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Ash borer infests trees near historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul

City workers are cutting down the old-growth trees in hopes of stopping the pest from spreading even farther. The city has already chopped down hundreds of infected trees this year.
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City workers are cutting down the old-growth trees in hopes of stopping the pest from spreading even farther. The city has already chopped down hundreds of infected trees this year.

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