State officials concerned about lady-slipper thefts
Minnesota's state flower, the showy lady-slipper, can't help drawing attention.
But lately, the beautiful wild orchid -- pink and white with a distinctive pouch-like shape -- has been attracting thieves.
The theft of plants from public lands is a crime -- one that's expanding nationwide. In southern Minnesota, the Brown County sheriff's office is investigating the recent theft of a clump of lady-slippers on public land near New Ulm.