Carver County parks panel approves plan to check boats for zebra mussels

Officials say the inspections will prevent further spread of invasive zebra mussels. The county board will have the final say and must find a funding source for the inspections -- estimated to cost $30,000 a year.
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Officials say the inspections will prevent further spread of invasive zebra mussels. The county board will have the final say and must find a funding source for the inspections -- estimated to cost $30,000 a year.

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