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Family Matters: June 26

Happy Summer Solstice! Summer has arrived and brought warmer days, a ton of rain, and likely a bumper crop of mosquitoes. With the recent record rainfalls and flooding, I share some reflections on climate change and what it means for our work. Five new SNAP Ed Educators are introduced and a fun day at the office is highlighted.

Enjoy a safe and joyful July 4th!

Karen Shirer
Associate Dean

Reflections on Climate Change

Our recent record rainfall has turned my attention to the big issue of climate and its implication for our work in Extension. Earlier this week a report was released by a national think tank about the economic implications of climate change for the future of business and industry in the United States (see the report). This report spurred my thinking to reflect what the increasing incidence of large, adverse weather events will have for families and their capacity to thrive in this challenging environment. Right now in Minnesota we have an opportunity to find out.

Hard Day of Work at 4H Foundation Golf Tournament

The Minnesota 4H Foundation held its annual golf outing at the Medina Country Club on June 23. I had the pleasure of being on one of the Extension-sponsored teams. The weather was perfect and the team made a respectable showing. My team members included Todd Iverson with UMN Government Relations, Jim Mulder (retired director of the MN Associate of Counties), and his wife Carmen. Please know that this is not a typical day of work for me but one I thoroughly enjoy when given the opportunity.