Earl Bakken is the inventor of the battery-operated, wearable Pacemaker and one of the co-founders of Medtronic. You can view an interactive timeline of his life and accomplishments at Medtronic‘s website. He has given generously to hospitals and his communities; but we know him for the museum that bears his name — The Bakken. This weekend Earl Bakken will turn 90 and The Bakken Museum is throwing him a birthday bash (even though he lives in Hawaii now and who would leave Hawaii for Minnesota in January?).
The Bakken has decided to extend it’s popular Free Second Saturday program through 2014. To kick off the new year, the museum has dreamed up a bunch of great activities to celebrate Mr. Bakken’s life and passions. The schedule includes:
- 11am – 4pm: Ax-Man Tinkering Projects. Ax-Man is one of my favorite stores. You never know what you will find and what projects you’ll be inspired to create from their ever-changing stock of surplus oddities. I would be fun to see what they do in conjunction with The Bakken.
- 11am – 4pm: Hawaiian Lei Making. Like I said, Mr. Bakken lives in Hawaii now. We can dream for a little while that we do too as we make our own leis.
- 12pm – 4pm: Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic. We love the idea of Fix-It (and Mend-It) Clinics. I once read some advice that before you throw something out, you should take it apart. The worst case scenario is that you have to toss out the pieces instead of the whole. Maybe you’ll fix it. But the Fix-It Clinics kind of up your odds of a best-case scenario.
- 1pm – 3pm: A look at the Bakken’s Collection: Earl Bakken artifacts and books
- 1pm – 4pm: Earl Photo Booth. Kids love photo booths.