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11/21/2017

Oceanside, Calif., will have to pay up to $1 million to relaunch a study of erosion along its beach after federal funding ran out. The Army Corps of Engineers says completion of the study will require two more years and wants the city to contribute half the estimated cost of $1.5 million to $2 million.

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11/21/2017

City officials in Minnetonka, Minn., have voted to outsource emergency dispatch and 911 call services to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office by year-end. County officials say many other jurisdictions in the area did the same.

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KSTP-TV (Minneapolis)
11/21/2017

Officials in the town of Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, say they plan to release a second round of municipally owned lots for sale at discounted prices after an initial release of 15 properties drew significant attention. The town is hoping to attract new residents and businesses to fight decline since the major local employer -- a pulp and paper mill -- shut down over a decade ago.

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11/21/2017

Oregon has created an Office of Outdoor Recreation that will be tasked with improving the recreation economy, as well as promoting sustainability and stewardship. The office's director will be part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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11/21/2017

Parks officials in Vernon Hills, Ill., are placing hundreds of artificial plants in Big Bear Lake to help increase the fish population. The plants provide a place for fish to socialize and conceal themselves from predators.

11/21/2017

Raleigh, N.C., plans to transform the grounds of a former mental hospital into a new park, and a series of meetings is planned to keep the public involved in the design process.

11/21/2017

Women who live near green areas tend to live longer, according to a study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The study found such women were less likely to die of cancer and respiratory illnesses.

11/21/2017

The "Park Smart" initiative in Precinct One of Harris County, Texas, aims to improve residential access to existing green space. The precinct contains more than 20 parks.

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Houston Public Media
11/21/2017

The New York City Parks Department has issued new guidelines to help protect parks from storm damage, including in design and natural forms of resiliency. Suggestions that can be done during regular upgrades include "swapping out playground structures with ones made from saltwater-resistant plastic, or replacing gravel walkways with pavers that are less likely to be flung around by water," writes
Jessica Leigh Hester.

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CityLab
11/20/2017

Showing vulnerability as a leader can reveal an authentic and human side of your personality that resonates with team members, writes Mary Jo Asmus. By showing your softer side and admitting you don't know all the answers, you can build team connections and trust.

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