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Pat Rooney, owner of Denny's Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish, stands beside his private harbor holding non-native Chinese and banded mystery snails. The snails, long established in the lake, do not seem to do any harm, but zebra mussels -- larvae of which were discovered this winter in Lake Winnie -- are more concerning. Rooney points out that where the snails take up residence -- dozens cover each of his dock posts -- are the prime locations for zebra mussel infestations. MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER

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BENA, Minn. -- Pat Rooney stands along the shore of his harbor and looks across the water, noting all the areas susceptible to a zebra mussel infestation.

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"It's in the back of your mind," he said. "It's something you definitely have to look at."

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