War on milfoil shuts down

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 9, 2011 - 7:40 PM

Because of the budget crisis, the DNR suspended all permits to fight unwanted lake plants.

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wickeywackeyJul. 9, 11 8:38 PM

A 2% additional tax on incomes over $1,000,000 for 2 years. Tick tock, tick tock. Wonder if there's a State Fair this year. Tick tock...

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mankato58Jul. 9, 11 8:53 PM

This is the DNR's way of punishing us for not wanting to have our or anyone's taxes increased. They do not need to waste money having someone sit and watch cutters remove noxious weeds, but they will stop the work that has already been permitted as a show of snottiness. This is no different than their suspending of all Firearm and Hunter Education classes during the shutdown. Sorry folks, but I am quickly going from saying "live within our means," to fire them all and start over.

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mnguardian01Jul. 9, 1110:08 PM

I do not believe that it is legal for the DNR to do this. Those permits are issued for a year and are VERY rarely reviewed. Also, I do not remember any language in statute that allows for the suspension of permits in case of a state shutdown.

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SixmarkJul. 9, 1110:32 PM

Another fine example of the state trying to take any angle possible to get people to pay up. They need to look in the mirror when they are looking to place blame, had the politicians done their job, then we wouldn't have this mess. You self indulged lawmakers should have been the very first in a line of budget cuts, if we axed your salaries then that would have helped the budget immensely.

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reader15Jul. 10, 11 7:49 AM

The harvesters worked ten hour days all summer long on Minnetonka. I wish the story would have told how often inspectors were out there and how often they found problems. Did they ever find problems at all? Can you harvest too much milfoil?

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clifton1619Jul. 10, 11 8:17 AM

I say go to work. If the governing body that oversees mechanical harvesting is shut down. How could they possible make you stop working.

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jordan2004Jul. 10, 11 8:34 AM

The state should have poisoned the lakes involved completely years ago when it was first discovered in a couple lakes. Now the boats come out of those lakes and spread it to other lakes. Deal with it once and for all and be done with it...don't just keep putting poison in the waters year after year.

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sammymetroJul. 10, 1110:49 AM

Good HUMOR!! It's the more wealthy of us that live on Lake Minnetonka, and more than likely a greater number of those are Republicans. And now they cannot get the lower class hard working blue collar types to clear uot the milfoil.. Oh the iorny.. Remember these days and vote out EVERY Republican politico that does the bidding for the rich and the corporations... their days are numbered.

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frnctrJul. 10, 1111:16 AM

This is not what I expected when I saw the headline read milfoil....

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vernJul. 10, 1112:21 PM

I am happy to see the weed harvesting stopped! After the milfoil is cut there are small pieces left behind in the wake of the harvester. These small pieces are then easily spread by the wind, boats & even birds. The harvester is also responsible for killing millions of fish fry every year, especially bass. The newly hatched fish are in some of the thickest milfoil this time of year. The harvesters roll right over prime spawning areas & the fry can't escape them. Unfortunately, the milfoil is here to stay. If you don't like boating in it then move out a little deeper past the weedline which is normally 10-15' on the Mpls. lakes. Problem solved! Mowing it will only spread it & it'll just grow back to the surface in a few days. The only ones benefiting from weed harvesting are the companies running the machines!

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