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State's largest walleye lakes test 'clean' for PFCs in fish


Mon, May 2nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Fish taken in 2010 from nine of Minnesota's 10 largest walleye lakes had levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) that were either very low or undetectable, suggesting those lakes have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals (PFCs). That is one of the early findings from new data for fish contamination recently received by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

The results of the PFC testing mean that advice on how much fish can be eaten safely from those walleye lakes will not be impacted by perfluorochemicals. That's good news for Minnesotans who like to catch and eat fish from those waters, said Pat McCann, MDH fish advisory program manager.

"Minnesotans can continue to enjoy the benefits that come from eating fish from some of their favorite lakes without concern for PFCs," McCann said. "People should continue to follow the existing consumption advice for those lakes, which is based on mercury."

The walleye lakes tested were Kabetogama, Rainy, Vermilion, Mille Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Leech, Winnibigoshish, Cass and Upper Red Lake. The 10th largest walleye lake is Lake Pepin, part of the Mississippi River, which had been previously tested and had levels of PFCs that led to recommendations to limit consumption for some species. Perfluorochemicals are a family of man-made chemicals that have been used for decades to make products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water.

Minnesota's 10 largest walleye lakes are the most important fishing waters in the state, according to the DNR. They account for about 40 percent of the statewide walleye harvest and are usually among the most popular lakes with sport anglers.

After PFCs were discovered in fish from Lake Calhoun in the metro area in 2007, state officials began to look for PFCs in fish from other waters of the state. PFOS is the perfluorochemical that accumulates most in fish.

Under the 2010 round of testing, state scientists retested some of the waters, or connected waters, that had higher levels of PFCs in fish from previous testing. The levels found were similar to previous measurements. New waters tested for PFCs included several rivers in Greater Minnesota and some additional metro area lakes. Results from the testing indicate no need for advice to limit consumption in any new areas based on PFCs. Those waters may h .....
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Highway 43 construction in Fillmore and Winona counties begins May 2

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Highway 43 between Rushford and Interstate 90 when crews begin resurfacing the road Monday, May 2, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Flaggers and a pilot c ..... 
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INCREASED ENFORCEMENT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST TEXTING, DRIVER DISTRACTION

Wed, Apr 20th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - Distracted drivers will be the total focus of law enforcement officers statewide on Thursday, April 21. Nearly 400 agencies will increase patrols to ticket drivers who exhibit distracted driving behavior, and as a result, ..... 
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Monitoring for radioactive materials from Japan continues in state

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

As anticipated, routine monitoring by the Minnesota Department of Health has found trace amounts of radioactive material likely from the damaged Japanese nuclear power plants in air samples taken in March from St. Paul and two other locations. The a ..... 
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Guardrail installation scheduled in Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews install guardrail on various highways in Fillmore, County beginning Monday, April 11. Flaggers will control traffic during the lane closures.

Highway Technologies, Inc., is the prime contract ..... 
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Report Finds Air Pollution Harms Minnesota Fish & Wildlife

Thu, Mar 17th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



(Saint Paul) - Local sportsmen called for cleaning up Minnesota's dirty air as the U.S. EPA announces new plans to limit mercury and in response to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The NWF report finds that a number o ..... 
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Health officials investigate three more measles cases in Hennepin County

Thu, Mar 17th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Three more measles cases have been confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since state health officials announced a case of measles in an infant on March 4.

MDH is working closely with Hennepin County Public Health staff ..... 
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MDA laboratory testing confirms E. coli O157:H7 in recalled hazelnuts

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) laboratory has confirmed E. coli O157:H7 contamination of in-shell hazelnuts (also known as filberts) collected from the home of an ill Minnesotan. The contaminated hazelnuts are part of a multi-state re ..... 
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Unemployment rate falls to 6.7 percent

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate declined to a seasonally adjusted 6.7 percent in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The rate, which was 0.2 perce ..... 
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