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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Level 1 boat inspector Ginny Barsness, right, approaches boat owner Doug Peterson and Dylan Klegstad on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, to inspect their boat for aquatic invasive species at the Nymore access to Lake Bemidji. As it was the first time Peterson put his boat in the water for the season, Barsness’ role was an educational talk, not an inspection. MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Educating about invasive species while inspecting

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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Josh Martindale uses his hands to feel underneath a boat’s hull and trailer, carefully using his fingers to search for evidence of invasive species.

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“I’ve gotten mostly positive feedback when I finish my inspections,” said Martindale, an intern with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “The people tell me that they like what we are doing. Hiring inspectors shows that the DNR cares.”

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