A North Dakota man vacationing in Duluth didn’t realize his plan to bring some unique junk back home was illegal. On Saturday, Sept. 22, two conservation officers with the MN DNR were on patrol in Two Harbors when they a zebra mussel-covered shopping cart sitting in the bed of a pickup truck.
The owner of the truck, 51-year-old Bruce Hinsverk of Wahpeton, N.D., told the officers he was on vacation and saw the shopping cart next to two dumpsters in Duluth. He planned to drive up the North Shore before returning to North Dakota with the cart.
The officers took photos of the shopping cart before taking it to a DNR storage facility. During that time, they noticed some of the zebra mussels were still alive.
The officers drove to an area where Hinsverk said he had found the cart, there they saw more zebra mussels on the ground between two dumpsters. Lake Superior is infested with zebra mussels. It’s unknown how the shopping cart made its way from the lake to the dumpsters
Hinsverk was cited for illegal possession or transport a prohibited invasive species. He was given instructions on how to appeal or pay the $500 fine.