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Botanist Scott Milburn compares a chunk of soil dug up along the proposed Enbridge Energy Sandpiper pipeline corridor with a soil key last week near Wrenshall. He was looking for evidence of the area being previously inundated by water. Milburn works to map wetlands. Also pictured are Duane Lahti, center, an Enbridge safety inspector, and Otto Gockman, a botanist. Forum News Service

Crews scour Sandpiper pipeline route

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

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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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