Peter Passi / Forum News Service
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials released three species of stingless wasps in Duluth's Hartley Park Thursday morning, in hopes that the tiny parasitic insect will slow the spread of an invasive menace to local ash trees — the emerald ash borer. Jonathan Osthus, a biologist and coordinator of the state's biocontrol efforts, explained that two of the wasp species introduced in Duluth attack the ash borer in its larval state, and another destroys the pest's eggs.
Te Duluth (Minn.) City Council waded through an animal-laden agenda Monday night, adopting an ordinance that would allow residents to keep hoofed pets and discussing emerging plans for the Lake Superior Zoo. Hoofed pets By a 7-2 margin, councilors passed an ordinance that would permit city residents to keep up to three hoofed animals — such as miniature goats, pigs, horses or sheep — as pets. Up until now, the keeping of such animals on property zoned for residential use has been forbidden.
It has been nearly four months since emerald ash borers were discovered on Park Point, and residents gathered Tuesday evening at Duluth City Hall to discuss the city's emerging plan for how to combat the destructive beetle and save at least some local ash trees from near-certain death. The arrival of the invasive insect in the Twin Ports was first documented in 2013, when emerald ash borers turned up in Superior. Duluth has been on high alert ever since, watching for the seemingly inevitable spread of the beetle, and in October four trees on Park Point were found to be infested.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Kris Kapsner thought he had the city's blessing when his family acquired three pygmy goats to keep as pets at his Duluth Heights home. Before adopting the animals, he consulted with city officials. Kapsner said three different people in the city's building and zoning department told him he could keep goats on his 4-plus-acre property, and two different people in the city clerk's office told him no license was required. For 14 months, the Kapsners kept their three male goats -- Merlin, Mocha and Latte -- without incident.