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You Can Touch A Live Sturgeon At The Great Lakes Aquarium, Alan Kisses One During Feeding

If you haven't visited the Great Lakes Aquarium lately it should be on your "to do" list to see the new Unsalted Seas Exhibit.  My favorite (and always will be) is the Otters, those little playful honeys!  But, my friend Alan White told me the tale that he gets to kiss the sturgeon and THAT I HAD to see.

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The winner, designed by Michelle Vesaas -- Courtesy of MN DNR
The winner, designed by Michelle Vesaas -- Courtesy of MN DNR
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Voters Choose New Minnesota Parks and Trails License Plate

Recently, the finalists were revealed for the new Minnesota Parks and Trails license plate design contest.  After a week of online voting, during which more than 30,000 votes were cast, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith today announced the winner of the contest.

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Cathy Shows No Fear, Ken Freaks with Rosie a Lake Superior Zoo’s Tarantula [VIDEO]

When I first got the call that the Lake Superior Zoo wanted to come for a visit with a tarantula, I didn't think it would be that big of a deal.  Boy, was I wrong!  Ken was freaking out to the point of literally making audible sounds that I've never heard come out of his mouth before.  That made me even more brave to have Rosie crawl on my arm...well, sorta brave.

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Getty Images News
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A Forecast Full of Nicer Weather Means Increased Risk of Wildfires

Even though we had a pretty cold and wet April, it only takes a short run of clear skies and warmer weather to dry out dead grass, which can ignite and burn rapidly.

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May Brush Drop Off Site Schedule for Park Point Residents

My husband and I have a wood burner so we are very conscious of where we can get the wood we burn.  We found that there are certain counties in Wisconsin that won't allow the transport of wood across county lines due to gypsy moths and the emerald ash borer beetle.  There was an emergency quarantine on Park Point last year that prompted the City to open a brush drop off site for Park Point residents.  Now that it's Spring they will be offering the service again.

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Two-Month Old Sumatran Tiger Cub Meets Public For First Time At SF Zoo
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Celebrate Earth Day at the Lake Superior Zoo this Friday

From helping to clean trash and debris so it doesn't end up in our rivers, streams and lakes to partying for the planet at the Lake Superior Zoo.  There's a lot you can do to help out the environment, educate your family and celebrate Earth Day 2016 together. 

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Chuck Wollack
Chuck Wollack
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Enjoy Pontoon Rides While You Volunteer with The St. Louis River Experience

The St. Louis River Experience gives free boating and nature experiences to many groups of people.  Seniors, veterans, people with special needs and youth.  They are a non-profit organization that makes these experiences free of charge.  The season is about to start and they are looking for volunteers to help make this possible.

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Artwork by Timothy Turenne / From MN DNR
Artwork by Timothy Turenne / From MN DNR
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Richfield Resident Wins 2017 Minnesota Turkey Stamp Contest

After a contest recently sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Richfield artist Timothy Turenne was announced as the winner of the 2017 turkey stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among six submissions for the annual contest.

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UPDATE: Park Point Brush Drop Off Site Due To Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Temporarily Closed

Last October there was evidence of emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle found in trees on Park Point in Duluth.  An emergency quarantine went into effect until February for Park Point prompting a brush drop off site for Park Point residents.  That is now temporarily closed.

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Emerald Ash Borer Emergency Quarantine On Park Point; Brush Drop Off Site Issued

My husband and I have a wood burner so we are very conscious of where we can get the wood we burn.  We found that there are certain counties in Wisconsin that won't allow the transport of wood across county lines due to gypsy moths and the emerald ash borer beetle.  Now an emergency quarantine is in effect until February for our Park Point.

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Forestries Open Christmas Tree Season
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Tips To Get Your Holiday Tree Home Safely

It's a family tradition for many families in the Northland, a trip to the woods or local tree farm to bring the perfect Christmas tree home to decorate.  To make the excursion most enjoyable, here's some tips to think about BEFORE you head out the door.

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Saturday is the Last Day to Dispose of Yard Waste at WLSSD Compost Site

If you have any yard waste bagged up and ready to be disposed of, but you just haven't had the time to bring it to the dump, make sure you get that done Friday or Saturday.

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