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Reader Opinion: Kudos on muskies in Gull

Kudos to the Minnesota DNR for acting in behalf of the public, not just those who live on Gull Lake, by proceeding on its plans to stock muskies in the lake. I don't know what is more worrisome--few people who have lakeshore on that lake seemingl...

Kudos to the Minnesota DNR for acting in behalf of the public, not just those who live on Gull Lake, by proceeding on its plans to stock muskies in the lake. I don't know what is more worrisome-few people who have lakeshore on that lake seemingly thinking they own the lake, or a few local representatives who campaign on limited government actually trying to create additional legislation for something entrusted to another government department. Seems that limited government mantra only applies at selective times.

These lakes, Gull or otherwise, belong to all of us. No amount of boat lifts, dock platforms, or lakeshore owners with access to the state house changes that.

As someone who rarely fishes muskies (no luck yet!), I really don't have a side on the issue of that fish being stocked. Seems like from what I have read, there is no detriment to lakes where they are introduced. My concern is not about the game fish but more about the actions of some people regarding their perceived ownership of the lake and the willingness of one lakeshore owner to use his entrusted government power to selectively override a governmental department of experts entrusted to do their jobs-all because this person doesn't like a decision. These human actions and beliefs are much more dangerous than a fish once native to Gull Lake.

Dan Moddes

Baxter

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