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The Pelican Lake debate: Residents rebut claims of zebra mussel takeover

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PELICAN LAKE, Minn. - Many residents of this lake in Minnesota's Otter Tail County want the rest of the world to know something:

Yes, Pelican Lake has zebra mussels.

But no, it hasn't meant the end of quality times at the lake.

More specifically, they say zebra mussels have not changed Pelican's weed picture, nor have the mollusks' sharp-edged shells caused significant problems for swimmers.

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