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Wed
18
Mar

DNR Q & A: What can I do to prevent the spread of invasive species when I’m out on the trails this spring?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:
Q. What can I do to prevent the spread of invasive species when I’m out on the trails this spring?

 

Mon
16
Mar

DNR Q & A: Which fish species are the first to spawn in Minnesota lakes during the spring?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:
Q. Which fish species are the first to spawn in Minnesota lakes during the spring?

 

Thu
12
Mar

Local residents stampede fairgrounds during rain barrel and tree sale

Even this Lego house has a rain barrel. You can purchase one of your own at the Washington Conservation District’s annual tree and rain barrel sale on April 24 and 25. (submitted photo)
Even this Lego house has a rain barrel. You can purchase one of your own at the Washington Conservation District’s annual tree and rain barrel sale on April 24 and 25. (submitted photo)

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 – Lake Elmo area police are called to the Washington County Fairgrounds after a crowd of local residents swarms conservation district staff during their annual tree and rain barrel sale. Witnesses report that a woman in a tan station wagon leapt out of her car yelling, “No more winter, ever, ever again!” Shortly thereafter, people began jostling one another as they raced to scoop up bundles of trees, rain barrels and compost bins. One man tripped over a weed wrench as he rushed to ask a master gardener about emerald ash borer, and in the ensuing confusion, a rack of informative brochures was knocked to the ground.

Thu
12
Mar

Tree care: oak wilt

Over the past few decades tree diseases such as chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, and white pine blister rust have received large amounts of attention for their destructive nature and detrimental effects. In many areas, large, beautiful boulevard trees lining city streets have been removed in an attempt to slow the spread of such diseases. Another disease that has become increasingly recognized recently, even though it has been around a long time, is oak wilt.

Wed
11
Mar

Are body cameras the answer for public safety?

The advent of computers, smart phones and high-speed internet has allowed us to go places, see things and learn in completely new ways. Technology has also allowed us an interesting view into the world of public safety. The 21st century has introduced us to police officers who can wear body cameras, and record incidents as they happen, helping bring truth and transparency to situations that frequently come with only one point of view.

Wed
11
Mar

New study shows drug courts’ impact

Minnesota Judicial Branch
 

Tue
10
Mar

Harding/Battle Creek Middle School Collaborate on College Fair

Two Harding High School seniors recently did one of the hardest things in education:  They retained the eager, rapt attention of more than 30 middle school students for 40 minutes.   Ismael Kamara and Sheriden Groves, themselves Battle Creek gradu

Tue
10
Mar

No choking this basketball season

Now that another youth basketball season is in the books, I find myself reflecting on a single statistic: Zero strangulations.
It wasn’t always easy, but I’m pleased to report I didn’t throttle a single soul while coaching fifth-grade basketball this winter. Not the referees, who — aside from some Wisconsin Rapids zebras eager to serve home cooking -were capable and dedicated.

Thu
05
Mar

New knowledge offered on drug dangers

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Commissioner Lucinda Jesson

A Minnesota Department of Human Services website about the dangers of synthetic drug use was recently recognized with a national award.
KnowTheDangers.com received a Silver Award in the 16th annual Web Health Awards program, which recognizes the nation's best digital health resources. It was chosen from nearly 400 entries from organizations such as the National Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and BlueCross BlueShield.

Thu
05
Mar

Investing in Minnesota’s Reading Corps

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Since 2003, Minnesota Reading Corps has helped nearly 150,000 struggling Minnesota students learn to read. The Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that provides trained literacy tutors for children age three to grade three. The program uses research-based early literacy to help struggling readers.

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