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SCIENCE AND NATURE

In its latest internal grant cycle, the Hormel Institute in Austin awarded $540,000 in research grants. The funds came from community fundraising efforts.
RCTC physics Professor Rod Milbrandt took part in a NASA program to learn more about heliophysics.
One year after the Lake County wildfire, the scorched Superior National Forest, cabin owners and McDougal Lake Campground all show resilience.
The stars seem like old friends to those of us who stare at the night sky, but the truth is they are well beyond our reach.

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Northern Minnesota research published in the journal Nature found modest warming may devastate some tree species.
The multi-agency effort will help verify data collected by traditional research boats and crews.
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Bison that lived 3,000 years ago were 37% larger than those living today because of a warming climate — a trend that will accelerate, with bison projected to become 46% smaller by the end of the century. Bison are shaggy sentinels of climate change on the prairie.
From murder to love, the moon has been a source of stories throughout time.
The study covers more than 10,000 glacial lakes in eight Upper Midwest states, including Minnesota. Researchers used statistical models to calculate how resilient those lakes are to changes in climate and land use.
The only downside is the full moon corresponds with the famous Perseids meteor shower.

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"Excess rainfall" this spring has reversed the severe drought the north saw last year, and it's unlikely there will be a drought in the region for the foreseeable future, according to a climate outlook report.
But the wet, cold spring may reduce chick survival and hunter success.
Minnesota DNR wolf pan sets strategy for wolf management in the state.

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