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General Mills and U of M, Crookston SIFE Teamed up to Help Red Lake High School Students Create Cookbook
March 11, 2008

Contact: Eric Burgess, business instructor, 218-281-8190 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (, Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (

CROOKSTON, Minn. (March 11, 2008) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) club and General Mills American Indian Council (GMAIC) have teamed up to help the students of the Red Lake High School create the Taste of Red Lake Cookbook.

Debra Simpkins, Crookston, Minn., a senior at the Crookston campus studying business management, is helping lead the project. The 120-page cookbook includes recipes from the tribal community original artwork, photography and creative writing submitted by the students to demonstrate the ingenuity and talent of Red Lake High School students.

“Red Lake High School students have put time and effort into this cookbook from selecting famous quotes to illustrations created by the students,” said Simpkins. “The project will benefit Red Lake High School and showcase their culture and talents.”

The cookbook is available by check or money order for $10; all proceeds go to the Red Lake High School. Anyone interested in a cookbook should e-mail (218-679-3353) or write to Taste of Red Lake Cookbook, c/o Red Lake High School, P.O. Box 499, Red Lake, Minn., 56671. Only 1800 cookbooks will be printed, and they are expected to sell quickly. For information on the project, contact SIFE advisors Eric Burgess at 218-281-8190 ( or Kenneth Johnson, 218-281-8178 ((

The U of M, Crookston SIFE club is involved with numerous projects to promote free enterprise and create relationships with the local community and the region. SIFE members are driven by the desire to teach and learn about free enterprise.

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