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On the mark: Pollinators need gardens too


April 23, 2021

SWDC's Alyssa Alness Bloss offers advice on pollinators and pollen.

Growing up in an inner-ring Minneapolis suburb, we didn't think much of bees. We saw few, perhaps because my dad, along with other neighbors, zapped the dandelions every spring with an awful-smelling liquid he targeted from a tank. Years later, as we walked back along the Cloquet River after a highwater spring canoe trip, I asked him why nothing was growing along the roadway. "Sprayed with DDT," he answered, and went on to tell me about Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring."

Bees sting. They were our enemies. On a canoe trip out of Sawbill, my 5-year-old son plunged into some beautiful violet fl...

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