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Increase in water-related fatalities so far this year in Minnesota attributed to warm weather earlier

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WILLMAR -- More than two dozen people have died in water-related accidents this year in Minnesota, which is up from 14 at this time last year.

Kim Elverum, coordinator of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Boat and Water Safety, said the increase is directly related to the weather.

"We first had a very warm spring, so we had a lot of people get out on the water at that time. And then, we had some warmer weather in the last week or two," Elverum said.

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