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MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER 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.

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


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

Rooney owns Denny's Resort on the south side of Lake Winnibigoshish, Minnesota's fourth-largest lake, a popular walleye-fishing destination.

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