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December 9, 2007

"Hardy Minnesotans by the thousands braved the cold to audition for NBC's "Deal or No Deal." The goal was to get noticed, somehow."

Original entry found in the Star Tribune.

On Saturday morning, thousands of Minnesotans waited out in the cold for hours in order audition for the NBC show "Deal or No Deal".

The show is making two stops to try and find contestants. Here in the Twin Cities and in Philadelphia. The producer is looking for people who are fun and energetic. He also wants people who are easy to root for and who he feels deserve to win the money.

The actual auditions took place at Denny Hecter's Toyota dealership in Inver Grove Heights.

The scene must have looked pretty funny as people were trying to stay warm however they could. They were also trying to impress the judges in their costumes. Some people wore normal coats while others were in hunting clothes, santa clause outfits and one woman was even wearing a bear costume.

"Six-mile stretch of Hwy. 212 opens in Eden Prairie"

Original article found in the Star Tribune.

A new section of highway opened on Friday. Highway 212 now runs non-stop between the Eden Prairie mall area to Chaska and highway 41. It will even extend to 494.

This new road opening up will relieve a lot of traffic in that area. The stretch of road is six miles long and four lanes wide. The highway has new interchanges which opened up as well. These are at Powers Boulevard, highway 101, and highway 41. Yet, this is only the beginning.

Highway 212 is being improved all over the southwest portion of the suburbs of Minneapolis. This new section of road is being named highway 312, but in the future, the entire highway will be rerouted. However, this will not be done until fall of 2008.

December 2, 2007

"Minneapolis, St. Paul declare snow emergency"

Original article appeared in the Star Tribune.

The snow storm on Saturday dumped up to eight inches of snow across central Minnesota. Now, in an effort to make the roads drivable again, a snow emergency has been called both in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Sunday night at 9 p.m., is when all of the parking restrictions will begin for both Minneapolis and St. Paul. St. Paul plans on plowing all night long to make things easier in the morning. For the most part, no signs have been posted, especially for the parts of the city that will be plowed starting at 8 a.m. Monday morning.

People who would normally park on Minneapolis and St. Paul streets need to take note of when the plow will be coming through. For if they fail to move their cars, the cars will be ticketed and towed so that the plows can get through unobstructed. No one is allowed to re-park their car until the plows have plowed all the way to the curb.

The main part of the snow storm is over, with not too much activity for Sunday. Monday has a 30 percent chance of snow and Tuesday will bring on another low-pressure system with the chance of snow and sleet.

"2 men are shot dead at South Side apartments"

Original article appeared in the Star Tribune.

In south Minneapolis, off of Pleasant Ave. two men were found killed. It seems that an argument took place in the early morning hours on Saturday and one person shot two others. The first victim was found on the hallway of the apartment video. A second had run out into an alley way, and it was there that he finally died from his gunshot wounds.

The shooting did not appear random and so no one else in the apartment should be in fear. It is unclear at this point whether or not any weapons have been found or if there are any suspects. However, no one has been taken into custody based on these murders.


November 25, 2007

"Park Board guessed wrong, so trees get whacked"

Original article found in the Star Tribune.

Trees all over the metro area are being pruned thanks to a park board which thought that they wouldn't be a problem when they grew. Several years ago, trees were planted all over the Minneapolis area in order to replace elm trees that had died of Dutch elm's disease. Many of those trees were planted very near or right under power lines. It was thought that in a few years all of the power lines would have been moved under ground. However, that is not the case.

Now Xcel energy has to begin pruning all of these trees in order to prevent damage to power lines and ultimetely, blackouts to citizens. So, Xcel is sending out people to prune the trees year round. Many of these trees are in such a bad position that they have to be cut drastically in order to prevent damage. However, this is not pleasing to those people who have to look at the trees.

Many are complaining that the trees are left looking terrible. Some pine trees are even having the top cut right off of them. But Xcel says in response to complaints that the trees have to be cut so much in order to prevent future damage.

The plan is to have 1.6 million trees pruned within 5 years.

November 21, 2007

"Latest plan for downtown Wayzata is gaining"

Original article found in the Star Tribune.

Downtown Wayzata is currently discussing changes around the Wayzata Bay Area. The people of this small town want some reform as far as the shops and retail area there.

