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Wed
07
Jul

Gardens spread like wildflowers

Between 1965 and 2004, the Washington Conservation District (WCD) installed 197 water quality improvement projects, or roughly five per year.

Mon
05
Jul

Do not feed the geese

There's a sign on the entrance door to my apartment building that reads, "Do not feed the geese." What it should really read is, "If you get near the geese, prepare for a battle that could go to the death, with the geese likely triumphant."

Thu
01
Jul

DNR Q&A: what do boaters need to remember about early season boating?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:


Thu
01
Jul

DNR Q&A: What role does logging play in maintaining or improving forest health?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:


Wed
30
Jun

When July 4th sky goes dark, community spirit dims

For the first time in decades, the Maplewood skies will be dark on Independence Day.

Wed
16
Jun

Pecking at our reflection

Each morning here at the newspaper office, a bird flies to the editor's window. Looking into the reflective glass and thinking it has encountered a rival bird, it pecks violently at the window.

Mon
14
Jun

Bearly containing excitement for new state park

It was a sun-kissed summer day in northern Minnesota. I was relaxing on a warm, flat granite rock on the edge of our island campsite and the hypnotic sounds of the waves lapping at the Lake Vermilion shoreline drew me closer to a nap than was wise.

Sun
13
Jun

The black hole strikes again

Summer is here, and my children have escaped the black hole.

For now.

In space, black holes are supposedly created from stars that have collapsed under the weight of their own gravity. No one has ever seen a black hole.

Tue
08
Jun

Whatever happened to the birds?

The sky was spacious, the weather was perfect, the farmsteads were familiar, the fields were sprouting lemony-green shoots. All perfectly normal for a late-spring trip to central Iowa.

Tue
01
Jun

Spring brings parents relief

Ah, late spring, that magical time of year when parents can finally exhale.

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