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Black bears will take up residence on the Medtronic Minnesota Trail at the Minnesota Zoo.

Toby Talbot, Associated Press

Family spotlight: Bears at the Minnesota Zoo; Wild Rice Festival

  • Article by: MELISSA WALKER
  • Star Tribune
  • September 8, 2012 - 4:57 PM

BLACK BEARS, OH MY!

Minnesota's largest omnivores will take up residence at the Minnesota Zoo's Medtronic Minnesota Trail. Three orphaned black bears will have a new home complete with trees for climbing, a pool and natural vegetation. Guests can view from a den and a cabin for an up-close look. Opening weekend activities include storytelling, a craft activity, talks by black bear keepers and face painting. (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-next Sun. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley. www.mnzoo.org.)

WILD RICE FESTIVAL

A family-friendly celebration of Indian culture, wild rice and fall in Minnesota. The day begins with a fundraising pancake breakfast, featuring wild rice pancakes and sausage. As the event continues, entertainment includes American Indian dancers, demonstrations and activities. Staff from the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life will make presentations, share games and craft activities. Learn how to harvest honey and make fresh cider from an apple press. (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Free, $5-$7 for pancake breakfast. Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 N. Dale St., Roseville. www.wildricefestival.org.)

 

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