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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, center right, visited with faculty and students Friday afternoon as he visited Itasca State Park. Kaler was at Itasca to celebrate the groundbreaking of a project at the University of Minnesota's Biological Station. Also pictured, at center left, is Bob Elde, the dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the U of M. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Itasca State Park: U of M biological station to undergo makeover

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ITASCA STATE PARK - Nestled in a corner of Itasca State Park, overlooking the park's namesake lake, is the University of Minnesota's Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories.

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The station, established in 1909, is owned by the University of Minnesota and operated by its College of Biological Sciences. The station hosts freshmen orientation every July and graduate students throughout the year for research.

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