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Olmsted County deputies step up effort to stop quarry swimming

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STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) -- When it comes to summertime fun and relief from the heat sometimes there's only one answer: swimming.

Olmsted County Deputy Zak Breitenbach says, "It's a quarry. It's not a swimming area. It's private property."

But it's becoming more and more popular to swim in quarries, particularly Milestone Quarry in Stewartville. Olmsted County deputies have issued eight tickets this week in an effort to stop the dangerous behavior.

Deputy Breitenbach explains, "It's happened in the past. There have been people killed out here, and I don't want to see anybody come out here, granted they're probably just out here to have a good time but it could end up somebody being injured or killed."

One of the major dangers is that the water level changes frequently.

Deputy Breitenbach says, "One day you could come in here and the water level could be up and the next day you could come in here and the water level could be three or four feet lower. You hitting your head on a rock could very easily happen."

Deputies say they'll be checking the areas often.

He says, "A lot of times in the past we've just warned people and told them not to come back but people keep coming back so it's gotten to the point now where we're just issuing citations to people coming in here."

On top of the dangers of jumping in around the jagged rocks, it's also illegal. Milestone is clearly marked as private property and trespassing is a misdemeanor.

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