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Hmong hold annual sports tournament

BY: Lucy Y. Her; Peg Meier; Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) July 5, 2002, Friday

Thousands of Hmong from around the nation are expected to gather today and Saturday at McMurray Field in St. Paul's Como Park for the Minnesota Hmong 22nd Annual Sports Tournament.

The event, sponsored by the Lao Family Community of Minnesota in St. Paul, will feature competitions in soccer, volleyball, flag football and Kato, a form of kickball, among other sports.

Hundreds of items also will be for sale at booths near the fields. For more information about the event, go to http://www.

hmongusajuly4.com.

_ Lucy Y. Her

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Museum schoolhouse

offers step back in time

An old-fashioned experience in a schoolhouse is being offered this summer to children in grades 2 through 7. It's at the Gibbs Museum of Dakotah and Pioneer Life in Falcon Heights.

Children spend a day in the museum's one-room school, set in about 1900. They recite from 19th-century readers, use slate boards, compete in spelling bees and play Victorian games at recess. When classes are over, students make ice cream, candles and corn-husk dolls. Kids are encouraged to wear turn-of-the-century costumes and bring a bag lunch.

Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays through Aug. 16. Cost is $25 per child. Reservations are required; call 651-646-8629.

_ Peg Meier

, Metro Edition