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When my wife and I built a new home on the upper Mississippi River east of Bemidji, we had not counted on the turtles. Big ones. Snapping turtles, though more than a few painted turtles as well.

Our first encounter came when digging the foundation. The Caterpillar driver suddenly powered down, and climbed off his machine to examine something in the fragrant, fresh gravel: a cluster of ping pong balls. "Damn," he said.

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