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  • ‘Super sponge’ Aiding toxic clean-up of lakes

    | Published on March 21, 2017 at 9:45am CDT Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press

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    Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences (CFANS) Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds. Thanks… Read More

  • Once-rare pelicans on yearly return trip

    | Published on March 21, 2017 at 9:44am CDT Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press

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    American white pelicans migrating to lakes area American white pelicans are making their yearly migration to Minnesota about two weeks early this year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. With bright white plumage, a nine-foot wingspan, and bright orange bill, the once-threatened species ranks among the largest birds in the world. Its graceful flight,… Read More

  • Citizens Aquatic Invasive Species program now open

    | Published on March 21, 2017 at 9:38am CDT Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press

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    Registration is now open for AIS Detectors, a new volunteer network and science-based training program launched by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension. Participants will learn how to properly identify and report new findings of aquatic invasive species such as starry stonewort, zebra mussels, round goby, and others…. Read More

  • Dam talks continue as city ponders alternatives

    | Published on March 16, 2017 at 9:34am CDT Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund

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    By Louis Hoglund The future of the Pelican Rapids city dam was again on the agenda March 14 for the Pelican Rapids City Council. The failure of a stone retaining wall has accelerated planning for repairs or modifications of the dam.  Engineer on the project is Houston Engineering, which has conducted a variety of tests and analyses. Meanwhile,… Read More

  • Colorful account of the last sturgeon taken in region re-published

    | Published on March 16, 2017 at 9:29am CDT Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press

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    Editor’s note: An account of the legendary Lake Lida sturgeon, speared in 1948, was originally published in the 1990s in the Pelican Rapids Press. It was written by Roger Pinckney, and included interviews with some who were still alive at the time. Published here is an edited version of the original—along with some updates by… Read More

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