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Stan Worm, left, vice president of the Kandiyohi County Lakes Association, hands out an automatic boat drain plug to Rosie Ericson during an informational meeting Wednesday about aquatic invasive species. The plug, which has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, automatically drains water from boats. More than 200 of the $40 plugs were given away Wednesday. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

Boater education the key to preventing spread of aquatic invasive species

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NEW LONDON -- Perhaps encouraged by the gradual ice-out on area lakes ahead of next weekend's fishing opener, more than 200 people attended a countywide meeting about aquatic invasive species Wednesday in the New London-Spicer High School cafeteria.

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A unique boat plug with a retail value of $40 that was given away to participants may have also served as an incentive.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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