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Columbine in bloom on the prairie at Oak Ridge WPA (Photo by Tom Lindfors)

WPA benefits from holistic management approach

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You might not even recognize the 400-acre parcel of land a couple miles east of Star Prairie, known as the Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area, from just a few years ago.


Due to diligent management by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in concert with help from volunteers like the Boy Scouts, what was once a nearly impenetrable ramble has been transformed into the gem of local WPAs.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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