April 2014 Archives

31st Annual UMC NatR Club Tree Planting Trip to the Chippewa National Forest

The UMC NatR Club launched the fourth decade of an annual spring pilgrimage to the Deer 
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River Ranger District of the Chippewa National Forest this past Saturday, April 26, 2014.

As part of one of the longest standing volunteer efforts with the Chippewa National Forest, 15 students, along with club advisors Phil Baird & Tom Feiro, planted about 1600 white pine seedlings on the Forest west of Big Fork, MN.  The site was a bit damp as it had received several inches of snow the day before, but smiles (and muddy boots) prevailed!

Student members of the 2014 Crookston Crew, as they're known as on the forest were: (all are Natural Resource Majors)
Kevin Lamp, Alex Dohman, Andy Albertsen, Mark Koep, Ben Datres, Alex Nemers, Ethan Kalinowski, Riley Bell, Larissa Fitzgerald, Sarah Muellner, Cole Sanders, Mat Supan, Grace Hoeft, Stacey Hanson, and Tim Lee.

Contact: Phil Baird, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 218-281-8130 (pbaird@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Enjoy an evening of listening and dancing to the music of the University of Minnesota 
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Crookston Jazz Band during the "Spring Swing Fling" on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The jazz band, under the direction of TJ Chapman, will play music from the swing era, along with pieces from the Duke Ellington and Count Basie libraries, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, from 8 to 10 p.m. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Interest from the recent revival of the U of M Crookston Community Band led to the formation of the new jazz ensemble. The 16-member band includes nine students and a faculty member from the U of M Crookston, two Crookston High School students, and four community members. They practice Wednesday evenings and recently performed during the International Dinner Series. The jazz band is a first for the Crookston campus and an exciting opportunity for those who love big band music to come out to campus for the evening. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: The Jazz Band performed at one of the International Dinners earlier this semester.

Contact: TJ Chapman, director, bands, 218-281- 8384 (tchapman@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

As spring semester year draws to a close, it's time to celebrate the sixth annual Fiesta in the 
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Spirit of Cinco de Mayo at the University of Minnesota Crookston. This year's event falls on Cinco de Mayo and celebrates local Crookston music artists and also pays tribute to local Hispanic community advocate Father Mario Prada. The celebration will take place on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. All are welcome and there is no admission charge. 
 
The local artists featured at this year's event are Tony Diaz (in photo at left below) and Bryan Sanchez (in photo at right). Diaz is a native Crookston Guitar player and singer, who has opened for such acts as Ted Nugent, REO 
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Speedwagon and Styx. He is also a recipient of the Northwest Arts Grant. Sanchez is a 2014 Crookton High School graduate and has sung at all past U of M Crookston Cinco de Mayo Festival events. He is an active choir member, Knowledge Bowl state participant, and is involved in many other school events. 

This event will also honor Father Mario Prada (in photo at right below). Father Prada was the director of International and Multicultural Programs at the U of M Crookston from 1988-2005. During his time on the Crookston campus, he held annual Cinco de Mayo 
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Celebrations. Presently, he is the Father for Diocese of Crookston and works tirelessly as an advocate for the Hispanic community. 

The fiesta is sponsored in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Minnesota State Legislature. Other sponsors include the U of M Crookston Career and Counseling services and the Concerts and Lectures Committee. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Kenneth Mendez, office support assistant, Post Office, 218-281-8329 (mende089@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Steffanie Berg, communication assistant, communication (berg2140@crk.umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Crookston Choir under the direction of Associate Professor 
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George French will be joined by the U of M Crookston Community Band under the direction of TJ Chapman for a spring concert. Along with the band a number of special soloists will also perform on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The concert is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will follow the concert. 

The U of M Crookston Community Band is a new addition to the annual spring concert. Chapman is a teaching specialist in the Math, Science, and Technology Department and took on directing the band in September 2013. A wide variety of vocal and band music will be performed in this end of the year concert.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science 
and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: George French, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education Dept. 218-281-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Class of 2014 will be honored during commencement exercises at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, May 10. Nearly 250 students will take part in the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium. Graduates will represent 15 countries, 3 Native American Nations, and 29 states and include more than 35 online graduates who are setting foot on the campus for the very first time. The ceremony also recognizes the 20-year anniversary of the Class of 1994, who were the first to earn baccalaureate degrees on the Crookston campus.

