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NEW ULM — A little over a year after being sown, the New Ulm Pollinator Park is going strong but has some room for improvement.

To help out, volunteers joined Regional Ecologist Megan Benage with the Department of Natural Resources to weed out some invasive grasses Saturday, July 15.

“Basically (the park) all came to be really through the efforts of Deb Steinberg, who is a local citizen,” Benage said. “She is a member of the garden club here in New Ulm and she was looking for an opportunity for her preschoolers to have a place where they could do some outdoor learning.”
In June 2016 an estimated 70 volunteers planted seedlings of native, pollinator-friendly plants. This year nonnative plants like smooth brome have grown up between the natives, so more volunteers were needed to weed them out.

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