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Bemidji hosting endangered species meeting tonight at Sanford Center

BEMIDJI – One of five statewide meetings to gather public input about proposed updates to Minnesota’s list of endangered plants and animals species is planned for tonight.

The Department of Natural Resources is hosting hearings across the state to give the public the chance to comment on proposed updates to species in danger of disappearing from the Minnesota landscape.

The DNR is proposing to remove 15 plants and 14 animals from Minnesota’s list of endangered, threatened and special-concern species, while adding 67 animals and 114 plants to the list. Overall, the changes would affect 302 species. The list was last updated officially in 1996.

Meetings have been held in Rochester and New Ulm. The DNR also will hold meetings Wednesday in Duluth and Thursday in Plymouth. All begin at 6 p.m.

The Bemidji meeting will be at the Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive NE.

Steve Wagner

Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.

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