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Flowering rush blanketed the Detroit Lakes beach in July of 2008 in this file photo taken near the swimming beach. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

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Greg Larson, one of the owners of the Subaru dealership in Detroit Lakes, gets a good feeling whenever he passes the city beach these days and doesn’t see reedy patches of flowering rush.


After all, his father, Winston Larson, was the driving force behind the mile-long city beach.

Winston Larson served as city engineer for some 30 years, and helped create the beach in 1967.

It would have broken his heart to see the beach marred by muck-producing flowering rush.

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