• Paula Mohr

    Thank You, School Bus Drivers!

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     by Paula Mohr
     on May 31, 2013

    I intentionally watched our senior get on the bus during her last few days of school. She is our youngest and the last one to ride. When she was done with school on Wednesday, another chapter in our lives came to a close. We no longer will have a school bus stop at our house to pick up a student. For nearly a decade, bus drivers that I remember—Jan, Bob, Bill, Bobbi and others—have safely driven our children to elementary, middle and high schools in the Anoka district. When I…

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    Today's Grads Need Strong Communication Skills

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     by Paula Mohr
     on May 28, 2013

    Social media aside, today's graduates continue to need strong communication skills to find employment. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Job Outlook 2013 Survey, employers want candidates with "outstanding communication skills" and "who are team players. Other top abilities include "ability to make decisions and solve problems," "ability to obtain and process information," and "ability to plan, organize…

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    Ag Needs Consistent Representation At Water Quality Meetings

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     by Paula Mohr
     on May 21, 2013

    The annual Mississippi River Forum, sponsored by the National Park Service, with support from the Mississippi River Fund and the McKnight Foundation, was held May 17 at the Science Museum in St. Paul. The room was packed with about 120 people with a keen interest in water quality. That is, packed with folks representing the forestry service and other natural resources, watersheds, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Department of Public Health, university Extension and overall…

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    Dairy Industry Deflects Milk Quality One More Time

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     by Paula Mohr
     on May 10, 2013

    Nature's most perfect food continues to fight an uphill battle among the people who produce and regulate it. At issue is milk quality. The industry uses a measurement called the somatic cell count to determine if milk is clean and of the highest quality. High SCCs occur when a cow is sick with an inflammation of the udder called mastitis. Over the decades, those who oversee U.S. milk shipping have lowered the SCC number as science has proven that higher quality milk makes for…

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    Minnesota Youth Recognize Importance Of Food

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     by Paula Mohr
     on May 3, 2013

    We had the opportunity recently to see hundreds of youth from across the state be involved in the celebration of food—from its production to its consumption. The State FFA convention was held in St. Paul April 28-30. Some 3,000-plus FFAers converged at the U-M campus to learn more, to celebrate accomplishments and to renew friendships. That sea of blue jackets always is an inspiring sight to behold. You know the world is in good hands when you see a congregation of FFA…

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