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Minnesota drownings on the rise

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Jul 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

ST. PAUL, Minn (KNSI) The number of summer drownings in Minnesota is one of the highest statewide in a decade.

According to data through July 1 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, at least 25 people have died of nonboating-related drownings, including eight in the seven-county St. Paul metro area.

During the same time period last year, there were 13 statewide.

There have been six boating-related drownings this year, compared with five last year.

There was another drowning Tuesday in Chisago County, when a 5-year-old boy died at Round Lake.

DNR water safety specialist Tim Smalley says more people are taking to the water because of the hot water.

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