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Pollution Agency Warns Of Algae Amid High Temperatures

As temperatures soar into the 90s this week, the MPCA is reminding people to beware of toxic algae blooms. The agency said that people should avoid lakes and ponds that have these blooms, and to keep children and pets away.

07/15/2013

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High Water Levels Dash Many July Fourth Plans

A frustrating Fourth of July is in store for some Twin Cities families. Several lakes and rivers have dangerously high water levels in addition to storm debris floating on or just below the surface. The water is moving so fast that the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and near Minnehaha Park has been off limits to all boaters for the last ten days. The locks for commercial barges just reopened Wednesday, but recreational boating is still prohibited.

07/03/2013

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Stinky Lakes Due To Natural ‘Fish Kills’

It’s a smell that comes with warmer temperatures and increased algae in the water. It’s also something you can see: dead fish floating on all the lakes in Minnesota. The experts call it a “fish kill,” and it has many wondering is the water safe. Dawn Summers of Minneapolis Park and Recreation says that this is a common occurrence.

06/29/2013

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DNR’s ‘Operation Dry Water’ Targets Intoxicated Boaters

With the nice weather on tap for this weekend, many Minnesotans will be headed to the lakes. And to help keep everyone safe on the water, the DNR is ramping up patrols to crack down on drunken boaters. Friday marks the start of “Operation Dry Water” across the state. Boaters caught operating under the influence will have their boats impounded and could even be banned from boating.

06/28/2013

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Get On Board With White Bear Lake Sailors

When it comes to youth sports in Minnesota, most of us think of the one that takes place on a lake when it’s frozen, seeing this is the “State of Hockey.” But on White Bear Lake plenty of kids are finding an interest in sailing.

06/27/2013

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More Lakes And Rivers Under No-Wake Order

One look at the wind swept Medicine Lake and you can see what Joe Harty is talking about. “This is a rare occurrence. The last time it happened I think was five years ago,” he said.

06/27/2013

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WCCO Lifestyle: How To Wow Summer Guests

From hot dishes to summer cabins, in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans have their own flare for lifestyle. New to Saturday Mornings is WCCO’s Lifestyle Segment.

06/08/2013

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Best Places To Go Fishing In Minnesota

Minnesota state parks are great places for beginning anglers to try a hand at catching fish.

05/25/2013

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Study Finds Chemicals, Drugs Common In Minn. Lakes

A new study finds that chemicals from household products, prescriptions and illegal drugs are common in Minnesota lakes. MPCA scientists chose 50 lakes at random and tested the water for 125 chemicals. The common insect repellent DEET was found in 76 percent of lakes.

05/13/2013

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Park Rapids Preps For Fishing Opener Onslaught

Park Rapids will be jumping in mere hours with the arrival of the Governor. Tim Young is a great ambassador for the ice-cold 2013 fishing opener. He’s been here before.

05/09/2013

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Fishing Expert: Rely On Electronics, Or Not?

It’s just two days until the fishing opener. Assuming you go to southern Minnesota to find fish this weekend, it’s safe to say there will be plenty of pressure from other anglers as lakes may be quite busy.

05/09/2013

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How To Navigate The (Possibly Icy) Fishing Opener

On Saturday, Minnesotans will launch their boats in search of open water for the annual fishing opener.

05/08/2013

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Fishing Opener Water Temps? A Frigid 40-Some Degrees

Ice-out or not, Minnesota’s fishing opener is Saturday, and the DNR said beware that the water temperatures will be colder than normal.

05/08/2013

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Hennepin County Declares Ice Out

In what officials are calling one of the latest dates ever recorded, Hennepin County declared an official “ice out” on Wednesday.

05/01/2013

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Wacky Spring Brings A Tricky Fishing Opener

Tackling this year’s fishing opener on May 11 is going to be tricky. From the bait anglers use, to the types of fish you’ll likely catch, the DNR said the unusual spring will cause major differences.

04/24/2013

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