A few local southern Minnesota counties are awarded funding to combat noxious weeds around the state.

29 projects are splitting a total of $300,000 through the Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant.

A noxious weed is an invasive plant that can threaten crops, ecosystems or fish and wildlife habitat.

In our region, Freeborn County was granted $7,500 to treat wild parsnip infestations, Nicollet County received just over $4,000 to purchase supplies to treat noxious weeds, and Steele County is being given $10,000 to hire a private applicator to treat noxious weeds.