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Published May 27, 2009, 12:24 AM

Don’t just jump in any old lake

To the Editor: With summer almost here, I want to be sure my family can enjoy the outdoors safely.

By: Danielle Rice, Red Wing, The Republican Eagle

To the Editor:

With summer almost here, I want to be sure my family can enjoy the outdoors safely. A great tool for that is the new Check My Lake Web site. Going to www.checkmylake.org is the best way to tell which of Minnesota’s 10,000-plus lakes are family-friendly for swimming and eating fish.

All you have to do is type in the name of a favorite Minnesota lake or type in a county name and choose from among a list to find out whether lakes have been tested and what the results show. It’s based on state information but makes it easy to search and understand, and provides links to all the information a family needs to have a safe outing at a favorite lake.

As the mother of a young child, I’m very concerned about pollution and safety. I hope other parents will rely on Check My Lake.

Danielle Rice

Red Wing

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