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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 Events

Arboretum hike

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We are so fortunate to have former Arboretum Director and UMRA member, Peter Moe lead this approx 3.7 mile hike at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!  We will meet on the welcoming terrace and travel through the Arboretum's Display Gardens, Sensory Garden, Woodland Wildflower Garden,  Shade Tree Exhibit, Tall Grass Prairie, Rhododendron Garden, 1920 Red Barn and the Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Sphagnum Bog and Green Heron Pond, Display Gardens and many other gardens and plant collections. 

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Arboretum hike map May 6, 2024

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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Silk Parachute, book cover

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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Springtime in South Korea. Photo by Marilyn DeLong

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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The Scarlet Letter, book cover 2

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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Richardson Nature Center

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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Commercializing UMN Research & Invention

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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Monterey, CA November 2023. Photo by Patricia Brennecke

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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A Sister in the Work of Temperance, by Vicki Gaylord

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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UMRA Hike Ft. Snelling State Park 2024.03.04. Photo by Kris Mortensen

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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Demon Copperhead, book cover

Book Notes | ‘The Other Einstein’

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In 'The Other Einstein,' an historical novel about the life of Albert Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Marić, author Marie Benedict speculates that Marić contributed significantly to the papers and relativity theory that are attributed to Einstein. The book raises several questions.

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The Other Einstein, book cover

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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Ponte da Barca Bridge in Portugal. Photo by Laurie Koch

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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Craig and Janet Swan in Longyearbyen, Norway

Hike Fort Snelling State Park March 4

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The UMRA Hiking Club will explore wildlife along the Mississippi River when it hikes the Pike Island Loop in Fort Snelling State Park on Monday, March 4.

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UMRA Hiking Club members at Lake Harriet 2024.02.05. Photo by Kris Mortensen