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Monday, November 20, 2000


Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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To the Editor,

Each day, more than 3,000 young people become daily smokers. If current tobacco use patterns persist, an estimated 5 million people who were younger than 18 years old in 1995 will die prematurely from smoking-related illnesses.

In 1998, 35% of youth in the United States smoked tobacco on a daily basis. The concern is even greater for Minnesotas youth whose daily smoking rate is 42%. Fillmore Countys youth smoking rates are no exception. In 1995, 26% of 9th graders and 52% of 12th graders used smoking tobacco each week. These rates will hopefully be reduced to 30% with money and resources from the Tobacco Settlement Endow-ment.

There is also a problem with adult tobacco use in the United States, Minnesota, and Fillmore County. In 1997, an estimated 48 million adults were current smokers in the United States. Of these adults, 20.1% smoked every day and 4.4% smoked on some days. Adult smoking in Minnesota was estimated to be 20.5% in 1995. In 1995, Fillmore Countys adult smoking rate was 18.9%, which was lower than both the state and national level.

Tobacco use and exposure to tobacco by-products is one of the major contributors to cancers of the lung, oral cavity, larynx, and esophagus. Exposure to tobacco is also known to increase the risk of developing bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, and ear infections. Each year, about 3,000 non-smoking adults die from lung cancer as a result of breathing in the smoke of others cigarettes. Of cancer deaths in Fillmore County from 1993 to 1995, 27% of men and 11.3% of women died from lung cancer. The Fillmore County rates are from smokers and non-smokers combined.

Fillmore County has done quite a few things to curb youth tobacco use and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Youth access and use of tobacco has been managed by conducting compliance checks at tobacco retailers. In 1999, every business in Fillmore County with a tobacco license passed the compliance check process. Fillmore County Youth caught illegally abusing tobacco products are forced to pay a fine and enroll in a Tobacco Education Class sponsored by Fillmore County Public Health. Since the Tobacco Education Class started in October of 1999, 30 youth have participated in the program. The majority of these youth have stated that the class helped them to learn about: why they use tobacco, the health effects of tobacco, the legal consequences of tobacco, and how to get help to quit smoking. I .....
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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Harvey C. Wilson

Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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Harvey C. Wilson, 56, of rural Whalan, a self-employed mechanic, died of a heart attack on Monday, October 30, 2000 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he had been a patient three days.

Born February 21, 1944 in Auburn, WA, he moved a ..... 
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Harold Orman

Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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Harold Orman, 66, of Spring Valley, a former Dexter-Brownsdale area farmer, died Wednesday, November 8, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where he had been a patient since Monday evening.

Born Jan. 17, 1934, in Wolbach, Neb., he move ..... 
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Lores Ruth Nichols Trask

Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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Lores Ruth Nichols Trask, 62, of Spring Park, MN, died Thursday, October 19, 2000 from the effects of colon cancer.
Mrs. Trask and her husband operated some small farms in the Rushford and Spring Grove area since 1983.

Mrs. Trask was born ..... 
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Rollyn Eugene Scrabeck

Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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Rollyn Eugene Scrabeck, 66, of Preston, a retired carpenter, died Saturday, November 4, 2000 at St. Josephs Hospital in St. Paul.

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Bonita M. Bushman

Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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Bonita Marjorie Bushman, 85, of Fountain, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Bonnie Finley was born on March 5, 1915 in Jordan Township in Fillmore County. She grew up on the family farm west of Chatfield and ..... 
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Kenneth S. Briggs

Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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Kenneth Briggs, 86, of Spring Valley, a retired heavy equipment operator, died Wednesday, November 8, 2000, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Born March 4, 1914, in Finchford, IA, he lived in the Spring Valley area after moving there as a child ..... 
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