Officials said Thursday they’re encouraged with initial results from an effort to kill zebra mussels infesting Christmas Lake west of Minneapolis. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District used the bacteria-based pesticide Zequanox to treat the area around the public boat access on the suburban lake earlier this month. The district said Thursday that it appears to have killed all the zebra mussels in the 50-foot by 60-foot treatment area.
An effort by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has kept 58,000 pounds of unwanted and unused pesticides out of the environment.
An organic farmer from rural Moorhead is suing an aerial pesticide applicator for allegedly dousing him with chemicals. Attorneys for Carsten Thomas say their client was “drenched” by an airplane that sprayed pesticides for Moorhead-based Ag Spray Inc.
A group of gardeners and beekeepers are asking Home Depot stores to “show bees some love” during Valentine season. “All we are saying is give bees a chance,” demonstrators sang Wednesday outside a Home Depot store.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to use a pesticide to try to kill zebra mussels recently found in a lake in Otter Tail County.