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Howard Harder floats down the Red Lake River with friends in Red Lake Falls, Minn. on July 9, 2011. The group has been coming to the river every second weekend in July annually for over two decades. (CHRISTIAN RANDOLPH/Grand Forks Herald)

After fatal tubing accidents on Red Lake River, safety measures taken at popular summer spot

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RED LAKE FALLS, Minn. -- On hot Saturdays, as many as 1,500 visitors float down a four-mile stretch of the Red Lake River on this town's outskirts, in effect doubling its population.

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The dominant tubing demographic is young adult. The dominant tubing accessory is a cooler of beer. Their inner tubes tied together with rope, they form party flotillas.

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