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Botanist Scott Milburn uses a soil key to analyze a chunk of soil along Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline corridor near Wrenshall last week. He was looking for evidence of the area being previously inundated by water; Milburn works to map wetlands. With him are Duane Lahti (center), Enbridge safety inspector, and botanist Otto Gockman. (Bob King /

Surveyors scour proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline route

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WRENSHALL — Charlie Peliska dug a mostly square hole about 18 inches deep and then sifted through the Carlton County dirt that he uncovered.


The archeological technician was looking for signs of life long since passed — signs of significant human activity 50, 100 or even 1,000 years ago in this old farm field.

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