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Dakota County is seeking advice on a new relationship — one that it wants no part of. State workers recently found the dreaded emerald ash borer in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, located in Apple Valley and Eagan. It was the first sighting of the tree-destroying beetles in the county, and officials said the bugs are here to stay.
"It's definitely not something we can eradicate. We can only manage it," said Jessica Schaum, Apple Valley's natural resources coordinator.
Officials from the county, cities and state Department of Agriculture met recently to form a plan to deal with the bugs' impact. There are a few months to prepare for their spread, as the bugs won't begin to fly from tree to tree until spring.