Air quality alert for northern Minnesota

Featured photo depicts dense fog and smoke at the Shay-now-ish-kung “Chief Bemidji” statue around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 20.

An air quality alert is in effect for northern Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, smoke from Canadian wildfires will move in by a northerly wind.

Fine particle levels are expected to be in the Orange AQI category, a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups such as those with respiratory illness, the elderly, and children.

Air pollution can also aggravate heart and cardiovascular disease.

The smoke will remain over the region through Wednesday morning.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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