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U of M to host Minnesota Sparks event in Alexandria


On Thursday, Sept. 6, the Alexandria community will have an opportunity to engage with a pair of University of Minnesota researchers as part of the Minnesota Sparks series held at Alexandria Technical & Community College.

Minnesota Sparks in Alexandria features two University climatologists who will speak on Minnesota's weather extremes, including history, trends, and projections. The event, hosted by Regent Tom Anderson, aims to create open dialogue with faculty tackling some of the area’s most critical issues. The event will kick-off Senior College of West Central Minnesota.

Doors open at 2:45 p.m., presentations and Q&A discussions are held from 3:15–5 p.m., followed by an open social hour. Minnesota Sparks is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. Registration is encouraged.

To register, visit https://z.umn.edu/SparksinAlexandria or contact the U of M Alumni Association at 612-624-2323.

Presenting University of Minnesota researchers include:

Dr. Mark Seeley

Dr. Seeley is a former Minnesota Extension Climatologist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. A weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” news program and author of weekly newsletter/blog “Minnesota WeatherTalk”, Dr. Seeley has helped Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) produce award-winning documentaries on Minnesota’s most memorable historical weather events, and on how climate change is affecting the state’s infrastructure and natural resources. He is author of Minnesota Weather Almanac and co-author of Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park, an award-winning book about the state’s only national park.

Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld

Dr. Blumenfeld is Sr. Climatologist for the Minnesota State Climatology Office, where he focuses on climate change science, extreme events, new climate monitoring networks, and aligning the state’s agencies, communities, and citizens with up-to-date and scientifically accurate information about Minnesota’s changing climate. Dr. Blumenfeld produced a documentary movie about Minnesota’s winters during the infamous 2013-14 winter season. He frequently pursues other “creative climate science” endeavors, and generally loves talking to Minnesotans about their weather.

Minnesota Sparks in Alexandria is part of a larger series of Minnesota Sparks events throughout the state.

Media note: Media are welcome to attend any or all of the event. Please RSVP to University Public Relations, 612-624-5551, unews@umn.edu. Interviews with presenting faculty are available.

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