Ash borer nears

Minnesota officials are bracing for an invasion of the emerald ash borer.

The beetle is just a mile southeast of the Minnesota-Iowa border, state Agriculture Department officials say. They have prepared for the invasion for years.

Minnesota has about 900 million ash trees, the beetle’s favorite food.

State officials say Minnesotans can help prevent the beetle from spreading by buying all wood for campfire locally, not even transporting it within the state.

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