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Fri, May 4th, 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

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. .....
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, May 4th, 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 4th, 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 4th, 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 4th, 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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Claire W. McElhose

Fri, May 4th, 2001
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Claire W. McElhose, 86, of Preston, died April 29, 2001 at Preston Good Samaritan Center.

He was born May 9, 1914, in rural Preston. On Nov. 11, 1979, he married Thelma Raveill in St. Charles. The couple made their home in rural Utica. Mr. M ..... 
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John G. Martin

Fri, May 4th, 2001
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John G. Martin, 89, of Chatfield, a retired farmer and former school bus driver, died April 30, 2001 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where he had resided since October 1996.

Born Sept. 20, 1911, in Florenceville, Iowa, he grew up ..... 
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Ellsworth J. (Bud) Love

Fri, May 4th, 2001
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Notice of Graveside Funeral Services to be held for
Ellsworth J. (Bud) Love

Graveside services for Ellsworth J. (Bud) Love will be held Saturday May 12, 2001 in Crown Hill Cemetery at 1 p.m., the Rev. Anthony Fink officiating. Military Rit ..... 
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Shirley A. Landgrebe

Fri, May 4th, 2001
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Shirley A. Landgrebe, 73, of Spring Valley, a homemaker and former church secretary, died April 30. 2001 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester

Shirley A. Carlson was born March 27, 1928, in Duluth, the daughter of Clarence and Alice Hanson) Carlso ..... 
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