaeology week

Minnesota Archaeology Week is September  8 – 16
Fun events throughout the state highlight the role of archaeology in fostering better understanding and appreciation of Minnesota’s cultural heritage.

ST. PAUL – Minnesotans have a great opportunity to tour ancient rock carvings, craft arrowheads and axes, and celebrate  a 19th-Century Voyageur trading festival as part of  Minnesota Archaeology Week. These are just a few of the more than 15 events and activities that will be hosted at locations throughout the state September 8 through 16.

The week kicks-off with the Minnesota Archaeology Fair at Fort Snelling State Park. The two-day event will include a variety of activities that illustrate and explain Minnesota archaeology including poster and artifact displays, demonstrations of flint-knapping and pottery-making, and canoe rides. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 9.

Archaeology Week is a statewide event with fairs, open houses, festivals and programs happening throughout the state. A comprehensive list of events and additional information is available at www.osa.admin.state.mn.us. All Archaeology Week events are open to the public and are free of charge, though in some cases there are associated site admission fees.

Following are two of the events planned for our region:

Pine City
Fall Gathering: Festival of the Voyageur
Celebrate a 19th-Century fall gathering as hundreds of re-enactors
portraying Ojibwe, voyageurs and fur traders prepare for winter trading
along the Snake River. The event includes fur trade contests,
competitions, shopping and hands-on children’s activities.
Date: Saturday, September 15, 10 am – 9 pm and
Sunday, September 16, 12 – 4 pm
Sponsor: North West Company Fur Post
Location: North West Company Fur Post, 1.5 miles west of
I-35, at Pine City exit 169
Contact: Site Interpretive Center at 320-629-6356
Note: There is an admission fee to the site.

Boulder Lake Reservoir
Artifact Displays and Avocational Archaeology Program
Local avocationals will display artifacts collected from the Reservoir
Lakes. Most of the sites within the reservoir basins have eroded since
the reservoirs were constructed around 100 years ago and the private
collections are the best records of those sites. Archaeologists will be on
hand to identify artifacts and discuss local archaeology, including a
program to record collections and recognize the contributions of private
collectors.
Date: Sunday, September 16, 1-3 pm
Sponsor: Minnesota Power
Location: Boulder Lake Environmental Center, 7328 Boulder
Dam Road. 218-721-3731
Contact: Sue Mulholland at 218-624-5489
Note: The event is free and open to the public.

Minnesota Archaeology Week has been held annually since 1995 with the goal of promoting interest in archaeology and an appreciation of the state’s diverse cultural heritage. The Office of State Archaeologist is the main sponsor of Archaeology Week, with additional sponsorship support coming from the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Archaeological Society, the State Historic Preservation Office, the University of Minnesota, and a number of local state parks, archaeological societies and other partners.

 

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