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Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Conservation Corps Minnesota crews work south of Red Wing on Thursday tackling Oriental bittersweet, an invasive woody vine that is climbing into Minnesota communities and destroying forests and natural habitat. (Photos courtesy of Minnesota Department of Agriculture)

Oriental bittersweet battle

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State crews worked along Highway 58 near Red Wing on Thursday removing Oriental bittersweet.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Conservation Corps Minnesota are teaming up with public and private landowners to tackle an unwanted woody vine.

The plant spirals into tree canopies in forests, parks and yards, experts said. The vines also can damage utility lines and create situations that are dangerous to people and property.

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