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Gov. Mark Dayton, left, addresses media Wednesday while offering his support to a bill that would fund a fight against invasive species. Among those species is bighead carp, like the one in the foreground. Also pictured is Tom Landwehr, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources commissioner. Tribune photo by Don?Davis

Dayton, lawmakers eye invasive species

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota policymakers want to quickly launch a long discussed war on plants and animals invading the state.

Asian carp, including ones that jump out of the water and hit boaters, are the most publicized invasive species. While those carp have not arrived in Minnesota, much smaller zebra mussels, spiny waterfleas and the Eurasian watermilfoil plant already are common in areas.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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