- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DARWIN, Minn. (AP) - Zebra mussels have spread to a lake in Meeker County in central Minnesota.

The Department of Natural Resources says it has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Stella.

A property owner brought a suspected zebra mussel into the DNR’s Hutchinson office last month, saying it was attached to a native mussel in Lake Stella.

Officials confirmed it was an adult zebra mussel. A second zebra mussel was later reported and confirmed in a different part of the lake.

Because of those findings, Lake Stella will be designated as infested. Lake Washington - immediately downstream from Lake Stella - also will be designated, although no zebra mussels have been found there.

Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1M9XnWk ) reports it apparently is the first discovery of the invasive pest in a Meeker County lake.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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