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When Mike and Trudy Berggren moved eight years ago into their home in Afton, which sits at the headwaters of Valley Creek, they knew it needed a lot of work.


"We knew it was a pretty property, but we didn't know all the history of it," Mike said.

The 30-acre property, which houses the last natural reproducing brook trout stream in the Twin Cities, was overrun with invasive species such as buckthorn and a lot of runoff and erosion were occurring.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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