Briefly 2/7/13

Lincoln writing contest open

ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Historical Society’s “Dear President Lincoln” student writing contest is accepting submissions from sixth- through 12th-graders until April 1, society officials recently announced.
The contest invites students to write a response to President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s speech, delivered at a November 1863 dedication of the battlefield cemetery, is seen by historians as a turning point in American history.
Students interested in entering the contest can find rules by visiting All entries must be submitted online.

One junior high student in grades 6-8 and one senior high student in grades 9-12 will win a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania and an Apple iPad to blog about their experience. The senior division winner is also offered a paid MHS internship opportunity worth up to $1,000. Five students in each age division will be recognized as finalists and receive one-year MHS memberships.
The MHS and Minnesota Civil War Task Force co-sponsor the prizes. Winners are announced May 4 at the “Minnesota and the Civil War” family day at the Minnesota History Center.

Author featured at riverway series

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — Bruce White, author of “We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People,” and co-author of “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota,” will discuss the Dakota and Ojibwe history of the St. Croix Valley at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 N. Hamilton St. in St. Croix Falls.

The Ojibwe and Dakota people have interacted in the St. Croix Valley through trade, inter-marriage and warfare for hundreds of years. A rich record of this interaction is found in the earliest written records of the French and oral traditions of both tribes. The Sunrise River, St. Croix Falls, and Catfish Bar on Lake St. Croix near Afton are among many sites that bear the marks of that common history.
White’s presentation is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. Call 715-483-2274 to reserve up to four seats.

‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser set

Youth United Way of United Way of Washington County-East holds its annual “Empty Bowls” fundraising dinner Feb. 28 at Stillwater Area High School.
Guests at the event dine on a simple soup-and-bread meal and bid on silent auction items that include a Famous Dave’s sauce basket, art pieces donated by local artists, a gift basket from Lake Elmo Bank and new iPod from Cities 97.

Empty Bowls raises awareness of hunger in the St. Croix Valley. Money raised goes to local food shelves and other hunger and youth-oriented programs in the Stillwater community. Each guest can select a locally-made pottery bowl to bring home as a reminder of local hunger issues.

Persons interested in donating bowls or auction items or buying tickets should email [email protected]