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County Fairs Book Giveaway Part 2

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

County Fairs book cover

Okay, last week I put forth three quiz questions for a free Minnesota County Fairs or  State Fair book. Entrants were to e-mail me the correct answers, and I was going to draw five winners out of a hat.

Well, only one person wrote in with the correct answers (congratulations Bill in St. Paul!), so I am going to make it easier this week. There is only one quiz question. E-mail me the correct answer at by Tuesday, 8/18, and I will put all of the correct answers into a hat and draw out five winners. Winners will be contacted by e-mail and announced on Wednesday 8/19. Three people will receive a free copy of Susan Lambert’s Miller’s Minnesota County Fairs and two will receive a copy of her book State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Here we go!

Rooster BingoThe one and only question:

How are the bingo numbers determined in Rooster Bingo?

Again, e-mail your response to

Also, if you are chomping at the bit waiting for the Minnesota State Fair, check out the Dakota County Fair this week!

Photo Exhibit of Ban Vinai at Concordia

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Concordia University’s Center for Hmong Studies is hosting a photo exhibit by Doug Hulcher that provides a visual experience of the lives of Hmong refugees from the Ban Vinai - a refugee camp in Thailand where many have now lived for decades.


Established in 2004, the Center for Hmong Studies is a Concordia University-affiliated institution.  The Center exists to promote the scholarly interest, the rich legacy and the complex heritage of the Hmong people. For more information contact the center.



If you would like to read more about the Hmong, check out our book Hmong in Minnesota.

“Flight” by Kevin Kling

Friday, August 7th, 2009

phph2YMx4Kevin Kling’s new play “Flight” is being performed tonight through Monday at the Open Eye theater in South Minneapolis. The play received a wonderful review from Dominic Paptola, Twin Cities theater critic in today’s St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Kevin Kling, storyteller and playwright, is also the author of two MHS Press books–The Dog Says How and Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn, which will be available this November at a fine bookseller near you.

Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn excerpt, for you reading pleasure…

Help Out Hennepin County Library’s Homework Hub

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Hennepin County Library is looking for 100 volunteers to help with their “Homework Hub” program from September 14th through December 17th. Homework assistance covers elementary, middle, and high school kids in all subjects. For more information on how to get involved, check out their website.

County Fair Quiz - Win a Free Book!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Minnesota County Fairs CoverThe Minnesota State Fair is starting in about three weeks on August 27th. In honor of our time-honored tradition, we will be giving away three copies of Susan Lambert Miller’s new book Minnesota County Fairs: Kids, Cows, Carnies and Chow and two copies of State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together for the next three weeks–starting today.

But, of course, there is a catch. You must answer three county fair questions corrrectly. If you answer correctly, your name will be thrown into a hat next Wednesday, and we will draw for our five winners winners of the week. We will have more quiz questions the next two Wednesdays (August 12 and 19th) as well. Your answers need to be e-mailed to by 8:00 AM Wednesday, August 12. Please put “Fairs” in the subject line.

Here we go!


#1. What is the name of this event?



#2 Identify the owner of these feet.



#3 What is the purpose of the knobs?


Good luck!

Bilingual in Bemidji, Ojibwe-English Signs

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


A Dictionary of the Ojibway Language

Over 50 businesses in Bemidji will begin posting signs in Ojibwe and English.

To learn more about the Ojibwe language, Anton Treuer’s Living Our Language: Ojibwe Tales and Oral Histories is a dual-languge anthology of stories collected from Anishinaabe elders. A Dictionary of the Ojibway Language is another excellent reference source.

Damn Good Peanut Butter

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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The wildly popular Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Minneapolis was recently named by Esquire magazine as one of the best breakfasts in America. This October Borealis Books will release Damn Good Food: 157 Recipes from Hell’s Kitchen by Mitch Omer and Ann Bauer. Mitch, the founder and chef, is famous for creating his own condiments for the restaraunt, including their sinfully tasty homemade peanut butter! The Hell’s Kitchen staff reveal that the secret is in the roasting of the peanuts. To find out the recipe to make this at home, you’ll have to wait and buy the book!