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Crush the Rush returning later this month

Dan Swanson of the Brainerd DNR office, right, shows volunteers the correct way to remove the flowering rush -- by digging your hand deep under the plant and removing all the roots. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

The Crush the Rush event is on once again this summer.

Although permits aren't in hand as of yet, organizers are moving forward and planning for the two-day flowering rush hand-harvesting event to clean up the Detroit Lakes City Beach.

After city officials and organizers met with the Department of Natural Resources in April to get permits, and have had the information sent on to the regional office, they reported Monday that they were informed that the permits should be to the city by the end of this week.

City Administrator Bob Louiseau said he has communicated with Rep. Paul Marquart about the city being frustrated with the DNR's lack of getting permits to the city in a timely manner.

"We're going forward whether there's a permit or not," Alderman Bruce Imholte said, who was instrumental in getting the event going last year as well.

The public is encouraged to come down to the city beach area on June 24 and 25 to help hand-remove the flowering rush in the swimming areas. Harvesting will begin at 3:30 p.m. both days, but people can arrive when it's convenient.

Imholte said anyone who looks where the group harvested rush last year can see it worked and there are no weeds in that area this spring. He added that may change later in the summer, with boats in the area spreading it, but this will be a multi-year process to get rid of it all together.

"Anyone who says hand removal doesn't work, they haven't done it. They don't know what they're talking about," Imholte said.

The permits from the DNR will also cover chemically treating the flowering rush on the lakes. As soon as the Pelican River Watershed District is cleared for permits, it will treat the rush. The chemically treated rush will be in a different location than that which people will be hand harvesting later this month.