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Girl with a fish on a line.

Minnesota fish and fishing are among the topics in this year's Classes Without Quizzes.

Where fish are biting, and more

2006 Classes Without Quizzes offers seminars on fishing, grocery store trends, and global warming

March 24, 2006

Where are the fish biting? Well, when it comes to the land of 10,000 lakes... it's safe to say: almost everywhere.

Minnesota is fishing haven or anglers paradise with its 5,500 fishable lakes and 15,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams. According to the Minnesota Deparartment of Natural Resources, Minnesota ranks first in the nation in the sales of fishing licenses per capita. Budding and seasoned anglers can fish for crappies, sunnies, and catfish year round; walleye, sauger, northern pike, lake trout, and bass at most inland waters beginning in May; and muskie in June.

At "Classes Without Quizzes" on Saturday, April 1, University of Minnesota professor of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology Ray Newman will talk about the fish species that thrive in Minnesota and offer tips on how to keep the fish biting on the end of your line.

Classes Without Quizzes is a halfday series of seminars for the public to learn about the latest research in agriculture, food, and the environment that's going on at the University. Newman is one of nine experts from the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences (COAFES) and the College of Natural Resources (CNR) tapped for the event. The others are Bill Hutchinson ("Bugged about lady bugs"), Patrick Weicherding ("How to kill a tree"), Rob King ("Trends in the grocery store"), Tom Stinson ("Can we afford the future"), Brad Pedersen ("From blah to brilliant"), Steve Taff ("Cutting global warming"), and Claudia Parliament and Brian Buhr ("Economics education"). This year's event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Borlaug Hall on the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul.

Did you know?Panfish, walleye, northern pike are the fish most caught in Minnesota waters. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognizes anglers who catch the biggest fish in each species, and each year, presents an award of recognition to the angler who breaks a state record. Among the biggies in the DNR hall of fame: a 41-pound bigmouth buffalo with a 29.5-inch girth caught in the Mississippi River on May 7, 1991 and a 70-pound flathead catfish caught in the St. Croix River in 1970.

"Research that makes it easier to make healthy decisions about the environment, the regional economy and your personal health are all high priorities among researchers here at the University," says Mike Lammi, president of the COAFES alumni society. "This event is a great opportunity to share the work and progress we're making in these areas." Classes Without Quizzes is a joint effort between the alumni societies of COAFES and CNR.

University food science professor Theodore Labuza will give the keynote address. He will discuss the impact of bioterrorism on the food we eat, recent developments in food technology, and the efforts underway at the U and in private industry to address our food and health concerns. Labuza will also share some thoughts on how consumers can deal with the problem of what he calls, "dueling nutrition studies"--who do you believe and when do you believe it?

More than 600 people have participated in Classes Without Quizzes since it began in 2002. Tickets are $20 ($15 for alumni association members, $10 for students). Lunch is available for an additional $10. To reserve your spot, register online or call 612-624-1745.