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Source magazine spring issue on its way this month

All Extension retirees receive a subscription to Source magazine, which comes out twice a year. The spring 2018 issue will land in your mailbox by the end of March. Here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading:

Taking the plunge takes readers to Itasca County to meet two new volunteers bringing a neighborly approach to the fight against aquatic invasive species.Upward and onward introduces you to youth who would be considered underserved if not for their involvement in 4-H. Highlighted youth are Alondra, a recent immigrant from Mexico living in Dodge County, and Precious, a girl learning leadership as a part of 4-H in partnership with the White Earth Tribal Community College.Green tomatoes take the cake tells the story of Master Gardener volunteers inspiring kids in north Minneapolis to start a healthy desserts business called the Green Garden Bakery.Bee Veterans shares ways that men and women who have served their country find community and connectedness in beekeeping…

Dean's Column (March 2018)

Dear Extension retirees,

Some of my favorite events each year are the summer retiree lunches with you. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear about what’s happening in your lives and to share with you the latest Extension news and initiatives.

This year’s events will again take place in Northwest Minnesota and in the Twin Cities. I hope you can join me. A postcard with full details will be mailed in April, but here are the dates and locations:

Northwest Minnesota: Tuesday, July 10, 12-2 p.m., Best Western The Lodge on Lake Detroit
Twin Cities: Thursday, July 26, 12-2 p.m., Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville

Please RSVP to Wan Tansatit, Extension development office, at (612) 624-7971 or wtansati@umn.edu with your name and the luncheon location you will be attending.

Bev Durgan
Dean

New Extension regional directors

Lori Vicich began her position of regional director, St. Cloud Regional Office, on Jan. 29. Lori had been director of corporate communications services for Xcel Energy. She works directly with regional directors Sarah Chur (Andover) and Tammy McCulloch (Farmington) and will have regional director responsibility for Benton, McLeod, Meeker, Stearns and Wright counties.

On Jan. 11, Lisa Dierks joined the southeast region as Extension regional director in Rochester. She will work with LuAnn Hiniker (Mankato) and have regional director responsibility for Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmstead, Wabasha and Winona counties. Lisa previously held a management role with Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Extension Highlights keeps you up to date with timely stories

One year ago, Extension Communications and Public Relations launched the Extension Highlights website to share more stories from across Minnesota and across topic areas. You don’t need to wait for Source magazine to learn what is happening in Extension. Please visit Extension Highlights for timely stories in your areas of interest and your region. You can also keep informed and inspired by following Extension’s Facebook page.

Volunteers launch crowdfunding effort for Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp

Each May, Extension coordinates the Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp for youth in Fillmore and Houston counties to experience potentially life-saving lessons on farm and ag safety. The program is named for long-time Extension educator Jerry Tesmer, who championed farm safety in his teaching to youth and adults. Jerry began the program in collaboration with community members 25 years ago.

Volunteers in Houston and Fillmore Counties have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise dollars for this program in honor of Jerry. If you'd like to learn more or make a contribution, visit crowdfund.umn.edu/farmsafetydaycamp.

Awards and Accomplishments (March 2018)

Congratulations to the following Extension faculty and staff receiving awards in the past four months:


Brad Carlson, Extension crops educator, Mankato Regional Office, received the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s annual Friend of Agriculture award. He was honored at the Minnesota Ag Expo in Mankato for his commitment to helping Minnesota farmers build upon their land stewardship while maintaining productive operations. Carlson worked with the corn growers, leading development of the Nitrogen Smart program to elevate environmental care and crop productivity.

David Nicolai, Extension crops educator from Regional Office in Farmington, was presented with the Friend of Ag award by the McLeod County Corn and Soybean Growers Association.

