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Posted on December 2, 2022 at 10:37 AM by Genesis Gaule
Did you know that East Grand Forks was originally known as Nashville? It was named this after William C. Nash, fur trader and government mail carrier between Abercrombie and Pembina, in 1874. Nash was born in Pennsylvania, but came to the area in 1863. He built the first house (of a White man) at the fork of the Red and Red Lake Rivers, waiting for the flood of settlers he was sure was coming to buy land.*
Before this, the land was inhabited by the Ojibwe people, who freely ranged across the areas that would become Manitoba, Minnesota, and North Dakota. In October of 1863, they signed the Treaty of Old Crossing under duress, ceding 11 million acres of Ojibwe domain to the United States Government.
Before the Ojibwe were established, there’s disputed evidence that a group of Norsemen visited the area in 1362. Three miles from Kensington, MN, Farmer Olaf Ohman and his two young sons found a nearly 200 pound stone inscribed with what appeared to be runic characters stating:
“8 Goths and 22 Norwegians on a journey of discovery from Vinland westward. We had a camp by 2 rocky islets one day’s journey north from this stone. We were out fishing one day. When we returned home we found 10 men red with blood and dead. AVM save us from evil. Have 10 men by the sea to look after our vessel 14 days’ journey from this island. Year 1362.”
Supposedly at the command of Magnus Erickson, ruler of Norway and Sweden, a band of Vikings traveled across Hudson’s Bay, up the Nelson River, across Lake Winnipeg and then entering the Red River of the North until navigation became impractical (around where East Grand Forks now sits). After a march overland, 10 of the party were killed; the survivors then carved the stone, buried it and moved on to parts unknown.**
* The name was officially changed to East Grand Forks in 1883.
** Modern scholars believe the Kensington Stone to be a forgery, likely carved by immigrant farmers with expertise in stone cutting and the runic alphabet – a hoax created for entertainment during the long Minnesota winters.
Tag(s): US history, Red River Valley, history, East Grand Forks, article, Andrea Lorenz
Posted on November 29, 2022 at 10:29 AM by Genesis Gaule
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Papyrus by Irene Vallejo
The Invention of Books in the Ancient World // In this sweeping tour of the history of books, the wonder of the ancient world comes alive and, along the way, we discover the singular power of the written word.
002.09 VALLEJO MOREU
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Young Adult BRACKEN Passenger v.1
The Escape Artist edited by Jonathan Freedland
The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World // This is the story of a brilliant yet troubled man--a gifted "escape artist" who even as a teenager understand that the difference between truth and lies can be the difference between life and death, a man who deserves to take his place alongside Anne Frank, Oskar Schindler and Primo Levi as one of the handful of individuals whose stories define our understanding of the Holocaust.
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Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass
A Bookmobile Cat Mystery // Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, have spent a busy day on the bookmobile, delivering good cheer and great reads to even the library's most far-flung patrons. But Minnie is still up for the nighttime festivities, eager to show off her little town to her visiting niece, Katrina. But then, during the grand finale of the fireworks display, Katrina discovers a body.
Mystery CASS Bookmobile v.8 LP
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Tag(s): young adult fiction, World War II, nonfiction, mystery, military history, history, fiction, cozy mystery, books, book notes
Posted on November 22, 2022 at 9:59 AM by Genesis Gaule
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Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light by Joy Harjo
Fifty Poems for Fifty Years // A magnificent selection of fifty poems to celebrate three-term US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's fifty years as a poet.
Peace Is a Chain Reaction by Tanya Lee Stone
How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together // An accessible, concise, and comprehensive guide to understanding and dealing with the impact and consequences of social isolation.
MH 940.5428 STONE
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Knitting the Neighborhood edited by Sixth & Spring Books
Official Knitting Patterns // The 24 projects include replicas of 5 of Mister Rogers' iconic zippered cardigans in 9 unisex adult sizes, cardigan patterns for children and babies, puppets, the neighborhood trolley, blankets, and more.
Find Your Unicorn Space by Eve Rodsky
Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World // From New York Times bestselling author Eve Rodsky, comes an inspirational guide for setting new personal goals, rediscovering your interests, cultivating creativity, and reclaiming your Unicorn Space.
Tag(s): World War II, self-improvement, pop culture, poetry, nonfiction, military history, knitting, junior nonfiction, history, celebrities, book notes, arts and crafts