A reception in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, precedes the commencement ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both events; no tickets are required. A special reception for international student graduates will be held following commencement exercises at 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., the formal procession of faculty, candidates for degrees, and platform guests will begin from the Sargeant Student Center to the gymnasium led by Mace Bearer William Peterson, professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. The procession also includes Faculty Marshal W. Daniel Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability on the Crookston campus.

Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable Clyde Allen, from Moorhead, Minn., who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees. 

U of M Crookston alumnus Tyler Grove '94 will give the commencement address. Grove was 
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one of the first to earn a four-year degree from the University of Minnesota Crookston. His major was in plant industries management with an agronomy emphasis. While at the U of M Crookston, he participated in the Crops Team and in NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) competition. In 2007 he earned his master's degree in agronomy from Iowa State University. In 1995, he was employed with American Crystal Sugar Company as an agriculturist for the East Grand Forks district, and in February, 2013, he accepted a position as the ag strategy development manager at the corporate office in Moorhead, Minn. He was named Outstanding Alumni during Homecoming 2013. 

University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) Board President Rory Held '11 will bring greetings from the UMCAA and welcome the new graduates to the alumni association. For the first time, the U of M Crookston Community Band under the direction of TJ Chapman will play along with selections during the ceremony by the campus choir under the direction of George French. 

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Graduating senior Alexmai Addo, Crookston Student Association (CSA) president, will speak on behalf of the Class of 2014 and pass the torch of education, a Crookston campus tradition, to Justin Goodroad the incoming CSA president. Addo, from Monrovia Liberia, is a communication major. 

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The 2014 commencement exercises mark the 106th graduating class to be recognized on the Crookston campus. A live audio stream of the commencement exercises will be available at www.umcrookston.edu/people/services/MediaServ/Stream.htm.  

For more information, visit the commencement Web site at www.umcrookston.edu/commencement.

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photos are, top, left, Tyler Grove; center, right, Alexmai Addo; and bottom, left, Justin Goodroad. 

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, marketing, and public relations, 218-281-8432 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Rare Visitor to Minnesota and First for Polk County

A  Eurasian Tree Sparrow made a stop on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus 
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this week. Known for its chocolate-colored crown and black throat and cheeks, the sparrow is commonly found around St. Louis, Mo. The sighting of the bird in the Nature Nook near Owen Hall is the first Polk County record and only the ninth in Minnesota. Vanessa Lane, a lecturer in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department noted that it is "unusual for this non-native species to be spotted so far from its home in Missouri." For more on the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, visit http://birds.audubon.org/birds/eurasian-tree-sparrow. 

Photo by John Zak, University Relations.  

In the photo the Eurasian Tree Sparrow is on the lower left and a House Sparrow is at the upper right. 

Contact: Vanessa Lane, lecturer, Ag and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8111 (vlane@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A conversation between Thoreau and Emerson in Thoreau's cabin before leaving Walden Pond 
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is the focus of Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau. A performance of the of the two-act, four-character play will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The two performances at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 
have no admission charge and everyone is welcome. Free will donations will go to a designated sustainability project. 

Under the direction of Linnea Barton, Writing Center coordinator, the cast consists of Ian McCrae, associate professor at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, as Emerson; Chris Sthultz, assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, as Thoreau; Michael Laurich, a junior majoring in biology from Lansing, Ill., as J.B.; and Megan Luxford, a senior applied studies major from Columbus, Neb., as Rachel.

The play, written by Michael Johnathon, takes place during the final two days Henry David Thoreau spent at his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. It is an exploration of the roles each person plays protecting the earth, while challenging the audience to live a simpler life and preserve the environment. To learn more about the play, visit www.waldenplay.com. 

