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Crews test for Asian carp in 3 Minnesota rivers

Researchers are taking water samples from nearly 300 different spots in the Minnesota, Mississippi and St. Croix rivers to determine whether the invasive carp have spread this far upstream.
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Researchers are taking water samples from nearly 300 different spots in the Minnesota, Mississippi and St. Croix rivers to determine whether the invasive carp have spread this far upstream.

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