Breezy Point elementary school students get ricing lesson outdoors

Eagle View students get an outdoor lesson in collecting and harvesting wild rice.

Eagle View fourth-graders Dagne Neale and Jackson Hamilton simulate ricing process during their class' excursion to Rice Lake behind the school on Thursday, Sept. 30. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Eagle View Elementary School students in Deanne Trottier's fourth-grade class wandered down to Rice Lake on Thursday, Sept. 30, for a lesson in harvesting wild rice.

As a part of their E-STEM class, students performed a ricing simulation safely on the shore where they could board a canoe and knock the rice grains into the boat - a process used for centuries by harvesters of wild rice, which technically is not rice at all, Trottier said.

Additionally, students learned where and how wild rice grows and how important the crop was to local Native Americans throughout history.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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