State seeks your help on toxic plant
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture seeks your help eliminating a highly toxic plant known as Grecian foxglove.
It’s growing in parts of Washington, Dakota, and Wabasha counties.
The greatest concern is the potentially lethal threat of human and livestock poisoning. Leafy portions could be mistaken for lettuce or other leafy greens.
It’s a perennial that will come back year after year if it isn’t treated.
The weed is growing in roadsides, residential yards, grasslands, and forest margins along the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers.
Residents in those areas are being asked to look for the weed and report any sighting to the state.
If possible, take digital photos of the whole plant, rosettes, flowers and seed stalks that can be e-mailed for identification. Contact the state by e-mail at email@example.com or voice mail at 888-545-6684.
Infestations will be treated by Conservation Corps Minnesota in the fall.
High waters lead to precautions, queries
Prior Lake has reached its highest levels since regular measurements began in 1971.
And officials say that “extremely high lake levels will persist for the foreseeable future.”
It could be weeks before boaters are no longer asked to slow down and leave no wake behind to help protect shorelines.
City officials say they’re getting lots of questions about “opening the floodgates,” adding:
“The outlet is simply an overflow structure – once the lake level reaches 902.5 feet, water flows out of the outlet structure and through the outlet channel, eventually into the Minnesota River.”