Around Cook County
On Friday, May 17, Mark Powers will work with the students of Great Expectations School in classroom “Junk Jam” workshops, leading a hands-on experience in how everyday objects can become musical instruments.
Students will find that rhythm exists everywhere and that by working together they can discover music in their own environment, their own bodies, and even in the vocalization of their own names. The “Junk Jam” program is designed with the goals of promoting teamwork, nurturing creativity, and boosting self-esteem among youth.
The following evening, May 18, the community will be invited to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts to attend a free 7 p.m. concert (donations accepted), featuring Mark presenting “Junk Jam” with GES students, as well as a solo percussion performance.
Mark Powers is a percussion artist/educator and world traveler who has performed and studied percussion in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, China, Thailand, and Ghana, West Africa. As an instructor, Mark teaches private percussion lessons and group hand-drumming classes. He works as an Artist-in-Residence at elementary, middle, and high schools —conducting “Junk Jam” workshops, teaching West African drumming styles, and directing percussion ensembles. He also facilitates “Rhythms at Work,” a corporate teambuilding workshop, and presents percussion-based Correctional Education programs in adult and juvenile facilities.
Powers’ performing and recording credits cover the gamut of styles, including appearances with Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Devon Evans (Bob Marley and the Wailers), The Afrodisiacs, The Spazmatics, and Tim Ries (saxophonist for The Rolling Stones). He has opened for The Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, Junior Brown, Brave Combo, Pat Benatar, and many others.
Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon today to 9 p.m. this evening for Lake and Cook counties.
The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued the warning due to low relative humidity and gusty winds.
Northwest winds will clock at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Erratic winds with higher gusts will be possible in the late afternoon.
No rainfall is expected and any that might happen will evaporate before reaching the ground.
Relative humidity will dip as low as 18 percent. Temperatures will be 65 degrees along the higher terrain inland to 75 along the shore of Lake Superior.
The Minnesota Incident Command System reports and wildfire that ignites could become fast moving in a short time.
No burning permits are being issued at this time in Northern Minnesota.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is placing burning restrictions on four additional counties, including Cook County, in northern Minnesota because receding snow cover has created conditions conducive to wildfire.
The restrictions took effect at 8 a.m., Monday, May 13, for Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties.
Here are the counties now under burning restrictions: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Roseau, Sherburne, Stearns, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena, Washington, Wright and the part of Polk County that is south and east of County Road 6 from the Manhomen County line to state Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line.
Minnesota has had numerous wildfires so far this spring, but most have been small.
While debris burning will be curtailed, the use of campfires, if smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height, are allowed.
Fire conditions may change quickly. If conditions warrant, DNR foresters may restrict local burning on short notice. For more information and maps, and to check fire conditions, see www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html.
The gift of friendship can mean a lot for those on the journey of aging or serious illness—just someone to hear their stories, be with them or remind them of their significance.
Care Partners volunteers provide companionship in the client’s home, at the Care Center, or the hospital. Volunteers provide ongoing friendly visits, a compassionate presence at end-of-life, phone check-ins, or caregiver respite—each volunteer finds his own niche.
The 2013 Spring Care Partners volunteer training will be held for three Tuesdays, May 21, 28, and June 4 from 1-4 p.m. Contact Kay Grindland at 387-3788 for more information. Pre-registration is required.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is placing burning restrictions on four additional counties in northern Minnesota because receding snow cover has created conditions conducive to wildfire.
The restrictions took effect at 8 a.m., Monday, for Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties.
Minnesota has had numerous wildfires so far this spring, but most have been small. While debris burning will be curtailed, the use of campfires, if smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height, are allowed.
Looks like the snow squalls may be over and warmer weather is on the way. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about spring creeping into the Northland.