Judge dismisses lawsuit against DNR over zebra mussels

Several lake associations in Carver County wanted to force the DNR to set up a boat inspection station to keep the invasive mussels from spreading to new lakes. But the court agreed with the DNR, which says it is only authorized to set up the stations at boat launches.
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Several lake associations in Carver County wanted to force the DNR to set up a boat inspection station to keep the invasive mussels from spreading to new lakes. But the court agreed with the DNR, which says it is only authorized to set up the stations at boat launches.

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