Calling all Watershed Champions

Comfort Lake – Forest Lake Watershed District debuts award program & schedules workshops for the spring Seeking award nominations Do you know someone in the community who has gone out of their way to protect local lakes and waterways? Perhaps it is the neighbor who transformed their yard with native plants and raingardens to reduce…

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Revisiting American History through the eyes of the Buffalo Soldiers

The year was 1866. Minnesota had been a state for eight short years and the modern-day states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and the Dakotas were still territories. That year, Hawaii was still a sovereign kingdom and Alaska was still Russia. In the wake of the Civil War, the…

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Like water flowing east

Clouds and mountains all tangled together up to the blue sky a rough road and deep woods without any travelers far away the lone moon a bright glistening white nearby a flock of birds sobbing like children one old man sitting alone   perched in these green mountains a small shack   the retired life   letting my…

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And From the Earth Springs New Life

The flames spread across the prairie like a living being, tendrils reaching, grasping, burning. The air is charcoal smoke chasing birds out of bushes and rabbits into burrows. Fire consumes it all – bluestem, bergamot and aster, thistle, ragweed and fleabane. When it is over, there is nothing left but singed leaves and black hills.…

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Land Cover and Pollinators? There’s a Map for That.

These records are computerized for easy use, unlike the handwritten notes from Minnesota’s first land surveys, which are stored on yellowed paper at the Historical Society.

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Bringing Nature Home

The Rambosek’s bought their home in 1980 when most of Woodbury was still corn fields and open space. Today, their prairie is an oasis of color and life.

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Exploring the Frozen Wilderness

The BWCA is a unique American treasure with over one million acres of wilderness, 1200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails, and more than 2000 designated campsites.

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A Conservation Ethic Runs in the Family

Doug Schaffer remembers moving from Roseville to Demark Township in 1969 when he was 15 years old. It was a big change for a city kid. His parents, Kenneth and Margery, purchased 120 acres of farmland along the St. Croix River south of Afton State Park in an area dominated by rolling hills, farms, and…

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Protecting Pollinators – What’s the Latest Buzz?

There are 250 native bee species in Minnesota and 140 species of butterflies.

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State of the Mississippi River

We’ve achieved a 35% reduction in phosphorus concentrations in the metro Mississippi River, mostly due to improvements at wastewater treatment plants, but that improvement is somewhat counteracted by the increase in flow coming from upstream.

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