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Tom Hanson, owner of Zorbaz Restaurants, addresses legislators and officials about the problem of aquatic invasive species (AIS) he sees happening in area lakes during an AIS Legislative summit held in Detroit Lakes Jan. 14. (Brian Basham / Detroit Lakes Newspapers)

AIS summit draws lake activists from county, state

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For the second year, the Aquatic Invasive Species summit brought several legislators and hundreds of people under one roof to hear about the progress of what's been done and what plans to be done on the invasives taking over Minnesota lakes.

"We're not going away. We're still committed," summit organizer Terry Kalil said.

And legislators seemed to be on board with finding funds and pushing for other ways to protect Minnesota's tourism cash cow -- the 10,000 lakes.

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