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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota city is getting aggressive in saving its trees. In Maple Grove, a 20-year plan is now in place to fight a deadly invasive species.

What once was a great ash tree is now a stump in front of Jim Erdmann’s home.

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“I was ecstatic because I get my yard back,” he said.

Erdmann wanting it gone wasn’t why the city of Maple Grove cut it down last fall.

“They confirmed that it was infested,” he said.

Infested with emerald ash borer, a beetle species that kills ash trees.

“The trees here don’t have any sort of natural resistance so it quickly builds up in numbers and frankly devastates trees in metro areas,” municipal consulting arborist Ryan Spencer.

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Spencer says almost one in five trees in the Twin Cities metro are ash trees, and thus susceptible to the deadly EAB.

“What can you do? You can get a preventive treatment. It’s good for two years. It’s injected directly into the tree,” Spencer said.

That’s exactly what Maple Grove is doing. About 2,000 ash trees in parks and public right-of-ways were treated last year, and 2,000 more will get it this summer. A couple hundred, including Erdmann’s, get removed mainly because it’s too late to save them.

“Something needed to be done. We couldn’t just wait and watch these trees continue to diminish,” Maple Grove right-of-way technician Kelly Matzke said.

For the next 20 years, Maple Grove will treat its ash trees and keep them alive. Erdmann works with dozens of municipalities and says this is one of the most aggressive ash borer plans he’s seen.

“If you didn’t treat those trees then you’d have to remove 2,000-plus trees. That cost is going to become very expensive very quickly,” Matzke said.

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The project is estimated to cost Maple Grove about $200,000 to $250,000. A treatment for an ash tree in your yard will likely run you a couple hundred bucks depending on the size.

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Maple Leafs fans cry through pain of another heartbreaking Game 7 loss

The Toronto Maple Leafs once again faltered in a Game 7, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to be eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have not had much luck when it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They have not won a series since 2004, and have terrible Game 7 memories. This time, they reached the final game of the first round once again, with a chance to send home the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Instead, it was the same old story for the Maple Leafs, as they lost 2-1 to be eliminated from the playoffs. Once again, the Maple Leafs fanbase was heartbroken over the team failing to get over the hump that is the first round.

Maple Leafs fans lament after another Game 7 loss

The Maple Leafs are so cursed that my internet craps out when they lost so I cant even record my own pain properly.

The light has gone out of my life.

— Iain MacMillan (@IainMacBets) May 15, 2022

20,102 days since a Cup.

6,699 days since winning a playoff series.

812 days since losing to an AHL Zamboni driver.#LeafsForever

— Since Leafs Last Cup (@LeafsIastCup) May 15, 2022


— madi ???????? (@madiheartsjays) May 15, 2022

— AB (@WayToo6ixy) May 15, 2022

I started kindergarten in 2004. I graduate university next month.

The Toronto Maple Leafs did not win a *single* series the ENTIRE time I was in school. Pain

— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) May 15, 2022

Vibe check from my dad, a diehard leafs fan who hadn’t answered me since the second period and was born in 1968

— Julia Tocheri (@juliatocheri) May 15, 2022

I had so much fun watching the Leafs this season and this is the most optimistic I’ve felt after a Game 7 loss.

— Kailey Sibley (@kaileysibley) May 15, 2022

Well. I was warned about being a Leafs fan ????

Try again next year I guess ????‍♀️

— Dr. Vicky Forster (@vickyyyf) May 15, 2022

As if this loss wasn’t enough of a gut punch, the Leafs now hold the longest active drought without a playoff series win, per SportsNet Stats.

The Leafs trailed 1-0 after a goal from Nick Paul. Yet, it looked as though Toronto had tied it on a tremendous goal by captain John Tavares. The prospective game-tying goal was quickly disallowed, as defenseman Justin Holl interfered with Tampa Bay forward Anthony Cirelli on the play.

John Tavares goal doesnt count

— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 15, 2022

Toronto defenseman Morgan Reilly would ultimately tie things up in the second with a goal of his own. Under three minutes later, Paul scored his second goal of the game to give the Lightning the lead, and they would not look back.

The Maple Leafs had 31 shots on goal, but 30 of them were stopped by goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky.

Toronto had the chance to eliminate Tampa Bay in Game 6, as they held a 3-2 series lead. Ultimately, the Lightning forced overtime and left the ice with a 4-3 victory to send the series back to Toronto.

Since 2004, this is Toronto’s fourth Game 7 loss. It may not have been as painful as the 2013 edition after their 4-1 third period lead turned into a 5-4 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins, but this latest loss sure has to sting for a fanbase that have patiently been waiting for the team to get a playoff series victory. They appeared to be so close and they gave the defending Stanley Cup champions a true fight until the end. But it just was not enough.

Now comes an offseason of uncertainty for the Maple Leafs, as they try to figure out how they can finally get past Round 1.

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