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“Save The Manatee” Club Co-Founded By Jimmy Buffett

I wasn't even sure what a Manatee was....although, I heard about Barbara Manatee in the Veggie Tales Song.  Then, I received information about a club in Florida to save the Manatees.  They are an endangered species, and while they aren't the most gorgeous animal, they do have the cutest tuft of whiskers....thank goodness, there is a group of people willing to devout time to these creatures.  In fact, this non-profit club was founded in 1981 by singer, Jimmy Buffett!  Learn more about the club and how you can adopt a manatee!

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7 Beautiful but Deadly Plants for National Houseplant Appreciation Day [PHOTOS]

You’ve probably let it sneak up on you again. You’ve been so busy getting back to work and shaking off those winter blues that you almost forgot January 10th is Houseplant Appreciation Day. This is not a day that should go unnoticed.

The green thumbs at The Gardener’s Network established Houseplant Appreciation Day to remind people about their indoor botantical buddies after the rush of the holiday season has passed and to celebrate the benefits of houseplants and encourage green thumbs.

And, they’re right. Houseplants deserve a lot of appreciation. If you think about it, they don’t ask for much and they’re very easy to live with. However, this is not true of all plants. Some of them can kill you, like the plant Gelsemium elegans, which a man in China put in a stew to kill a business rival.

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City Of Duluth Wants Your Input On City Park And Trail Signs

The City of  Duluth Parks and Rec Department is looking for input from you.  They are looking to develop "directional" or "way finding" signs and would like the publics help in designing them.  If you are an avid park and/or trail user, here is your chance to be heard.

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images / Edwin Martinez1, Flickr / Scott Olson, Getty Images / Mario Tama, Getty Images
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Mother Nature’s Top 10 Freakout Moments of 2011

Every year, Mother Nature likes to remind us who’s the boss and 2011 was no different. In fact, it was the second most expensive year on record for insurers, costing $108 billion. Here’s a look back at the 10 most memorable natural disasters of 2011 in chronological order.

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WARNING! Your Christmas Tree Could Be Making Your Family Sick

My family always had a real tree.  We use to go out on a friend's land in Holyoke and cut a fresh one down.  Ah, family memories.  According to Mail Online, experts are saying real trees could be the reason for sickness in your household.

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Watch a Glorious Video of Our Planet at Its Most Stunning

For the past two years, videographer Tom Lowe has been shooting footage of the American Southwest for his upcoming ultra-HD time lapse feature film ‘TimeScapes.’

The new trailer has just been released online, and the footage Lowe has captured of both our planet’s natural and man-made beauty will make you proud to call Earth home.

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Flickr User: Brood_wich
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Duluth’s Water Infrastructure To Be Highlighted In Documentary

We appreciate the beauty of Lake Superior.  We appreciate the revenue it generates from tourists and the shipping industry.  How can we continue to benefit from our resource while keeping it free from storm and waste water overflow?  The age of our water infrastructure has us wanting answers to questions we should have asked long ago.  Learn more this Sunday, as Duluth is one of the communities highlighted in a documentary on this important topic.

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Photo: Lake Superior Zoo
Photo: Lake Superior Zoo
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You’re Invited To Berlin’s Birthday Bash At The Lake Superior Zoo!

Berlin, the Polar Bear at the Lake Superior Zoo, couldn't have a more timely birthday.  It's around the holiday, but still early enough for Santa to leave the elves in charge of making the toys and join the FUN at Berlin's Birthday Bash!  It's this Saturday, December 3.  Berlin hopes you can come celebrate and take a picture with Santa.  Here's all the details.

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Sugarland Sued Over Stage Collapse In Indianapolis

I don't know if I agree with this.  It wasn't Sugarland's fault, they were also victims in this situation.  Can you imagine the emotions they are and will carry with them from the stage collapsing on fans that were waiting to see them at a fair in Indianapolis?  Still, the storm was an act of God and it wasn't Jennifer and Kristian decision alone, WHEN to call the show.   Read what E! Online has to say about the unfortunate situation and tell me if you think they should be included in the law suit.

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What Are the New Seven Wonders of Nature? [PHOTOS]

Votes have been cast, the results are in and the world has chosen seven new wonders of nature with some old favorites missing from the list.

On Friday, November 11, the New7Wonders organization announced the world’s choices for the new Seven Wonders of Nature to help commemorate the 11/11/11 date, and celebrate the natural beauty of the Earth.

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You’re Invited To Dolly the Llama’s Memorial Event At Lake Superior Zoo

When I got the text from a friend that Dolly had passed, three came to mind, Dolly Parton, THE Dolly Llama and Dolly the llama at the Lake Superior Zoo.  The news of any of them passing would be sad, but I was shocked to hear it was the relatively young llama at the Lake Superior Zoo.  I had spent some time with her during Boo at the Zoo this year and she was her usually sassy self.  She kept trying to nose her way into our cauldron of candy!!

The Lake Superior Zoo will be holding a Memorial for Dolly, to celebrate her life, and you're invited.  Here's the details, she will be missed!!!!

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National Emergency Test Scheduled This Week

Just so you are aware...on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test.  It's a good system to have in place.   Here's what you need to know. 

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