So, on Monday night, more than 350 residents of Wayzata gathered in a church basement to discuss changes. For the most part, the residents want to see changes take place.

Presbyterian Homes and Services are the ones that wish to transform Wayzata's downtown. The plan is to take Wayzata Bay area and five more blocks and build it up full of bigger retail buildings. Most of downtown Wayzata is only full of one story buildings. Also, the building company is planning on putting in a plaza and reducing paved area.

November 18, 2007

"Edina residents see red over murky water"

Original article located in the Star Tribune.

The city of Edina has been having some problems with not very clear water for some time now. It started out with a yellow tint. Then the water started to leave rust spots on laundry and smelling bad. Finally, in Lynn avenue area, the water coming out the pipes is reddish brown with bits of things floating in it.

The problem with the water pipes has most likely come out of this really hot summer combined with old metal pipes. The hot summer caused the metal pipes to rust and corrode more than they usually would.

1.4 million dollars has been set aside by the city in order to fix the problem. Unfortunetely, they will not be working on the pipes until at least next spring. Then, it will take them 3 years to finish.

The plan is start by getting rid of the rust from inside the pipes and them lining them with something new such as cement or plastic. This will hopefully keep the pipes clean in the future.

For now, the water contains a lot of iron but is still considered safe to drink. Plus, Edina neighborhoods are working on flushing out some of the rust and improving the water. When it gets even colder the problem should temporarily go away.

"A dangerous rite of passage"

Original article found in the Star Tribune.

There seems to be a trend across the state of Minnesota of immense partying once a person turns 21 years old. Whenever a person turns 21, it is normal and expected for them to go out drinking on their birthday. They face a lot of pier pressure from friends to go to a bar and drink as much as they can. It is often hard to say no to that much pressure.

Many adults don't even think about the fact that alcohol is a dangerous substance which can kill you if you drink too much. One girl, Amanda Jax, had a huge party on her 21st birthday. She ended up with alcohol poisoning and died.

In fact, it is on one's 21st birthday that they are the most at risk for harm. The rest of the days of that year, they will most likely be fine, but on that day, the chances of them causing harm to themself are raised drastically.

What typically happens on a 21st birthday is a bunch of friends get together and go to a bar where they can drink as much as possible. A male turning 21 will consume on average thirteen alcoholic beverages. A female will drink roughly 7 and a half.

The goal is to get them as drunk as possible.

November 11, 2007

"Prior Lake supt. quits; fired employee elected to board"

Original article found in the Star Tribune.

Tom Westerhaus has been a superintendent for 20 years. Most recently he has worked as superintendant for the Prior Lake-Savage school area. But at the end of the school year he will be quitting his job. He is very angry about the fact that Chris Lind, a former teacher at the Prior Lake High School, has just been elected to the school board.

In June, Westerhaus found out that Lind was making friends with students and trying to mentor them in their Christian faith. Lind is a strong Christian himself and was only try to encourage other Christians at the school. He had worked at the high school for four years, but it was finally decided that this was bad. So, they fired him.

Lind was elected to the school board on Tueday. It was almost immediately after this that Westerhaus quit saying that he could not work with Lind.

Lind finds it sad that Westerhaus is stepping down because he believes that Westerhaus did a good job as superintendant and Lind never wanted him to leave.

"Staff, parents, students earn Maple Grove school an A+"

Original article appeared in the Star Tribune.

Rush Creek Elementary School in Maple Grove, Minn. is one of eight school in Minnesota to recieve a blue ribbon for outstanding performance and test scores according to the "No Child Left Behind" standards. This elementary school is one of many in the Osseo District. All are doing very well, but this school is leading the pack.

The Principal Don Johnson and a second grade teacher Phyllis Rither are going to be traveling to Washington D.C. soon in order to receive a plaque and recognition for the school.

The kids at the school have been testing exceptionally well. 83 to 88 percent of sixth-grade students meet or exceed the standards for math and reading. While this is good, the third graders are doing even better with 97 to 98 percent meeting or exceeding the standards for math and reading.

Rither was really excited about the whole process. He commented that his school really does do some things very well. Others at the school were very excited also.

Teachers attribute much of the success of their school to the active parents that are involved.

The school has roughly 850 students.

November 2, 2007

"Bomb threat closes road in Bloomington"

Original article found in the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

On Thursday, November 1, the city of Bloomington received a bomb threat for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building at 2901 Metro Dr.

