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Marshall County Conservation Board maple tree tapping

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS - A team from the Marshall County Conservation Board sets up to tap maple sap from Grammer Grove trees Friday morning.
T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS - Olivia Tym of Marshall County Conservation drives a stile into a hole drilled into the side of a maple tree. The tubes attached to the stiles allow sap to flow into buckets for collection.
T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS - County conservationist Tyler Renze secures the lid on one of the sap collection buckets. The sap will be brought back to Grimes Farm and Conservation Center to be evaporated into syrup. The county will host a pancake breakfast with the local syrup 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 30 at the conservation center, 2349 233rd St.
T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS - The maple tapping team consults maps to help figure out which trees to tap for sap. This year, 83 trees are on the list, comprising a total of 150 tap holes drilled.