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New environmental research site to be dedicated
Donated by Lime Valley Development Company, Inc.
University gets 58-acre site for student-faculty environment research.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [5/20/2011]
Fifty-eight acres of prairie and wetland that will be used for environmental, natural science and hydrology research has been donated to Minnesota State University, Mankato by the Lime Valley Development Company, Inc.
The land, on the northeast edge of Mankato near Lime Valley Road and Industrial Road, is the university’s first environmental research plot, and one of only a handful of environmental research properties in the MnSCU system.
Biology students will use the land to research plant habitat; civil engineering students will use it to learn about the environmental impact of development; geology students will use it to learn about and test water resources; and education students will use it to develop new natural science teaching methods.
The parcel will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in an on-site ceremony featuring officers of Lime Valley Development Company, Inc., Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and other officials.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the university to further increase its focus on environmental research and teaching,” Davenport said. “This gift will allow our students and faculty to conduct research across the curriculum that will improve life for all Minnesotans. We are grateful to Lime Valley Development and the Radichel family for this generous and meaningful gift.”
“We are delighted that Lime Valley Development Company can assist Minnesota State Mankato with its environmental research,” said Brad Radichel of Lime Valley Development. “Environmental concerns reach across so many disciplines. My parents, William and Darlene Radichel, believed that people need to continually renew their connections to the outdoors, and my sisters and I want to help perpetuate that.”
Brad Radichel is president of Lime Valley Development Company, Inc., and his sisters – Brenda Radichel Quaye and Christina Radichel Caulkins – are directors of the company.
The Radichel family has a strong history of giving to Minnesota State Mankato for research about nature. In 2006, through the William D. Radichel Foundation, the family provided a generous endowment to pay student assistant curators to maintain the Darlene and William Radichel Herbarium – one of the state’s largest collections of mounted and labeled native plants.
In addition to members of the Radichel family and university administrators, several Minnesota State Mankato faculty members are expected to attend Tuesday’s dedication. Bradley Cook is a biology professor and an expert in wetland ecology and invasive plants. Stephen Druschel is an expert in environmental engineering, hazardous waste remediation and ecological restoration. Bryce Hoppie is an expert in water quality.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.