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A swimmer found a zebra mussel on a rock in Long Lake north of Willmar, and her father contacted the DNR. A search found one zebra mussel at each of two locations searched by DNR snorkelers.
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The study will inform the federal government on whether to place a 20-year ban on that type of mining in the watershed.
The report comes as the Biden administration prepares in the coming months to unveil new safety-related rules to curb methane emissions from pipeline systems that transport gas from production to local distribution.

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The second phase of the project will incorporate the public's feedback from phase one and include additional strategies and goals.
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The order will impact Isle Royale, Voyageurs, Apostle Islands and other Interior Department properties.
The EPA is likely to raise ethanol blending mandates for 2021 above a figure it proposed in December to align with actual U.S. consumption levels.
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Humans have eaten venison from CWD-infected deer before and did not get the disease, but at a recent Minnesota legislative hearing on this year’s environment and natural resources bill, a leader in the state’s effort to trace CWD said the key to preventing a possible animal-human jump is identifying and slowing the spread.
With Western states enduring a historic drought, some towns are rejecting fireworks as a wildfire risk, even though nearly all civic fireworks displays are safely monitored by firefighters.
An Aquatic Invasive Species and Aquatic Plant Survey was conducted on 45 lakes in the past three year.

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