Columbia Heights High grad Earl Bakken honored by school district
Earl Bakken, a 1942 graduate of Columbia Heights High School who went on to co-found Medtronic and invent the wearable cardiac pacemaker, was honored by his alma mater last Wednesday during the high school's fall convocation. Bakken was chosen in June as the school district's 2012 alumnus of distinction.
He and the late Palmer Hermundslie co-founded Medtronic in 1949 in a Minneapolis garage; today, the company, based in Fridley, is a medical technology giant. Bakken created the pioneering pacemaker in 1957. He was CEO and board chairman of Medtronic from 1957 to 1976 and senior chairman through 1989; he retired from the board in 1994.
He also established the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, a center that highlights electricity and magnetism and other areas of science.
The Andover Public Works site at 1785 Crosstown Blvd. NW. will hold the city's fall recycling day on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to regular recyclables, the following items will be accepted at no charge: antifreeze (no oil mixed in); batteries (lead acid, car, boat and motorcycle); rechargeable batteries; bicycles (any condition); scrap metal (must be free of other materials); usable household items (books; clean, unripped clothing; cosmetics; games and toys; blankets; hardware and tools; small working appliances; kitchen utensils; knickknacks; shoes; purses; belts; hats); good, clean furniture, and used eyeglasses.
Fees will be charged for various other items, such as appliances, car seats, carpet, mattresses, most electronics and tires. Do not bring household hazardous waste.
For more information, call 763-767-5175 or go to www.startribune.com/a1678.
An open house will be held Sept. 12 at the Anoka County Sheriff's Office and Tri-County Forensic Lab in Andover. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office Public Safety Campus at 13301 Hanson Blvd. NW. in Andover.
Among the features and activities:
• Specialty vehicle displays
• Building tours
• Displays of specialty units: SWAT, Dive Team, Crime Scene Unit and Training.
Attendees are asked to park in the front lot off 133rd Avenue.
The city of Blaine will host the fifth annual World Fest on Sept. 15 at Town Square Park. The event, scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m., celebrates the city's growing diversity with music, dance, food, demonstrations and learning booths. Admission and activities are free.
Town Square Park is at 10802 Town Square Drive. For more information, go to the city website at www.ci.blaine.mn.us or call 763-717-2723.Festival essay contest open to young people
For a second year, World Fest is sponsoring an essay contest open to young people ages 10 to 18.
The topic is "Why is Diversity Important to Our Community?" There are three age categories: 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18. Essays must be 500 words or less and must be typed or printed, with name, age, address and phone number of the writer.
They're due by Monday and can be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com (put "Diversity Essay" in the subject line) or by mail to:
City of Blaine, Essay Contest
Attention: Tom Godfrey
10801 Town Square Drive
Blaine, MN 55449
First-place winners in each age group will get a certificate of recognition and a $20 gift card from a local business.
The Hennepin County Library will present a series of seminars this month on genealogical research.
Leading off the series on Saturday is "Improve Your Internet Search" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brookdale Library in Brooklyn Center. Registration is required and can be done online by going to www.startribune.com/a1676 or by calling 612-543-5600.
"Genealogy Research: Get Started" is scheduled for Sept. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Northeast Library in Minneapolis. Register by going to www.startribune.com/a1676 or by calling 612-543-6775.
Other programs are "Get Started," "Add Muscle to Skeleton," "Birth, Love, and Death," "Using Census Records," "Military Records," "Family Genealogy Research Methods," "Plan a Research Trip" and "Document the Immigration Trail."
For a full listing of the programs and the libraries where they are offered, go to www.hclib.org.
The library is also planned a family history fair 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Minneapolis Central Library. It will include free lectures and workshops by some of the state's leading genealogy research experts.
Registration is required and begins Oct. 6. Register online or call 612-543-8000.
The Camden Music School in north and northeast Minneapolis is accepting registrations for fall classes. Offerings include vocal and instrumental lessons, early childhood music classes for newborns to age 8, music theory, ensembles such as hand drums, rock, and choir for youth and adults.
Three date options are available: 12-week sessions from Sept. 10 to Dec. 7; 10-week sessions from Sept. 10 to Nov. 17, or six-week sessions from Oct. 22 to Dec. 7.
The music school has two locations: in northeast Minneapolis at 1500 NE. 6th St., and in Camden at 3751 Sheridan Av. N. For more information, call 612-618-0219 or go to www.camdenmusicschool.com.
The Columbia Heights Public Library Foundation will hold a spaghetti dinner Sept. 12 as a fundraiser for a new library.
The dinner will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St., Columbia Heights. Tickets are $8 for people ages 13 and above and $5 for ages 5 to 12. Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance by calling Cliff at 612-251-9557 or Marlaine at 763-788-4506.