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Becker County Soil and Water District Agriculture Inspector Marsha Watland points out an invasive species during one of four tours she gave last week, teaching people about how to control the plants.

Some invasives deemed toxic to environment

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From the thistle, clover and dandelions that invade our pristinely green residential lawns, to the curly leaf pondweed, Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels that clog up area lakes and rivers, invasive species are a recurring nuisance in many ways.

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But some of these invaders, known as noxious weeds, can have an effect on the environment that's more than a nuisance -- it's downright toxic.

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