Touch The Sky Prairie, Luverne

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Sioux Quartzite bedrock pierces the native grass at Touch the Sky Prairie, part of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, as seen on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A view of the Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021, as seen from 181st Street, Luverne, looking south. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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Touch the Sky Prairie consists of nearly 1,200 acres, with more land to be added this year. The prairie, photographed on June 22, 2021, is part of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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Brittle Prickly Pear Cactus blooms at Touch the Sky Prairie, part of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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Touch the Sky Prairie stretches out over nearly 1,200 acres, and is part of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. It was photographed June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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Prairie Phlox attracts a Tawny Edged Skipper butterfly at Touch the Sky Prairie, part of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, north of Luverne on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A pair of Bobolinks are seen at Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A Western Meadowlark hunts for insects from a perch of Sioux quartzite at Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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Meadow garlic or Canada onion bulbs bloom at Touch the Sky Prairie, part of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A ringneck pheasant hen takes flight, leaving her chicks to disappear into the grass at the Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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Sioux Quartzite bedrock pierces the native grass at Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021, as seen from south of 171st Street north of Luverne. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A 12-spotted Skimmer dragonfly perches on a dried prairie plant stem at Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A female mallard duck circles and calls warning over the Sioux Quartzite outcroppings at Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A rare Dickcissel rests on a perch at the Touch the Sky Prairie, part of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A Le Conte's Sparrow runs along the edge of an outcrop of Sioux Quartzite at Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A White-Tail Skimmer dragonfly is seen at Touch the Sky Prairie near Luverne on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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Goat's Beard is found in bloom at Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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A Le Conte's Sparrow sits on a tall dried prairie plant for a good view at Touch the Sky Prairie on June 22, 2021. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
Related Topics: NORTHLAND OUTDOORSWILDLIFE
Touch The Sky Prairie, Luverne
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