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[] [] [] [] [{"title":"Anything But Plain","description":"Some call this flyover country... We politely disagree. Get to know some of the amazing places that you've been missing in the Great Plains!","link":"https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/priority-landscapes/central-great-plains-grasslands/anything-but-plain/","target":"_self","desktopImageCrop":"left-top","mobileImageCrop":"left-top","pageImageAlt":"Jet Trail at sunset in Badlands National Park","articleDate":"Jul 27, 2020","articleAuthor":null,"contentTypeTag":"Feature","geoLocationTag":["Oklahoma","United States","Nebraska","South Dakota","Kansas","North Dakota","Arkansas","Missouri","Minnesota","Iowa","Texas"],"topicTag":["fishing","outdoor activities","activities","places","biking","landscape scale","conservation work","birding","hiking","wildlife watching","grasslands","land conservation","swimming","walking","nature photography"],"placesWeProtectTag":[],"businesstags":["Central Great 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10 Nature Places To Take Your Kids in Minnesota","description":"The Nature Conservancy staff put their heads together and came up with their top 10 favorite places in or near the Twin Cities to get outdoors with their kids, and we bet you’ll like them too.","link":"https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/minnesota/stories-in-minnesota/top-10-nature-places-to-take-your-kids/","target":"_self","desktopImageCrop":"center-middle","mobileImageCrop":"center-middle","pageImageAlt":"Kids at Helen Allison Savanna","articleDate":"May 27, 2020","articleAuthor":null,"contentTypeTag":"Feature","geoLocationTag":["Minnesota","United States"],"topicTag":["outdoor activities","activities"],"placesWeProtectTag":["Nature Preserves"],"businesstags":["Minnesota","United 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Agriculture in Minnesota","description":"Protecting our planet doesn’t have to come at the expense of our food supply. We’re working to build a more sustainable model, to show how adoption of best management practices can improve profitability, capture carbon and protect water.","link":"https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/minnesota/stories-in-minnesota/sustainable-agriculture/","target":"_self","desktopImageCrop":"center-top","mobileImageCrop":"center-top","pageImageAlt":"A large green combine harvesting dry cornstalks.","articleDate":"Mar 10, 2020","articleAuthor":null,"contentTypeTag":"Program Overview","geoLocationTag":["Minnesota","United States"],"topicTag":["sustainable agriculture","agriculture","conservation work"],"placesWeProtectTag":[],"businesstags":["Minnesota","United States"],"businesstags_ids":["tnc:business-group/united-states/minnesota","tnc:business-group/united-states"],"pageImage":{"small":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/John-Gregor_Tractor-corn-field_4500px.jpg?crop=250,0,4000,3000&wid=300&hei=225&scl=13.333333333333334","default":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/John-Gregor_Tractor-corn-field_4500px.jpg?crop=250,0,4000,3000&wid=300&hei=225&scl=13.333333333333334","medium2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/John-Gregor_Tractor-corn-field_4500px.jpg?crop=250,0,4000,3000&wid=800&hei=600&scl=5.0","large":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/John-Gregor_Tractor-corn-field_4500px.jpg?crop=250,0,4000,3000&wid=800&hei=600&scl=5.0","small2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/John-Gregor_Tractor-corn-field_4500px.jpg?crop=250,0,4000,3000&wid=600&hei=450&scl=6.666666666666667","medium":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/John-Gregor_Tractor-corn-field_4500px.jpg?crop=250,0,4000,3000&wid=800&hei=600&scl=5.0","large2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/John-Gregor_Tractor-corn-field_4500px.jpg?crop=250,0,4000,3000&wid=1600&hei=1200&scl=2.5"}},{"title":"Trees for Trout","description":"We're restoring climate-resilient forests to ensure the future of an essential Minnesota pastime—trout fishing.","link":"https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/minnesota/stories-in-minnesota/trees-for-trout/","target":"_self","hideArticleDate":"true","desktopImageCrop":"left-top","mobileImageCrop":"left-top","pageImageAlt":"Cedar sapling","articleDate":"Feb 28, 2020","articleAuthor":null,"contentTypeTag":"Feature","geoLocationTag":["Minnesota","United States"],"topicTag":["fishing","outdoor activities","activities","climate adaptation","climate change","conservation work","tree planting","volunteering","trees","plants","Species","streams","water conservation","climate resilience"],"placesWeProtectTag":[],"businesstags":["Minnesota","United States"],"businesstags_ids":["tnc:business-group/united-states/minnesota","tnc:business-group/united-states"],"pageImage":{"small":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/CedarSapling_FaunaCreative_4000px.jpg?crop=0,0,2976,2232&wid=300&hei=225&scl=9.92","default":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/CedarSapling_FaunaCreative_4000px.jpg?crop=0,0,2976,2232&wid=300&hei=225&scl=9.92","medium2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/CedarSapling_FaunaCreative_4000px.jpg?crop=0,0,2976,2232&wid=800&hei=600&scl=3.72","large":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/CedarSapling_FaunaCreative_4000px.jpg?crop=0,0,2976,2232&wid=800&hei=600&scl=3.72","small2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/CedarSapling_FaunaCreative_4000px.jpg?crop=0,0,2976,2232&wid=600&hei=450&scl=4.96","medium":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/CedarSapling_FaunaCreative_4000px.jpg?crop=0,0,2976,2232&wid=800&hei=600&scl=3.72","large2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/CedarSapling_FaunaCreative_4000px.jpg?crop=0,0,2976,2232&wid=1600&hei=1200&scl=1.86"}},{"title":"Mississippi River Headwaters","description":"When we turn the faucet on in Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud and enjoy a cool drink of clean water, north central Minnesota’s woods and waters may not be the first thing we think about. 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