The air in the Twin Cities, parts of Greater MN wasn't great this morning

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Fires in eastern Kansas and Nebraska were making the air in Minnesota not so great Friday morning.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says a "widening plume of smoke" from those fires was affecting areas across the state:

  • The Twin Cities
  • Mankato
  • Hutchinson
  • St. Cloud
  • Marshall
  • Willmar
  • Detroit Lakes
  • Brainerd
  • Bemidji
  • Thief River Falls

There was an air pollution health alert for those spots that's in effect until 8 a.m. Friday morning.

While the alert is active, fine particle pollution will be at or near a level that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups – so people who have cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, the elderly, children, or people who take part in physically tolling activities for an extended amount of time.

So if that's you, consider postponing the vigorous activity, and avoiding exposure to nearby air pollutants (heavy duty cars and trucks, wood fires, other things that burn) so you don't exacerbate symptoms.

Winds from the southeast are expected to clear out Minnesota's skies later Friday morning, the agency says.

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