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HIKING

St Croix river hike in Stillwater

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The May 20 hike will start at the Historic Lift Bridge in Stillwater and go along the river to the new bridge, cross over and then back on the Wisconsin side, a total of approximately 5 miles. Most of the route is paved. We will eat lunch after at Brian's Bar and Grill in Stillwater.  Car pooling will be available.

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BOOK CLUB I

Book Club I to meet May 17

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Stephanie Daily will lead the discussion of Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by best-selling author Mary Roach when the UMRA Book Club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17. 

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FAMILY HISTORY

Open forum and planning meeting

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You’re invited to join the final Family History Interest Group meeting for 2023–24. This will be an opportunity to ask questions related to family history, share insights, talk about recent projects, and suggest topics for next year. 

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FINANCE AND LEGAL GROUP

When will the Medicare advantage bubble burst? Part 2

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This session will continue the discussion begun in the May 8, 2023 session.  See that article for details.

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UMRA Hiking Club, Richardson Nature Center, 4.15.2024. Photo by Bev Moe
HIKING

Arboretum hike

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We are fortunate to have UMRA member and former Minnesota Landscape Arboretum director Peter Moe to lead this approximately 3.7-mile hike at the Arboretum on Monday, May 6. Plan to have lunch together after the hike at the Eatery café inside the Oswald Visitor Center. 

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BOOK CLUB II

FF Book Club to meet April 26

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Silk Parachute, an anthology of essays and the 40th of 44 published books by author John McPhee, will be the topic of discussion when UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club meets via Zoom from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on April 26.

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ARMCHAIR TRAVELER

From South Korea to Germany

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UMRA’s spring Armchair Traveler Program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, will take us to South Korea with Marilyn DeLong and to Germany with Lynn C. Anderson. Please mark your calendars and save the date. 

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BOOK CLUB I

Book Club to meet April 19, 2024

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Joni Mitchell will lead the discussion of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne when the UMRA book club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19.

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FINANCE AND LEGAL GROUP

Commercializing UMN Research & Inventions- Yields Excellent, Lasting Returns

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UMN Technology Commercialization facilitates the transfer of UMN innovation beyond the research lab by helping our diverse researchers in development of new products and services that benefit the public good, foster economic growth, and generate revenue to support the University's mission.

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HIKING

Richardson Nature Center hike

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Join us for a 4 to 5 mile hike at one of the most popular parks in the West Metro, Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  It is located at the north end of Hyland Lake Park Reserve at 8737 East Bush Lake Road in Bloomington.  This trail is mostly dirt and grass with some paved areas.  Enjoy the park's wildlife and celebrate Tax Day with your UMRA hiking friends!

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TRAVEL TOURS

French Quarter music festival, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Enroll by June 30, 2023, and receive a $100 discount.

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Monterey, CA November 2023. Photo by Patricia Brennecke
PHOTO CLUB

Photo Club to meet April 9

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“Mountains” is the theme for April 9 meeting of the UMRA Photo Club. Newcomers are always welcome.

 


 

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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Cabinets of Curiosity: Spring at the UMN CBS Conservatory

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The UMRA Cabinets of Curiosity tour will be at the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) Conservatory & Botanical Collection on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. The amazing glass-walled greenhouse features four biomes with distinct climates, landscapes, and floras, with particular emphasis on plants of the southern hemisphere. Please plan to join us in this special opportunity to visit spaces not normally open to the public. 

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FAMILY HISTORY

Women’s early role in social change

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UMRA members Vicki Gaylord and Craig Swan will share stories of their ancestors’ participation in social change movements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—and how they discovered those stories—when UMRA’s Family History Interest Group meets via Zoom on Wednesday, April 3.

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TRAVEL TOURS

Sunny Portugal

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The Retiree Association at Winona State is inviting UMRA members to join them a trip to Portugal in 2024. The final date to register is October 2, 2023. You're encouraged to register some time in August as spaces will fill up.

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HIKING

Lake Nokomis hike

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Let's meet on the west side of Lake Nokomis by the main beach and shelter for a 5 to 5.5 mile hike.  We will go around the north end of the lake and on to Minnehaha Falls by way of Minnehaha Parkway, returning to the start by a different route through neighborhoods around the lake.  This is an easy hike on paved walkways.  Pace will accommodate all hikers.  

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BOOK CLUB II

Fourth Friday Book Club to meet March 22

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Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, a recipient of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and other awards, is the Fourth Friday Book Club’s selection for March. The setting is Appalachia in the early days of the opioid epidemic.

