Vet Med E-News
An e-mail newsletter for friends and alumni of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary MedicineFebruary 2007
From the Dean
From the DeanThe fall semester is well underway for the over 400 students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine this year. Students from the class of 2010, along with some staff and faculty, began the school year by participating in a team-building retreat at the YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wisconsin. This retreat provided a great way for students to meet each other and staff and faculty before the school year began.
Last July, Dr. David E. Lee joined University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center as hospital director. Dr. Lee brings a broad set of skills that will be important as the Veterinary Medical Center serves people and their animals in the upper Midwest. We are excited to have him on board.
In August, the College broke ground for the Equine Center. Over 200 people attended the groundbreaking, and we celebrated the excellence in equine education, research, and care this center will bring to the community. During the ceremony, Dr. Patricia Olson (D.V.M, ‘70), president/CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation, announced that the foundation had selected the College to receive funding for the first-ever Equine Consortium for Genetic Research grant. The goal of the $5 grant is to bring together the world’s best researchers in a focused, collaborative effort to improve equine health. Fundraising for the new building is ongoing; we hope you join us for the grand opening this fall.
The Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center is nearing completion with an anticipated move-in date of March 1. We look forward to the educating the next generation of veterinarians in the renovated building. Hope to see many of you at continuing education programs and special events.
2007 will be a challenging and exciting year. Even as we reduce expenses to adjust to the University’s new budget model, we will continue to make investments in programs, people, and facilities as we strive to make this college one of the best in the nation. We plan to invest approximately $9.7 million using funds obtained through the Academic Health Center compact process and funds from collegiate and departmental reserves. Below are some highlights:
$1.2 million investment in faculty startups for: a microbiologist, an oncology investigator, a small animal surgeon, an equine surgeon, an anesthesiologist, a large animal medicine clinician, an anatomic pathologist, an ecosystem health faculty member, and an endowed Perlman Oncology Chair
$200,000 investment in laboratory renovations
$500,000 investment in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
$5.2 million investment in Veterinary Medical Center for a linear accelerator, medical imaging center including an MRI, and other renovation projects. Note: the MRI and linear accelerator were proposed in a supplemental legislative request last year that was not funded.
$400,000 investment in teaching programs
$1.2 million investment in the dairy transitional management facility
$400,000 investment in the equine center facility
$600,000 in faculty support, grants, and other initiatives
In addition, the college is pursing a $3.5 million request to the Minnesota Legislature which, if funded, will be used to enhance disease surveillance throughout Minnesota. This request is a part of the University’s $123.4 million biennial request. We thank all of you who support our college and its mission to improve the lives of animals and people by educating current and future veterinarians and biomedical scientists; discovering and disseminating new knowledge and skills; and providing state-of-the-art veterinary services.
Mather Lecture – How to Help Puppies Become Better Dogs. February 8. 7-8:30 p.m., Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine Building. To register, contact Veterinary Continuing Education at 612-624-3434 or 800-380-8636.
Horse Owner Education Day. February 10. To register, contact Veterinary Continuing Education at 612-624-3434 or 800-380-8636.
Alpaca Matters Midwest Annual Conference. March 3-4. To register, contact Veterinary Continuing Education at 612-624-3434 or 800-380-8636.
Upper Mississippi Veterinary Pathology Conference. March 30-31. To register, contact Veterinary Continuing Education at 612-624-3434 or 800-380-8636.
Building a Bridge of Hope: Interdisciplinary Conference on Family Violence and Animal Abuse. March 29. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To register, contact Veterinary Continuing Education at 612-624-3434 or 800-380-8636.
CALLM (Companion Animal Love, Loss, and Memories) Group. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Sessions are free and open to the public. Space is limited! For more information and to reserve your seat, please contact VMC Social Work Services at 612-624-9372.
College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House. Sunday, April 1. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. St. Paul Campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Pet First Aid. Tuesday, April 17. 6-10 p.m. $40 per person. Register with the St. Paul Red Cross, by calling 651-291-6704 or online at www.stpaulredcross.org. Must be 16 or older to register.
Minnesota Horse Expo. April 27-29. Minnesota State Fair Grounds. For more information, visit www.mnhorseexpo.org.
For more information about events, please visit http://www.cvm.umn.edu/newsandevents/events/home.html.
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory introduces new swine disease tests
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) introduced six new tests to detect swine diseases. These tests are faster than the current detection methods, and the organism being tested does not need to be alive as previously required.
