Water Safety

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Hennepin Co. Officials Call For Better Supervision After 3 Near-Drownings

Hennnepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is asking people to be careful after three water emergencies over the weekend. He said there is a common theme here. “Watch, wear and learn.  You have to watch your kids at the pool, at the beach and up at the lake,” Stanek said.

07/21/2014

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Hennepin Co. Sheriff’s Office Urges Water Safety Over Holiday Weekend

The Fourth of July weekend means more people on Minnesota’s lakes, so the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging water safety.

07/03/2014

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Health Officials Offer Safe Swimming Tips

Minnesota health officials say a few basic precautions can help keep families healthy at the pool and beach. Despite the recent rain and flooding, the Fourth of July holiday is expected to be busy at Minnesota’s beaches and pools. Health officials say best way to prevent water-borne illnesses is to keep germs out of the water in the first place, even chlorinated pools.

06/28/2014

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3 Miss. River Locks Closed To Recreational Traffic In Mpls.

The recent bouts of rainy weather mean people can’t travel up and down the Mississippi River as far as they may like to. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed three of the Minneapolis locks to recreational traffic over the weekend. It could be a week before the river is low enough to be safe. Commercial traffic can still get through.

06/24/2013

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Cool Spring Brings Outdoor Swimming Hazards

That incoming warmth may be enough to get some of you and your kids into the water this weekend. You may think you know the ABCs of water safety. But with this year’s unusually frigid water temps, the rules are a bit different.

06/07/2013

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Minnesota’s Long-Serving Water Safety Guru Retires

Kim Elverum has been warning Minnesotans about water safety issues for more than four decades. Under Elverum’s watch, boating fatalities have fallen from 56 in 1975 to 15 last year. Elverum is the longest-serving state boating administrator in the nation.

05/31/2013

Beach Safety

Water Safety: How To Keep The Kids Safe Around The Beach Or Pool

Whether planning a beach vacation this summer or staying closer to home at the neighborhood pool, be mindful of water safety and how to keep the kids safe.

05/13/2013

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DNR Pushes Life Jacket Safety After Increased Drownings

Less than a month into summer and there have been several drownings on Minnesota waterways. The latest numbers from the Department of Natural Resources show 25 drownings since May, six of which happened on boats. In every boating case, the victim wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

07/15/2012

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Lifeguards Under Scrutiny After Record Drownings

Minnesota has had a record number of drownings this year. According to the DNR, 27 people have drowned in incidents not involving a boat. Nine others drowned in incidents involving a boat.

07/09/2012

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Free Life Jackets Available For Lake Minnetonka Boaters

Three locations on Lake Minnetonka will provide free life jackets for the rest of the summer. Boaters can borrow life jackets through the Kid’s Don’t Float Program, courtesy of the Safe Kids Northwest Metro Coalition, North Memorial Medical Center, and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

06/29/2012

Warning to Duckhunters: Be Safe on the Water

Minnesota’s duck-hunting season opens Saturday and with area rivers swollen from recent rains, officials are stressing water safety.

10/01/2010

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