In a state that depends heavily on natural resources for its tourism industry, it's vital that Minnesota protect and preserve its environment. That's why the University of Minnesota's Tourism Center is working to educate local communities on how to best conduct the practice known as "sustainable tourism." Cynthia Messer, an Extension professor with the Center, explains.
While the name emerald ash borer may not sound threatening, the invasive pest has already killed 30 million trees as it moves west across the country. It hasn't yet reached Minnesota, which has a large population of ash trees, but U of M Extension entomologist Jeff Hahn and state departments are partnering for Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.
Independent minded college students are wrapping up final exams and returning home for a summer of fun. But the transition from living a parent-free life to the more structured home environment can be a difficult process. University of Minnesota senior psychologist, Scott Slattery, says the first few days can be tough for both students and parents.
Minnesota in the Eye of this Year's Political Storm
A contentious Senate race, a governor as a possible vice president and a national political convention in town: Minnesota is shaping up to be a hotbed of political activity. Additionally, U of M political scientist Kathryn Pearson says the state will be a key battleground for the presidential race.