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Groundwater contamination hits Park Rapids residents in the pocketbook

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By Dan Gunderson / Minnesota Public Radio

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – A growing awareness about Minnesota’s groundwater challenges is about to hit residents of Park Rapids in the wallet.

Fees for city water are going up roughly 25 percent to help pay for a $2.5 million treatment plant. The new plant is needed because the city’s old water supply has become too contaminated with nitrates from fertilizer applied by farmers in the area.

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