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ATWATER – An algal bloom has been detected in Diamond Lake near Atwater.

Due to the presence of red cyanobacteria, property owners and visitors to the lake are asked to exercise caution, including preventing their pets from coming into contact with the lake water, according to a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District.

Cyanobacteria are often associated with liver toxins that pose health risks to humans and can be potentially fatal to animals, the press release said.

A water test conducted by the watershed on Friday afternoon confirmed the presence of hepatotoxins in a sample taken from the east side of Diamond Lake.

The sheriff’s office said the warning may be updated as the situation develops and that they will continue to monitor the situation in cooperation with the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District.

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Susan Lunneborg

Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. She has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Lunneborg can be reached at: [email protected] or 320-214-4343.

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