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Bemidji hosted one of five hearings in the state on proposed changes on the endangered species list Tuesday evening. Shown left Rich Baker, Department of Natural Resources Endangered Species Coordinator listens to Becky Marty, DNR Ecological Assistant respond to a question during the hearing. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

DNR to make changes in endangered, threatened and special concerns categories

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BEMIDJI -- In 1984, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources published its first list of indigenous animals and plants that need protection. The list was updated in 1996 and will again be amended this year.

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State law directs the DNR to work at preserving Minnesota's biodiversity by making a list of animals and plants most at risk of disappearing and to take steps to protect them.

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