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The Minnesota State Fair – a little bit of history.

In 1917, the United States entered the Great War, World War 1, which touched the life of every American. Some State Fair organizers believed the fair should be cancelled in 1917 due to the rations that had been imposed on necessary resources. Many of the resources that made the Minnesota State Fair possible. To name a few, there were rations on gasoline, sugar, wheat and meat. In addition, many believed the railways that transported people and livestock to St. Paul would be reallocated for the war efforts.
However, the Agricultural Society presented an idea for the fair to be a “food training camp”. The idea was to introduce Minnesotans to new agricultural products, livestock and farm machinery. Agricultural machinery had been exhibited at the fair since 1860, but the 1917 fair featured the most efficient models. With the increase in demand for food, combined with the Army taking both men and horses for the war effort, there was more motivation for farmers to have a mechanical driven farm. The 1917 fair also provided fair attendees with classes on food production. Class offerings ranged from gardening to canning. Even children were encouraged to form clubs to plant gardens or raise livestock.
http://www.mnopedia.org/event/minnesota-state-fair-1917state fair

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The Dog Days of Summer

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In July, we consider ourselves in the “Dog Days of Summer”. It is a common expression used to describe hot and muggy days,  when the temperatures start to rise. Most people believe the phrase stems from the fact that dogs tend to be lazy and pant more during the hottest days of summer.

However, the origin comes from ancient astrology. The phrase, “The Dog Days of Summer”  is associated with the star Sirius, which is part of the constellation The Greater Dog. During these days in the summer, Sirius occupies the same region of the sky as the Sun.  Since Sirius shines with great intensity, the ancient Romans believed it omitted heat, like the Sun.

In Minnesota we want to take advantage of the hot days during our short summer season.  Nonetheless, we need to be smart when we are enjoying the summer sun and heat. Below are some tips to help beat the heat:

·  Wear a hat to shade your face
·  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
·  Drink plenty of water
·  Wear sunscreen
·  Wear a light cotton long sleeve shirt to protect your skin from the sun

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Happy Fourth of July from Copperfield Hill

flag-clip-art-american-flag-clip-art---clipart-best-23ykfyifThe Fourth of July -  also known as Independence Day, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941.  However, the history of celebrating independence goes back to the 1700′s and the American Revolution.  The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2nd, 1776.  Two days later, on July 4th, delegates from the original 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.  Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, this historic document and the birth of American independence has been celebrated ever since.  Celebrations that include readings of the Declaration of Independence, fireworks, parades, concerts, picnics and family gatherings all mark the day America declared it’s independence as a nation united.

We hope you enjoy this day with family and friends.

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th

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Welcome to the Polynesian Islands!

What a beautiful evening for a Polynesian Luau!  Each month this year, Copperfield Hill is celebrating a specific country or region.  The month of June brought us to the Polynesian Islands.  To celebrate, Copperfield hosted an island themed Luau for residents, their families and guests.  Our pig roast was complete with all the fixings.  We also had great entertainment from an old favorite, Johnny Pineapple.  IMG_08921 IMG_09161 IMG_09271 IMG_09351 IMG_09491

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Celebrate National Nurses Week – May 6-12, 2018

Copperfield Hill celebrates our team of nurses.  Your dedication and commitment is second to none!  Thank you for all that you do for our residents and their families.  You are an amazing team of talented individuals!

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www.americannursetoday.com/celebrate-national-nurses-week-2018/

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Cinco de Mayo – Fun Fact

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated on September 16th.

Mexico had war debts that were owed to Europe and France had come to collect on those debts, using force.  Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5th, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

 

For many Americans Cinco de Mayo means mariachi music, margaritas and great Mexican food.  Most Americans have no idea what is really being celebrated and they default to “Mexican Independence Day”.

 

 

 

*www.britannica.com/topic/Cinco-de-Mayo

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“Next Stop, France!”

Each month in 2018, Copperfield Hill is visiting a different country or geographic region.  In April we traveled to France.  There is no shortage of wonderful things to say about this beautiful country.  With its rich history and beautiful and diverse landscape, France remains among one of the most important nations in the Western World.  France has played a significant role in international affairs with its location in Europe, and colonies all over the globe.  Major geographic boundaries such as the Alps and the Pyrenees, as well as the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea define France’s position in Europe.  The diverse landscape also allows France to be a large agricultural producer.  From grapes to cheese and fish to pastry, France dominates as a leading agricultural producer in the European Union.  It is also a major tourist destination and fashion capital.

On two separate evenings, Copperfield Hill hosted “A Night in Paris”.  Copperfield’s very own, Chef Brian created a fantastic meal to compliment the decorations, music and ambiance for the evening.  It was a special evening for all.

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Our next stop is Mexico.  Stay tuned………………………..

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Copperfield Hill

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As get ready for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, many may be finding themselves asking:

Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick is a patron Saint of Ireland. He is famous for his extensive missionary work in Ireland. He brought the word of Christianity to the island. St. Patrick is said to of converted over 135,000 people and created 300 churches.

The people of Ireland were receptive to St. Patrick’s word because he was able to use familiar Irish symbols and make them Christian. This is where the Shamrock ties into St. Patrick’s legacy. He used the Shamrock, a typically 3 leaf clover, to symbolize the Trinity. Record has it that St. Patrick died on March 17, 461.

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Around the World – without leaving your home!

It has been a great month so far at Copperfield Hill.  Our theme for 2018 has featured an around the world tour.  January brought us to Australia. This month at Copperfield, we have focused on the  interesting history and facts about this beautiful country.  Around the campus, activities and outings have included special attention to the country down under.  As we continue our featured country of the month, we will visit South Korea in February.  We have chosen South Korea because of the Winter Olympics that will open on February 9th.

Also, there is definite Viking fever here in Robbinsdale.  Good luck to the Vikings as they enter into the NFC Championship playoff game.  SKOL!

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