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'Unexpected joys': Why you should replace lawn with MN native plants

Even converting a small portion can have practical and emotional benefits.

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Lawn to MN native prairie, part 1: Site prep and defining your space

What to get done before you even think about picking plants.

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From lawn to MN native prairie, part 2: Sun, shade and soil

There are a couple of important yard attributes you'll want to measure beforehand.

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From lawn to MN native prairie, part 3: Picking your plants

Plant suggestions and general tips from two experts in the field.

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Firefighting efforts keep Greenwood Fire in check

But 'near critical' fire conditions are expected Monday.

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Marmot takes 1,250-mile trip to MN in car's undercarriage

The critter's harrowing journey began in Silverton, Colorado.

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MPCA acknowledges 8 more drilling fluid releases during Line 3 work

That includes at least one fluid release into wetlands, which is a violation.

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Twin Cities Escapes: Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield

A "small park with a big feel," right in the middle of the city.

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After a year indoors, people are flocking to MN state parks and campgrounds

Campsite occupancy rates and annual state park permit sales are up.

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MN photographer's wintry great gray owl video earns praise from Audubon Society

The clip received an honorable mention in the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards.

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Forest Service going back to in-person 'Leave No Trace' education for BWCAW

The agency had been requiring permit seekers to watch educational videos.

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Mystery Cave is once again open for scenic tours

Scenic tours began July 1, and will run into September.

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DNR: Property owner complains about black bear, refuses to take down feeders

A lesson in what not to do if a black bear comes into your yard.

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Black bear rescued from storm sewer in Oak Park Heights

Police were originally called to the scene because someone thought a large dog was trapped in the sewer.

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MN's lone National Park is also one of the least popular in the country

Travelers are clearly overlooking what northern Minnesota has to offer.

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Bear clambers into northern MN home through kitchen window

A black bear in the house isn't something you see every day.

Three painted turtles sunning on a log.

Dozens of turtles found dead at wildlife refuge

They were discovered along a short stretch of the Minnesota River.

A Black Bear wandering through grass.

More bear sightings reported in Twin Cities

All recent sightings have occurred in the eastern metro

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We rescued a baby squirrel and then named him Merle

I'm just a squirrel, standing in front of a couple, asking them to love me.