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Eagle Bend man cleared in zebra mussel case

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Mark Ratajesak of Eagle Bend was found not guilty of transporting zebra mussels into Lake Irene in Douglas County.

After a one-day trial on December 13, a jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before returning with the not guilty verdict.

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Ratajesak, owner of Dock Doctors, was charged in November 2011 under a new law that prohibits people from moving a piece of lake equipment that has aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels attached to it.

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