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BOOK CLUB I

Book Club I to meet March 15

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Mariah Snyder will lead the discussion of The Other Einstein, an historical novel by bestselling author Marie Benedict, when the UMRA Book Club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

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Ponte da Barca Bridge in Portugal. Photo by Laurie Koch
PHOTO CLUB

Photo Club to meet March 12

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“Houses of worship” will be the theme when the UMRA Photo Club meets in person at the Hennepin County branch library in St. Anthony on March. Newcomers are welcome.

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Craig and Janet Swan in Longyearbyen, Norway
ARMCHAIR TRAVELER

Explore life above the Arctic Circle and close to home

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Explore life above the Arctic Circle with Janet and Craig Swan, and closer to home with Carol Urness when UMRA’s Armchair Traveler program meets via Zoom on Wednesday, March 6.

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PLACE ON HOME

Cyber tips & tricks—changing your U email

Many of us are busy switching from using our UMN email to another email account – or at least contemplating how to go about it. This Tips & Tricks article highlights several key steps you may want to take, or need to take, as you make this change. Instructions are also included for making this change to your UMRA account login and UMRA member communications.

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GRANTS FOR RETIREES

2024 PDGR Abstracts

The 2024 PDGR grants have been decided and awarded.  Seven grants were awarded to a variety of worthy studies.

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NEWS

Supporting the U at the Legislature

UMRA’s mission is, in part, that of advocating for the University. There are several ways to show that support to your elected officials, including emails, phone calls, visits to your elected representatives, and rallies coordinated by the U.  

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NEWS

HELLO, my name is Julie Westlund

Meet UMRA member Julie Westlund. She retired as the director of UMD Career and Internship Services, a position she enjoyed for 30-plus years—serving students and doing meaningful work to make a difference in their lives.  

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NEWS

OLLI offers free online ‘At-the-U’ lecture series

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering a free, online lecture series this spring to showcase work and research taking place at the U, with topics ranging from cancer treatment to awesome apples and design in everyday objects.

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VOLUNTEER CENTER

Spring volunteer opportunities in the community and on the Twin Cities campus

Working with Great River Greening, the Silver Gopher Service Corps is recruiting volunteers to photograph plants, insects, and critters and then crowdsource species identification with the iNaturalist app.

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NEWS

Help support UMRA programs and activities

UMRA members now have two convenient online giving options for making donations to support UMRA programs and activities.

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NEWS

Program Committee wants feedback

UMRA runs on volunteers. The Program Committee is a great way to have an impact with a very reasonable time commitment. 

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PLACE ON HOME

Nominations sought for UMRA officers and directors

The Nominating Committee invites you to contribute to UMRA by volunteering to run for election to serve on UMRA’s Board of Directors or by nominating someone else who would add value and perspective to our organization.

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FAMILY HISTORY

Dale Lange

I have developed a special interest in my seventh great grandfather, Michael Pierce… Putting together the pieces of Michael’s life has been an interesting journey, even if at times complicated and confusing. I have learned to evaluate sources that tell different stories and cannot agree on what one might think are basic facts like when and where someone was born. I have learned to accept and live with these and other ambiguities.

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ARMCHAIR TRAVELER

Knowing Iceland

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For our Armchair Traveler Program on January 24, 2024, Kate Maple took us to western Iceland.  Her photos are incredible and her descriptions are informative and poetic.  She and her friend and traveling companion Michelle Schermann had an amazing experience exploring some lesser-known parts of Iceland and we had an amazing experience hearing all about it and seeing amazing pictures. More...
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NEWS

Presidential search

UMRA sent a letter to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents on January 9, urging them to be keenly aware of the overwhelming challenges the new University president will face and the immense range of skills they’ll require. An abbreviated version of the letter was published on the letters-to-the-editor page of the Star Tribune on January 25.

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BOOK CLUB I

Book Notes | ‘Fox Creek’

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Set in the Northwoods of Minnesota, 'Fox Creek,' the 19th book in the Cork O’Connor mystery series by William Kent Krueger, is about the conflict between Native and white people in the use of natural resources in both the U.S. and Canada. More...
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PLACE ON HOME

UMN email update

Attention UMRA members who use a UMN email account and internet ID. In early January, you should have received an email from the Office of Information Technology stating “… your University of Minnesota email and Google Workspace account will be closed on Saturday, December 7, 2024.”  See the announcement for this event.  

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Brad Clary, emeritus clinical professor of law and Distinguished University Teacher, UMN
NEWS

Hello, my name is Brad Clary

Meet UMRA member Bradley G. Clary, emeritus clinical professor of law, Distinguished University Teacher, and tae kwon do black belt.

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