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Minnesota Prairie

Minnesota Prairie

Minnesota Prairie

For a summer bike ride through rural farmlands and remnants of Minnesota’s tallgrass prairie, head to Lake Louise State Park near the southeastern town of LeRoy. The 20-mile Shooting Star State Trail often parallels Highway 56, which is known as the Shooting Star Scenic Byway. The rare shooting star flower, also known as wild prairie primrose, can be spotted here, along with native orchids and showier flowers such as coneflowers and prairie clover. Look for educational kiosks and walkable trails near the Taopi Prairie Interpretive Area and Shooting Star Prairie State Natural Area. Prairies and associated wetlands play an important role in supporting populations of fish, wildlife and native plants. Prairie habitats once covered one-third of Minnesota but presently less than two percent remains. Although conventional agricultural uses will continue to dominate the Prairie Region of Minnesota, protecting remaining native prairie and associated habitats, reconstructing additional grasslands, expanding perennial crops, and increasing the implementation of conservation practices will make these agricultural areas more sustainable and wildlife "friendly". The Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan provides a twenty-five year strategy for accelerating conservation in strategic locations such as large areas of prairie, grassland, and associated habitats.The prairies in this region developed during a warm and dry period 9,000 years ago, a few thousand years after the last glaciers receded from the area. Prairie grasses and flowers adapted to these conditions by forming extensive underground root systems.

With this adaptation, the prairie was able to survive fires, which were sometimes started on purpose by people to draw bison to the renewed, richer, shorter, tender grass that follows a fire. During wet years, these fires kept water-hungry trees from taking over the grasslands. (Prairie Pride Bulk Fuel and Lubricants delivery department is your one stop source to your energy needs. We have a fleet of delivery vehicles to keep your business going. Gas, Diesel, Fuel oil, Propane and bulk oil we have you covered. Weather its agricultural equipment, construction equipment, home or business heating, any of your bulk fuel needs, were here. We carry lubricants to keep all types of equipment going. We have three locations Marshall, Slayton, and Ivanhoe that service Lyon, Murray, Lincoln, and Redwood county areas.Prairie Pride Convenience Stores are your traveling buddies. Road vehicle Gas, Premium 91, E20-E85 blends (Ampride West only), Diesel, and Propane is our specialty. We refill propane tanks for your heating, and recreational needs as well. We have clean facilities and great service staff that is friendly and helpful. Finding your stomachs on empty, you are sure to find the snack or food to get going again. Minnesota lottery tickets at all locations. We have a Jefferson Bus Lines stop for your travel needs at our Cenex Ampride South Location. Both our Marshall Locations have car washes to keep your vehicle looking its best. Hunting fishing and game license available at our Slayton Location. Convenience store locations Cenex Ampride West, Cenex Ampride South in Marshall, and Cenex Ampride in Slayton. (Source: www.prairiepride.com)

 

 

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