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November 30, 2006

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day

Today is National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, a day dedicated to creating increased awareness of this highly addictive and dangerous drug. Ellie McCann, a family relations educator with the U of M Extension Service, says awareness needs to begin with parents because they have a critical role in communicating with their teen about the use of meth.

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November 27, 2006

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Kristin Anderson, an epidemiologist at the U of M, explains what you should know about this disease.

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November 24, 2006

Inspecting Carol

Holiday entertainment seekers are invited to tickle their festive funny bones at Inspecting Carol, a hilarious show running from November 24 to December 17 at the University Theatre's first holiday production on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat in St. Paul. Gary Briggle, the show’s director, says this new twist on the Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol should appeal to both seasoned audiences and first-time holiday theatre-goers.

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November 23, 2006

Kathy's Turkey Tips

Many of us will be cooking turkey during the holiday season. Kathy Brandt, a food science educator with the U of M Extension Services, says people should keep food safety in mind when preparing the feast, and that starts with properly defrosting the big bird.

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November 22, 2006

The Net Tax Rate

Truth in taxation season is approaching - the time of year when local units of government send out notices and hold hearings about proposed property taxes for the following year. That means it’s time to pay attention to a measurement called net tax rate. Ryan Pesch, a community economics educator with the U of M Extension Service, says the net tax rate is a ratio of annual property taxes to total property value across all taxing jurisdictions - school districts, counties and townships - which helps put property taxes in perspective.

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November 14, 2006

Deer Hunting Season Food Safety Tips

Minnesota has a long and proud tradition of deer hunting. To keep it enjoyable and reduce the risk of foodborne illness, hunters need to pay attention to how they field dress, transport, process and prepare the venison. Lou Ann Jopp, food science educator with the U of M Extension Service, says that especially when the weather is warm, the quality of the venison can be impacted quickly if it's not handled properly.

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November 13, 2006

Children and Asthma

The number of children with asthma is increasing, but health professionals are not sure why. Ian Greaves, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota, provides some insight.

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November 10, 2006

Keeping Kids in Youth Programs

Youth program directors and volunteers are always interested in “How to get kids in the door and keep them there.? That’s the title of fall regional forums conducted by the U of M Extension Service at eight locations around the state in November and December. Eric Vogel, Extension community youth development educator, says the forums are geared toward those youth program decision-makers, as well as front line staff and volunteers, who work directly with young people.

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November 9, 2006

Teen Dieting

A recent study has found that dieting during teen years can lead to long-term health problems. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, a U of M professor of epidemiology who conducted the 5-year study, says dieting teens were three times more likely to be overweight after five years than their peers who didn't diet.

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November 8, 2006

Student Forestry Club

Established in 1907, the university's Forestry Club is one of the oldest student groups on campus. Tiffany Triggs, the club’s president and a junior majoring in forest resources, says the group is social and educational, and helps aspiring forestry professionals learn about forestry-related careers.

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November 7, 2006

Fall Watering of Trees and Shrubs

Once the leaves drop, it may look as though your trees and shrubs don’t need further care for the year. Nancy Rose, an educator in horticulture with the U of M Extension Services, says this is actually a critical time to continue watering many of your woody landscape plants.

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November 3, 2006

Health Care Politics

Universal health care and access to health care are key issues in this year’s political campaign season. What should voters know before going to the polls? Lynn Blewett, a health policy professor at the University of Minnesota, says Minnesota has the lowest rate of uninsured in the nation.

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November 2, 2006

Humanity's Social Web

There have been precious few innovations in history that have changed the way humans, as a society, behave. We gathered around fire, we moved our bodies with wheels and our minds with the printing press. John Riedl, a U of M professor of computer science and engineering, says nothing changed our societal DNA like the Internet with its instant access to a global community and expansive vault of knowledge.

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November 1, 2006

Day of the Dead

Today and tomorrow, the Mexican-American community celebrates Day of the Dead. Richard Martinez, assistant professor in the U’s department of Chicano Studies, says the day’s roots go back centuries, before Spaniards arrived in Latin America.

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