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Zebra mussels were found on a boat lift from Lake Irene in northeast Douglas County. Contributed photo

Zebra mussels invade Lake Irene in Douglas County

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists fear they might be seeing a disturbing trend of zebra mussels hitchhiking on boat lifts that are moved from infested waters to uninfested lakes.

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The second such case was discovered this week on the northeast corner of Lake Irene in Douglas County, where a localized population of zebra mussels was discovered on a lift last weekend.

A similar case was discovered at Rose Lake in Otter Tail County September 28.

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