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Biologist researching growing rice commercially in Wisconsin

Native American tribes have been growing wild rice in Wisconsin for generations, but growing rice commercially is a different challenge.raw wild rice close upMILWAUKEE — A Marquette University biology professor is researching the possibility of growing rice commercially in Wisconsin, despite the state’s seasonally cold temperatures. Native American tribes have been growing wild rice in Wisconsin for generations, but growing…

House panel to consider bill preserving Great Lakes cleanup

  DETROIT — Congressional budget writers are proposing to overrule President Donald Trump’s call for eliminating a program that funds Great Lakes cleanup efforts. A House appropriations subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday that includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program started under President Barack Obama. It pays for removing toxic pollution from harbors…

Alaska hiker recovering after bison attack in North Dakota

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — An Alaska man is recovering after being attacked by a bison while hiking in western North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Park official Eileen Andes says the 65-year-old hiker encountered the large animal after taking photos of a sunset. The man tried to walk around the bison but didn’t provide enough room. Andes says the bison apparently…

Idaho wildlife agency trains dogs to track wildlife, people

SANDPOINT, Idaho — The state is beginning to embrace the concept of pairing Idaho Department of Fish & Game conservation officers with service dogs. Matt Haag, a Bonner County-based conservation officer, just completed a year in the field with Hudson, a happy-go-lucky 2-1/2-year-old golden Labrador retriever with a penchant for pursuit. “It’s amazing what they can do,” said Haag. Hudson’s service…

Concord, N.H.: a fishing destination?

Concord, N.H., is touting its area fisheries, which include everything from largemouth bass to walleyes.  CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Fish and Game is hoping to change the thinking that the state capital isn’t a place for anglers. The agency has put out a Concord Capital Region Take Me Fishing guide in an effort convince more people to grab a fishing…