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SCIENCE AND NATURE

The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to remove trees from the Smoky Hills State Forest before it resurfaces Highway 34 in 2023.
Check out the average seasonal ice cover on lakes near you with a map from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Conservationists say plans for restoring prairie will keep Blanding's turtles off the road and help the struggling population.
Confirmation of diseases in Itasca and Washington counties prompts euthanasia and health warnings.

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Across Minnesota as a whole the 2021 drought has inched into the top 10. But in the far north the situation is much dryer.
The beaver, or Castoroides ohioensis, is now in the lead among possible state-fossil candidates proposed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. The fossil, found in St. Paul, dates back to the Pleistocene epoch and is estimated to be 2.58 million years to 10,150 years old.
Last year, Gwen Erickson raised 27 of the nation's most popular and endangered butterflies. This year, she's up to 61 with about six or seven more to go.
Measures would impact water suppliers and users in three major Minnesota water sheds.
Minnesota's summer drought is having an effect on demand for water.
In fall 2020, Leona Cichy opened Roots and Wings Wildlings Forest School on her 40-acre property in New York Mills. This eight-week program started off small, then, by the end of it, there were 14 kids on the waiting list.

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Lake Superior holds an astonishing 10% of the entire planet's freshwater. It's known worldwide for its purity.
An estimated 200 turtles died in an approximate half-mile stretch of the Minnesota River in the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. Laboratory test results of turtle carcass samples collected in April are inconclusive, possibly because of decomposition that occurred before staff discovered the die-off.
The only areas of the state with normal river flows are southwest and southeast Minnesota. The Mississippi River is also at very low levels compared to the historic record.

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