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July is Grassland Month - Megan Benage from the MN DNR Talks Prairies with John Latimer

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Megan Benage - host of Prairie Pod from the MN DNR

John Latimer had the chance for an extended conversation with the ebulliant Megan Benage.  She's a regional biologist who specializes in prairies and grasslands.  You can check out the Prairie Pod Podcast here. 

And check out the Recreation Compass from the DNR's website that Megan mentions.

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She wrote this in the MN Conservation Volunteer:

It's tough for me to pinpoint the exact moment I found my soulmate, the tallgrass prairie. My mentor at Purdue University, where I studied wildlife science, would say it was when he caught me smelling grass and flower seed as I was sorting batches for a prairie reconstruction project. He said only ecologists stop to smell seed like that.
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In this extra conversation John finds out how Megan Benage realized she wanted to study prairies as a biologist.

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.