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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Finding a cool spot to wait on a breeze was the task of the day for many.

Although some welcome the heat and humidity, Minnesotans need to watch out for ways to keep the heat from causing a medical emergency.

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“It’s because it’s a long heat wave.

Many many many days, that really wears people down, and if people are outside and doing activities and they may not be tuned into the symptoms, they could get heat injury really quick,” said Eric Waage with Hennepin County Emergency Management.

Experts say if your job requires you to be outside, you should practice work and rest cycles.

“In these types of conditions, for every 30 minutes you work you want to rest for 30 minutes,” said Waage.

That also goes for play time. Just ask Nana Judy.

“I told them we could come out for just a short while because it is so hot and we have to be very careful, don’t we? We have to use lots of sun screen, drink water, and then in about half an hour we got to leave,” she said.

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“If you sit in the shade, it’s a little bit cooler. You can kind of feel the breeze a little more rather than sitting in the direct sunlight,” said new mom Danielle. Her child Krislyn is enjoying a cool spot. Others also found refuge in the water.

Making sure to drink about a quart of water an hour and being aware of symptoms of heat injury are key.

“If you start getting a headache, start feeling a little nauseous, if you sweat extra profusely then you’re starting to get into some serious conditions,” said Waage.

This is the time to check in on neighbors especially if they are older or live in a high rise community.

County buildings like libraries are open as cooling centers.

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If you need help finding a place to go to cool down, here are some ideas.

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After winning the title last season, the Los Angeles Lakers were unceremoniously dumped out of the playoffs by the Phoenix Suns in the first round this time around. While the Suns are a really good team, and might have won the series anyway, injuries played a big role in the Lakers' early exit. 

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In fact, injuries played a big role in the entire season for the Lakers, who played shorthanded for most of the final few months. As a result, the team is looking to make some changes with its medical staff and will not be renewing the contract of their head athletic trainer, according to a report from Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the market to hire a new head athletic trainer after injuries ravaged their 2020-21 season.

Nina Hsieh, promoted to head trainer two years ago, did not have her contract renewed, sources told ESPN.

Hsieh worked for the franchise for more than a decade, beginning as the head athletic trainer in charge of the health and wellness program for the Lakers' G League affiliate then working as an assistant trainer for the Lakers before taking over as head athletic trainer in August 2019.

More changes are expected as the team is in the process of restructuring its approach to player health, sources told ESPN.

With the Lakers up 2-1 on the Suns in the first round, Anthony Davis injured his groin and had to leave Game 4 early. He missed Game 5 and gave it a go in Game 6 before checking out after just a few minutes of action. The Lakers lost all three of those games, and the series. 

Davis' groin problem was just the final straw on a brutal season in Los Angeles. The star forward also missed over two months with a calf injury, and played a career-low 36 games. Meanwhile, LeBron James was sidelined for over a month due to an ankle injury, and also played the fewest games of any season in his career at 45. Though he came back for the playoffs, he was never at 100 percent. 

Those were the two most notable issues on the injury front, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso also dealt with problems in the playoffs. Over the course of the regular season, no one on the roster played the full 72 games. 

Considering that the Lakers had the shortest offseason in NBA history, it's not surprising that players started to wear down. There was bad luck involved as well; no amount of rest or preparation could have helped LeBron when Solomon Hill fell into his leg. Still, even if some things weren't the training staff's fault, it's not surprising that the Lakers would want to go in another direction after such a rough season. 

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