Sponsors of the performance are Liberal Arts and Education Department; Business Department; Math, Science, and Technology Department; Agriculture and Natural Resources Department; Concerts and Lectures; Crookston Students for Sustainable Development; and the UMC Music and Theater Department. 

An Earth Day celebration, Having Fun Caring for the Earth, will take place from 9 to noon in the Sargeant Student Center. The celebration includes a poster contest for college and high school students with $500 scholarships awarded to the winning posters; a sustainability fair; a Native American tribute and hot topic Earth Day mini lectures. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dana Trickey, College in the High School coordinator, at 218-281-8677. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: Members of the cast of "Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau" are looking forward to their performance in Kiehle Auditorium in honor of Earth Day. Cast members are (left to right): Linnea Barton, director; Kenneth Mendez, who has been instrumental in the arrangements for the performance; Megan Luxford; Chris Sthultz, Michael Laurich, and Ian McCrae.

Contact: Kenneth Mendez, office support assistant, Post Office, 218-281-8329 (mende089@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

For the first time, the U of M Crookston will be hosting a bone marrow registry drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30, 2014, in Bede Ballroom from 10am-2pm. For those looking for more information prior to the drive, an informational panel session will be held April 24 in the Evergreen Classroom at 4pm. This event is open to all of the Crookston community. 

The April 24 information session and panel discussion will feature Ashleigh, Justin and Michelle Erdmann; Ashley Rohr; and Lori Lucken-Bak. Come hear the stories of the panel members while also learning more about what it takes to be a donor. 

The goal of this registry drive event is to get 75 people on the Be The Match Registry®, the largest and most diverse bone marrow registry in the world. Those who are between the ages of 18-44, and especially those who come from a diverse background, are all prime candidates for the registry. With a person getting diagnosed every 4 minutes with a blood cancer, such as leukemia or sickle cell anemia, perhaps you can be the match for someone in need. 

Can't donate? Anyone can make a financial donation which helps get people placed on the registry list to help find a match, provides care and support services for patients, and supports medical research funding. To donate directly to our event, go to www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/Nash

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: : Lisa Loegering, assistant director, Community Engagement, 218-281- 8526, (loege005@umn.edu);lizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Steffanie Berg, communications assistant (berg2140@crk.umn.edu)

Riverland Tourism Conference to be held May 6, 2014

Riverland Tourism Association will be holding a tourism conference entitled "Developing Tourism in NW Minnesota... One Story at a Time" from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 6, 2014. The conference will be held in the Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minnesota. The day-long seminar is designed to provide tourism education in Northwest Minnesota. A wide variety of sessions focusing on marketing, tourism development and digital trends will be presented.

Presentations include "Sharing Your Story in a Digital Age" by Phil Seibel, Vice President of Revenue Development, Brainerd Dispatch; "Marketing the Great Outdoors" by Kristi Coughlon, NW Region Information Officer, MN DNR; and "Service After the Sale" by Cynthia Messer, Extension Professor, University of Minnesota Tourism Center. 

The conference will also include a panel highlighting "Big Successes in NW Minnesota" featuring the following panelists: Meghan Palubicki, Owner of The Red Poppy; Cheri Reese, Co-owner of Far North Spirits Distillery; and Terri Widman, Executive Director of the Region 2 Arts Council. Dave Bergman, Explore Minnesota Tourism Travel & Tourism Representative will also share information on the agency's new campaign/special programming.

The cost of the conference is $35.00 which includes registration, lunch and breaks. Contact Riverland President, Laura Anderson at 218-686-9785 or trfcvb@mncable.net to register. 

The event is made possible by the financial support of the Northwest Regional Sustainable Partnership. 

Riverland Association is a regional tourism organization comprised of six communities in Northwest Minnesota: Crookston, East Grand Forks/Grand Forks, Fertile, Red Lake Falls, St. Hilaire and Thief River Falls. Go to www.visitriverland.org for more information.

Contact:
Laura Anderson, President
Riverland Association
P.O. Box 692
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
218-686-9785
trfcvb@mncable.net

Contact: Laura Anderson, 218-686-9785, trfcvb@mncable.net

All proceeds to benefit the Carnegie Library Restoration Project Fund and the U of M Crookston Bone Marrow Registry Drive.

