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Rep. Denny McNamara of Hastings provides pre-meeting entertainment on his smartphone Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, for Reps. Dan Fabian of Roseau, left, and Mark Uglem of Champlin. Later, they parrticipated in an Asian carp debate in the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. State Capitol Bureau photo by Don Davis

Lawmakers upset at DNR 'reversal' on Asian carp barrier issue

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ST. PAUL - Three options appear viable to help stop the advance of Asian carp into Minnesota, but after years of talk disputes remain about how to best halt the invasion.


Legislators on the House environment committee on Tuesday criticized the Department of Natural Resource's preferred barrier, a combination of light, sound and bubbles that one lawmaker called disco (because of the light and sound) and one called the Lawrence Welk method (due to the sound and bubbles).

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.