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MN DNR says cold water this weekend

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LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning boaters about the dangers of cold water before they hit the water this Memorial Day weekend.

The DNR says water below 70 degrees is considered cold. Water temperatures near the Twin Cities this week have been in the 60s even though air temperatures have been much higher.

There have been no boating fatalities in Minnesota so far this year compared to four this time last year. There were 15 boating-related deaths in 2012.

Minnesota law requires a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board all watercraft. All children under 10-years-old are required to wear a life jacket when a boat is moving.

The DNR recommends taking a boating course and receiving a boat education certificate. You can find more boating safety information at the DNR's website.

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