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) at the University of Minnesota Crookston is hosting the third 

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annual Pi Run on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The run will include a new route starting at Highland School, 801 Central Avenue North, Crookston, Minn. Races include the 5K pi run, a race of 5 km (3.1 miles) a distance roughly equal to Pi, a 10K or 2Pi race (6.28 miles) and a children's fun run. To register, visit www.theirrationalrace.com or call 218-281-8432 with questions. All runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.

The schedule for the morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration at the Highland School followed by the Fun Run at 9:30 and the 5K and 10K at 10 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top three overall female and male finishers. All children participating in the Fun Run will receive a finisher's medal. Early registration guarantees 5K and 10K runners a shirt. 

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Polk County Historical Society Carnegie Library Restoration Project Fund and the Bone Marrow Registry drive taking place on the Crookston campus on April 29-30.

The goal of the Polk County Historical Society's library renovation is to possibly turn the Carnegie building into an arts and cultural center for the community and region. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1984 and the Lake Agassiz Regional Library of Crookston, built that same year, stands adjacent to it. 

The race is once again sponsored by Herc-U-Lift. Anyone interested in contributing to the project should contact Brian Dingmann at 218-281-8249. 

Background

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is an honor society at the University of Minnesota, Crookston for students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average and are in the top 20% of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.


In the photo: Runners celebrate the finish during the 2013 Pi Run. 

Contact: Brian Dingmann, associate professor, 218-281-8249 (dingm021@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

3D Printing Event to Be Held at University of Minnesota Crookston April 28

The public is invited to attend "Taking Shape: 3D Printing," Monday, April 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m in the Peterson Classroom in Heritage Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota Crookston. The event is hosted by 360-degrees Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence, together with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Attendees will have the opportunity to see 3D printers in action and learn about the potential of this emerging technology to print a multitude of 3D objects, including such things as art, jewelry, personalized dolls and action figures, mechanical parts, medical devices, implants and even food.

Attendees will learn about recent developments in 3D printing technology which are taking the world by storm and impacting many segments of society, including the arts, education, medicine and business. At the same time, the cost of personal use 3D printers has dropped to around $1,000 to $3,000 per unit, placing the purchase of these units within reach for small- to mid-sized businesses, individuals and other organizations.

In its simplest definition, 3D printers (using a process which is sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing) place material precisely, layer-by-layer, slowly building up a 3-dimensional object. Materials which are being used currently include plastic, concrete, metal, wood, food and human cells. 

The potential impact for Crookston and surrounding communities is significant. Individuals interested in learning more about these emerging technologies and seeing them in action are encouraged to attend. There is no cost, but pre-registration is highly encouraged as space is limited. 

Parking for the event is available in lots E and G. No parking permits will be required. Go to the event website to register at www.3DPrintingCrookston.eventbrite.com

About 360-degrees
360-degrees Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence is a consortium of 13 institutions led by Bemidji State University and includes 12 other technical and community colleges. 360-degrees is designing a 21st century education system that prepares individuals to have rewarding careers in manufacturing and meets the needs of the region's manufacturing employers through an enhanced pipeline, industry-driven curriculum, and authentic assessment. 360-degrees is a member of the Minnesota State College and University system and received a National Science Foundation award in 2012 to become an Advanced Technological Education Regional Center. 

Contact: Jeremy Leffelman, jleffelman@bemidjistate.edu, 218- 755-4222

Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) is seeking community members in Northwestern Minnesota to serve on its board of directors. 

"We are one of five Regional Partnerships across the state that connects local communities and citizens with the resources of the University of Minnesota. In recent years our board has supported innovative projects in Northwest Minnesota such as Connecting Children and Nature and Promoting Farmers Markets.  We seek forward-thinking and active board members who will help us contribute to a more vibrant and sustainable Minnesota, now and into the future," says Mike Moore, current board chair. 

