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Today's News: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Research

Folic acid tied to lower child cancer risks
Rates of two rare childhood cancers declined after the U.S. began requiring grain products to be fortified with the B vitamin folic acid, a new study finds…"The good news is that there doesn't seem to have been an increased risk of childhood cancer," said lead researcher Amy M. Linabery, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/23/folic-acid-tied-to-lower-child-cancer-risks/

Study finds pollution on UMore property, says most can be cleaned up for development
Early results of an environmental study show that the University of Minnesota will be able to develop 3,500 acres of land on the eastern part of its UMore Park property, but further testing will be required on a piece-by-piece basis as development proceeds.
Rosemount Town Pages
http://www.rosemounttownpages.com/event/article/id/30433/

Lake Superior beach bacteria testing set to start next week
Minnesota will begin testing Lake Superior beaches for potentially harmful bacteria next week, but federal budget cuts could make this the last summer for waterfront testing…“I think it would be a huge mistake to not fund it,” Rich Axler, research scientist at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute, told the News Tribune.
Duluth News Tribune
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/232346/

Business and Politics

General Mills, Medtronic Announce Job Cuts
Hundreds of job cuts were announced today at General Mills. The food conglomerate, based in Golden Valley, is eliminating 850 jobs worldwide and about half of them in the Twin Cities…John Budd is a professor of work and organizations in the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
WCCO-Radio
To listen: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/22/general-mills-to-eliminate-about-850-jobs/
MinnPost
http://www.minnpost.com/glean/2012/05/general-mills-cutting-850-jobs

Coalition to develop world’s cleanest passenger train
Plans to create the world's first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive were announced this week by the Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR), a collaboration of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) and the nonprofit Sustainable Rail International (SRI).
R&D Magazine
http://www.rdmag.com/News/2012/05/Industries-Transportation-Energy-Biofuel-Coalition-to-develop-world-s-cleanest-passenger-train/
Archinect
http://archinect.com/news/article/49131658/coalition-for-sustainable-rail-plans-to-create-world-s-first-carbon-neutral-high-speed-train

People and Lifestyle

First person: A tour of the tornado zone
North Minneapolis native, Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, is the community outreach director for the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center.
Minnesota Public Radio
To listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/22/first-person-makeda-zulu-gillespie

Minnesota tries own program to measure school success
Minnesota schools have a new way to measure performance, replacing the controversial No Child Left Behind accountability system with the state’s own…“We may be actually be taking some productive pressure off all schools,” said Kent Pekel, executive director of the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium. “I’m frankly very concerned that that smaller number of schools absolutely always deserves that increased pressure.”
Bemidji Pioneer
http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/event/article/id/100040218/

Words of wisdom for the graduates, courtesy of Dessa
"Failure is a tool," rapper and writer Dessa told a graduating class of thousands last week. But not a tool in some ugly-duckling fable, she said…Dessa, a member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, delivered the commencement address for the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, of which she is an alumna.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/152788095.html

Report: More MN Children Raised by Relatives
The number of American children who are being raised by grandparents or other relatives continues to grow, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Public News Service
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/26581-1

Counselor-to-student ratio in Minn.: 800 to 1; 2nd worst in U.S
The dwindling number of counselors available to students Minnesota classrooms is a major concern for state school officials…The off-kilter ratio decreases the likelihood that counselors can be effective in dealing with depression, addiction or bullying and other student issues, said Kay Hertling Wahl, the University of Minnesota's Professor of Counseling.
KMSP
http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/18593052/counselors-to-student-ration-in-minn-800-to-1-2nd-worst-in-us
Rochester Post Bulletin
http://www.postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1497471

Hamnes among Siehl Prize honorees
Retired grain farmer Bruce Hamnes, of Stephen, is well-known in agricultural and community circles…Hamnes was a Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers member, chaired the U.S. Wheat Council, belonged to the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association, operated the Stephen Seed House and served on a University of Minnesota ag college advisory board.
AgriNews
http://www.agrinews.com/hamnes/among/siehl/prize/honorees/story-4614.html

Marriage advice: How to pick a marriage counselor
You and your spouse are having serious problems. You've thought about marriage counseling. But, you're not sure who to go to. This is a serious concern…William Doherty of the University of Minnesota, himself an experienced marital therapist, has studied this issue extensively.
News Sentinel
http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120523/LIVING/305239995/1008

The early birds don't get the bugs
I began noticing tree swallows very early in the spring, and it worried me, because I am aware that they live on insects. There weren't many bugs around so I'm wondering if the swallows found enough food to survive…I asked Jeff Hahn from the University of Minnesota's Department of Entomology for his reaction.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/152621835.html

Commentary and Opinion

Cooking for Solutions: An Alternative to Chef-Provocateurs
Chefs are artists. Good ones draw people in with their inspired plates and atmosphere-performance art meets flavor…As a presentation at Cooking for Solutions by Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Minnesota, demonstrated, chefs ignore the sustainability of their sources at their own peril.
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paula-crossfield/sustainable-food_b_1536699.html

Updates and Events

Closed by fire, Soudan Underground Mine State Park resuming tours
Closed for more than a year after a mine shaft fire, the Soudan Underground Mine State Park will reopen to public mine tours starting Saturday…The underground mine tour, high energy physics lab tour (operated by the University of Minnesota) and the free, self-guided surface tour will be available at the state park.
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20685072/closed-by-fire-soudan-underground-mine-state-park
Crookston Daily Times
http://www.crookstontimes.com/news/x1898610251/Tours-resume-at-Minn-Soudan-Mine-after-fire