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Winter weather’s impact on Minnesota tourism and the economy

Minnesota’s $22.8 billion tourism industry is a year-round venture drawing outdoors enthusiasts to every part of the state. But what happens when the snow and ice that make winter activities possible don’t materialize due to warmer weather? 

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Best books to give for the holidays in 2023

If you plan to follow the “four-gift rule” this holiday season — something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read — experts from the University of Minnesota Libraries recommend choosing books from a wide range of new releases. 

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National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 4-8) is an annual campaign to remind us all to get vaccinated against the flu and ensure you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations. 

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World AIDS Day

Dr. Tim Schacker can discuss work being done at the University of Minnesota to advance HIV and AIDS research.

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Iceland earthquakes may be warning of impending volcanic eruption

A state of emergency was declared this week for Iceland, as the area prepares for a possible volcanic eruption. So far, thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in the area, which has led to evacuations in Grindavik. Experts at the Icelandic Meteorological Office say that there is a “significant likelihood” of an eruption in the coming days.

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How to stay warm while keeping the thermostat low

Dressing for winter means more than a high quality coat and solid snow boots. A bit of extra consideration for your inside winter wardrobe can make a lower thermostat setting tolerable and even comfortable — resulting in your family saving money and energy. 

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Legalizing marijuana in Minnesota

Peter Morrell, a professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, is available to provide expert commentary as Minnesotans prepare for this transition.

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Tips for safe outdoor cooking

As thousands of people across the state head to backyards, cabins, parks, and other gathering places to enjoy meals in the great outdoors, Melanie Firestone from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) has advice for safe outdoor cooking.