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Tippy Thompson (left) and Jared Ward paddle their canoe through a dense growth of wild rice on Perch Lake near Sawyer, Minn. in September 2013. While Thompson paddles, Ward uses wooden stckis called “knockers” to knock wild rice off the stakls in to the bottom of the canoe. FORUM NEWS SERVICE

Scientists critique Minnesota wild rice study, discuss standards

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A panel of seven scientists from the U.S., Canada and Europe is taking a critical look at Minnesota’s recent research into how sulfate may damage wild rice.

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The peer review panel was called to St. Paul by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency this week to critique the state’s two-year, $1.5 million study on the impact of sulfate on wild rice.

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