HIGHER ED NOTEBOOK: Ricing in Leech Lake

LEECH LAKE--Sixteen Leech Lake Tribal College students and six mentors recently harvested wild rice--a centerpiece of Anishinaabe ceremony, legend, and diet--on Steamboat Bay on Leech Lake.

This year, 16 Leech Lake Tribal College students and six mentors participated in the traditional wild rice harvest on Steamboat Bay on Leech Lake. Submitted photo.

LEECH LAKE-Sixteen Leech Lake Tribal College students and six mentors recently harvested wild rice-a centerpiece of Anishinaabe ceremony, legend, and diet-on Steamboat Bay on Leech Lake.

Using poles and cedar knockers, staff and students worked together to load and unload the trailer, haul canoes and equipment to and from the landings, and take part in the tradition of harvesting "manoomin."

Despite a steady drizzle, students brought the rice back to campus where they started the process of parching, jigging and winnowing the rice, according to a release from the college. The day ended with a feast of wild rice soup, butternut squash chili, deer sausage, greens, and sweetened puff pastries. Students there will have another chance at parching, winnowing, and hand cleaning soon, tribal college staff said.

BSU, NTC accepting health fair applications

BEMIDJI-BSU's Student Center for Health and Counseling is seeking booth and interactive display sponsors for the vendor fair portion of its Sixth Annual All-Campus Health Fair and Vaccination Clinic, set for Wednesday, Oct. 10, on the BSU campus.


The fair is scheduled 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Beaux Arts Ballroom in BSU's C.V. Hobson Memorial Union.

Instead of a participation fee, applicants are asked to donate a door prize with a minimum value of $20. The health fair is not intended for recruitment or sales but promotes healthy lifestyle choices and the various components of wellness through education and prevention, according to a press release from the school.

Prospective vendors may apply online; an application is available by visiting and searching for "All Campus Health Fair 2018." Applications are due by Monday, Oct. 1.

BSU's Living Well, Working Well Committee will evaluate exhibitors to ensure compliance with their mission. The committee will notify selected organizations regarding approval and details of the event.

BSU project awarded grant

BSU-Twenty-three projects at colleges and universities in the Minnesota State system have been awarded grants that total $314,659 to fund educational innovations that show great potential for improving teaching, learning, and access for students, including one at BSU, system staff announced Monday.

The BSU project is called "Performance Enhanced Biology," which brings science and theater together to enhance the teaching and learning of genetics, according to a press release.

The projects were funded through Minnesota State Educational Innovations, which identifies, seeds, and supports innovative technologies and talent to drive high-quality experiences for the students of Minnesota State, the release said. The innovations address obstacles to student success by using existing technologies, resources, or practices in innovative ways. Proposals were considered for either innovation grants up to $25,000 or small innovation/sustainability grants that could, for example, fund a pilot project, enhance an existing innovation program, or contribute to the sustainability of a previously funded project.

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