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Mountain bike trails meeting

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hallett Center in Crosby.

The public is invited to attend.

Trail expansion, maintenance and fundraising will be discussed, along with the possibility of reopening the trails for winter mountain biking.

The DNR is currently designing a winter fat bike trail system within the Sagamore Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Riverton. It would have about nine miles of groomed trails for fat tire bikes and snowshoers during the winter months.

More than 15,500 people visited the Cuyuna mountain bike trails from May 3 to Nov. 3 of this year, exceeding organizers’ expectations. In June, the trails gained Ride Center status from the International Mountain Bicycling Association, awarded to only six other trail systems in the United States.

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails, located in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crosby/Ironton, is supported by IMBA, Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists, the DNR and many local riders.

Single zebra mussel detected at Pelican

A single juvenile zebra mussel was found recently on dock equipment removed from Pelican Lake in Crow Wing County near Brainerd, the DNR said.

A dock services provider discovered the zebra mussel attached to a dock post during removal of a dock. Local DNR staff were subsequently contacted for a positive identification.

DNR biologists are investigating how the zebra mussel might have gotten into Pelican Lake. They have conducted a thorough survey of other docks and marker buoys on the lake and have not located additional zebra mussels. The small size of the zebra mussel indicates it is not at a reproductive stage.

The DNR is working closely with homeowners and the Pelican Lake Association to continue monitoring the lake for zebra mussels. Any additional zebra mussel detections should be reported immediately to DNR invasive species specialists Dan Swanson at 833-8645 or Rich Rezanka at (218) 999-7805.

Nearby Gull and Ossawinnamakee lakes are designated as infested with zebra mussels. Pelican Lake will be designated as an infested lake, as required by law, if a zebra mussel population is identified in the lake.

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