“Protecting animal health is among the highest priorities of the swine industry,” says Jim Collins, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the VDL. “The new tests provide producers and veterinarians with more options for disease diagnosis and the increased surveillance benefits everyone.”
The new tests include polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) for detection of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Actinobacillus suis, Haemophilus parasuis, and Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. Also available are bacterial speciation by sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene and a screening ELISA test for detection of antibodies against Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae.
“These are all important pathogens for the swine industry and can cause high death rates in the affected population, resulting in an economic loss,” says Dr. Simone Oliveira, assistant clinical professor. “The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory continues to create new tests to benefit the swine industry and producers by developing diagnostic tools that are faster, thereby helping mitigate potential loss.”
New technology for producing PRRSV vaccine announced
MJ Biologics of Mankato, Minn., announced the launch of Selectigen MJPRRS Technology (patent pending), a new technology for producing PRRSV (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus) vaccine that offers greater antigen content and the option for including multiple strains.
The technology was originally invented by Dr. HanSoo Joo, a professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, who filed a patent on the PRRS antibody test kit, including the methods of antigen preparation, last year. The technology has been licensed from the University of Minnesota to MJ Biologics. MJ Biologics has sublicensed the technology to Newport Laboratories, Worthington, Minn., to market and distribute autogenous biologics. Newport is currently accepting orders for custom products made from PRRS virus collected from affected swine herds.
For more information, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/newsandevents/PRRS_Viral_Antigen.html.
Morris Animal Foundation to raise $2.5 million for University of Minnesota to lead consortium to study equine diseases
Morris Animal Foundation has selected the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine to receive funding for the first-ever Equine Consortium for Genetic Research grant. The goal of the grant is to bring together the world’s best researchers in a focused, collaborative effort to improve equine health.
The consortium grant proposal, led by University of Minnesota professors Jim Mickelson and Stephanie Valberg, received the highest score out of 27 multi-institutional applications reviewed by the foundation, and could rapidly advance the health and welfare of horses worldwide. The University of Minnesota was identified as the lead institution, with 32 scientists from 18 academic institutions in nine countries collaborating on the development of the proposal.
For more information, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/newsandevents/Equineconsortium.html.
New milk ELISA test available for Johne’s disease
A new milk ELISA test is available for the diagnosis of Johne’s disease. The test, which is available now to Minnesota dairy producers, detects antibodies in milk against the organism that causes the disease. Milk ELISA testing will be conducted by the Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association under the guidance of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Linear accelerator project moves forward
On Dec. 7, the Facilities Committee of the Board of Regents approved a request for the Veterinary Medical Center to purchase a linear accelerator for the oncology program.
"Our linear accelerator will be the only one for veterinary use in the Upper Midwest," says Dr. David Lee, director of the Veterinary Medical Center. "With its computer-mapping capabilities, it will not only greatly improve the quality of care we provide but help us build the University of Minnesota's veterinary oncology service into the center of excellence we’ve envisioned."
An extensive fund-raising campaign is underway to help pay for the linear accelerator and necessary shielding for the facility. The project is expected to be complete by next summer. For more information or to donate, contact Katharine Anderson, development officer, at email@example.com.
Veterinary Medical Center names new director
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine has named Dr. David E. Lee as director of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center (VMC).
Lee joins the VMC from Colorado State University, where he was hospital director and associate professor at the James L. Voss Veterinary Medical Center. Prior to that, he was executive director of external affairs and marketing at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a master of business administration and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree both from Cornell.
For more information, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/newsandevents/Lee.html.
New veterinary public health director joins College
Larissa Minicucci, D.V.M., M.P.H., joined the College as veterinary public health director. She is responsible for the D.V.M./M.P.H. program and teaching responsibilities. Currently 103 students are enrolled in the dual degree program.
Larissa comes to us with two years experience as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was a clinical instructor while working on her M.P.H. at the University of Minnesota and a research technician at the James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health in Ithaca, New York. After receiving her D.V.M. from Cornell University, she worked in a mixed animal practice.
New Veterinary Clinical Sciences professors
Michael Conzemius recently joined the Veterinary Clinical Sciences department as a professor. Dr. Conzemius received his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University and is diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His research interests included joint replacement, osteonecrosis, and gait analysis.
Sandra N. Koch recently joined the Veterinary Clinical Sciences department as assistant clinical professor. Dr. Koch completed a residency in Dermatology at the University of Minnesota.
