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A boat trawls the fishing areas on Foot Lake on May 15 during this year's fishing opener. Kandiyohi County officials say new state legislation helps in the fight to decrease the threat of aquatic invasive species moving into area lakes but more action is needed. Kandiyohi County had lobbied for increased state involvement to fight aquatic invasive species, often spread from lake to lake by boating-related equipment. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

New laws aims to prevent spread of invasive species

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WILLMAR -- New legislation strengthens, but does not go far enough to combat the threat of aquatic invasive species moving into area lakes.


"They did hear us a little bit anyway," said Kandiyohi County Commissioner Dennis Peterson, reacting to legislation approved this spring that will require people to drain water from boating-related equipment after leaving any lake in the state.

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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.
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