Weekly Update

Addis Hunde Bedada

As many people are spending more time in their homes during the pandemic, the potential exposure to household health hazard gases could be higher. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says that it is more important than ever to know if our homes have high levels of radioactive gas known as radon.

Addis Hunde Bedada

Holiday greenery brings joy and delight; nevertheless, those trees and boughs can bring diseases and invasive species into our landscape, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture warns. Christmas is over, which means thousands of Christmas trees across Minnesota are nearing the end of their usefulness and the department requests the proper disposal of the trees and other decorative greenery.

Jan Mladonicky

Frontline healthcare workers working in COVID-19 units, healthcare workers at nursing facilities, and those administering COVID-19 tests and vaccines will be first in line to receive the vaccine. 

Jan Mladonicky

Wolf hunting to resume in WI, MN undecided; Chemical in tires may be killing Salmon on the West Coast; COVID-19 Vaccination to begin in the United Kingdom.

Umanga Gunasekera

Minnesota recorded a significant increase of COVID-19 cases this month, ranking 6th in the country of per capita cases during the month of November. Minnesota’s highest daily number of deaths were recorded November 24th with 101 deaths.

Maria Sol Perez

Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions ever developed. As all eyes turn to the recently announced COVID-19 vaccines, in this Weekly Topic we will dive into another side of vaccine development—veterinary vaccines. 


On November 12, federal wildlife officials removed the gray wolf from the endangered species act protection, after it had been recognized as an endangered species since 1974. Once not in the act, the wolves can be hunted for recreational purposes.

Julie Adamchick

In part two of this Weekly Topic, we will discuss the tradeoffs of different ruminant systems, and steps toward a more productive approach to valuing those impacts.

Julie Adamchick

Ruminant agriculture—food production from cud-chewing livestock species including cattle, sheep, goats, and camels—has a complicated relationship with people and our planet. It is crucial to recognize and value the diverse functions and contributions of ruminants to planetary health in order to move toward livestock systems which are beneficial and sustainable in the long run.

Kaushi Kanankege

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle to reduce disease transmission is real. While there is no one size fits all solution, scientists have emphasized the importance of layering multiple protective measures instead of relying on one.