New Veterinary Population Medicine professors
Spring Halland recently joined the Veterinary Population Medicine department as assistant clinical professor. Dr. Halland received her D.V.M. degree from the University of Minnesota, completed an internship at the University of Tennessee and a residency at the University of California-Davis, and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Her special interests include neonates, ophthalmology, and urology.
Mary Durando recently joined the Veterinary Population Medicine department as assistant clinical professor. Dr. Durando earned her D.V.M. from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Durando is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Board of Veterinary Medicine appointment
Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed Dr. Mike Murphy to a four-year term on the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine on June 29.
A professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, Dr. Murphy specializes in toxicology. He received his D.V.M. from Texas A&M University in College Station and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is responsible for licensing and disciplining veterinarians. The board is made up of seven members appointed by the governor. To learn more about the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine, visit http://www.vetmed.state.mn.us/.
Faculty member joins board of Heifer International
Dr. Julie Wilson, associate professor, large animal medicine, has joined the board of directors of Heifer International. The sole veterinarian on the board, she is serving a three-year term representing the Midwestern region of the United States.
Since 1944, Heifer International has helped 38 million people move toward greater self-reliance through livestock development and training. Heifer stresses education about the root causes of hunger and sustainable solutions that are earth-friendly. For more information about Heifer International, visit http://www.heifer.org .
American Veterinary Medical Association President’s Award
Dean Jeff Klausner received the President's Award at the July American Veterinary Medical Association convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. The President's Award recognizes individuals for having a positive impact on animal, human, or public health and on veterinary organizations and the profession. A 1972 graduate of the University of Georgia, Dean Klausner is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is certified in small animal internal medicine and oncology.
Under his leadership, the College became the first in the nation to select students on the basis of behavioral competencies known to be associated with professional success.
2006 Chairman's Award
Dr. Jerry Torrison, associate clinical professor, Veterinary Population Medicine, was presented with the Chairman's Award during the 2006 annual meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
Resident research award
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine named Dr. Jennifer Johnson, in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, as a recipient of a 2006 large-animal internal medicine research award.
Denmark university advisory board
Dean Jeffrey Klausner was selected as a member of the advisory board to the Royal Veterinary Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Epidemiology Society award
Dr. Jeff Bender, in the Veterinary Population Medicine department, received the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society Award.
Judicial Council appointment
Dr. Mike Murphy, a professor in Veterinary Population Medicine, was appointed to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Judicial Council. The Judicial Council has jurisdiction on questions of veterinary medical ethics, the interpretation of the AVMA's constitution and bylaws, and other rules.
Karl F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold Head Cane Award
Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology, received the Karl F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold Head Cane Award for achievements that have significantly advanced human health through the practice of veterinary epidemiology and public health.
College faculty members on U of M Wall of Discovery
Dr. Pat Redig, director of The Raptor Center, and retired professor Robert K. Anderson are honored on the University of Minnesota's Wall of Discovery. The Wall of Discovery is a 253-foot-long artistic tribute to the process that leads to great moments of discovery. For more information about the Wall of Discovery, go to http://www.alumni.umn.edu/wall_of_discovery.
Scholars Walk honoree
Dr. Carl Osborne, professor in the Veterinary Clinical Sciences, who was recognized for receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004-2005, was honored at the University of Minnesota’s Scholars Walk awards reception. The Scholars Walk, a wide pathway featuring 40 bur oak trees and monuments, celebrates the research and classroom accomplishments of the University’s award-winning faculty and students. For more information about the Scholars Walk, go to http://www.alumni.umn.edu/scholarswalk.
Dr. Will Hueston receives Community Partner Award
Dr. Will Hueston, director of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, was awarded the Community Partner Award by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health at the annual Community Partners event at McNamara Alumni Center. The award, which recognizes individuals and organizations for their contribution to the education, training, and guidance of the next generation of public health leaders, is the highest award the School of Public Health bestows on an individual. It officially recognized Dr. Hueston’s contributions to the School of Public Health and its partnership with the Veterinary Public Health program. Dr. Hueston is the second individual to receive this honor.
Alumus named director of National Animal Disease Center
Dr. Kurt Zuelke, class of 1988, is the new director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa.
