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April 28, 2008

Smart and Thrifty Gardening 101

Mother Nature has finally graced Minnesota with some warmer temperatures this spring, and gardeners are reaching for the trowels and tillers. David Zlesak, University of Minnesota Horticulture Extension educator, has some early season tips to get the most out of your plot.

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April 21, 2008

Girls, Sports and Exercise

Learning to lead, building friendships and developing self-confidence: those are just some of the lasting benefits for girls involved in sports and exercise as discovered by the University of Minnesota Tucker Center. The center, which researches women and sport, recently updated its groundbreaking report with new findings. Director Mary Jo Kane explains.

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April 14, 2008

Last Minute Tax Returns and a Lesson in Procrastination

Whether you're delaying sending a check to Uncle Sam on April 15 or even receiving one, spring tax season is a time when procrastination is in full bloom. In fact, 40 percent of Minnesotans had not filed a state return according to a report last week. University of Minnesota interim director of Counseling and Consulting Services Glenn Hirsch, who works closely with students having problems with procrastinating, says denial of the habit must first be dealt with.

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April 7, 2008

Case of "Nature Deficit Disorder?" Try a "Green Hour"

In lives filled with cartoon characters wearing square pants, video games and shrinking backyards, many American children are suffering from "nature deficit disorder," a condition associated with kids who spend less time outdoors. Marti Erickson, director of the Harris Programs at the University of Minnesota, says connecting kids and the outdoors has a positive impact from head to toe.

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