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Lindners' effort casting light on AIS

It should come as no surprise that the same folks who helped educate anglers on fishing strategies are now doing the same with aquatic invasive species.

An in-depth, professional video by the iconic Lindner fishing family of Lindner Media Productions in Baxter — “Aquatic Invasive Species: Minnesota Waters at Risk” — is now among the featured videos on the DNR website ( as the agency continues to feverishly work to increase AIS awareness.

As of noon Thursday, after one week, the 24-minute, 47-second video had 435 views on the DNR website. It’s also available at the Lindner Media Productions website at, along with an 11-minute version and a one-minute promo.

With the Lindners headquartered in the Brainerd area, much of the footage is from area lakes, notably Lake Mille Lacs and Gull Lake. Lindner Media Productions provided videography and post-production services, with additional footage provided by, among others, the Lindner Media Productions Video Library and Bill Lindner and Bill Lindner Photography. Funding for the video was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

“We had contact with the DNR to film and do a lot of work with invasives for the state of Minnesota,” Ron Lindner said. “A lot of it (the video) was filmed by Bill on the Mississippi River, Mille Lacs, Gull and Lake Minnetonka. Bill did a lot of diving on Mille Lacs. A lot of this stuff was shot right around here.”

The video is very much an educational effort, detailing the various invasives in Minnesota’s waterways and how they got there. Accompanying the video is interviews with a number of lake and environmental authorities as well as lake advocates and users, including Dan “Walleyedan” Eigen, a Brainerd area guide and Dispatch contributing columnist. The video also documents, in great detail, how to prevent the spread of invasives as well as laws regarding AIS.

“The DNR is starting to get to (the point) ... One of the main things for combating invasive species is to get the public up to speed,” Ron Lindner said.

Coincidentally, zebra mussels were the first AIS covered in the video. Zebra mussels are arguably the most feared AIS — aside from possibly silver carp, which are dealt with later in the video — in the Brainerd lakes area. They are present in Mille Lacs and, in 2010, were first discovered in Gull.

“Gull Lake is as clear as it was a year ago,” Ron Lindner said, referring to a recent underwater look at Brainerd’s best-known lake. “Mille Lacs is probably turning over. It’s completely processing water once every week. It’s refiltering the entire lake. My gosh, in some places we couldn’t believe what we were seeing.

“This (video) is what the DNR is going to use as a learning tool.”

BRIAN S. PETERSON, outdoors editor, may be reached at or 855-5864. To follow him on Twitter, go to For his blogs, go to