The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Waseca County for the first time. There are now 32 counties in the state with EAB.

A local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forester noticed woodpecker damage on several ash trees in Janesville and alerted the MDA. MDA staff were able to find live EAB larvae and collect samples. Federal identification confirmed emerald ash borer.