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DNR to hold lake service provider mandatory training in Otter Tail County on Aug. 8

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting a lake service providers mandatory aquatic invasive species (AIS) training class on Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Operation Center, 469 Main S. West in Otter Tail. The class is for lake service providers who have not yet taken the training and been issued a permit.

In an effort to help prevent the spread of AIS between waters in the state, Minnesota's invasive species laws require that prior to working in waters of the state, lake service providers attend a free training session and obtain a permit.

Lake service providers are individuals or businesses who install or remove water-related equipment such as boats, docks, boat lifts or structures from waters of the state.

"Preventing the spread of invasive species is the responsibility of all Minnesotans," said Nathan Olson, DNR invasive species specialist, Fergus Falls. "Lake service providers play a critical role in the prevention effort because lakeshore residents and boaters rely on these businesses to legally transport, store and clean their water-related equipment."

Before a permit is issued, a lake service provider must apply for a permit, pay the $50 application fee, attend a training session and pass an exam. The lake service provider permit is valid for three years and must be in possession while providing any services.

Lake service provider employees are also required to complete DNR AIS training, which is offered online at .

For more information on lake service provider training, permits and scheduled training sessions throughout the state, visit .