Summer Scholars attend National Veterinary Scholar Symposium
Seven Summer Scholars -- Matt Allerson, Kat Coughlan, Lena DeTar, Shannon Guy, Judy Kashman, Olivia Kilian, and Holly Lillegaard -- attended the 2006 Merck/Merial National Veterinary Scholar Symposium at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The symposium explored how veterinarians might be involved in research careers. There were presentations on research programs and mini-symposia on topics such as equine health, fish research, lab animal medicine, infectious disease, cancer biology, and experimental cardiology.
Each student presented a poster about research they conducted this past summer as part of each school's summer research program. Students from a total of 21 veterinary colleges participated in the symposium.
Heather Case goes Washington
The American Veterinary Medical Association selected Dr. Heather Case, a post-doctoral associate in the Veterinary Population Medicine department, as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow. Heather will serve as a congressional staff member in a committee office or in the office of a representative or senator.
A 1998 graduate of the College, Heather is completing a master's degree in public health and is a board member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. She brings disaster preparedness experience to Congress, as she was deployed three times with an AVMA Medical Assistance Team to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Researchers receive award for abstract
D.V.M.-Ph.D. student Lisa Schmidt and Dr. Lucy Vulchanova presented research posters at the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Joint International Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in September. Lisa's poster, co-authored by Yonghong Xie, Lucy Vulchanova, and David Brown in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, was recognized to be in the top 10 percent of nearly 400 abstracts submitted for the meeting and received an Abstract of Distinction award. Lisa's research explores the regulation of intestinal immunoglobulin A secretion by the enteric nervous system.
Clinical studies currently enrolling in the Veterinary Medical Center
The University of Minnesota's Veterinary Clinical Investigation CenterTM (CIC). The Center is located in the Office of Veterinary Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Center provide a single entry-point for coordination of veterinary investigational studies. The college has a long tradition of clinical research and has been involved in contract research for over 20 years. For more information, contact the clinicians named below or Kathy Stuebner in the Clinical Investigation Center at 612-624-2485 or pager 612-534-2493. Visit the Web site at www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/.
Cats with urinary tract disease. Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) study. We want adult cats with non-obstructive cystitis due to uroliths, infections, or active interstitial cystitis. Contact Dr. Jody Lulich 612-625-7277, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kellie Strand, 612-625-8242.
Effect of renal insufficiency on serum cardiac troponin I levels in dogs. Seeking 100 healthy dogs and 100 dogs in renal insufficiency (creatinine levels equal or higher than 3.0 mg/dl and urine specific gravity between 1.030 -1.007). If your dog or your client's dog meets the criteria, please contact Dr. Inese Berzina at email@example.com or 612-626-5322 or Dr. Leslie Sharkey at 612-624-6171.
Equine aural plaques: horses with aural plaques wanted for a study using imiquimod. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Sheila Torres: 612-625-3715 or firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Dr. Erin Malone: 612-625-6700 or email@example.com.
Human intravenous immune globulin in dogs with primary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT). Seeking dogs with acute IMT that have not been on corticosteroids for more than 24 hours. Contact Dr. Domenico Bianco, 612-625-5244, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improved management of advanced kidney disease in dogs using an intestinal-based probiotic therapy. Seeking dogs with chronic kidney disease for one-year study. Contact Dr. David Polzin, 5-4254, email@example.com.
Individually adjusted heparin dosages in the treatment of canine IMHA (immune mediated hemolytic anemia). Dogs with IMHA can be referred to the VMC, stablilized, and entered into a clinical trial exploring heparin dosing. Contact Dr. Sarah Helmond, 4-3218, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oral health vaccine study (porphyromonas vaccine field efficacy trial). Seeking 60 dogs for a 2-year study of a new oral health vaccine. Dogs must be 2-5 years old, in good health, with healthy mouths. Call the Veterinary Dental Service at 612-625-8156.
Thyroid reference ranges. Healthy, purebred Alaskan malamutes, American collies, English setters, golden retrievers, keeshonds, Samoyeds, and Siberian huskies to participate in a study to establish breed-specific reference ranges for thyroid hormone levels. Contact Dr. Rebecca Davies at 612-626-0168 or email@example.com or Dr. Sheila Torres at 612-625-3715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The College's admissions process was the subject of an article in the Star Tribune on June 19. Dean Jeff Klauser and student Jenny Cho-MacSwain were quoted and 2006 graduate Jennifer Wilson was pictured. The article was republished in the Grand Forks Herald and mentioned on WITI-FOX in Milwaukee on June 20. "Health Care Costs Can be a Beast," an article published in the June 20 issue of the Star Tribune, also quoted Dean Klausner.
