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Dan Pachel mixes concrete for construction of the city's new well house, in the background. The new well should be on line by July. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Nitrate levels threaten to close additional wells

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Park Rapids' geriatric system of shallow wells could topple like dominos in the coming years, much like senior citizens on wobbly walkers.


Nitrate levels continue to creep to dangerous levels in two more wells.

Tuesday, Park Rapids City Council members, less than a year after taking a well out of service, learned a second one has failed a quarterly test of nitrate levels. A third well has higher-than desired nitrate levels.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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