Minnesotans are a highly skilled bunch, whether pursuing traditional activities likewild ricing and pickling, or tastefully displayingtaxidermy, or selecting the right fishingbait. Skills particularly appropriate to Minnesota such as creating seed art or bakinga Bundt cake may be fully on display at thestate fair, a prime opportunity to join withneighbors in celebrating our many talents.
Best of all, Minnesotans are eager toshare their skills with newcomers or thenewly inspired, and for "The Minnesota Bookof Skills" many freely offered their expertise inconversations with author Chris Niskanen.Get the inside scoop from Joe Hautman, whohas won four federal duck stamp contests.Learn to sing like a voyageur from FrancoisFouquerel, dean of the French Voyageur programat the Concordia Language Village.Grow and harvest your own wheat with Daveand Florence Minar.
"The Minnesota Book of Skills" brings to lifethe basic know-how that makes us uniquelyMinnesotan. Seasonal tips like how to gracefullyexit a ski lift mingle with skills yourgrandparents knew well, such as what to foragefor while on a hike. How soon is too soonto bring a child to the Boundary Waters or sether up on hockey skates? The answers arehere. Maybe you ll never carve an ice sculptureor build your own coffin but isn t itcomforting to know that one handy book offersjust the guidance you ll need?
Chris Niskanen is communications director for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resourcesand former longtime outdoors reporter for the "St. Paul Pioneer Press." He is the author of "Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota s State Parks."
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