Committees examine extreme Minnesota weather
In 2012, for the second time in state history, some counties in Minnesota had federal disaster declarations made for drought, while at the same time others had disaster declarations for flooding. Yesterday, experts from the University of Minnesota and several state agencies appeared before lawmakers to discuss why extreme weather takes place, its impacts and how Minnesota is responding.
Twin Cities Daily Planet
Business and Politics
Union membership down in Minnesota, Wisconsin
A combination of factors has brought union membership levels down all across the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released numbers, revealing the country's lowest level of labor membership since the 1930's. James Skurla, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Minnesota-Duluth says while state budgets do play a factor; a lagging economic recovery plays a bigger role.
Northland's News Center
Lawmakers plan to ask tough questions of higher ed
Rep. Gene Pelowski, chair of the House higher education committee, announced this week the budget information he wants from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems.
People and Lifestyle
Dermatologists fight new, pro-tanning bed campaign
A new campaign was released this week by the tanning industry to show that responsible sunbed tanning is just fine for you. But FairWarning.org reports dermatologists are fighting back, saying the ads are misleading the public. Charles Crutchfield, III, of the U of M Medical School, comments.
To Watch: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/20673419/dermatologists-fight-new-pro-tanning-bed-campaign#ixzz2J0nz965r
Good Question: 'Reply All' Cold Weather Edition
WCCO-TV reporter Jason DeRusha tackles some common, cold weather questions.
Michael Osterholm, infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, adds insight.
To Watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/01/24/good-question-reply-all-cold-weather-edition/
You might be sick, but it's not necessarily the flu
In every office space and classroom, empty seats are a clear indicator of the viruses spreading this winter. There are plenty of people out with the flu, but it seems plenty of others have the “stomach flu.” Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., MPH, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, discusses influenza.
Health beat: Doc, blog are Force on touchy subject
When Dr. Drew Rosielle started his blog, Pallimed, he envisioned it as a serious forum to discuss a serious topic: end-of-life care.But blogs have a way of taking on a life of their own. Which may explain why you'll find entries on the art of "hospice haiku," Maurice Sendak and "an absolutely hilarious video" about Darth Vader, produced by medical students at the University of Minnesota.
Updates and Events
University of Minnesota-Crookston adds elementary education degree program
The University of Minnesota-Crookston has added a bachelor's degree in elementary education, school officials said yesterday. The program covers education for kindergarten through grade six.
Grand Folks Herald
Teens have a chance to try out health careers
Area students in ninth through 12th grade can spend the President’s Day holiday holding a beating heart or trying their hand at suturing during the Health Care Career Cruise to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Fergus Falls Journal
Somethings fishy at the U of M, Crookston…and that's a good thing
A donation of some 590 fish specimens was recently added to the Wildlife Museum in the Natural Resources program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The specimens, donated by the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History curated by Andrew Simons, cover 79 species of fish in Minnesota.
News Releases and Multimedia
Supporting the Agricultural Life
The rural life is not a particularly easy one, and yet 18 percent of Minnesotans live in rural areas. ...With food a primary engine of Minnesota's economy—agriculture accounts for 20 percent of Minnesota's GDP—it makes sense to keep the men and women behind the curtain—the farmers—healthy.
The cost of commitment
U proposes debt relief for students who bring health care to underserved.