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Bruce Bloomgren, left, of the Minnesota Geological Survey and Tyler Reiner with Renville County look over the maps that Reiner developed from county records to locate wells on a farm site, while the owner's friendly dog checks out the visitors.

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Their Chevrolet Malibu comes to a stop in yet another farm yard and a golden Labrador suddenly emerges.

Bruce Bloomgren cautiously cracks open the car door.


"Let's see if this dog is friendly,'' he said as the dog shoves its snout into the car and onto his lap in answer to the question.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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