5-year-old drowns in Chisago County, his life jacket still on the dock

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune

Tragedy struck on two Minnesota lakes this week, with a 5-year-old boy drowning Tuesday in Chisago County and a man still missing Wednesday, two days after his unoccupied pontoon boat was found adrift in Forest Lake.

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Edina Foundation Abbey’s Hope Wins National Award

Local Foundation Abbey's Hope gains national recognition following tragic pool accident.

By Anna Zeck, Edina Magazine

For Katey Taylor, out of tragedy came something truly powerful. After her daughter, Abbey, passed away in 2008 as a result of injuries from an improperly maintained pool drain cover, Taylor decided to make good on Abbey's wish that this accident would never happen to another child.

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Improved pool safety eases a mom's grief

By Gillian Graham, Portland Press Herald

THOMASTON- Ten years after she plunged into a bubbling spa to try to save her drowning daughter, Nancy Baker still thinks about the moment when the 7-year-old realized she was stuck.

She also remembers the helplessness of not being able to pry her daughter Graeme off the drain, the trauma her other children experienced as they watched their younger sister drown, the way time stood still.

She also remembers turning that grief into action, spending countless hours telling Graeme's story and fighting for a federal law so no other child would die the same way.

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Twin Boys Drown In Arlington Backyard Pool

Arlington- (CBSDFW.com)

Police in Arlington are investigating the deaths of two 4-year-old boys who drowned on Tuesday night in a backyard swimming pool.

Rescue crews were called to the 3200 block of Hunter Cove Drive in southwest Arlington shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, said Arlington Police Department spokesman Tiara Richard. "Early details are that this looks like accidental drowning involving two young boys," Richard said. "Both were driven by ambulance to Medical Center of Arlington where they were pronounced dead."

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3 Glenview Park District pools closed to summer camp groups while drowning probed

By Jonathan Bullington and Susan Berger, Chicago Tribune

Despite sweltering heat, attendance at the normally crowded Roosevelt Outdoor Pool in Glenview was noticeably sparse Monday as state and local authorities investigated the death of a 4-year-old boy who drowned while visiting with a day care center summer camp.

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Shoring up safety in the water: 'It's a life-saving skill'

By Kristin Tilloston, Star Tribune

Britney Moreno's head went completely under water at the Midtown YWCA pool in Minneapolis. The 9-year-old's mother, Matilde Dominguez, reflexively leaned forward from a nearby bench, then settled back down when it was clear that Britney was not only okay, but actually enjoying her first swimming lesson.

Britney and her 11-year-old sister, Magali, repeated the instructors' swim strokes as her father, Roberto Moreno, videotaped their progress on his cellphone.

"It's the land of 10,000 lakes," he said through an interpreter. "They have to know how to swim"

In Minnesota that's not always the case.

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Katey Taylor receives Edina leadership award

By Lisa Kaczke, Sun Current 

June 5, 2012

Katey Taylor of Edina received the Rotary Club of Edina's 2012 Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award on May 24.

Taylor received the award for working at the local and national levels to education the public on drowning and pool and spa entrapment.

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The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips