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Purple loosestrife beetles are reared at the Baldwin office of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources during the spring and early summer. Once the young beetles emerge in mid-July, they are quickly transported to locations where the invasive purple loosestrife plants are causing problems.

Beetles, weevils lead battle against invasive plants

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A couple of helpful bugs are having a significant impact in the battle against invasive plants in western Wisconsin.

For the past few years, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources office in Baldwin has been rearing special beetles to aid in their efforts to curb the spread of purple loosestrife, an invasive plant that chokes out native vegetation in wetlands.


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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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