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Rich Rezanka, an aquatic biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources displays a stick covered with zebra mussels during an event at the McQuade Safe Harbor in Duluth bringing attention to the changes in the aquatic invasive species laws that take effect Sunday. Fines for transporting watercraft witn invasive species will double. (Clint Austin /

Minnesota officials want more state spending on invasive species

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BECKER COUNTY, Minn. - Joe Eisterhold ran his hands across a boat lift near Big Detroit Lake, feeling for tell-tale traces of juvenile zebra mussels. On painted surfaces, the tiny, destructive pests feel like sandpaper.


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