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Minnesota may install barrier to stop invasive carp from moving further up Mississippi River

A proposal to install a barrier in southern Minnesota to prevent invasive carp from moving up the Mississippi River got a surprise boost last week.

After a February budget forecast showed a surplus in the fund, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Councilvoted to allocate $12 million to a deterrent at Lock and Dam No. 5 in the Mississippi River north of Winona, bypassing its usual review process.

The council makes recommendations on how to spend money from a dedicated sales tax.


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