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Effort to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer continues in Minnesota

MPR reports the Department of Agriculture will start hanging about 6,500 purple traps next week throughout the state. The beetle has already killed and infested millions of ash trees across the country, including several hundred in the Twin Cities metro.
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MPR reports the Department of Agriculture will start hanging about 6,500 purple traps next week throughout the state. The beetle has already killed and infested millions of ash trees across the country, including several hundred in the Twin Cities metro.

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