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Today's News Weekend Edition: Monday, January 14, 2013


Flat tuition pledge central to University aid bid
Here's a tradeoff University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is pitching to state lawmakers: Boost aid to the school and tuition for in-state undergraduates won't go up. ...Kaler appeared Friday at the Capitol to argue that the university is aggressively looking to contain costs while also trying to hold down tuition, which now tops $13,000 a year on the Twin Cities campus.
KSTP (via Associated Press)

President Kaler speaks to Legislators
U of M President Eric Kaler tells Lawmakers his drive is to lower administrative costs. On KSTP's "At Issue" at 22:23 mark.
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U of M responds to report criticizing its spending
The University of Minnesota is now defending itself against allegations of wasteful spending. Those claims stem from a Wall Street Journal investigation saying that the university failed to keep close tabs on its payroll as student tuition spiked. The report said hundreds of administrators are making six-figure salaries, allegations that the new university president Eric Kaler says are “incomplete” and “inaccurate.”
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Duluth News Tribune
Stillwater Gazette

University of Minnesota to hire consultant to review administrative costs
The University of Minnesota will hire an outside consultant to review its administrative structure and costs. The decision was announced Friday, Jan. 11 -- days after U President Eric Kaler received a letter from two key DFL legislators calling for such a review.
Pioneer Press
Business Journal

People and Lifestyle

Changing public opinion on public health
Dr. Sarah Gollust, School of Public Health, talks child obesity, public health and more.
Access Minnesota

Radon is a silent killer, and Minnesota is a 'high-risk' state for it
You can't see it or smell it. It occurs naturally anywhere there's soil. It seeps into your home, exposing you to radioactive particles. "It's been a long time that we've focused on smoking and lung cancer, with good reason," said Dr. Peter Raynor, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health.
Pioneer Press

Commentary and Opinion

Editorial: U should aim for leaner staffing
The Star Tribune editorializes on the importance for increased state aid for the U and on the need for a leaner administration at the state's flagship university.
Star Tribune

The U's tuition challenges
Lori Sturdevant blogs about resident and nonresident tuition rates at the U of M.
Star Tribune

Our opinion: Minnesota should cut tuition for Minnesotans
Tom Dennis editorializes on resident and nonresident tuition rates in the University of Minnesota and North Dakota University systems.
Grand Forks Herald

Sen. Terri Bonoff: Focused on balancing the state budget
You may have read about the University of Minnesota’s rising administrative costs. As the incoming chair I immediately reached out to Dr. Kaler to discuss. He was extremely open and responsive. We asked the University to provide us with an objective data driven analysis of their cost structure by March 15th. Author Sen. Terri Bonoff represents Minnetonka, Plymouth and Woodland.
Minnetonka Patch

Skin cancer: Let's halt this rising rate
As a dermatologist, Charles E. Crutchfield III sees firsthand the devastating toll that skin cancer takes on Minnesotans. He states that it's time to take a tangible step toward protecting health through preventing melanoma. Crutchfield is a a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Star Tribune

Updates and Events

Former legislator Kate Knuth appointed to state Environmental Quality Board
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Kate Knuth — a former legislator who now works at the University of Minnesota — to a two-year term on the state Environmental Quality Board.

Flu season deaths reach epidemic level but may be at peak, C.D.C says
The flu shot’s effectiveness had been “overpromoted and overhyped,” said Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health. However, Osterholm notes that the flu shot is still worth getting.
New York Times

Flu season: An epidemic?
Dr. Nicholas Kelly, School of Public Health, discusses this year's flu season.

U of M Field Crop Trials Bulletin available
The University of Minnesota Field Crop Trials Bulletin is now available in print and electronic forms. The new publication, dated January 2013, provides results from University of Minnesota trials conducted in 2012 across the state.
Farm and Ranch Guide

Mpls. broken water main was installed in 1891
This week the city of Minneapolis released a photo of the broken water main pipe that dumped 14 million gallons of water into city streets. The pipe was placed in 1891. "Some of the infrastructure in Minneapolis dates back to the Civil War," says Greg Brick, a geologist at the U of M.
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