Air quality alert issued for most of the state

Haze over Lake Bemidji on July 20.

Nearly all of Minnesota is under an air quality alert as Canadian wildfire smoke moves into the area behind a northerly wind.

The only portion of the state not under alert is the North Shore.

Smoke is expected to remain over the area into Friday.

The air quality is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as those with cardiovascular or respiratory health issues, children, and the elderly.


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 all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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