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Minnesota DNR Invasive Species Specialist Joe Eisterhold tries to peer through a hole on the frame of a boat lift in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Oct. 25. Zebra mussels could attach to inside the frame while it’s submerged in a lake. Below, a rock with zebra mussels attached was found by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District during sampling in Minnehaha Creek from July 2012. (Photo courtesy of Minnehaha Creek Watershed District)

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Joe Eisterhold ran his hands across a boat lift near Big Detroit Lake, feeling for tell-tale traces of juvenile zebra mussels. On painted surfaces, the tiny, destructive pests feel like sandpaper.

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“Gotta emphasize that people need to look at their equipment,” Eisterhold, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invasive species specialist, said as he felt around the lift.

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