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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is aiming for zero violations of the state’s aquatic invasive species laws as part of the effort to stop the spread of species such as zebra mussels, shown here. (Submitted photo)

AIS law compliance improving but 1 in 5 boaters still in violation


SPICER — Minnesota’s boaters are doing a better job of complying with laws to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, but there’s still a ways to go.

One in five boaters checked by Minnesota conservation officers at roadside stops last year were found in violation of the state’s AIS laws, according to Lt. Col. Rodmen Smith, assistant director in the Enforcement Division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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