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Rise in E. coli levels prompts closing of 3 Minneapolis beaches

Beaches usually re-open with 24-48 hours after bacteria-related closings.

Three of the 12 beaches at Minneapolis lakes have been closed by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) because of a rise in E. coli levels. 

  • Lake Hiawatha Beach
  • Bde Maka Ska 32nd Street Beach
  • Bde Maka Ska St. Thomas Beach

According to the Star Tribune, the heightened bacteria levels are likely a result of stormwater flowing into Bde Maka Ska, formerly known as Lake Calhoun, and Lake Hiawatha during heavy rainfall Sunday and Monday. 

According to the MPRB, it's rare for a Minneapolis beach to close and in most cases they'll re-open quickly. usually within 24-48 hours after rain events. 

You can check the status of all 12 Minneapolis beaches on the MPRB site right here, or by calling the beach status hotline at 612-313-7713. 

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