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Crew members with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa spent several weeks in the area helping harvest seeds and pull weeds at the local Wisconsin DNR seed farm. Pictured, Grace Hoeft of Two Harbors, Minn. (left) and Ahmed Ahmed of Minneapolis harvest seeds.

Seed farm helps restore prairies

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They look like weeds to most people. But to Ryan Brathal, plants growing along the ditches of rural roads can often be a gold mine.

Brathal has an eagle eye when it comes to native prairie plants and grasses, and he's always on the lookout for seeds to harvest. It is, after all, his job.


Brathal is the farm manager at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources seed farm along County Road H near Star Prairie.

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