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To register for classes call Becca at 218-935-0417 Ext 314 or . All classes are first come first serve.

Braided Wool Rugs

Friday, February 3rd, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 4th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Sunday, February 5th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $60.00  Limit: 8 participants

Looking for ways to add a bit of homespun warmth to your home?  Join us to learn the techniques to how to make a handcrafted wool, braided rug.  The registration fee of $60.00 includes the blanket-weight wool, braiding tools, and lacer.  (This fee may be reduced if you bring your own wool.)  The small, oval rug you will be creating (2’x3’) requires approximately 3 pounds of (blanket-weight) wool. We ask participants to provide their own scissors, sewing needles, straight pins, and clip-type clothing pins. Class at Opichi Room, at Wadiswan building, New campus building at WETCC, 2250 College Road

Extension Coordinator, Tammy Bellanger, is the instructor for this workshop.  She enjoys most everything creative, which gives her a chance to express her artistic side.  A few of her favorite hobbies include baking, drawing, gardening, traditional crafts, and architectural design.

CongratsTamarac Refuge Photo Contest Winners!

Susan's Eye By Alyssa Olson

Congratulations to 2011 students winners of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Nature Photo contest!!!!!

19 students from the summer Nature of Technology Camps submitted to the contest this year. These photos represent 2 days of shooting at the Refuge.

5th-8th grade students participated in the Nature of Techology camps, July 11-14 at Waubun High school and July 18-22 at Mahnomen High School.

This program is sponsored by the Center for College Readiness at Minnesota State Technical College and Extension Service at the White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen, MN and 4-H of University of Minnesota.

The Tamarac Photo Contest recognizes outstanding amateur nature photography that showcases the wildlife, plant life, and natural beauty of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Student work was entered in all categories regardless of age as well and in two newly added categories of “Youth: 12 years and younger” and “Youth: 13 to 17 Years Old”.

  • Plant Life

Third Place: Susan’s Eye, Alyssa Olson, 8th, Mahnomen High School

Clear Water and Leaf By Meya Rojas
  • Youth: 12 years and Old and Younger

First Place: Clear Water and Leaf, Meya Rojas, 7th grade, Waubun High School

Second Place: Things are Looking Up, Tessa Zima, 7th grade, Waubun High School

Third Place: Pearly Everlasting Fuzz,  Anna Donner, 7th grade, Waubun High School

  • Youth: 13-17 Years Old

Second Place: Susan’s Eye, Alyssa Olson, Mahnomen High School

Third Place: Just Hanging Out, Justine Haugo, Mahnomen High School

M.Rojas, T. Zima, and A. Donner


Honorable Mentions

Waubun High School: Zoe Allen, 6th grade, Anna Donner, 7th grade, and Reba Lego, 9th grade

Mahnomen High School: Wyatt Benedickson, 6th grade, Josie Defoe, 7th grade, and Alyssa Olson, 8th grade


WE Man Tracking training featured on MPR

Trackers revive, teach old skill for finding lost people

by Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio

October 28, 2011

Naytahwaush, Minn. — In the vast forests and open spaces of Minnesota, finding missing people can be expensive and time consuming.

When someone is lost in the north woods, searching for them often requires airplanes, helicopters and dozens of people.

To make such searches more efficient, White Earth tribal conservation officers are learning an ancient skill called man tracking.

Learning to follow the tracks people leave behind can save time and money, said Al Fox, the tribe’s chief conservation officer. But to do so, searchers must crouch low to the ground to read signs an untrained observer would miss, like footprints buried beneath pine needles and leaves.

“If you get down in here you can actually see little details,” Fox said of clues left in the forest during a training exercise earlier this month. “Like right here. See that imprint right there? That would be the heel strike. That would be the back of the boot.”  –more on MPRNews website