Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bragging Up Minnesota Again

Minnesota Health Department cracks the salmonella case!
by Charlie Leck

The U.S. government fiddled and faddled with the mystery of the nationwide salmonella outbreak for months – lots of false starts and abandoned theories and no satisfactory results. In stepped the Minnesota Department of Health, which is nationally known for its success in solving bio-mysteries, and they nailed the culprit within two weeks. [See reports on the Salmonella Blog and on redOrbit.] Take a look at a story in our local newspaper and you'll find out just how they did it.

Doctor Ruth Lynfield is the state's epidemiologist and she led the team that cracked the case. Her colleagues, Rich Danila and Doctor Kirk Smith get credit along with her. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture also contributed significantly to solving the case.

"Minnesota, hats off to thee!"

Minnesota, hats off to thee,
To thy colors true we shall ever be...
Firm and strong, united are we.
Rah, rah, rah, for Ski-U-Mah,
Rah, rah, rah, rah, rah, rah, rah,
Rah for the U of M.

"The sound of the University Band striking up the Minnesota Rouser has inspired generations of Minnesotans to leap to their feet and join in rhythmic applause, vocalizing those spirited words, Minnesota, Hats Off to Thee!..." [taken from U of MN Music website]

The New University of Minnesota Football Stadium
will indeed be a 'state of the art' facility
I drove through the University of Minnesota campus on an afternoon last week and found a parking place (miracle of miracles), so I could walk over and take a look at the progress on the construction of the new football stadium. Wow! This is gonna be one incredible place! I can't wait. Though smaller than many, I think it's going to be the finest collegiate football stadium in America. Take a look at this video that takes you on a mind-boggling tour.

The incredible UofMN Marching Band will have a new home in the stadium – full women's and men's lockerroom facilities, rehearsal area and offices.

The facility for the football team is spectacular – as it must be now in the day of such competitive recruiting practices.

Sight-lines for spectators will be better than any collegiate stadium in the country. For the big-buck people there will be extraordinary club rooms, lounges and private suites.

Most importantly, football is coming home to the University's campus again – right where it belongs. The buzz of excitement one year from now is going to be incredible. It will all begin with a game against Air Force – home again, on campus and in the open air!

"Minnesota, hats off to thee!"

If you've gotten this far, how about a salute to Nebraska
(home of Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett)
If you like comedy, especially classic comedy, you've got to read Dick Cavett's blog for this week. Marvelous!

Come back now, y'all hear?

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