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Nature's Path: Plan to stay safe in and around water

Soapbox please. I am about to preach my annual sermon on water safety.

Thousands of times, I have gushed with pride while spouting off about the abundance of water recreation that our great state offers. As “Fanfare for the Common Man” plays inside my head, I think of all Minnesotans, rural, urban, wealthy and not wealthy, having access to water recreation.

From the daring surfers in Lake Superior, to the tiny toddlers enjoying a sprinkler run, we have access to that magic mixture of hydrogen and oxygen that offers fun and relief during our warm months.

Access to water comes with responsibilit...

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