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Jason Jech helps Burnside second-graders drill holes in a box elder tree. The holes were later fitted with taps, plastic tubes and five-gallon buckets for the sap to drain into.

Maple tapping means spring is on its way

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Before the April showers and the May flowers, the sap starts running in the trees. It may not be as visible as tulips sprouting or puddles forming on the ground, but it's a sure sign that warmer weather is on its way.

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"It's a harbinger of spring. When you get the sap running, it's springtime," Red Wing Environmental Learning Center field instructor Brad Nagel said.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.
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