Area Briefs 9/19/13

Museum receives legacy grant

NORTH ST. PAUL — The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting was recently awarded a Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program to begin research on a very old manuscript.
In 1915, four Minnesota Boy Scouts and an adult leader hiked from St. Paul to San Francisco in a six-month cross-country adventure of drama, danger, triumph and deep friendship. Sixteen years later, one of the hike participants wrote a memoir about their adventures, that reads like a Hollywood movie.
This manuscript is now owned by the North Star Museum. The Legacy Grant will help support research to flesh out the story and answer questions the manuscript raises. With the grant, the museum hopes to turn the memoir into a full-length book that explores the early days of scouting and the America of a century ago.
“This grant will help develop the hidden story behind this simple memoir into the adventure tale it truly is,” said museum Executive Director Claudia Nicholson. “It chronicles an astounding journey made by early Boy Scouts, not only preserving a valuable memory of our past, but providing a compelling story to engage young scouts in learning why history is so important.

NPS hosts Autumn Fest Oct. 5

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — The National Park Service at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway recently announced the schedule for Autumn Fest Oct. 5 in St. Croix Falls. Events are:

St. Croix: River of Dreams Community Art Mural
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Overlook Deck
The public is invited to use their own creativity and imagination in creating a piece of artwork celebrating the life, beauty, and movement of the St. Croix River. Paint and other materials are provided!

Traditional Native American dance performance by St. Croix TRAILS (Traditions Respecting American Indian Life Styles) Youth
1 to 1:45 p.m. at the Overlook Deck
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe youth have shared their tradition of dance across the region and as far as Japan. Join them in a celebration of their history and culture during this performance.

Woodland flute performance by Frank Montano
2 to 2:45 p.m. at the St. Croix River Visitor Center
Frank “Anakwad” Montano is a respected Ojibwe elder, master flute maker and recording artist from Red Cliff, Wis. Montano will speak about the history of the Woodland flute and perform some of the traditional music of this instrument.

Poetry readings by John Bates and Mary Burns
3 to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Croix River Visitor Center
John Bates, a naturalist, writer and poet, and his wife Mary, a poet and weaver, live on the Manitowish River in northern Wisconsin and will share their deep connection to the Northwoods environment in verse.

“Legacies and Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the Northwoods and Beyond” closing reception
2 to 4 p.m. at the St. Croix River Visitor Center
This is the final opportunity to see this exhibit which shares artists’ renditions of the effects of climate change in the Northwoods with repeat photographic imagery of climate change impacts in America’s National Parks.
The Overlook Deck is located near the intersection of Washington and Louisiana streets in downtown St. Croix Falls.  The St. Croix River Visitor Center is located at 401 North Hamilton St. and is a short walk along the Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk from the Overlook Deck.
All events and programs are free and open to the public. Call 715-483-2274 for additional information.

Area 4-H’ers do well at fair

Seven Washington County 4-H members earned top honors at the Minnesota State Fair, organization officials announced.
Area 4-H members honored at the fair were Lydia Benson, reserve champion in llama obstacle course and public relations; Cassie Emslander, purple ribbon in cat project; Jack Gangestad, purple ribbon in food and nutrition; Emma Persoon, purple ribbon in llama public relations, rabbit and veterinary science; Alana Post, purple ribbon in needle arts; Serenna Svanoe, purple ribbon n entomolgy, and Lydia Voth, purple ribbon in dog.
Minnesota 4-H’ers from 87 counties with more than 2,800 general projects and 2,885 animal projects were judged at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. These 4-H’ers all placed high at their county fairs with their projects, thereby earning the top honor of showing at this year’s State Fair.
Education is integral in the “learn-by-doing” philosophy of 4-H. Although the projects and animals shown at fairs during the summer get a lot of attention,  4-H is really about developing “purple ribbon kids” throughout the year. Participation in 4-H provides all 4-H youth with critical experiences and skills in communicating, problem-solving and decision making which serve them throughout their lives.
The array of 4-H projects exhibited this year spanned a range of topic areas including robotics, alternative energy, aerospace, photography, performing arts, clothing, small engines, geology, flower gardening, landscaping, wildlife biology, fine arts and more.
Call the Washington County Extension Office at 651-430-6800 for more information.

Thrivent ‘FunFest’ benefits YSB

YSBThriventYouth Service Bureau recently received a $1,500 gift from the Dakota-Washington County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, its members and the financial representatives from their East Metro Financial Team.
YSB was chosen to participate in Thrivent’s Fall Family FunFest held Sept. 8 at the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings.
The event was attended by more than 350 Thrivent members who enjoyed the village’s beautiful gardens and landmark buildings, as well as mini-golf, face painting and a variety of treats.
Thrivent members attending the event were encouraged to consider donating to YSB and show their support of youth and families throughout the community.
“Thrivent is one of our longest running partners,” said Mary E. Planten-Krell, YSB executive director. “It’s wonderful to feel their deep and abiding care for the youth and families in our community.”
YSB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps youth and families learn the skills they need to be more successful at home, school and throughout the community. Programs include youth-focused family counseling, educational awareness programs and chemical health services.
YSB is also a member of the Thrivent Choice® Program.