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This week on The Sea Grant Files, guest host Sharon Moen welcomes Dr. Thomas Beery, Minnesota Sea Grant coastal resilience specialist to talk about creating infrastructure with climate change in mind.  In the wake of so many weather related disasters during this hurricane season, preparing for a different climate future has been a big topic of conversation lately.  What does this look mean for Minnesota? Listen for more about green, blue-green and gray infrastructure and for more information to hear Dr. Beery speak at UMD.

The Sea Grant Files returns to KUMD this week with an exciting opportunity for public participation.  Sharon Moen of Minnesota Sea Grant visits with guest Dr. Lucinda Williams, Associate Director/Initiative Director for Water at UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute.  Dr. Johnson will a part of the Facebook Live Open Town Hall on "Solving North Shore Water Challenges" happening Monday at October 2, at noon.

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Wild rice is the Minnesota state grain and this week MN Sea Grant host Jesse Schomberg welcomes UMD professor John Pastor to share his recent research about sulfide effects on wild rice.  Listen for more about the details of his findings and the future use of his work with sulfate and sulfides.

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This week on The Sea Grant Files we hear about the causes, threats and tracking of blue-green algae blooms.  On the heels of a large algae bloom in Lake Superior last summer,  there is a new App launched called bloomWatch, that  you can use to report sightings of Cyanobacteria algae blooms and be a part of future scientific research helping to understand  harmful patterns.  

Check it out

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Minnesota Sea Grant celebrates 50 years of the National Sea Grant organization and the early instigators like Athelstan Spilhaus in this week's episode of The Sea Grant Files.  Listen to the time-capsule that has brought us 50 years of scientific water research and environmental leadership in the Great Lakes region based here in Duluth. Since 1966 "Sea Grant has supported graduate education through grants and fellowships, helping America's top graduates prepare for careers in coastal science and policy." ~National Sea Grant website.

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Is there a doctor in the house?  Yes, in fact Lake Superior has been undergoing a health check.  This week The Sea Grant Files welcomes Dr. Michael Sierszen, Research Ecologist with the United States EPA's Mid-Continent Ecology Division talks about the past month of research. Dr. Sierszen spent a large part of September aboard the EPA’s research vessel "Lake Guardian." To get the story behind the research we invited him to the studio so we can ask… “What on Earth were you doing out there?”

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Lake Superior charter fishing is alive and well in Duluth in fact charter fishing here has a history dating back to 1909. If you are on a 32 foot Marinette charter fishing boat out of the Duluth Harbor, chances are that Peter Dahl’s your captain and John Meining is your deckhand. This week Sea Grant Files host Jesse Schomberg talks about the charter fishing on Lake Superior and “the catch of the day”. Sea Grant Files airs on KUMD alternate Tuesdays at 8:20 on Northland Morning. Check the audio and links below for more Sea Grant Files and the research of Minnesota Sea Grant.

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The aquarium needs cleaning and the kids have lost interest in the fish.  Or the frogs. Or the gecko. 

But flushing or dumping everything outside is a bad idea for two reasons:  one, it's inhumane for the animals and two, it's a really bad idea for the environment.

The same hardiness that makes milfoil and goldfish such great aquarium dwellers means they also excel as  invasive species. 

Minnesota Sea Grant kicks off a new season on Northland Morning with a look back at work from the summer.  The Minnesota Sea Grant summer intern Claire Freesmeier joins host Jesse Schomberg to share her work identifying our next potential invasive species threats like the golden mussel, Asian carp and others that lurk in the Great Lakes' future.

Catch The Sea Grant Files every other Tuesday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

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Forever Home Pets of the Week

Jan 21, 2016

Rowdy is a handsome brindle Alaskan Husky mix who is a 5 years old. He came to us from a previous home and is now looking for his new loving home! This sweet guy has tons of energy that he likes to exhaust by playing with his toys and going swimming! Rowdy also knows how to sit and shake, and gets along well with other dogs and kids!

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It was a plot (almost) worthy of a Sharknado-type movie: hundreds of goldfish inhabiting the UMD campus's Rock Pond back in 2004.

But folks dumping their unwanted aquarium fish and plants in local waters are a real-life nightmare: in addition to the cruelty of dumping fish into an environment they're not suited for, if they do survive, they and the plants become invasives who may also spread diseases.