Starry stonewort confirmed in Lake Beltrami

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

TURTLE RIVER– Starry Stonewort was recently confirmed in Lake Beltrami.

Last August, a volunteer found a strand of starry stonewort in the lake, which is about 10 miles north of Bemidji near Turtle River, during the U of M’s “Starry Trek” event.

Subsequent searches of the lake didn’t reveal any additional starry stonewort until last weekend. DNR divers confirmed the invasive plant in a three-foot area, in two smaller areas, and separate strands tightly intermingled with other aquatic plants.

Starry stonewort’s tell-tale star shaped bulbils are not visible until this time of year, and Beltrami County is once again participating in the “Starry Trek” event coming up August 17th. 

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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