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BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Minnesota

From agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug to hockey legend Herb Brooks, the University of Minnesota has long been accustomed to making a big difference on the world stage. It’s a tradition they’ve continued well into the 21st century, in fields ranging from art and design to community development. See the BTN LiveBIG stories below to find out how Minnesota is leading the way toward a brighter future in the Twin Cities — and beyond: A Minnesota professor’s crusade to bring education to life Golden Gophers team up with heart patients for a day to remember [youtube Minnesota cultivates crop of

BTN LiveBIG: Golden Gophers team up with heart patients for a day to remember

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. [youtube The kids who go to Camp Odayin in Stillwater, Minn., all have one thing in common: They all suffer from some kind of heart disease or defect. In fact, that’s why the camp was founded — to give kids with heart issues the carefree summer experience they may not get otherwise. But while they might not have a great deal

BTN LiveBIG: Camp Odayin helping heart patients celebrate summer

Most people probably have memories from childhood of going to some kind of summer camp. And many of those memories probably involve bug bites, bad food, uncomfortable beds and various other examples of “roughing it.” But they also include friendships, laughter and fun. Because of the physical limitations and strict medical requirements they face on a daily basis, kids who have heart disease don’t get to experience going to camp. Minnesota alumna Sara Meslow started a program to give those kids the chance to do just that. She created Camp Odayin in part because she was intimately familiar with the