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Private water well owners in flood prone areas urged to take precautions


Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials are warning that contaminated private water wells pose a major public concern during the flooding now threatening various parts of Minnesota.

Although simply coming in contact with flood water shouldn't pose a significant infectious disease risk, contamination of drinking water is a different matter, according to John Linc Stine, assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Well owners are advised to take steps to deal with potential contamination problems, both before and after a flood.

"If flood waters cover the top of your well casing, your well will have to be pumped out, disinfected and tested before you can start using the water again," Stine said. "If you anticipate flooding, you may want to take precautions to protect your well. That can make the clean-up process easier."

City water systems are unlikely to become contaminated, Stine noted, because city wells are generally protected from flooding.

Detailed instructions for disinfecting and testing private wells is available on the MDH Web site and from the district offices with well management units in Bemidji, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud and the metro area.

Well owners who expect flooding may want to seal the top of their wells before the flooding starts to keep sediment and debris out of the well. That won't eliminate the need for disinfection and testing, but it can make the post-flood clean-up go more smoothly.

MDH recommends that well owners take the following steps if they think their well may become flooded:

•Store a supply of clean water before taking your well out of service.

•Disconnect the power supply for your well. If you need help, consult with a licensed well contractor or pump installer.

•If you have time, have a well contractor install a water-tight seal on your well - replacing the regular vented well cap or seal.

•If you don't have time to have a professional install a watertight seal, clean off the outside of the well casing and cover the top of the well with a heavy-duty trash bag or some other form of heavy plastic sheeting. Secure the plastic covering with electrical tape or some other type of waterproof tape or strapping material.

More information on well management during flooding can be found on the MDH Web site at http://www.health.state.mn.us/. The Web site also contains other information .....
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Controlling blood pressure prevents many health problems!

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the artery walls. It is often written or stated as two numbers. The first or top number represents the pressure when the heart contracts. This is called systolic pressure. The second or bottom number repr ..... 
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Now is the time to prevent diabetes-know your risk

Mon, Mar 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

St. Paul, MN-On American Diabetes Alert Day, Tuesday, March 23, the Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative has good news about diabetes. People who keep their blood glucose (sugar) as close to normal as possible in the early years followin ..... 
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H1N1 flu immunizations still available

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering H1N1influenza immunizations via appointment and community vaccination clinics during March 2010. According to health educator, Brenda Leigh Pohlman, FCPH has provided over 2,800 H1N1 immunization ..... 
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Feel good about giving back by donating blood

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 9, 2010) - Looking for a way to give back to your community, but don't have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in about an hour you can help save a life by donating blood, and ..... 
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New study finds increase in number of Minnesotans without health insurance

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance rose from 7.2 percent to 9.1 percent between 2007 and 2009, according to the results of a new survey by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota School of Public ..... 
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Smoking by the Numbers

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Every day I hear the stories of people who want to quit smoking and help people who they love quit smoking. They want to feel better, live longer, protect their children, and save money - reasons we can all relate to, whether we are smokers o ..... 
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Heart disease: not just a man's problem

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Many women are unaware that cardiovascular disease is not just the number one killer of men, it's also the number one killer of women. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of about 500,000 women a year ..... 
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A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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