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Tick season arrives a few weeks early

The Minnesota Health Department says deer ticks are already feeding in forested areas. The risk of tick-borne diseases doesn't typically start until late spring. Everyone is urged to take precautions to prevent tick bites.

Blame dry weather, ragweed for brutal fall allergy season

KARE 11 confirms what allergy sufferers have sensed in the last few weeks – fall allergens are worse this year. Outside of over-the-counter medications and stronger treatments you can get from a specialist, there are not a lot of ways to find relief until it rains, or until the first frost.

Skunk season arrives in central Minnesota

It's that time of year again when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources starts getting skunk-related calls. Homeowners with well-tended lawns are fed up with grub-seeking skunks tearing up the grass. The finest yards seem to attract the pesky critters.

More reminders of dangerous conditions Minnesota lakes

Our mild weather continues to pose a danger on Minnesota lakes right now. Another pickup broke through thin ice Saturday on Lake Minnetonka. WCCO reports the two men inside the truck were able to escape from the windows and make it to shore safely. An SUV crashed through Lake Minnetonka last Sunday. Authorities continue to remind people the warm winter is creating "extremely dangerous" conditions.

Dry conditions give wildfire season an early start

Mid-February is not usually wildfire season. But this is no ordinary winter. Over the weekend crews responded to a grass fire near Hugo and a forest fire near Superior. Andover's fire chief says "it's almost scary dry" for this time of year.