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Meteorologist Paul Douglas to Speak on Climate Change at U of M, Crookston on Thurs., Nov. 20, 2008, at 7 p.m.
November 6, 2008

Contact: Chris Waltz, senior, U of M, Crookston, 651-815-1046 (, Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities, 218-281-8507 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (November 6, 2008) – Well-known meteorologist, Paul Douglas will be speaking on climate change and its affect on Minnesota and agriculture at the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus on Thursday, November 20, 2008. The presentation, entitled “A Slow Moving Transformation, Climate Change, and Minnesota Agriculture” will take place in Kiehle Auditorium at 7 p.m. The event is free and the public is welcome.

U of M, Crookston Senior Chris Waltz, one of the students who helped plan the event, encourages attendance. “Climate change is an issue that affects all of us,” Waltz says. “It is an opportunity to learn more about something that will touch each of our lives in some way whether we are involved in agriculture or not.”

Douglas is best known for the 22 years he spent working as the lead meteorologist at television stations KARE11 and WCCO in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. He founded EarthWatch Communications in 1990, which created weather visualizations for the films Jurassic Park and Twister. Douglas also co-founded the weather application software known as Digital Cyclone. He is the author of two books, Prairie Skies and Restless Skies.

The event is sponsored with help from a grant from Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), and by the U of M Crookston Natural Resources Club, Golf and Turf Club, Horticulture Club and Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE). For more information on the program, contact Lisa Samuelson, director of Student Activities at 218-281-8507 (

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