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Summer Updates

UMN Bridge over Mississippi at dusk

Sat, August 31 2024, 11:59pm

Email call sent in June
Due: Annual Reports, Toolkits, Web content, Archival material

August 31 is the due date for annual reports and updates.  Annual Reports, Toolkits, web page updates, operating document updates and archives collections are all due each year on this date.

Summer Event

Padelford Riverboats, logo

Wed, August 28 2024, 5:30pm

Jonathan Padelford
with Patrick Nunnally
from the UMN River Life Program

Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Jonathan Padelford, leaving from the Harriet Island dock in St. Paul, boarding time at 5:30 p.m. We will have a brief program on board by Patrick Nunnally from the River Life Program of the Institute on the Environment.

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Upcoming Events   

Kayaking Mpls Chain of Lakes
Jul 15 2024, 9:30am

Our July 15 "hike" is going to be a kayaking adventure on Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) and Lake of the Isles!  If you don't have a kayak (or paddleboard), Wheel Fun Rentals, located next to the new concession stand rents single kayaks at $15 an hour and double kayaks at $25.  The second hour is free if we rent before noon.  Life jackets are provided with the rental.

How Stella Learned to Talk
Jul 19 2024, 2pm

Laura Ericksen will lead the discussion of How Stella Learned to Talk by Christina Hunger, a true story by a speech-language pathologist who taught her dog, Stella, to communicate using buttons associated with different words.


Peter Moe. Photo by Sara Pace.

Meet UMRA member Peter Moe. He retired in 2023 after a career that spanned nearly half a century at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and is credited with developing the “Arb” into one of the few in the U.S. with world-class fruit and landscape breeding programs.

Lynn Slifer, cropped, April 2024

The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) has welcomed two new members with valuable skills and experience to the URVC Leadership Council: Lynn Slifer and Jeanne Jacobson.


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