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From the Dean

It's been a summer of extremes in Minnesota—drought, floods and tornadoes. When Minnesota was hit by several weather and non-weather emergencies, Extension responded.

Beverly R. Durgan

Throughout the summer of 2007, Extension helped communities and individuals through the devastating impacts of weather and non-weather emergencies. While some areas of the state needed assistance dealing with drought issues, others faced severe flooding. Extension educators, faculty and staff taught classes, provided fact sheets, answered questions and interviewed with state and local news media, all in a coordinated effort to make accurate and relevant information available.

"In the past 200 years, I can't find another point in time when Minnesota's landscape was exhibiting this range of hydrological extremes," said Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist and meteorologist. There are many indications these changing patterns will continue. As the weather varies, Extension will continue to provide timely information and news you can use. Watch the Extension website for the latest information.

In Extension, we are fortunate to have daily opportunities to make a positive difference on the environment, the economy, families, communities, youth—real people and real issues in Minnesota. In this edition of Source, we bring you stories of Extension's impact on your communities, your neighbors and your state: improving fruit and vegetable production, supporting families through divorce, enhancing water quality, protecting Minnesota shoreland from invasion, responding to military deployment. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoy telling them.


Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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