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The Mississippi River ranked third in the nation for receiving the most pollution, behind the Ohio and New Rivers. (2001 file / News Tribune)

More lakes, rivers are among Minnesota's 'impaired'

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Minnesota is adding another 500 lakes and rivers to the list of waterways with pollution problems.

That list, kept by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, now has more than 3,638 lakes and river segments that are considered "impaired" because they are unsafe for drinking or swimming, the fish are unsafe to eat or because the native plants and animals are unhealthy.

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