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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Celebrate Food and Ag Day at a Gopher Game

TIME SENSITIVE:  Be part of the inaugural Celebrate Ag & Food Day, Saturday, September 14 at 11 a.m. as Gopher Football hosts Western Illinois. Join Extension friends, college alumni and agricultural leaders for the game at the TCF Bank Stadium to celebrate and show your support for Minnesota agricultural and food industries. Extension is partnering with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and others on this special opportunity. Extension staff and friends can order tickets at a special rate of $15. Tickets must be purchased by September 13 to be a part of this group. Don't forget to show your support by wearing Extension clothing

Dean's Column (Sept. 2013)

Extension colleagues remain a vital part of Extension long after the retirement parties are over and you move on to new adventures. Retirees are strong advocates, partners, volunteers and donors. Some even return to work with us on specific projects that require their expertise and relationships.

Today, we have nearly 400 retirees in active communication with Extension. In addition to this e-newsletter for retirees, we have a Facebook page for Extension retirees. There are 58 retirees keeping in touch on Facebook and we encourage you to join us there. If you are not in touch and want to connect, click "Request to Join" on the Facebook page or send a request to Gwen Gmeinder at

Each year, I look forward to hosting the summer luncheon for retirees. This year, we added one in northern Minnesota. In June, I met with 25 retirees in Detroit Lakes, including colleagues I worked with when I first came to Extension as an agronomist and weed scientist. In July, I met with 73 retirees for a very engaging afternoon in the Twin Cities. Both events featured highlights from authors Don Breneman and Mark Seeley on the writing and publishing of "Voyageur Skies."

I look forward to seeing those of you who attend the ESP meeting at the Extension Program Conference in Duluth in early October (more info below).

Extension is filled with employees who are working to make a difference with the people, programs and places they are passionate about.  It is rewarding to see that passion continue long after colleagues leave Extension.

Bev Durgan

Epsilon Sigma Phi at Extension Program Conference

Extension's Program Conference will be held October 7-9 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. All Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) members are invited to join us for the following activities:

  • ESP silent auction noon - 7 p.m., October 7

  • ESP dollar auction 4:30-6 p.m., October 8, during the Lightning Talks

  • ESP member meeting 6:15-7:30 p.m., October 8

Show your support for ESP by donating an item to the ESP silent and dollar auctions that reflects your passion. Do you like to paint? Knit? Golf? Go to your lake cabin? Think about donating a basket of items that coordinates with what you love to do or a 'masterpiece' you've created. Donate an item to the auctions as an individual or with a group. Approximately six items will be selected for the dollar auction, with the remaining items being offered at the silent auction. All proceeds go to the Minnesota Extension Workers Scholarship (MEWS) Fund.  

To donate an item for the silent and dollar auctions, please send the following information to Ellie McCann, via email by Wednesday, September 25: name of donor; address of donor; email of donor; item description (20 words or less); estimated fair market dollar value of item.

Other ways to be involved at conference:

  • Take bids from colleagues who are unable to attend (such as retirees who may only be in attendance one of the two days).

  • Volunteer to help with setting up the silent auction on Monday afternoon.

  • Make a cash donation to MEWS if you are unable to attend either or both of the auctions.

Contact Ellie McCann, with questions.

Watch for Fall 2013 Source Magazine in Late September

The Fall issue of Source magazine will be sent to your home address as soon as it rolls off the press in late September, and it will also be available on the Extension website. You can look forward to reading about how Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley sees changing weather patterns and what that means for Minnesotans. You'll see how 4-H alumni, such as Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Harlan Madsen, give back to communities and what they learned about leadership in 4-H. Discover how Extension is helping Minnesota businesses take steps from farm to fork to improve food safety practices and prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness.

This issue also features Extension's work in economic development in Minnesota communities, and the impact of cooking-based nutrition education. And, we hope you'll be inspired by friends whose gifts to Extension make a difference in Minnesota.   

