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Tourism and agriculture in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed (June 12, 2017)
This is the third in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed. “In the land of the Dacotahs,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his famous epic poem Song of Hiawatha, “Where the...

Rain Barrels Herald Spring (May 23, 2017)
For the Reckingers of Woodbury, rain barrels are a family affair. Parents Jim and Mary are the local boosters, but credit their environmental educator daughter with encouraging them to install the pair that sits on the side of their house, April through September. And...

Planting Native Seeds with a New Generation (May 11, 2017)
Master Gardener May Lee stands about a head taller than the third-graders at Farnsworth Elementary she is teaching to plant native seeds this March morning in east St. Paul. Clearly, she is in her element.Equal parts agronomist and...

Settlement of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed (May 5, 2017)
This is the second in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed. It is no accident that most of the world’s great cities are built around great bodies of water. Whether providing essential services like...

Early History of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed (March 29, 2017)
 Some of the Twin Cities’ most treasured waters - Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Creek and Minnehaha Falls - have been the foundation of life in here for centuries. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed...

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