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E. coli bacteria lead to record number of beach closures in Minneapolis


August 15, 2019


Wendy Butter made her way toward the Lake Nokomis beach on a paddle board hoping not to fall in on Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Half of Minneapolis' 12 public beaches remained shut down Wednesday due to high measurements of E. coli or reports of related illness, with the exceptionally rainy summer contributing to the city's worst season for beach closures in years.

Two beaches at Lake Nokomis on Tuesday became the latest to be shut down after three children became sick while swimming. Though that number is small compared to the 116 people who reported falling ill after swimming at Lake Minnetonka's Big Island during the July 4th weekend, the bacteria has nonetheless forced the city to empty some of its most popular beaches during the height of the swimming season.


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