They ended up closing the building for three hours and using dogs to search the place for the bomb. It seemed like a credible threat, but no bomb was ever found.

However, the dogs did spend a lot of time sniffing around three vans that were in the parking lot. The vans are probalbly used to transport illegal aliens. It was heavily searched.

The bomb threat not only affected the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, but the roads that were in the vicinity. Police wanted to make sure that no one would be hurt if a bomb did go off, so they closed American Boulevard between 24th and 34th street. A detour was provided.

Even though the bomb threat happened early in the day, Employess who work at the ICE were told to just go home.

There is still an investigation going on about the bomb.

November 1, 2007

"Judge rejects effort to stop I-35W bridge work"

Original article appeared in the Star Tribune and thePioneer Press

The I-35W bridge will begin being rebuilt today, which is Thursday, Nov. 1. There were some concerns on whether or not the bridge would be able to begin construction this month due to a lawsuit again the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The lawsuit was from two Minnesota taxpayers saying that it was unlawful of Minnesota to choose a contracting company that cost so much more than the others and that will take so much longer to build. However, a judge ruled that this lawsuit was not enough to keep the bridge from begining reconstruction.

Judge Cleary ruled against halting bridge construction while this lawsuit is taking place.

It seems like a victory for the Minnesota Department of Transportaton, yet it seems like the trail shall still continue.

The company that will be working on the bridge is Flatiron Constructors of Colorado. They say they should finish the bridge by the end of 2008 and it will cost $234 million.

October 28, 2007

"Keeping students on the ball"

Original article appeared onstartribune.com on October 27, 2007. Written by Herón Márquez Estrada.

Zion Lutheran school in Mayor, Minnesota has recently changed some of their classrooms by replacing all of the chairs with big bouncy excersize balls. While this may seem like an odd development, this same practice has taken place in Europe, Canada, and other schools across the U.S.

The benefits are enormous. The children who would normally be very fidgety or have trouble consentrating are given an outlet for their energy without being a distraction. These children are allowed to bounce quietly on their ball.

The balls also use up a lot of the children's energy. Kids work hard to keep themselves on top of the balls and this uses energy.

It also strengthens core muscles and these children are expected to be much more physically fit in a couple of months.

The balls are also able to heighten the kids consentration because they are consentrating on staying on top of the ball and then they are able to consentrate better in class.

Finally, these balls help with posture issues. The children are only able to sit on the balls with good posture.

These excersize balls have been used for years in gym's in order to help with various core muscle training.

If the program continues to be a success, then the entire school is going to get rid of all it's chairs and switch to the rubber balls.

"Online nanny ad ends in slaying"

Original article found on Startribune.com and was last updated on October 28, 2007. Written by Chris Havens and James Walsh.

Katherine Ann Olson was found dead inside her car truck Friday night after answering for a nanny job on Craigslist. She was supposed to have gone to Savage, Minnesota for a nanny job early Thursday morning.
The 19-year-old man who made the ad on craigslist is currently the number one suspect and is being held in custody at this time.

Katherine Ann Olson often answered job listings on craigslist because she generally expected good from people. She had been a nanny twice before this insident, and had even taken a job in Turkey.

She was a St. Olaf graduate who majored in theater and Hispanic studies.

It is unclear what exactly took place the day she was murdered. Her body wasn't found until she had been gone for a day and a half.

Her purse was first discovered in a garbage can by a resident of Savage who then told police. The police called her home to inform her that her purse had been found, but then a roommate told police that she had not been home since Thursday morning.

The police looked in the garbage can again and found a "significantly bloody towel". They continued to search the area but didn't find anything.

Her car was finally discovered by a helicopter in a Burnsville parking lot. Police then found her body inside.

October 22, 2007

"Think you're a Minnesotan? The U may disagree"

Original article was found on twincities.com the website for the Pioneer Press. It was written by Paul Tosto.

The University of Minnesota has a very strict policy on who is allowed to pay resident tuition. The policy says that if a person has lived in another state for more than a year, than he or she is no longer eligible for Minnesota resident tuition.

There are exceptions to this rule though. If the person was out of the state for military reasons or if they were only in the other state for schooling, then they are still allowed the cheaper rate.

Resident tuition is roughly $10,000 per year, but for the non-resident, the cost can be up to $19,000 when you include all of the fees.

