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This week on the Border News Roundup editor Marshall Helmberger fills us in on the condominium project in Tower, the gloomy and colder than usual temperatures this year, and peak color observations. 

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Once a year NCROC opens its doors to visitors to find out about all their research and work.  This year includes things like a Bog Boardwalk Tour, Wild Rice Paddies Tour, Cattle Research, Pollinator Studies, Community Gardens and a whole lot more.  It's free to the public and fun for all ages - including Farmer Ed's Petting Zoo.  Boreal Brewers will have free brew samples, Culver's will provide samples of custard and Duke Skorich BBQ will be selling food. 

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This week Marshall gives us some of the stories from The Timberjay newspaper including Wild Rice Sulfate standards in the MN Legislature, the Orr Center, Ely's city silver maple tree tapping and the strong start at the Pike River Hatchery. 

Since 1970, Earth Day celebrations have given voice to a growing consciousness regarding environmental concerns.  In honor of Earth Day,  many communities in our listening area will host Earth Day events.  In the town of Mountain Iron, they've been celebrating Earth Day in a big way for the past 10 years with the Iron Range Earth Fest(IREF).  IREF has grown into a comprehensive experience delving into the many ways people can live more sustainably and tap into the knowledge of local experts for advice on regional products, services, foods, traditions and our wilderness. 

Mesabi Range College chemistry and biology instructor Kimberlee Giermann will be presenting the workshop "Backyard Herbs: Food and Medicine" at 11a.m. at the conference.   We spoke with her on the morning show about herbs, tinctures, and eco-gardening. 

The One Vegetable One Community project aims to inspire gardeners of all levels to plant, grow, cook, and come together around one specific vegetable.  The results of these efforts include more people gardening, more people eating healthy foods,  and more people of all socioeconomic levels who have regular access to good food.  This year's feature vegetable for Itasca County is carrots! Jesse Davis from the Grand Rapids Farmers' Market and Carmen Griggs, Itasca County SNAP Coordinator, stopped by the studio to talk about the initiative and of course about carrots!

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