MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs host a symposium Thursday on the changing Arctic.

Speakers include Arctic explorer Will Steger and Canada’s consul general in Minneapolis, Martin Loken.

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Steger and Loken say the changes taking place in the Arctic are relevant in Minnesota, where there’s a rich tradition of polar exploration, as well as Arctic scientific and educational work. They say they see the event as the beginning of a dialogue and a springboard for new ideas, partnerships and opportunities involving Minnesotans, Canadians and the Arctic.

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The event runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Humphrey School on the university’s West Bank campus.

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