Amy Rager, Extension educator in fish, wildlife, conservation education in the Morris Regional Office, was awarded for Excellence in Volunteer Program Development by the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administration. Amy is the State Program Director …

Welcome new retirees (March 2018)

Roger E. Dahmen served as a community nutrition educator in Hennepin County for 35 years. His focus was teaching youth who were living at or below the poverty line. He expanded this work to Minneapolis public schools and integrated nutrition education into summer school programs. He retired Jan. 5

Milan J. Drewlow, Wilkin County 4-H program coordinator, retired Dec. 21. His innovative programs created a culture that focused on high quality youth-led programming, a site-based 4-H program at a boy’s transitional care home and partnerships with local businesses.

Michael J. Liepold, Extension educator, leadership and civic engagement, retired Nov. 6. During Mike’s 33 years of service, his accomplishments included the development of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program, the U-Lead Advisory Academy, and the international effort to bring leadership education to Morocco.

Lynette M. Lothert, executive office and administrative specialist, Morris Regional Office, provided dedicat…

In memoriam (March 2018)

Arlene Louise Barkheim, 89, passed away Jan. 27, in Winona. Her career began as an Extension home economist in Goodhue County, and she later worked as the assistant state 4-H leader for southeastern Minnesota. In 1972, she was appointed as the district Extension director for northwestern Minnesota, being the first woman serving in this role.

Kenneth Edward Egertson was a retired professor emeritus of agricultural economics. During his University career, in addition to teaching and Extension work, Ken participated in international projects in Belize, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Dominica. He passed away Jan. 1, age 86, in Story City, Iowa.

Raymond Stanley Norrgard, Baxter, passed away on Jan. 1, 2017, age 95. After receiving an agriculture degree from the University, Ray worked as a county Extension agent in Brainerd.

John Puckropp, Sr. worked as a Ramsey County Extension director after a decorated 26-year career in the Air Force. He passed away Feb. 6., age 79 years, in Baxter.

William Seabloo…

Retirees in retirement: Sharing your story (March 2018)

This issue highlights Kim Boyce, Diane Damerow, Shirley Doering, Thomas Halbach, Dave Kjome, Jeanne Markell, Curtis Norenberg, Irene Ott, Dick Sauer, Patricia Stumme, Roger Wilkowske and Deborah Matero Zak.

Kim Boyce volunteers with the Minneapolis Loppet Foundation, frequently working for winter ski events at Theodore Wirth Park, including the recent World Cup Masters ski races (1,000 skiers from 20 countries). Kim also consults for the Minnesota Association of Soils and Water Conservation Districts, teaches leadership seminars for several metropolitan counties and facilitates meetings for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture regarding nitrogen fertilizer use. Kim retired in 2015 as Extension’s regional director for Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Diane Damerow, Extension educator in family development who worked in the Waseca County office and retired in 2003, is serving as president of the Minnesota Association of Healthcare Volunteers. Their mission provides members with opportunit…

Epsilon Sigma Phi - Pi Chapter Update (March 2018)

Did you know 130+ Extension retirees are Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) life members? Below are ways life members volunteer time and talent to ESP:
Kent Gustafson and Dave Pace serve on the history and archive committee
David Werner and Rosi Heins run the Scholarship committee
Roselyn Biermaier represents life members as a member-at-large
Toni Smith is active on the professional improvement committee
Kathy Olson, Cindy Bigger and Kent Gustafson shared insights on Utilizing Your Extension Skills after You Retire.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit the ESP Pi Chapter blog.

Media Moments (March 2018)

Extension Master Gardeners are multi-talented, media savvy

Did you know that some of Extension’s Master Gardener volunteers have another creative talent beyond the garden fence? They are writers, too, and even radio hosts, reaching thousands of Minnesotans.

Bev Johnson, a Master Gardener in West Otter Tail County, writes regularly for Fergus Falls Journal, as in her column, To the house plant killers: It doesn’t have to be like this. Jennifer Knutson, a Master Gardener in Crow Wing County, puts out an Ask a Master Gardener feature in the Brainerd Dispatch and the Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, such as Caring for an amaryllis bulb.

On Saturdays, from March to September, Kandiyohi County Master Gardeners host a one-hour radio “Ask a Master Gardener” segment on KWLM 1340. The volunteers discuss gardening hot topics along with issues they face in their own yards.