Water Safety

Twin Cities YMCA Water Safety Program Goes NationalA program started in the Twin Cities is working hard to teach water safety to people of color. And as of this year, it's going national.And as we found out, it's not focused on teaching swimming.
Extra Water Patrols Out On Lake Minnetonka For 4th Of July WeekendThe Fourth of July is the busiest day out on metro area lakes. And it makes for a hectic weekend for water patrols. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office have extra patrols out on Lake Minnetonka this weekend.
Twin Cities Swimmers Joining In On World Record AttemptA new record for the world's largest simultaneous swimming lesson could have been beaten on Thursday morning.
Hennepin Co. Officials Call For Better Supervision After 3 Near-DrowningsHennnepin 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.
Hennepin Co. Sheriff's Office Urges Water Safety Over Holiday WeekendThe Fourth of July weekend means more people on Minnesota's lakes, so the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is urging water safety.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota's Long-Serving Water Safety Guru RetiresKim 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.
Water Safety: How To Keep The Kids Safe Around The Beach Or PoolWhether 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.
DNR Pushes Life Jacket Safety After Increased DrowningsLess 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.
Lifeguards Under Scrutiny After Record DrowningsMinnesota 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.
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