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What would you like Minnesotans to know about how the University of Minnesota has made your life better or the lives of other Minnesotans?
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What would you like Minnesotans to know about how the University of Minnesota has made your life better or the lives of other Minnesotans?
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Dear MN Submissions

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Affiliation with the University: Student
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
People are super friendly. When I started my part time job as a greeter in one of the residential halls, students were very friendly and they would do my job by greeting me…

Person standing in front of colorful leaves
Affiliation with the University: Other
Story Relation: Crookston Campus

Dear Minnesota,
I did a program entitled O.W.L.S. that promoted the environment's well-being. To complete this program you had to help nature somewhere in your neighborhood. I was…

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Affiliation with the University: Other
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
Dr. Laura Niedernhofer inspired my story directly, and her advertisement on KS95 brought this to my attention. My son was diagnosed with Cockayne Syndrome (CS) in 2015, shortly…

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Affiliation with the University: Staff
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota; its impact has no boundaries. From Native American communities, the Iron Range, Rochester, to the Twin Cities, almost all…

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Affiliation with the University: Student
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
As someone who's always struggled with their mental health, the Mental Health Clinic at Boynton became such a massively positive resource for me. I am able to speak to a…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
I recently moved to Washington state and they think they are the epicenter of apple culture in the world. Little did they know, the honeycrisp (the king of apples) was…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni, Donor, Student, Friend/Supporter
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
The University has facilitated most of my opportunities from the time of admission through my current role at my company. It started with Professors that take an interest in…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
I grew up on a small farm in southern Minn. Was very interested in Natural Resources. I earned a Forestry degree from the U. In 1971 the job prospect were not very good. I had…

Karrie Molitor
Affiliation with the University: Staff
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
The University of Minnesota has impacted my life in so many wonderful ways. I started working at the university in 2018 and am still here after 5 years. I have found my dream…

Amanda R.
Affiliation with the University: Alumni, Other
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
I could spell Minnesota before I could spell Amanda, simply from singing The Minnesota Rouser since I was a toddler. I was originally drawn to the University of Minnesota for…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni, Donor, Staff, Friend/Supporter
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
My husband and I got engaged our senior year on campus and we brought our three daughters into the world through great experiences at UMN Masonic Children's in the years…

Benjamin McLachlan
Affiliation with the University: Student
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
I want you to know that one alumni is accredited with developing a semi-dwarf, disease resistant wheat varieties that earned a Nobel Peace Prize.

Norman Borlaug…

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Affiliation with the University: Staff
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

I appreciate the University of Minnesota's commitment to wellness. With the added benefit of working from home, I'm now able to take time to swim when the gym is not overcrowded or I'm…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni, Staff, Student
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
I came to MN in 2000, after a couple of jobs, I was hired on at the U. Long story short, using the Regent's Scholarship and working full time, I was finally able to make a…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni, Staff
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
As a first-generation graduate from a rural farming community in central Minnesota, my time at the University of Minnesota has profoundly shaped both my life and my career path…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni, Staff
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
The University of Minnesota has played an instrumental role in shaping my life and, by extension, the lives of Minnesotans. Throughout my 15 year career in the College of…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
I’d like you to know that the first open heart surgery took place at the University of Minnesota in 1952.

I’m grateful to Dr. C. Walter Lillehei and his Golden…

Person posing in cap and gown holding diploma from the University of Minnesota
Affiliation with the University: Alumni
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
I received my B.A. from the University of Minnesota CLA in 1985 in Geography/Anthropology. Shortly after graduating, I was able to secure a job as a cartographer at an aerial…

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

The University of Minnesota is the window on the world. Through the experience of studying at the U of M with multi-national class mates, and learning from outstanding faculty, I had really grown,…

Two friends smiling
Affiliation with the University: Alumni
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

The first thing I think of when I think of the University is that I made lifelong friends. Even though I grew up ten miles from campus, I lived in Sanford Hall my freshman year. My parents were…

Baby in Gopher jersey
Affiliation with the University: Alumni, Donor
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

Dear Minnesota,
The relationships that you can build at the University of Minnesota are endless! I met my wife at the University and now we have a future Gopher in our family.

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Affiliation with the University: Alumni, Donor
Story Relation: Twin Cities Campus

I decided to attend the University of Minnesota after I was discharged from the U.S. Air Force. I knew I wanted to go to college, but I was hesitant because I was a first-generation student and had…