One student, Wil Meland is angered over this developement. He lived in Minnesota for most of his life, went to high school here and grew up here, but after moving away for a couple years, he is no longer considered a resident. However, every other school considers him to still be a Minnesota resident and would grant him in-state tuition.

There is an appeal process. Students who are considered non-residents are allowed to formally appeal their status and a few are allowed to only pay resident tuition costs every year. Otherwise, a person has to live in Minnesota for a year without being a student before they are considered for resident tuition rates.

"Airport noise: Who gets help, when"

Original article appeared on startribune.com on Sunday, October 21, 2007. Written by Steve Brandt.

A plan was released last week saying that the Metropolitan Airport Commission will be insulating hundreds of homes against airplane noise. Now, a week later, the task is looking much harder to do.

It is going to take time in order for the MAC to be able to insulate all of the homes that need the extra sound barrier. They will not even be starting this year, but rather are waiting until next. The 432 homes that have the highest sound problems will be finished by 2009, but thousands of others that have problems won't be touched until close to 2014.

People whose homes are qualified for the sound protection will be notified by MAC much closer to the time when the insulation would be put in.

The work that is going to be done on these homes "includes new or repaired windows or doors, attic or wall insulation, noise baffling, and in some cases, air conditioning."

The money for these repairs is coming directly from the business of the airport such as the parking fees or the stores inside of the airport.

October 14, 2007

"Miley mania makes moms hoppin' mad"

Original article was found on startribune.com on October 13, 2007. It was written by Graydon Royce and Jon Bream.

Miley Cyrus is putting on a tour that is one of the most popular this year. However, it has become impossible to find tickets to the show. The second that they were able to be sold all of the tickets disappeared. Now, all of those tickets are being sold on the internet for 5X their original value.

Many tickets were supposed to sell for around $30. But now, some of the cheapest seats to find are a minimum of $75.

Tickets for the concert are in such high demand for the Twin Cities that the only higher demand tickets were for the 1991 World Series. The primary audience for Miley Cyrus, also known as Hannah Montana, are teenage girls.

Because the tickets for this concert were sold out at an alarming rate, investigations have been set up by several state attorney generals. It has been uncovered just how many tickets are ever available to the public to buy. For the most part, 40% of tickets are given to places like radio stations before anyone is allowed to buy them.

Many moms are responding to the high priced tickets by refusing to watch "Hannah Montana" or to buy her cd's. They are angry at Cyrus for putting the burden on them to buy these expensive tickets.

"Man crushed to death by small-gauge rail car"

Original article was found on startribune.com on Sunday, October 14, 2007. Written by David Shaffer.

A man was killed on Saturday when he attempted to prevent a railroad caboose car from tiping over.
William Paget was at a private property in Northfield Minn. riding around on a small train. However, during the ride, the caboose began to tip, so he jumped out and tried to prevent it from falling all the way over. Unfortunetely, the car was just too heavy for him and instead fell right on top of him. The 68 year old man died on the scene.

He had been volunteering at this railroad demonstration as the brakeman. There were three adults and five children on the caboose at 2:30 when the it fell over.

The train was going at a speed slower than the average walking speed and it has not yet been stated as to what may have caused the train to fall.

October 8, 2007

"That's Show Bees"

Original article appeared in the Star Tribune on Wednesday, October, 3, 2007. Written by Colin Covert.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Jerry Seinfeld visited Minnesota in order to promote his new "Bee Movie" which will come out on November,2. He is visiting 10 cities as part of his promotional tour and the Minneapolis area was a must stop for him. He has always had incredible and enjoyable experiences when working in Minnesota. He even said that when it comes time to do his last performance, Minnesota is the place that he would like to be.

He specifically visited Edina's Southdale 16 theater. He signed several autographs and then watched a 45 minute preview of the film for the local media's benefit.

Seinfeld has been promoting this new movie of his for months now. He has guest stared on TV shows and worn giant bee costumes for film festivals. This 10 city promotional visit is to get the word out even more. Seinfeld says that he is really excited about the film.

October 7, 2007

"Time to face the music: A $222,000 fine"

Original story was found in the Star Tribune on Friday, October, 5, 2007. Written by Larry Oakes.

