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Lee Duckstad drives cattle toward the western edge of a recently burned pasture in rural Polk County, Minn., near Mentor on May 24. One hundred and fifty cows and their calves will graze on the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge until September as part of a prairie restoration project. Nathaniel Minor | MPR News 91.3 FM

In NW Minn., cows help manage the refuge

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MENTOR - A herd of cattle will help improve the habitat for wildlife by grazing on a northwestern Minnesota refuge.

Glacial Ridge National Refuge is the largest prairie restoration project in the country. Experts say it's also the largest research project using livestock to manage the prairie.

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