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A SolarBee, a solar-powered device to help reduce algae blooms, is pictured across from the Lake Mitchell Campground on the south side of Lake Mitchell. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

SolarBee samples to show effectiveness by summer's end

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The city of Mitchell is still determining whether a device purchased to reduce the algae problem in the lake is doing its job.

The SolarBee, placed in a bay near Lake Mitchell Campground on the south part of the lake, "is in there and operating," said Dusty Rodiek, parks, recreation and forestry director for the city.

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However, he said its effectiveness is subjective.

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