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June 30, 2006

Strip Tillage Expo

Farmers, researchers and agricultural professionals are invited to attend one of two upcoming workshops on the environmental and economic benefits of strip tillage. Jodi DeJong-Hughes with the U of M Extension Service says strip tillage is a relatively new conservation practice that offers a middle-ground between full and no till practices.

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June 29, 2006

Glensheen Historic Estate

It’s that time of the year when many Minnesotans pay a visit to Lake Superior’s scenic North Shore. When making a stop in Duluth, it would be hard not to notice the historic Glensheen estate, built at the turn of the century by Chester and Clara Congdon, who made a fortune in mining development. Lori Melton, director of marketing at Glensheen, says Glensheen is in many ways a unique historic estate.

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June 28, 2006

Minnesota's Wine Trail

Who needs Napa Valley when wine is flowing throughout Minnesota? This month Minnesota unveiled its first-ever wine trail, the Three Rivers Wine Trail. Kent Gustafson with the U of M Tourism Center says the trail is an effort to boost awareness of Minnesota's budding wine industry.

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June 27, 2006

Rain Gardens

When rain runs off of rooftops, driveways and other impervious surfaces, it often floods directly into your lake, river or wetland, carrying pollutants and other debris. Mary Blickenderfer with the U of M Extension Service is heading up a new program teaching people how to create rain gardens, which provide a natural filter that stops the direct flow of the pollutants into your waterways.

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June 26, 2006

Local Foods Partnership

Producers of local foods in northwestern Minnesota have a unique opportunity to market and sell their products to Minnesotans. The Local Foods Partnership is an online site that brings together producers and interested consumers. Linda Kingery with the U's Regional Sustainable Development Partnership says when people buy local, they vote with their food dollar.

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June 23, 2006

Health Careers Investigators

This summer, Minnesota high school students will have the opportunity to experience first-hand how people working in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, public health and other health careers team-up to solve today’s hottest health issues. Tricia Todd, assistant director of the U’s Health Careers Center, says the Health Careers Investigators program provides students with a fun-filled, hands-on experience in the world of health professionals.

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June 22, 2006

Carp Mating Season

It's carp mating season in Minnesota, a time of year when Minnesotans have an opportunity to observe the usually low-key carp. Peter Sorensen, a U of M professor of fisheries, says a combination of factors is responsible for a hormonal surge in female carp.

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June 20, 2006

Dairy Month

June is celebrated as Dairy Month nationwide, an opportunity to highlight Minnesota's dairy farmers. Neil Broadwater, a U of M Extension educator in dairy, says Minnesota's dairy industry has a significant impact on the state's economy.

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June 19, 2006

Project Lead the Way

High school teachers from across the state are gathering at the U of M over the next two weeks to learn new and better techniques to teach engineering to high school students. Peter Hudleston, associate dean of the U's Institute of Technology, says Project Lead the Way is an innovative approach to bring a much-needed engineering curriculum into the nation's high schools.

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June 16, 2006

Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway

Whether you prefer a great mystery, comedy, or musical, the U of M's Minnesota Centennial Showboat, docked at St. Paul's Harriet Island Regional Park, is a unique destination for live entertainment. According to managing director Sherry Wagner-Henry, this summer's production, "Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway," which opens tonight, will bring the pizzazz of New York theater to the banks of the Mississippi River.

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June 15, 2006

UMD Meth Web Site

When the U of M Duluth's department of social work decided to convene a conference on the impact of methamphetamine, they didn't know how desperate the need for information had become. In response, the department developed a Web page for people seeking resources for dealing with methamphetamine issues. Johanna Garrison, outreach and curriculum coordinator, realizes one conference was hardly enough.

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June 14, 2006

Bioengineering Petroleum

Researchers at the U of M have identified a type of bacteria that can transform plant material into petroleum-like fuels. Larry Wackett, a professor of biochemistry with the university’s Biotechnology Institute, says this breakthrough opens up promising opportunities for homegrown renewable energy production.

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June 13, 2006

The New Retirement

As the life expectancy of Americans stretches into the 80s, Richard Leider, an executive coach, consultant and lecturer with the U's Vital Aging Network, says instead of growing old we need to redefine retirement as a period of personal reinvention, and that means finding a purpose for the rest of your life.

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June 12, 2006

Coffee and Heart Disease

New research adds to the mounting evidence that drinking moderate amounts of coffee may be a good thing. David Jacobs, a U of M epidemiologist, and researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway followed nearly 40,000 women for 15 years and found that women who drank between one and three cups of coffee a day substantially lowered their risk of dying from inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases.

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June 9, 2006

Pet First Aid

Your pet is part of your family. And just like any other member of the family, pets can become ill or injured. Dr. Kelly Tart, an assistant clinical professor at the U of M Veterinary Teaching Hospital, says things get especially busy at the U’s vet clinic during the summer months – a high time for dog and cat emergencies.

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June 8, 2006

North Shore Streams

Streams along the North Shore of Lake Superior are largely undisturbed. However, increased development and recreational use pose a risk to water quality, stream and lake fisheries, and habitat conditions in Lake Superior coastal areas. Dan Breneman with the University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute is coordinating a project to raise public awareness of the effect of development on North Shore streams.

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June 7, 2006

Nanotechnology

The University of Minnesota ranks second among U.S. universities in industrial outreach in nanotechnology and microtechnology, according to the leading trade publication Small Times. Steve Campbell, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the U's Nanofabrication Center, says the university is committed to providing Minnesota businesses with the infrastructure and equipment to conduct nanotechnology research.

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June 6, 2006

Honeycrisp Apple -- The Official State Fruit

The Honeycrisp apple developed by the U of M will now join the pantheon of official state symbols alongside the loon, walleye and lady slipper flower. Jim Luby, a U of M horticulturalist, who together with his colleague David Bedford, spearheaded the Honeycrisp breeding efforts, says students at Anderson Elementary School in Bayport are to thank for the naming honor.

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June 5, 2006

Soggy Spring

When it rains it pours as farmers in southern Minnesota experienced this spring. Ryan Miller, U of M Regional Extension educator, says from April 1 to May 15 many of the southern Minnesota counties were at 200 percent of the normal precipitation, and other portions of the area were at the 98th percentile of precipitation, causing significant delays in crop planting.

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June 1, 2006

Agarwood -- Valuable Incense

Agarwood, the world’s most valuable incense, is produced by the aquilaria tree, found in tropical rainforests, and has been used for centuries as incense and in traditional medicine. Robert Blanchette, a U of M professor of plant pathology, together with the Rainforest Project Foundation, will help farmers in Southeast Asia cultivate aquilaria trees on a sustainable basis. He says the tree has become very rare due to indiscriminate harvesting.

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