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With rising temps, algae's yuck factor on Minnesota lakes goes up, too

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It's not like algae blooms are attractive. But since kids, pets, and livestock might not know better, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reminding us to steer all of them clear of those stinky green patches on the water, which will be especially common this week.

The MPCA says the rainy spring brought lots of runoff into Minnesota lakes. With temperatures climbing into the 90's across much of the state this week, those nutrients will bloom into algae.

There are several types of algae, most of which are harmless. But as KARE-11 reports the MPCA is warning of toxic blue-green algae, which can make people or animals sick. The agency says the most significant blooms so far have turned up in southern and central counties.

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