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State officials to release stingless wasps in St. Paul to combat ash borer

Agriculture officials hope the insects -- a natural enemy of the ash borer -- will help combat a newly discovered infestation of the pest near the city's historic Summit Avenue.
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Agriculture officials hope the insects -- a natural enemy of the ash borer -- will help combat a newly discovered infestation of the pest near the city's historic Summit Avenue.

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