A woman from Brainard was the first ever to take a case to trial where she was accused of illegally downloading music. Jammie Thomas claimed in her court case that she never never downloaded music. But the 12 person jury ruled otherwise. She was fined a total of $222,000 for the distrubution of 24 song to the public.

This case will hopefully send a message to the thousands of others who illegally download pirated music. The music industry has lost billions thanks to people like Thomas who download and distribute the music for free.

Thomas may attempt to repeal the verdict, but has not fully decided. Also, it is unclear as to whether or not the money can even be collected from her. But, the message that this verdict is sending will hopefully discourage many who would steal the music.

Thomson had plead innocent in the case, but the evidence that was found against her was enough to convinct her of the crime. In reality she should be thankful that the fine was not more. Music companies can charge up to $150,000 per song, and Thomson actually had downloaded and distributed over 1,700 songs. But Sony BMG decided to only convict her of 24 songs for simplicities sake.

September 30, 2007

New smoking ban

Original article appeared on startribune.com on Sunday, Sep. 30, 2007. Written by Mark Brunswick.

As of 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the smoking ban has gone statewide. For the last couple of years no smoking has been allowed in restaurants in Hennepin County, but now, no smoking will be allowed in restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, or any other public facility for the entire state of Minnesota.

It is not a huge fine for individuals if you do break the law and smoke in one of the restricted places. But it will cost you up to $300. However, if a private business chooses to allow smoking in these areas, then they can be fined up to $10,000. Also, they must place "No Smoking" signs outside of restaurants and other places where it is not allowed.

Smoking is still allowed in outdoor areas and in casinos. But, indevidual cities are allowed to make no smoking ordances for themselves.

Minnesota is not the only state to issue a state-wide no smoking ban. Washington D.C, Puerto Rico, and 22 other states also have laws on smoking.

Long way back to normal

Original article appeared on Star Tribune.com on Sunday, Sep. 30, 2007. Written by Curt Brown.

Earlier this month, a court ruled in favor of Golden Valley man, Al Hixon, who was wrongfully arrested and beaten by the police. He received a settlement of $778,000 for the pain that the whole situation has caused him. But even though trail is over, he is still having a ton of difficulty getting on with his life.

Hixon was once a very joyful and friendly man. But the way the police treated him and that whole situation has caused him severe post-tramatic stress syndrome and depression. He spends a lot of time in bed, and doesn't participate in family events like he used to. The trauma that he experienced has caused him to only focus on the event. He ends up sitting in a chair for hours on end reliving the day of his arrest over and over again.

Thankfully, he is beginning to get help. His wife described his healing process as beginning to go from a crawl to a shuffle. He has gotten a lot of encouragement from friends and neighbors to go and seek professional help. So finally, he has begun to go to mental health professionals. He still takes antidepressants and visits the psychiatrists office.

He has been going up and down in his recovery process, but his friends are very thankful that he even has some good days. He still will not drive the Jaguar which caused him to be at that gas station two years ago, but with time perhaps the healing will allow him to overcome that fear as well.

September 23, 2007

"I-35W Bridge Collapse: The Aftershocks"

Original article was found in the Star Tribune on September 23, 2007. Original story written by Pam Louwagie.

It has been almost two months since the I-35W bridge collapse on August 1. But for many people involved in the collapse the disaster lives on.

It has been a common issue for people who survived the collapse to feel great anxiety or to relive it in their heads again and again. People like Amy Lindholm still have back troubles, but aside from that, she has trouble sleeping at night because she feels like her bed will fall out from underneath her. She also has a fear of many other structures around her falling down.

Kimberly Brown and others refuse to park on ramps or other concrete structures that she feals might fall down. Brent Olson has discovered how much the little things in life mean to him, but e is having random memory loss symptoms which he supposes are related to drama from the bridge.

In order to try and get closure on some of these issues, many bridge survivors are meeting with one another on a weekly basis. Having a chance to share their struggles with the people who can relate has greatly aided in the healing process.

September 22, 2007

"Lots of flu shots, but too few takers"

Original article appeared in the Star Tribune on September 20, 2007. It was written by Maura Lerner.

Flu shot vaccine availability is on the rise, but many people who need the shot still don't get vaccinated. In Minnesota, many people are at risk for flu complications that could lead to death. In fact, last year during flu season, 88 people in Minnesota died from the flu. For the most part they were either elderly or very young with weakened ammune systems, but anyone can get sick from the flu. The safest way to prevent illness or death is to get a flu shot.