Each of the five Regional Partnerships (Southeast, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Central) is citizen-driven, building community-University partnerships that create new opportunities and solve problems in Greater Minnesota. The Partnerships are a division of University of Minnesota Extension.

According to Linda Kingery, executive director, board members function as a team, working with local communities to identify and implement projects that foster sustainability in agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.
 
Members of the NWRSDP board also:

solicit, evaluate, and vote on proposals
participate in regular boards and focus area work group meetings--both in-person and by         conference calls--contributing time, energy, and insight to projects 
serve for three years with mileage and honorarium for agreed upon meetings and special         assignments provided. 

Board membership is open to residents of Greater Minnesota and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students. To be considered for a position, please submit your application by Thursday, April 24 for terms starting in July of 2014.

For more information, see "Board members information and application" at http://RSDP.umn.edu. 

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) give communities in Greater Minnesota access to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, NW RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.


Contact: Linda Kingery, executive director, U of M Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, 218-281-8697 (kinge002@umn.edu)

Travis Lawell, a senior majoring in agricultural systems management from Apple Valley, 
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Minn., recently presented on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a small, aerial vehicle piloted by remote control. Lawell built the UAV himself and presented his work to the remote sensing applications in precision agriculture class at the University of Minnesota Crookston and discussed how the new technology will help impact precision agriculture for crop scouting and remote sensing purposes.  The class is taught by Paul Aakre and Gary Wagner in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. 

"I have always been interested in things that could fly and that were remote controlled," says Lawell. This interest steered him to explore the use of multi-rotors and eventually led him to build his own UAV and to explore how they can be used in agriculture. 

The use of UAVs allows agronomists to see a field later into the growing season without having to walk through the field and possibly harming the crop. Farmers can also use the technology to see more frequently what is going on in their fields during the growing season. The current method of gathering this information is often done through satellite imagery. 
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Satellites only provide information at certain intervals as the satellites fly overhead, whereas the UAVs could be used however often the farmer wanted or needed. 

"This technology will provide another avenue for crop and field data collecting," says Lawell. 

He continues to explain that currently there is still some controversy surrounding the technology, but the potential benefits of using UAVs will be very important for the future of the agricultural industry. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo at top right: Travis Lawell (left) talks to Gary Wagner about the UAV he built. Photo at left is a close-up view of the UAV. 

Contact: Paul Aakre, assistant professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 218-281-8104 (paakre@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Steffanie Berg, communication assistant, (berg2140@crk.umn.edu)

Century Old Bird Collection Finds Home at U of M Crookston

They have been migrating around the region for a century, but it looks like a unique collection 
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of birds has landed at the University of Minnesota Crookston. 

For Laura Bell, lab services coordinator in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and her colleagues, it was an opportunity that couldn't be passed up. An offer of the collection of nearly 200 birds will become a significant teaching tool and a distinctive addition to the campus wildlife museum. 

A taxidermist named Williams began the collection in 1890 and in 1914, it was passed to an East Grand Forks hotel owner for display. Over time, the birds changed hands including a transaction that took place as the result of a poker game. Eventually, East Grand Forks businessman Leonard Zimmer purchased a café that had been home to the collection. 

For 49 years, the collection was in storage. In 2001, when Zimmer passed away, the collection was transferred to the Wetlands, Pines, and Prairie Audubon Sanctuary. When the collection needed to be transferred again and contact was made with staff in natural resources, they went to take a look. And, within the week, the birds had come home to the campus museum located in Owen Hall. 

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"We now have male and female pairs of waterfowl we did not have before," Bell says. "These birds were collected while it was legal to do so, and now our students have the opportunity to learn from the real specimen as part of a collection we own.

"We are grateful to have these birds and for the people who thought about our campus when considering a new home for them," Bell continues. "And, we are looking forward to sharing it with our students." Of the 200 birds in the original collection, almost all of them remain intact and in good condition. Considering the age and the history of the collection, it is remarkable that the work by this long ago taxidermist will live on. To learn 
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more about the collection, contact Bell at 218-281-8131. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Laura Bell, lab services coordinator, 218-281-8131 (lbell@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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