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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s still good swimming weather with a heat index in the upper 90s, but you might have to search for a safe place to swim.

Many municipal pools have closed for the season and a lot of local beaches no longer have lifeguards.

“We’re really, really encouraging that if people are going to go swimming they go to a place that has a lifeguard and has that extra protection to help watch someone while they’re participating in that activity,” said Mary Barber-Schmitz, an aquatics specialist with the Red Cross.

The city of St. Paul still has swimming hours at its Como and Highland pools through Labor Day.

Minneapolis will keep more than 30 wading pools open through Sept. 2 or later.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is emphasizing safety on lakes and rivers this Labor Day weekend, noting that seven people have drowned this year.


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