Posts by MMFS

Maker Space

One definition of ‘makerspace’ is where things are produced and not consumed. Another definition builds on that thought but suggests a makerspace is where you ‘make meaning’ which can be much more important than the actual product (https://www.makerspaces.com/what-is-a-makerspace/). The focus on design thinking as an approach to encourage creative problem solving began in the engineering…

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Meet Instructor Tanna Worrell

As a new mother, Tanna had two focuses, the first being to put down roots and raise her family in one location, in contrast to her upbringing as an ‘Airforce brat’ (ten schools, four high schools!). Secondly, she wanted to serve her young family nutritious and fresh food. That interest led her to foods found…

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The Last Thing

Check out  local makerspaces, they are a great resource for tools and for people with suggestions on how to approach a particular ‘maker’ problem.  In the Twin Cities, you might try: Twin Cities Maker: http://www.tcmaker.org/blog/classes/ White Bear Makerspace:  https://whitebearmakerspace.com/#shopDescription University of Minnesota:  https://www.lib.umn.edu/services/makerspaces  

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Life Long Learning

Read any good books lately? Published in 2018, The Library Book by Susan Orlean combines the mystery of the ginormous 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Central Public Library with history, anecdotes about librarians and LA personalities, and other fascinating stories. It’s a fun read.   You may have forgotten: prior to Andrew Carnegie’s library building spree…

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Meet Nanc MacLeslie

As a child Nanc planned on being an artist when she grew up, so you might say she was doomed to be a founding Board member of a folk school. A serial animal adopter, she also enjoys writing, reading, biking and crafting. Nanc grew up in the St. Croix Valley, left for the big city…

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The Last Thing

Here’s a simple, delicious dessert from the MacLeslie family that shouts ‘Spring’ and is perfect for your Easter table or any time.  Angel Food Heaven Angel Food Cake (make or buy from a bakery) Fresh Organic Strawberries or Raspberries Home Made Hot Fudge Sauce  Hot Fudge Sauce  1/2 cup of butter  2 squares of unsweetened chocolate or 6 tablespoons…

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Hand Cracked Eggs

Seen the latest? McDonald’s is promoting their breakfast offerings as using ‘hand cracked eggs’. Wait a minute. Cracking an egg by hand creates additional value?   Yet, you can be certain that message was designed after multiple focus groups provided the feedback that people value ‘hand-made’. The message reflects one of the newer trends in…

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Classes You May Have Missed

We’re constantly working to find new instructors and classes, here are some you may have missed:   Beginning Crop Art: May 4 Make a Gift for Mother’s Day: May 11 Kombucha is for Everyone: May 18

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Spring is (Almost) Here

We’ve reached the ‘official’ First Day of Spring but a glance out the window may not convince you. Hang in there! Thanks to HWY North and the Gammelgarden Museum for their generosity and collaborative approach, allowing us to use their facilities this past winter. Beginning May 1 we’ll be back at the Marine Area Community…

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Meet Instructor Laurelei Creuzer

Laurelei is our first participant to transition to an instructor! A special ed teacher, Laurelei credits a 4H leader in her youth with igniting her interest in crafting. A long time supporter of North House in Grand Marais https://northhouse.org/ she’s excited to have a folk school located closer to home. You’re teaching our Pysanky-Ukrainian Egg Decorating class,…

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