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Showing posts from November, 2017

Dean's Column (Nov. 2017)

Dear Extension Retirees,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you this summer during our annual retiree luncheons.

In October, I did one of my favorite duties as dean, honoring our employees and friends with the Distinguished Dean’s Awards at the annual Program Conference. It is an honor to recognize the work, dedication and impact of our colleagues and friends.

Please join me in congratulating the award winners! You can learn more about the 2017 award winners on our website (

Campus-based faculty
: Krishona Martinson, Extension equine specialist and livestock program leader

Field-based faculty: Amy Rager, Extension educator, fish, wildlife and conservation education

Diversity: Ryan Allen, associate professor, leadership and civic engagement, Extension Center for Community Vitality

Outstanding leadership: Dorothy McCargo Freeman, associate dean, Extension Center for Youth Development

Team: Deep Winter Greenhouse team, Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partner…

Source magazine fall issue available and ready for sharing

Here are some of the highlightsSource Fall 2017 edition:
Gardening with class features schoolyard gardens that plant seeds for better health and active learning. Even if you’ve read it before, visit online for a heartening video that has just been added.Take five steps for a stronger Minnesota helps you make your community an attractive place to live, where people can find work and quality of life.4-H alumni: Where are they now? features 4-H alumni who brought lessons from 4-H into their communities and careers. Please share the Source stories with your friends, family, community members and anyone you think would be interested in this work.

Transition for Minnesota 4-H Foundation

On Jan. 31, 2018, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation will dissolve and all 4-H fund development activities will be coordinated by Extension’s development office and the University of Minnesota Foundation. This change is designed to maximize fundraising potential for 4-H throughout the state, benefiting more youth in every Minnesota county and tribal nation.

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation board of trustees has considered this opportunity for many months, and voted unanimously in June 2017 to continue to move forward with dissolution.

Our staff and Foundation board, along with leadership from the Center for Youth Development, Extension and the University are working to make sure this is as seamless a transition as possible.
Donor intent in all contributions and bequests, past and future, will be honored.Endowment holders will still receive annual reports showing the financial standing of their investments with the University of Minnesota Foundation.Gifts made payable to the Minnesota 4-H Foundat…

Events (Nov. 2017)

Minnesota 4-H Celebration of Agriculture, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, Hilton Bloomington, 3900 American Blvd W. Social hour 6 p.m., dinner and program at 7 p.m.
Mark your calendar to share in a night when 4-H alumni, parents, volunteers and staff celebrate 4-H’s involvement in growing true leaders through 4-H agriculture programs. Tickets are $100 each; proceeds go to support 4-H agriculture programs. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact the Extension development office, 612-624-7971.

For snowbirds: University of Minnesota Alumni Association MinneCollege will be taking place In Naples, Fla., on Jan. 20 at the Hilton Naples; and Scottsdale, Ariz., at Marriott McDowell Mountains on Feb. 10.
Registration for both events starts at 12:30 p.m. with a program at 1 p.m. A program of cutting-edge topics featuring University faculty speakers is planned for both locations. More information will be posted soon on the UMAA website.

Awards and Accomplishments (Nov. 2017)

Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors program was featured in the story Guardians of the Waterways. The volunteer program was recently launched by Extension and the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Read the story in University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine, Summer 2017 and in Extension News and Highlights.

Jeff Coulter, Extension agronomist, St. Paul campus, received the Editor’s Citation for Excellence by the editorial board of Crop Science. These awards recognize the outstanding professional commitment and dedication of volunteer reviewers and editors who, through their insights and comments, have helped maintain the high standard and quality of papers published in the journal.

The Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Extension Program Group Award by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Team members include Robert Craven, Dale Nordquis…

Welcome new retirees (Nov. 2017)

Fritz Breitenbach, associate Extension professor, entomology department and integrated pest management specialist, retired Sept. 30. Fritz’s 36-year career and proactive approach to solving problems of new invasive species and herbicide resistance benefited many farmers, crop consultants and the Minnesota agriculture industry.

Patricia Combs retired Oct. 10 after 28 years of dedicated service as a finance professional in the Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Patti, with her knowledge and understanding of University policies, procedures and operating systems across the institution, provided valuable skills to the Extension finance team.

David Fluegel served as executive director of the Extension Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships since 2012. During his career, he built relationships throughout the region and worked to see that the projects reflected the people and places of the region. He retired Aug. 5.

Karl Foord, Extension educator, Exte…

In Memoriam (Nov. 2017)

Christine M. Moen, Roseville, passed away Oct. 5. She served as the Extension fiscal officer for more than 36 years. As an ardent believer in the value of education, she created a scholarship foundation and actively supported that cause until her death.

Irene D. Peterson
received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota and enjoyed a career with many Extension positions: Extension agent in Stearns and Douglas counties, and later served on the Senior Citizen Pilot Project with the Governor’s Council. In 1970, she became supervisor for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program. In 1971, Irene received the National Distinguished Award for her commitment and service to the elderly. She passed away July 27, age 86.

Margaret Eleanor Rosendahl, age 97, passed away June 15. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota, she became the first Extension home demonstration agent in Marshall County in 1947. In 1988, after more than 50 years of…

Retirees in retirement: Sharing your story (Nov. 2017)

Melvin J. Baughman, Extension forester who retired in 2011, planned a “fabulous retirement,” according to a story on, a blog about retirement and volunteerism. Blogger Mary Anne Casey writes that Mel created “the most deliberate retirement plan of any retiree I’ve interviewed” and yet remained flexible when some of his plans didn’t work out the way he’d planned.

Sandra Becker, prior to her retirement in 2005, was a communications specialist, Extension operations and support on the St. Paul campus. Her recent activities include serving as a board member and volunteer coordinator at Minnesota Bach Ensemble; volunteer at “Walkin’ in Circles” horse shelter (New Mexico); and choir member at House of Hope Church in St. Paul.

Kim Boyce, former Extension educator in the Extension Center for Community Vitality and regional director for Hennepin and Ramsey counties, retired in 2015. He now teaches leadership a few days a week and facilitates meetings for public and nonprofit org…

Media Moment (Nov. 2017)

KARE-11 highlighted the Dodge County Pumas 4-H Club, which is comprised mainly of Hispanic youth. They were at the fair for the second year as part of Extension’s work to "springboard" youth into the 4-H experience.