November 2011 Archives

Wayzata student is Sleep Out king

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After seven years, Peter Larson has braved frigid temperatures by sleeping outside in a cardboard box to increase awareness of homelessness and other basic needs in communities in the west metro.
Having raised nearly $390,000 for the Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) fundraiser Sleep Out already, Larson hopes to raise another $100,000 in this, his eighth year participating in the program.
When he was 6 years old, Larson learned about the fundraiser when a supporter visited his Cub Scout pack.
"He told us $575 could keep a family in their home for a month," said Larson, according to the Star Tribune. "I thought, 'I can do that.'"
Larson has caught both local and national media attention for his efforts, and last year was a state honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
"It makes me feel good that hundreds of families have been able to stay in their homes by my doing this," he said.

Fulton Brewery opens downtown

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Five years ago in a one-stall garage in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis, four friends huddled together as they brewed their first batch of beer.
Now the Fulton Brewery opens its doors for business in the Warehouse District downtown.
"It's our dream to fruition in a way," said co-founder of Fulton Beer Jim Diley, according to the MN Daily. "We always said we wanted to build a brewery in Minneapolis."
Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law the "Surly Bill," which allowed the Minneapolis City Council to pass ordinances making it legal for breweries to sell their products on location.
After starting out in that one-stall garage, Fulton Beer upgraded to a two-stall garage, and now resides in their new downtown warehouse location.
"It's very surreal to think that two years ago, we hadn't sold a pint," Diley said. "And now we've built this brewery, we're selling beer out of it, and now we're about to open our doors to the public."
The grand opening of the Fulton Brewery was Friday, Nov. 18.
"We just want to keep brewing good beer, introducing people to craft beer and the rest will take care of itself," Diley said. "It's such an honor to be able to brew beer and have people respond in a positive way."

Minnesota men's basketball ranks 16th in revenue

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The Gophers men's basketball team finished 16th out of 339 NCAA schools in revenue for the 2009-10 season, generating almost $14 million.
The team made a profit of $8 million for the University after subtracting $5.7 million in expenses.
"I'd say this is pretty consistent with recent years," said Regina Sullivan, Associate Department Director for Basketball, according to the Minnesota Daily. "We've definitely seen an uptick in revenue since Tubby Smith's tenure."
2009-10 national champion Duke University generated the most revenue, at $26.5 million.
The Big Ten had six of the top-16 money-makers in the country. Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Indiana all out-earned the Gophers.
The Gophers ranked 24th in attendance, with an average of13,241 fans.
"Our goal has been to always have Williams Arena be filled for our games," Sullivan said. "We've been able to do that for many years, and we're working our way back to getting close to that goal for this coming year."

With aging faculty, AHC prepares for high turnover

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Within the next five years, about 33 percent of the faculty at the six schools of the Academic Health Center will become eligible to retire.
Faculty members and deans have frequently expressed concerns for years about the aging staff at annual budget meetings.
At the Duluth branch of the University's medical school, 70 percent of the faculty is over 60 years old.
"It's a major concern to have that large of a turnover of their long-term faculty," said James Carey, interim associate dean of affairs for the Medical School, according to the Minnesota Daily.
The University is having to deal with the rapidly aging baby boomer generation, and with it, many retirees.
"Each time we lose somebody, we lose a whole library of information," said Judith Garrard, who has worked at the University for 40 years. "It's both the knowledge they've gained through their own research and teaching but also knowledge of the culture of academia."

U of M lion researcher turns to 'crowdfunding'

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A University of Minnesota ecology professor and lion expert is using "crowdfunding" to raise money to send thousands of photos over the internet of a lion study from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Craig Packer and his team of staff and students installed over 200 heat- and motion-activated cameras throughout the park.
The cameras "captures an incredible amount of images and we are now in position to share them with the public," Packer said, according to the Star Tribune. "But this is where our project has stalled and we could use the public's help."
Packer's team needs to raise $14,000 to set up internet access at their research station to transmit the images back to Minnesota.
The group is using the SciFund Challenge online, which lets people donate smalls amount to scientific projects. Fundraising began on Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15.
"People who are interested in this type of work can actually donate and do their part in helping us complete this project," Packer said.

Death toll jumps from Turkey quake

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The death toll has risen to 40 from the 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook Van, Turkey last Wednesday, according to the Turkish government.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake last month left 604 people dead.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited destroyed areas Saturday, as snow storms slowed rescue efforts.
"It's not possible for us to survive the winter here," said Cezmi Falza, who house was badly damaged in the quake, according to CNN. " He has constructed a small hut of plywood and Styrofoam for his family to stay in.
"The Van winter is very cold and there's a lot of snow. Living in these shelters is impossible," he said. Ten to 15 family members sleep in the hut every night.
"We haven't gotten any aid," Falza said. "We got a lot of support from the people of Turkey, packages with everything from clothes to toothpaste. But the elected officials, the nongovernmental organizations are not making good use of it and were not good at coordinating those efforts."
Two Turkish journalists were among those who were killed in the quake.

