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Burning restrictions begin

Spring burning restrictions will begin on Monday, April 3 for Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin, Otter Tail and Wadena Counties.

Regular burning permits will not be issued until green-up occurs in the vegetation, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Variances may be approved for agricultural purposes or natural resource management on a case-by-case basis by DNR Forestry, fire chiefs who have been given authority, or county sheriff's offices that manage their open burning system.

Under Minnesota law, even if an open burning permit is issued or one of the exceptions are met, individuals are generally prohibited from the open burning of rubber, plastics, chemically treated materials (including treated lumber), tires, railroad ties, composite shingles, tar paper, insulation, composition board, sheetrock, wiring, paint or paint filters, oil, hazardous wastes, industrial solid waste, demolition debris, salvage operations, motor vehicles and furniture.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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