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The Knife River was one of close to 2,500 waterways on the list of impaired waters issued by the MPCA earlier this month. 2007 file photo / Derek Montgomery

Knife River among 2,500 impaired waters statewide

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Though portions of the Knife River were designated impaired earlier this month, Katrina Kessler, manager of the water assessment and environmental section of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, said the impairments won't affect the majority of people who come in contact with the river.

She said the MPCA tests are more of an early warning system than a sign that water is dangerous to human health.

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