Police officers made several arrests at multiple Occupy Wall Street protest sites in cities across the country.
In Portland, Ore., police in riot gear confronted protester for hours, trying to get people to move off the street and onto the sidewalk. According to Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson, more than a dozen people were arrested.
"All of us are working really hard at keeping the peace and protecting freedom of expression," said Portland Mayor Sam Adams, according to CNN. "I support a lot of what this encampment stands for. (But) it shouldn't be focused on port-a-potties and tents and encampment attracting criminal elements. I think this movement needs to evolve."
According to Adams, "a series of drug overdoses, an arsonist that used the camp as camouflage, and almost a 20% increase in crime surrounding the encampment" is what prompted the police action.
A video from the confrontation shows about 7,000 protesters on downtown streets.
In Salt Lake City, 19 people were arrested as police tried to clear an encampment near a downtown park, and 17 people were arrested in Denver when police in riot gear cleared tents and furniture away from the city's civic center.

Obituary: Ed Pauls, inventor of the NordicTrack

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It was during a particularly unpleasant training session in the 1970s that cross-country skier Ed Pauls came up with the idea for an indoor ski-training machine.
In his basement, Pauls invented NordicTrack. At first it was popular with skiers, but eventually became prominent among exercise enthusiasts on a wide scale.
"Early on, when we would sell one, my father would gather the family in a circle in the dining room to sing and dance in celebration," said his daughter, Terri Pauls, according to the Star Tribune.
After growing up on a dairy farm in Wausau, Wis., Pauls graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a mechanical engineer. He married his wife, Florence, in 1959 and the couple moved to Excelsior.
Pauls, 80, died last month from complications of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Montrose, Colo. He continued to ski until early last year.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; son, Glenn; daughter, Terri; and two grandchildren.

Obituary: Dr. David Utz, renowned Mayo Clinic urologist

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David Utz treated a wide variety of patients throughout his career, from everyday people to Hollywood celebrities, and even Ronald Reagan.
But according to his son, he was never wowed by his impressive clientele.
"He treated every patient the same," said William Utz, according to the Star Tribune. "I remember when I was about 6, he took me along to visit a little girl about my age, one of his patients, who was suffering from renal failure. He brought her a birthday present before she died."
A native of Rochester, Utz earned his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine and an advanced degree in urology from the University of Minnesota. There he served as a member of the Board of Regents from 1973 to 1979.
Utz led a surgical team in 1987 that performed prostate surgery on Ronald Reagan.
William Utz remembers his father's kind spirit, "He was great in heart and that was manifested by his kindness."
He is survived by his brother, four children, 15 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Greatly overshadowed by his two superiors, Vladislav Surkov serves as a silent power in the Russian government.
Surkov, 47, the first deputy head of the presidential administration, is seen as the third-most powerful man in Russia, behind President Dmitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and plays a crucial role in political activity in the Kremlin.
"He certainly seems indispensable now," said Maria Lipman, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, according to the New York Times.
His job is to monitor the relationship between the presidential administration, Russia's parliament, regional leaders, political parties, and the media.
Surkov takes the role of the "gray cardinal," a discreet political manipulator who inspires fear. He has been accused of being a "puppet master" who prevents the growth of true democracy.
An interesting political character, Surkov has pictures of John Lennon, Che Guevara, Barack Obama, and Tupac Shakur framed in his office. He has written songs for a Russian rock band, and it is rumored that he is the author of the novel "Almost Zero," published under a pseudonym, in which the main character has similarities to Surkov himself.

Boxing great Joe Frazier in hospice with cancer

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Boxing legend Joe Frazier, known for his bouts with Muhammed Ali, is in a Philadelphia hospice facility with liver cancer.
According to his personal and business manager Leslie Wolff, Frazier, 67, was diagnosed four or five weeks ago.
"He's a true gentleman," Wolff said, according to CNN. "Along with Muhammed Ali, (he is) one of the two most recognizable athletes in the world."
"Smokin' Joe" Frazier is the son of a South Carolina sharecropper. He retired from his boxing career with a record of 32-4-1.
His three fights against Muhammed Ali, most notably the "Thrilla in Manilla," are what solidified his place in boxing history.

CBS commentator Andy Rooney dies at 92

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CBS commentator Andy Rooney, best known for his segments on "60 Minutes", died Friday in New York. He was 92.
He was hospitalized with complications from a minor surgery last month.
"It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of '60 Minutes', according to CNN. "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. We will miss him very much."
Rooney spend almost 60 years with CBS after starting his journalism career as a writer in the Army.
Some of his commentaries on "60 Minutes" were controversial, sometimes even leading to suspensions from CBS.
"His wry wit, his unique ability to capture the essence of any issue, and his larger-than-life personality made him an icon," said Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. "Not only within the industry but among readers and viewers around the globe."

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