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Dead Monarch butterflies litter the street along 8th Avenue northwest in East Grand Forks on Thursday. Herald by John Stennes.

Butterflies: Casualties of the skeeter war in upper Red River Valley

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Parts of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks were abuzz with speculation Thursday after some residents woke up to a strange sight -- dozens or even hundreds of dead dragonflies and monarch butterflies on lawns and sidewalks around the community.

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Stuart Kovar, foreman at East Grand Forks Public Works Department, said this was probably caused by the mosquito spraying done by both cities Wednesday evening.

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