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Northern Minnesota under Red Flag Warning

The National Weather Service in Duluth says a warm and dry day combined with gusty winds will create a high fire danger across the northern third of the state. A red flag warning is in effect through Sunday evening.
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The National Weather Service in Duluth says a warm and dry day combined with gusty winds will create a high fire danger across the northern third of the state. A red flag warning is in effect through Sunday evening.

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