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  Drought continues in Four Corners
Drought continues in Four Corners
July 12, 2018 - Drought conditions can have a serious economic impact on farmers, cities, and states. The U.S. Drought Monitor provides a valuable service with weekly updates.
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Weather determined the D in D-DayWeather determined the D in D-Day
June 6, 2018 - Next year will be the 75th anniversary of D-Day but every anniversary is an important one.
Weekly VOCAB

Week of July 09

altricial: adjective; for baby birds - needing to be fed by their parents;
Follow the flight of bluebirds

cyclical: adjective; occurring in cycles, regular time intervals;
Species spotlight: short-eared owl

dormant: adjective; inactive, not active;
It's National Trails Day!

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July 15

1968: Commercial air flights between the United States and the USSR, the Soviet Union, began.

1948: Library of Congress: John J. Pershing, a military commander whose brilliant career earned him the title General of the Armies of the United States, died. The first general awarded the title since George Washington, Pershing was given a hero's burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Pershing was born in Laclede, Missouri, on September 13, 1860, the first of six children. His mother taught him at home, helping to inspire in him a love of learning. He realized his dream of attaining a formal college education when he won a scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy.

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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.


1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?"

INSPIRE Day was an exciting, informative and educational field trip for students.

I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 

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