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Minnesota Has Bragging Rights To This Year’s National Christmas Tree

To be able to say our Nation's Christmas tree proudly standing on the Capitol lawn during the holidays came from your home state is a big deal and if you live in Minnesota you have bragging rights for 2014!  Not only will the tree come from Minnesota but many of the ornaments hanging on the tree will come from school children and residents of Minnesota too!

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List of Duluth Beaches Still Under A No Water Contact Recommendation

According to Adam Lorch at the Northland's NewsCenter, today is a great beach day.  However, which beach you go to is important because there are several under a No Water Contact Recommendation in Dululth.

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Courtesy of the Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources
Courtesy of the Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources
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Paul Bunyan State Trail Now Extends to Crow Wing State Park [VIDEO]

There's still plenty of summer left to take a road trip and experience some cool things not too far from home, including this extension of the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

Construction of a six-mile paved trail segment connecting the Paul Bunyan State Trail to Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd is now complete and open to the public, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division.

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Hot, Humid Conditions Are Expected In The Northland: Tips On Staying Cool

It's feast or famine!  It's either too cold or too hot!!!  The latter is what we expect for Monday through the evening.  At least it won't last long, but there are still precautions to take when it comes to your family, the elderly (especially neighbors) and your pets.

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Lake Superior Zoo
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Things Are Getting WILD At The Lake Superior Zoo: Monkey Around At The Twin Monkey’s Birthday Party And Sign Up To “Run Like An Animal”

There is ALWAYS "wild" fun going on at the Lake Superior Zoo!  In fact, did you know you can have a sleep over there? There are summer camp programs for learning and fun!  Or, you could consider having your birthday party there.  Speaking of birthday parties, you're invited to the Angolan colobus monkeys Kermit and Kaya's birthday party and watch them open their presents.  Plus, you can start training now for "Run Like An Animal".

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Zebra Mussel from Lake Melissa - Photo from the Minnesota DNR
Zebra Mussel from Lake Melissa - Photo from the Minnesota DNR
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Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Lake Melissa Near Detroit Lakes

I know a lot of people travel all over to camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors.  Of course, there are pests to be aware of and if you're heading towards the Detroit Lakes area in Minnesota, then this will of special interest to you.

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tvnweather via YouTube
tvnweather via YouTube
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One of the Best Up Close Tornado Videos You Will See Was Captured Last Night in South Dakota

I've never seen a tornado like this.  This took place on June 18th, 2014, and was filmed by TVNweather.com.  They got some great footage of a large tornado and it's multiple vortices.  It is a must see video!

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(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Bank President Locks Staff in Bank Vault For Safety During Tornado, Risking His Own Life

Earlier this week an EF4 tornado ripped throw Pilger, Nebraska.  Gene Willers, a Midwest Bank President rushed his staff of eight into the bank vault to take shelter, but there was a problem.  Someone would have to remain outside to lock it.  Gene took that responsibility himself.

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Aerial Application to Eradicate Gypsy Moths In West Duluth Starts Tomorrow

The City of Superior has dealt with gypsy moths and emerald ash bore recently.  In fact my co-host Ken Hayes had to have a tree from his boulevard removed because of the threat.  Now the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says we need to treat 1,200 acres of land in the City of Duluth to slow the spread of a gypsy moth infestation.

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Park Point Beach Opens With Risky Swimming Conditions

Summer in the Northland is not complete without several visitsto the beach on Park Point!  The beach is open to the public complete with lifeguards, the option of borrowing a life jacket and a warning of risky swimming.

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Homemade Mosquito Trap Could Help Keep Your Family Comfortable this Summer

I've never liked the smell of mosquito repellent like Off or Skin-So-Soft.  I never thought the Citronella candles worked very good and short of fumigating with a canister of insecticide fog like they use to do at the drive-in movie theaters, what's left to try?  DIY Mosquito Trap! 

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Cathy Kates
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Play Dino Drop (Like Bejeweled) To Gear Up For “Discover The Dinosaurs” At Pioneer Hall This Weekend

After 65 million years, the dinosaurs are coming back and they'll be in Duluth!  Seriously, this is a fun, interactive, hands-on exhibit that will provide hours of fun and learning this weekend.  I'm a fan of the Bejeweled game and found this fun Dino Drop game (like Bejeweled for kids) to get you in the mood to explore prehistoric times this weekend!

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