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Hastings Sand Coulee expands

Published 07/08/2011, The Hastings Star-Gazette

It’s not easy to find an area of untouched land these days, especially so close to the metro. Before Europeans settled in Dakota County, the majority of the land here was covered in prairie. Today there are only small bits of that prairie left intact; of those areas, only pieces are currently protected. The largest section of protected prairie is located just southeast of Hastings, and it just got a lot bigger.

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