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Jefferson High School (JHS) students in John Esbjornsson's environmental science classes walked along Lake L'Homme Dieu Beach checking for zebra mussels. The students, who worked with the Department of Natural Resources on the project, found hundreds, if not thousands of the tiny exotic species. The flag, according to JHS junior Lucas Anderson, "Represents us in the class and what we can discover." ] Contributed photo

Hunting for zebras: Students take on lake threat as project

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Jefferson High School students in John Esbjornsson's environmental science classes got more than they bargained for on a recent field trip.

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According to Esbjornsson, the students in his class have a great interest in the lakes of Douglas County and the impact that the recent invasion of zebra mussels have on the aquatic ecosystem.

The students contacted Nathan Olson, an invasive species specialist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) out of Fergus Falls.

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