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Plant Focus

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Dwarf cultivars can be ideal for a small garden. Here are three "mini oaks". 

Oak Man is Also an Identity

KFAI is a local radio station that interviewed me a few weeks back. Here's a link to it, with a photo taken at the 4-Oaks. (10 minutes long.)

https://soundcloud.com/minneculture/dankeisertheoakman

Dan Keiser

From the intro:

The Mendota Dakota tribal community honored arborist Dan Keiser at their annual pow wow in September of 2019. Keiser goes by "Oak Man," a nickname he acquired during the years-long standoff over the construction of Highway 55 in the late 90s. The protest pitted environmental activists and native communities against MnDOT. A central symbol of the fight were four bur oak trees, well over 100 years old, that native communities believed to be sacred, and highway officials said needed to be cleared. The highway ultimately won out, and — 20 years ago this December — the trees came down. But behind the scenes, Keiser took cuttings from the oaks and brought them to an expert who was able to graft them onto new saplings. Keiser then transplanted the grafted trees on the historic grounds of St. Peter's church in Mendota, and still cares for them today. Story by Brigitta Greene for KFAI's MinneCulture.