In the past, flu shots have been in limited supply, but this year more than 130 million doses will be available in the U.S. Minnesota's goal is to use those flu shots to get as many people as possible under 5-years-old and over 50-years-old vaccinated. Also, Minnesota seems to have an ongoing problem of health care workers who refuse to get vaccinated. Last year only 42% of healthcare workers nationwide were given the flu shot. Minnesota hopes to more than double that number by having 90% of healthcare workers vaccinated for influenza.

The official flu season will begin in October and end in May. So, it is good to be vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent yourself from getting terribly sick from the flu.

September 16, 2007

"Battling tainted water"

Original article found on September 16, 2007 in the Star Tribune Written by David Shaffer.

It has recently been discovered that much of the water in Washington County is contaminated with harmful chemicals. The total area for this contamination is almost 2 and1/2 times the size of Minneapolis. These chemicals have been seeping into groundwater for well over two decades and though much has been done to stop this, the water has now gotten to a point where dangerous amounts of chemicals are in the water. All most all residents of Washington County are having to get whole house filtration systems for their water. Otherwise, they cannot drink it or cook with it.

Fortunetaly, there have been no illnesses or that have come about because of this water situation, but further studies will have to be done to find out whether or not it causes cancer. Unfortunetaly, it is a difficult situation to fix. When water is contaminated, it is hard to separate the good water from the bad. So, the cleanup of this problem may take years and years.

The original cause of the chemicals is thought to be from industries that left polutants behind. Some of the specific chemicals in the water are the chemicals that are used to coat film on photographs and other chemicals used on 3M products.

"Jurors: Officer was too rough"

Original article found on September 14, 2007 in the Star Tribune. Written by Pat Pheifer.

Way back on April 2, 2005, a man named Al Hixon was wrongfully arrested by a police officer. Now, more than two years later, the jury has finally ruled in Hixon's favor and awarded him a sum of $778,000.

Officer Mario Hernandez was in hot pursuit of a man who had just robbed a U.S. Bank. The man was supposedly making his gettaway in a van that had parked at a Sinclair station. Hixon had taken his car to the gas station that day in order to have the oil changed. The getaway van ended up parking right next to Hixon's car. Therefore, when the police arrived, they ended up arresting the wrong man.

It is unclear what specifically took place, but according to Hixon, the police officer first handcuffed him and then sprayed him with pepper spray. The pepper spray caused him to vomit, and it caused him to "cough up mucous and blood".

The incident has caused Hixon much stress. Since the event, he has begun to suffer from "nightmares, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder and depression". The money he has recieved will help him get his life back.

September 9, 2007

"Bridge Disaster Fund top $564,000"

Original article appeared on in the Star Tribune and was written by Pam Louwagie.

Citizens and other organizations around the Twin Cities have been extremely generous in the last month. Many charitable foundations have been taking in donations for the bridge disaster victims. Now, a month after the event, these funds will start to be distributed among the survivors. The money will mostly be used for all of the little unexpected expenses that have become a burden for people in the aftermath of the collapse. Along with the burden of transportation for some of the people who lost cars, there is the additional medical expenses, and the counseling expenses for those suffering from trauma after the disaster.

The money was collected from 1000 different charitable organizations and individuals who simple wanted to help. Also, corporations like Cub and Target donated food. People who were involved in the disaster say that these donations are a huge help and also it is just great knowing that someone is there who wants to help.

September 7, 2007

"No time to lose for Lake Superior fish"

Original story located in the Star Tribune and written by Par Ridder and Susan Albright.

Invasive species continue to be a problem for the regions and waterways into which they travel. Recently, the Great Lakes have become infected with a virus known as the viral hemorrhagic septicemia. This virus kills very valuable fish such as "walleyes, bass, and muskies". Fortunetaly, Lake Superior has not yet been known to have this deadly virus. However, if something is not done quickly to prevent the virus from spreading here, our fish will suffer the same fate as those of Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.

There are many preventive methods currently being explored. The number one prevention is creating a law that states that ships are no longer allowed to dump untreated balast water into Lake Superior harbors and ports. It is typically on ships that infected waters travel.

"A new invasive species is discovered in the Great Lakes about every seven months." With each new species, protecting the old species becomes more difficult.