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Some schools hope for improved communication after Prairie Island chemical leak

The leak of more than 500 gallons of chlorine bleach was a scare but apparently not a public health threat. The responses of neighboring school districts varied. While Red Wing issued no alert, Prescott announced a cancellation of classes, then changed that to a delay.
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The leak of more than 500 gallons of chlorine bleach was a scare but apparently not a public health threat. The responses of neighboring school districts varied. While Red Wing issued no alert, Prescott announced a cancellation of classes, then changed that to a delay.

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