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How Do They Check Float Planes For Invasive Species, Or Do They

Recently we were inspected for invasive species while putting our kayaks and my daughters Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) in Pike Lake.  This had previously happened with our fishing boat, but was surprised to find that they also checked kayaks.  Something caught our eye on the lake that raised the question of what they do and do not inspect.

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Matt Cardy, Getty Images
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With Boating and Fishing Season Coming, Remember To Help Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Boating and fishing season will be in full swing before we know it.  While it's a great deal of fun, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind us that preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species is everyone's personal responsibility. 

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Be Wary Of Early Season Boating Conditions and Hazards Across the Northland

Now that it's starting to feel a little more like spring, there will be boaters who are eager to hit the recently thawed lakes and rivers across the Northland.  It is a lot of fun, but the Minnesota DNR reminds boaters to be on the lookout for debris in the water and the potential for ice-damaged ramps at public water accesses.

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Chuck Wollack
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Enjoy Pontoon Rides While You Volunteer with The St. Louis River Experience

The St. Louis River Experience gives free boating and nature experiences to many groups of people.  Seniors, veterans, people with special needs and youth.  They are a non-profit organization that makes these experiences free of charge.  The season is about to start and they are looking for volunteers to help make this possible.

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samantha683 via YouTube
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Watch This Boat Launch Failure, It Will Surprise You [VIDEO]

I thought I would share this video, because I've seen it happen a few times.  This is why you don't unhook a boat before you get it in the water!

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Aerial Lift Bridge and the Minnesota Slip Bridge (Blue Bridge) Secured During Fourth Fireworks

Many families will be out enjoying fourth of July festivities on Saturday.  For some, the securing of the Aerial Lift Bridge and the Minnesota Slip Bridge (also known as the blue foot bridge) will be a good thing, but for boaters, this is valuable information to know.

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If You’re Boating Over the Weekend, Remember to Follow Aquatic Invasive Species Laws

With the annual start of the boating season Memorial Day weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone to follow the law and protect their waters from aquatic invasive species.

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Boating Safety App Released By Coast Guard [VIDEO]

With a holiday weekend upon us and fishing season in full swing, the lakes will be swarming with boats across the Northland.  What a perfect time for the Coast Guard to release a handy new boating safety app.

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Trailer Wiring & Lights, The Most Frustrating Thing Known To Man

I swear, the most frustrating thing a person can ever encounter is trailer lights.  This weekend for fishing opener I pulled my boat out, all ready to go.  I had the bearings packed on the trailer, fuel tank full, battery charged, what else could I be forgetting?  I hooked the truck up to the boat, plugged in the wires, did my normal check, and nothing.  ARGH!

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MN DNR via YouTube
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New Law Requires Minnesota Boat Owners to Take Invasive Species Test Before July 1st

The Minnesota DNR has been working hard in recent years to stop the spread of invasive species in our great lakes.  A new law was passed in 2011, and will finally take effect on July 1st for anyone even transporting a boat through Minnesota. 

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TSM - Nick Cooper
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Sailboat Gets Tangled Up With Aerial Lift Bridge [VIDEO]

Over the weekend, Dave Anderson from the Northland's News Center did a story on sail boat safety, and reported on a mishap that took place just a couple of weeks ago.

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Zebra Mussel from Lake Melissa - Photo from the Minnesota DNR
Zebra Mussel from Lake Melissa - Photo from the Minnesota DNR
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Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Lake Melissa Near Detroit Lakes

I know a lot of people travel all over to camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors.  Of course, there are pests to be aware of and if you're heading towards the Detroit Lakes area in Minnesota, then this will of special interest to you.

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