Feds scrounge up money to keep Minnesota wolf-trapping program going

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells the Duluth News Tribune the U.S. Agriculture secretary is pledging to use money from their budget to re-start the program and keep it running through the end of the year.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells the Duluth News Tribune the U.S. Agriculture secretary is pledging to use money from their budget to re-start the program and keep it running through the end of the year.

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