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August 28 message

Good Morning: I hope you have all had a good week. A few things to share this week:

Extension County Websites: If you have not returned your input on County Websites that I discussed in last week's blog, please do so as soon as possible. Send your response to the questions posed last week to Mary Jo at the Marshall Regional Office.

Learning Circle Lessons: Several of you have inquired about the lessons available for Learning Circle groups this year. The following message comes from Kay Stanek who leads the Learning Circle team:

On behalf of the Learning Circles team, I would to share the Learning Circles topics that may possibly be ready to use during the 2009- 2010 year. This year we have had some commitments from teams but so far no recording has happened. There may be one or two teams recording in September, but we will need to wait to see how things move along.
Below is a list of topics that are in the hopper:
Preserving Food Safely - Carol Ann Burtness and Deb Botzek-Linn
Bird Watching Basics - How to Do It, Where to Find Them - John Loegering
Backyard Naturalist - John Loegering
Living Resourcefully in Challenging Times - Phyllis Onstad and Kay Lovett
Exploring Tribal Government, Sovereignty and Culture - Susan Beaulieu, Jennifer Garbow and Dawn Newman
Hot Dish Casseroles - Connie Burns
Transferring Forest Property - Jo Musich
Some additional topics may also be coming. We will let you know as soon as we hear more.
In addition, the following lessons from past years are available:
TRANS FATS
OPERATION MILITARY KIDS: Supporting Military Families in MN
WHOLE GRAINS
WATER-WISE LAWN CARE
SOCIAL CAPITAL: THE GLUE THAT HOLDS COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
GRANDPARENTING IN A CHANGING WORLD - 5 Segments
USING MYPYRAMID IN YOUR LIFE
ONGUARD: PROTECTING AMERICA'S FOOD SYSTEM
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR BACKYARD
ORGANIZING IMPORTANT PAPERS
RECYCLING USED WATER: Understanding Septic Systems
STAYING RESILIENT IN TIMES OF CHANGE
PLANT BEAUTY IN CONVENIENT PACKAGES: Container Gardening
RAIN GARDENS
FOOD ALLERGENS
CREDIT SCORE: One Part of a Credit Report
LOCAL FOODS: What Has Changed in 150 Years
Questions? Contact Pat Persoon at the Marshall Regional Office.


Farmland Rental Survey: As discussed in last week's message the Farm Business Management team will start the Farm Land rental survey next week. The Minnesota Land Rental Survey input form is available for use for individuals that do not have access to the internet, and may come to your office for assistance. You can have the individuals complete the forms, and then enter the information in Survey Monkey.

University Office Changes: In the next few months and longer we will likely see some changes in several University offices. Here are details of office changes that either have been finalized, or are under discussion:
Regional Office - Albert Lee will close September 30. Staff has been reassigned to Mankato and Rochester Regional Offices and other.

Regional Office - Mora will close December 31. Staff will relocate to Saint Cloud, Andover etc.

Worthington Regional Office - Discussions underway for relocation to new regional education facility in bioscience park in Worthington. Discussion partners are Minnwest Community and Technical College, Mankato State, AURI Workforce Center etc.

UROC - Hennepin County: Planning underway for Center in North Minneapolis. Extension presence to include NEP, Master Gardeners etc.

University presence in MinnWest campus in Willmar. Plans are being discussed for build out of building for University of Minnesota presence. Building space is proposed to be provided by the project partners. This is a Public Private Partnership with partners including Economic Development in Willmar and Kandiyohi County, the technology subsidiary of Willmar Poultry and State Bonding allocation through DEED. Staffing plans have not been determined.

As always, let me know if there are any questions. Have a great weekend.

Bob

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