Minnesota DNR lifting burn restrictions in Twin Cities metro

Thirteen counties will be removed from burning restrictions on Friday. Restrictions will remain in many central and northern counties until safe burning conditions prevail.
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Thirteen counties will be removed from burning restrictions on Friday. Restrictions will remain in many central and northern counties until safe burning conditions prevail.

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