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From the Dean

Dean Bev Durgan

Bev Durgan, Dean

Together, we create a stronger Minnesota

Extension's unique role in Minnesota is reflected in our name. Extension, extending the University into all parts of the state to address the most pressing issues with research and education that changes lives.

Our reach into every Minnesota county results in unique University-community relationships that multiply our individual efforts into a collective force for positive change.

We engage. We collaborate. We partner. Together, we create a better Minnesota.

This issue of Source highlights many ways we extend the University into communities and bring the knowledge of Minnesota back into our laboratories and classrooms.

Learn how Extension climatologist Mark Seeley helps Minnesotans respond and adapt to challenges brought by a changing climate.

Find out how 4-H teaches young people to lead, giving back to their communities throughout their lives, as 4-H alumni. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, former speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, and Harlan Madsen, Kandiyohi County commissioner, explain. See how Extension creates a stronger Minnesota through Education and Research.

See how an Extension food safety researcher minimizes the risk of foodborne illness, bringing together University researchers, Minnesota food businesses and food inspectors to discover solutions from farm to fork.

Keep turning the pages to learn how Minnesota cities and regions use Extension's community-specific economic development research to create their own unique future, and how investments in teaching low-income families how to cook pay back with better health.

Read about Extension friends whose gifts to Extension make a difference in their communities. I invite you to return the enclosed giving envelope. Each donation helps Extension expand research and education to solve problems and create a brighter future.


Bev Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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