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Jack Erickson, 11, of Willmar is wisely dressed for the weather with hat, scarf and parka as he skates Tuesday at the ice rink at Garfield School in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Cold weather brings health, safety risks

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WILLMAR -- By the time winter is over, local emergency medical workers figure they'll have treated at least a few cases of hypothermia, broken bones from falling on ice, chest pains triggered by shoveling snow, and even a few snowblower-related injuries.

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Be careful out there, because this time of year can be risky, say local health officials.

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