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Fri, May 11th, 2001
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There were no letters to the editor submitted for the week of May 14, 2001.

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To the Editor,

Exposure to mercury is a very serious health threat because it stays in your system a lifetime. This silver liquidized metal causes damage to the liver, brain, and developing fetuses. Mercury is found in fish tissues, thermometers, barometers, and dental fillings. Currently, there is a bill (S555) that will change the amount of exposure to mercury that is safe for pregnant women and young children. I encourage you to speak to your local representatives about the Mercury-Safe Seafood Act.

I would also like to thank the Fillmore County residents that brought in mercury thermometers for exchange during the week of April 23rd. Fillmore County Public Health was only supposed to distribute 40 digital thermometers, which were all gone in first day of the program. We then received a second shipment of 72 thermometers that lasted until April 27, 2001. In total, 112 thermometers were given out and 151 were taken in for hazardous waste disposal. When community members came in to drop off the thermometers they were asked to complete a 10-question survey. The majority of Fillmore County residents have not been exposed to a broken mercury thermometer and did not know how to clean up mercury and dispose of it properly. In addition, the people of Fillmore County who participated in the mercury thermometer exchange had minimal risks from mercury exposure due to consumption of fish. Please look for further opportunities to dispose of your mercury thermometers in the near future. If you have any questions about mercury please contact me at 507-765-3898.
Sincerely,

Brenda Leigh Waege, MPH
Fillmore County Health Educator


Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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F. Ronald Johnson

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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F. Ronald Johnson, 77, of Lanesboro, a retired farmer, died April 28, 2001 at Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis., of complications of Parkinson's disease. He resided at Harmony Nursing Home for two months before entering the hospital on A ..... 
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Norman "Dempsey" Opsahl

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Norman "Dempsey" Opsahl, 72, of Mabel, died May 3, 2001 at his home.

He was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Preble Township of Fillmore County and attended Grindeland and Tawney schools near Mabel. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Seat ..... 
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Agnes M. Norem

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Agnes M. Norem, 98, formerly of Lanesboro, died May 6, 2001 at National Lutheran Home in Rockville, Md., where she had lived since January.

Agnes M. Borgendale was born Feb. 7, 1903, near Mont-evideo, Minn. She graduated from Montevideo High ..... 
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Bertha M. Nelson

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Bertha Nelson, age 91, of Ostrander, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at the Ostrander Nursing Home in Ostrander where she had resided for about 4-1/2 years.

She was born June 19, 1909, in Winnishiek County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Nickolai ..... 
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Jennie J. Meyer

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Jennie J. Meyer, 88, of Wykoff, died May 6, 2001 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Jennie Josephine Zwart was born Jan. 13, 1913, in Beaver Township, Fillmore County. On Sept. 24, 1932, she married Paul O. Meyer in Wykoff, where the ..... 
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