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While Lt. Larry Hanson explains how the Department of Natural Resources uses dogs to find invasive zebra mussels, his rescue dog Digger plays with a ball that was the dog’s reward for finding the zebra mussels hidden on a boat trailer Tuesday during a news conference and demonstration at Fort Snelling State Park. Jennifer Simonson | MPR Photo

Meet new zebra mussel inspectors: dogs

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ST. PAUL — Zebra mussels often elude human inspectors that search boats being hauled into and out of Minnesota lakes. This year, they might have a harder time escaping the state’s new inspectors: three dogs specially trained to sniff out the tiny invasive species.

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