· News of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents' approval of plans for the Equine Center appeared in June 2006 issue of The Horse, online at http://www.thehorse.com/viewarticle.aspx?ID=7095.
· WCCO-TV (channel 4) covered the Equine Center groundbreaking event on Aug. 9. TheHorse .com published news of the new Equine Consortium for Genetic Research.
· Horse Talk published a story about the new Equine Consortium for Genetic Research announced at the Equine Center groundbreaking event. The article is online at http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/0608/053.shtml.
· The Park Bugle, a community newspaper serving St. Anthony Park, Lauderdale, Falcon Heights, and northwest Como Park, published news of "two major building projects underway at the U of M St. Paul Campus" -- the Equine Center and the Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center.
· The June 28 issue of the University of Minnesota weekly news digest, Brief, featured an article about Dr. Mark Rutherford and his winning idea in the Graduate School's first Innovative Ideas competition. The article is online at http://www1.umn.edu/umnnews/Feature_Stories/Innovating_to_transform_graduate_education.html.
· Shaun Kennedy, deputy director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, was quoted in "Congress Dials Back Research on Understanding Terrorism" in the Aug. 4 issue of Science. The article is online at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/313/5787/610?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fu.
Veterinary Medical Center
· The July issue of Veterinary Technician featured a cover story about Dora Schroeder of the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). "Never Say Never: A Talk With Dora Schroeder" explored how Dora's career got started, what drew her to the VMC, and what it's like to work in the intensive care unit. Dora's photo is also on the home page of the Veterinary Technician Web site at http://www.Vettechjournal.com/.
· A crew from KARE 11 visited the Veterinary Medical Center to interview Dr. Kelly Tart about pet health in extreme temperatures. The story, which aired July 25, is online at http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=130221.
· Dr. Petra Mertens was quoted in a Pioneer Press article about Cesar Millan, star of "The Dog Whisperer." The article is online at http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/living/15149742.htm.
· Dr. Julia Wilson was quoted in "He Can't Look a Toothy Horse in the Mouth" in the Aug. 17 issue of the Star Tribune. The article is online at http://www.startribune.com/462/story/617923.html.
· Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou was quoted on the topics of avian influenza and foot and mouth disease in an article about Farmfest in the Marshall Independent. The article is online at http://www.marshallindependent.com/news/articles.asp?articleID=4716 .
· Medical News Today reported that Abt Associates and its partners--CARE International, Population Services International, and the University of Minnesota--had been awarded a three-year project aimed at preventing, controlling, and responding to avian influenza in countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The award was made by the United States Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission in Bangkok, Thailand. The article is online at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=48500.
· The pioneering work being done with bovine virus diarrhea by Dr. Jeremy Schefer in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory was highlighted in the United States Animal Health Association's News Alert Summaries on Sept. 13. The full text of "Cattle Update: BVD in the Feedlot" is at http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=67752.
The Raptor Center
· A bald eagle that was released from The Raptor Center several years ago and returned for treatment this spring was the subject of a story aired on KARE 11 on June 29. Dr. Juli Ponder, associate director, was interviewed.
· The Raptor Center got a variety of media coverage before and during their Raptor Bowl fund-raising event at Brit's Pub July 12. On July 6, Dr. Juli Ponder did a spot on KARE 11 Showcase Minnesota, a mid-day show. On June 10, Dr. Pat Redig was on WCCO Radio with Dave Lee, and on June 11, KARE 11 did features from TRC at 5:35, 6:05, and 6:35 a.m. for the morning show and a "backyard" appearance during the 5 p.m. news. Raptor Bowl also got some coverage the day of the event from KARE 11 and WCCO.
· Lead poisoning in bald eagles was the subject of a University of Minnesota Moment on July 18. Each year, The Raptor Center admits a number of eagles with lead poisoning. Dr. Pat Redig, a professor at the College and director of The Raptor Center, discussed the problem. Listen to the feature at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/urelate/radio/Redig.mp3. Visit the U of M Moment blog at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/urelate/radio/ .
· "Raptors Enrapture," an article about an educational program conducted by The Raptor Center's Jessica Klassen in St. Peter, Minn., was published in the July 24 issue of the Mankato Free Press. The article is online at http://www.mankatofreepress.com/features/local_story_205005036.html?keyword=topstory .
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