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A map of private drinking water wells tested for arsenic contamination by AW Research Labs in Brainerd. Approximately 27 of 83 samples tested at levels above federal health limits. Submitted by AW Research Labs

More arsenic contamination uncovered in lakes area


Scientists confirmed more drinking water wells in the lakes area contain levels of arsenic exceeding federal health limits.

An updated map released in early June by AW Research Labs in Brainerd reveals wells on Round Lake, North Long Lake, Pelican Lake and Campbell Lake contain arsenic in excess of 10 parts per billion (ppb). Approximately 27 samples fell between 10 ppb and 50 ppb out of 83 tested, according to laboratory director Sara Ahlers.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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