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Dave Trauba, manager of the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Refuge, candles a goose egg while participating in this year's survey of the nesting grounds of the Eastern Prairie Population geese on the tundra near Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. Submitted photo

Hard year on tundra

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WATSON -- Crawling over permafrost at four to five miles an hour, the train ride from Thompson, Manitoba, Canada, to Churchill on the edge of Hudson Bay is an 18- to 22-hour endurance run in the best of times.

It was the worst of times when Dave Trauba boarded. Rumors about water covering the tracks proved true and it eventually took a helicopter and plane ride for Trauba to make it from the halted train to his destination.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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