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Fond du lac follies
Saturday, September 10 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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It is a beautiful summer morning and I am listening to Robert Johnson and his blues guitar. I am writing the Follies while jamming along. The sun is shining on my left arm, the dogs, Oscar and his dog Belle, are barking at whatever dogs bark at. I am drinking coffee and wondering what I shall write about this time, so let's go, see what comes out while under the influence of blues and caffeine.

In looking back over the month since I wrote the last edition of the Follies I have had some visitors that were slightly out of the ordinary.

First of course was Gary Farmer.  He wanted a weekend away from his teaching duties in Sioux Lookout, Canada. He wanted to relax and perhaps play a little poker at the Black Bear Casino.
Washington State: Collect Your Own Taxes - That's Where the Money Is
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
Written by Ryan Dreveskracht,
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I grew up Longview, Washington. A small town on the banks of the Columbia River, on the Washington-Oregon border, Longview had a few small stores, mostly catering to the logging industry that inundates all small towns in the Pacific Northwest. For Christmas shopping, or, come to think of it, for any big-ticket purchases, my family would hit the I-5 South to Portland, Oregon.

When I turned sixteen, I got a job and a driver's license, and it was time to do my own Christmas shopping. By this time, Longview had a mall - complete with a Bon March? and a Nordstrom's - but I still drove to Portland. Probably for the same reason my parents did. Probably for the same reason a large number of Washingtonians did. Oregon does not impose a sales tax.

According to the Washington State Revenue Department, local governments lose an estimated $50 million in tax revenue annually to Oregon-Washington cross-border shopping.

Apparently, We Were Breaking the Law
NASA Sends Old Tobacco Seeds Into Space
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
Written by Jacob Croonenberghs,
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cover story nasa seeds.jpgNASA, on one of it's final return flights, has brought back experiments aboard the International Space Station that used Native heirloom seeds. The landing on June 22nd marked the completion of the nearly year-long Indigenous Star Seeds experiment involving indigenous tobacco. Scientists have wondered what effects microgravity plays on the growth of plants in space, and for years has researched the viability of crop growth for long term voyages.
"The seeds that were to germinate in zero gravity were 800 year old tobacco seeds," said Roxanne Gould (Odawan Ojibwe), a Science Museum of MN-American Indian Advisory Committee member. The Science Museum of MN donated the seeds for the project.
"The experiment came about because my husband [Jim Rock] works with the Minnesota Planetary Society. They had done a presentation at a climate change conference in Shakopee and a representative of NASA was interested in the experiment Jim was proposing."
August-September Community Calendar
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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August 2, 9, 16, 23
Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park Series
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic basket and take in the view of Minneapolis downtown skyline as you enjoy Indigenous Music and Movies. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.; movies begin at dusk. Indigenous musicians, artists, filmmakers, producers and actors will be showcased this summer in a four-part music and movies series. Musical performances will feature local and national American Indian musicians. Emceeing the event this year will be American Indian director and producer Missy Whiteman of Independent Indigenous Film & Media. Father Hennepin Bluffs Park is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River at 420 Main St. SE. Bike racks are located in the park. Metro Transit bus line #6 comes within two blocks of the park. The series is hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Migizi Communications, First Nations Composer Initiative, and Independent Indigenous Film & Media. The program series is made possible through the support of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. For a complete list of musicians, artists and movies, see below or visit www.minneapolisparks.org/IMM.
AUGUST-SEPTEMPER Powwow Calendar
Saturday, August 13 2011
 
Written by Jenny,
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August 12-14
Pine Point Powwow
1/2 mile W of Pine Point School, Ponsford, MN. FMI: 218-573-3007
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August 12-14
Grand Portage Rendezvous Days & Traditional Powwow
The annual Rendezvous is celebrated during the second weekend of August. The event is held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Days Powwow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Re-enactors from across the country and Canada gather to camp and challenge each other to games and skills from our historic past. Music, dancing, craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops ensure an exciting weekend at the Grand Portage National Monument, 170 Mile Creek Rd. Grand Portage, MN. FMI: www.nps.gov/grpo/
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