Air pollution rising: Advisory issued for central, southern MN Thursday


Fine particles in the air will make for particularly potent pollution levels in central and southern Minnesota Thursday.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issued an air pollution health advisory that extends from Thursday morning through early evening.

The agency says particles in the air have been slowly increasing statewide. But an overnight combination of low clouds, fog, and light winds will cause pollution to approach levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups. Those include children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

Winds are expected to pick up Thursday evening, which should dissipate the particles, the MPCA says.

Advisory, not alert

The MPCA has air quality monitors around the state and you can check the Air Quality Index here.

A reading of 101 or more is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. An air pollution advisory means the index will be near that level. An alert is issued if the air quality is likely to pass that 101 mark and stay above it for awhile, the MPCA says.

What should you do during a pollution advisory? Postpone any strenuous exercise if you can. Call a doctor if you're feeling chest pain or shortness of breath.

You can also keep the pollution from getting worse by driving less, not idling your car's engine, and not using gas-powered equipment or burning wood.

Next Up

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.


How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Teddy Bridgewater

5 questions for Vikings-Panthers Week 12 NFC battle

The Vikings welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

police lights

Shelter-in-place in Albert Lea after police officer shot in the chest

The officer was able to drive to an emergency room.


St. Paul officer shoots man who got out of dumpster, ran towards police

A report says the man was naked and had a steak knife.

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.