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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Next Best Thing to a Secretary of the Future

By Trish Olson, Director of Programs — Extension Center for Family Development

As many of you commute to work or drive to work locations, you may also listen to America Public Media’s radio show Marketplace. During this election year, Marketplace has been considering the idea of having a new cabinet position, Secretary of the Future. This position would address long-term opportunities and threats. The person appointed would be commissioned to think beyond a single federal budget or election cycle.

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This is not such a far-flung idea.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Extension Launches New Website for Food Shelves

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate

This week, University of Minnesota Extension unveiled a new website that will help make the healthy choice the easy choice for food shelf operators and clients.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cooking Matters Class Welcomes Congressman

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate
Last month, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-6) visited a Cooking Matters® Minnesota class at Big Lake Food Shelf in Big Lake, Minnesota.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Starting with a Story

By Sharon Mulé, Staff Development Coordinator

“I start my classes with a story.”

This is one person’s reflection on how their work has changed as a result of the 2016 Qualey-Skjervold Professional Development Conference. Many other comments mentioned listening to stories, telling “my” story, listening to others, and taking time to make connections.

FD Welcomes New Office Support Assistant

Anna B. Alba joined the Applied Research and Evaluation Team as an office support assistant in July. She previously worked as a clerk in district courts in Hennepin and Ramsey counties and a family advocate at Casa de Esperanza, based in St. Paul.

Anna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Please welcome Anna to Family Development!

September Website Bytes

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate

Here are the top three new web developments that you need to know.
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