Awards & Accomplishments (Sept. 2013)

The "Educational Response to Families' Financial Situation After Natural Disaster" will receive the Distinguished Team Award at the ESP Recognition Luncheon at the Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh on September 18.  Team members are: Phyllis Onstad, Extension educator (now retired); Sara Croymans, Extension educator; Rosemary Heins, Extension educator;  Shirley Anderson-Porisch, Extension educator (now retired); Cindy Petersen, Extension educator; Lori Hendrickson, Extension educator; Rebecca Hagen Jokela, Extension educator; Patricia Olson, assistant director, Family Development & Extension program leader, family resource management; Sharon Danes, family resource management specialist; Lori Scharmer, NDSU interim family economics specialist; Mary Marczak, evaluation & research specialist, Family Development; Alisha Hardman, doctoral student in Family, Youth, & Community.

Symposium Honors, Shares Jean Bauer's Research and Legacy

The Department of Family Social Science is pleased to announce its inaugural Family Social Science Cornerstone Symposium, "Upholding the well-being of families in a changing world," to be held on Sept. 27. This year's symposium will honor Jean Bauer, an Extension specialist and family social science professor who passed away in 2012. Elizabeth Dolan, University of New Hampshire professor emeritus will present on Bauer's extensive body of research and the legacy she left behind, focusing on family policy and the economic well-being of families and communities. This event is aimed at family-serving professionals and students of family social science, but all are welcome to attend. Presentation is at 2 p.m., 105 Cargill Hall with reception to follow at 3 p.m. Please RSVP with your name and email address. 

In Memoriam (Sept. 2013)

Retirees who passed away since the last update [note - sometimes notifications are received well past the time a retiree died]

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Mary Bandow, 73, a graduate and longtime employee of the University who worked as an Extension human resource personnel assistant, passed away on August 17, Roseville.

J. William (Bill) Mudge, an Extension dairy specialist from 1960-1986, died on April 24, age 92. Bill received his degrees from Kansas State University, with his Ph.D. in dairy cattle genetics and management.  Bill's Extension responsibilities included development and education of dairy herds, making significant contributions to computerizing record forms and data for dairy producers to use in herd management. He was a great friend of the dairy industry.

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James L. Rabehl, Baxter, died June 4. After graduating from University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in agricultural education, he became the Crow Wing County assistant agricultural agent. He spent five years as Extension director in Scott County and returned to Brained as an Extension county director until retiring in 1992.

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Gerald J. Sullivan, age 88 of Grand Rapids died June 6. He worked for Extension for 13 years and retired in 1980 as professor emeritus at the University's Research and Outreach Station in Grand Rapids.

Richard D. Herman, Duluth, passed away October 21, 2012 at age 86.  He was an Extension county agricultural agent and director, first in Mora, then for South St. Louis County until he retired in 1983. Richard was a graduate of the University of Minnesota receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees in science.

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Norman H. Adams, Wadena, was 92 when he passed away on March 7, 2009. He worked in Extension agriculture programs for 10 years and retired in 1985. Norman also served as an adult leader of the Oakdale 4-H Club and participated in many county and state fairs.  

Media Moments (Sept. 2013)

4-H'ers Shine in the News During State Fair

News stories from the Minnesota State Fair shined the light on the growth and development 4-H'ers gain through their wide array of projects. The stories are available on Extension's "In the News" webpage. Also, discover many stories via the University of Minnesota Extension Facebook page. Highlights included a visual essay from Minnesota Public Radio on a Chisago County 4-H'er whose collaboration with a farm family enables her to show a winter yearling at the fair. 4-H'ers also were embedded as reporters for hometown news media; their stories included this look at the 4-H Hilton in the Chanhassen Villager. 4-H Ambassadors capped the Fair with Dean Durgan joining two ambassadors for an interview with John Hines on WCCO-AM.

Extension Garden Experts Regular Guests on WCCO Radio Saturday Mornings

It's 8 a.m. and inside the WCCO-AM studios callers are already in the queue, seeking answers to their yard and garden questions from Extension experts as "Smart Gardens" begins.

A trio composed of Julie Weisenhorn, state director of Extension's Master Gardener program, Mary Meyers, Extension horticulturist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Sam Bauer, Extension turfgrass specialist, take turns as host Denny Long's weekly guests on "Smart Gardens" every Saturday from 8-9 a.m. on 830 on the AM dial. Podcast recordings are also available to listen to through the WCCO website.

"This is what we were looking for," says Long, a 'CCO veteran familiar to listeners throughout the state. "We like having Extension here because people know they're getting trustworthy information. It's great, and it's proven wildly popular."

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