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Save the monarchs: Neenah will rethink law against milkweed

8:48 AM, Sep. 5, 2013
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Don't mess with monarchs and milkweed.

That was the message sent to Neenah officials after Post-Crescent Media publicized homeowner Jennifer Butler's fight to save a patch of common milkweed growing in her backyard at 415 High St. The milkweed stands 4 to 5 feet tall and has monarch butterfly caterpillars feeding on the leaves.

Last month, a Neenah code-enforcement officer ordered Butler to cut down the milkweed because an ordinance classifies it as a noxious weed, similar to ragweed, thistles and poison oak. The ordinance says milkweed must be destroyed if it exceeds 8 inches in height. A ...

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