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Flood waters from the Rainy River flowed into Lake of the Woods this spring, raising water levels and inundating shoreline wildlife dwellings, like this common tern nest. Photo courtesy of DNR nongame specialist Christine Herwig. Courtesy of Christine Herwig/DNR

Lakes of the Woods terns gamble wrong on 2014 floods

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It wasn't a great year for the shoreline wildlife of Lake of the Woods.

Flood waters from the saturated Rainy River watershed poured into the lake starting in June. The same water held in check by hundreds of thousands of sandbags in International Falls raised Lake of the Woods water levels by six feet in a matter of weeks.

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