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Monday, November 13, 2000


Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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To the Editor,

I am writing this letter to draw attention to radon as a serious public health issue. It is estimated that one in three homes in Minnesota have radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. I would also like to motivate people living in Southeast Minnesota to take action to protect themselves from radon health effects.

Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas produced by the decay of uranium in soil, rock, and water. When air is exhausted out of our homes, a vacuum is created that sucks in outside air. Some of this outside air is from the soil and may contain high levels of radon. The gas enters the home in cracks and openings that are exposed to the soil as well as through solid material.

Long term exposure to radon can increase your risk of developing lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The U.S. EPA estimates that exposure to radon causes 14,000 deaths from lung cancer per year. Only tobacco smoke is responsible for more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and are exposed to high levels of radon your risk of radon-induced lung cancer is 17 times greater than for non-smokers. Smokers can significantly reduce their lung cancer risk by reducing their exposure to radon.

I urge you to take the first step in protecting your family against radon by testing your home for elevated levels of radon. Testing homes for radon is simple and inexpensive. If your home does exceed the EPA guidelines, steps can be taken to reduce the radon level. Radon test kits are available at no cost from Fillmore County Public Health in Preston. Testing your home for radon is as simple as opening the radon detector and placing the detector in a designated area. After four days, close the detector and return it to Fillmore County Public Health. The radon test kits are analyzed by Olmsted County Public Health Services and the results are mailed to you. For more information on radon, radon testing, and radon mitigation; contact Becky at Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-3898 or relsbernd@co.fillmore.mn.us.

Sincerely,
Becky Elsbernd, PHN
Fillmore County Public Health

To the Editor,

I am writing this letter to draw attention to radon as a serious public health issue. It is estimated that one in three homes in Minnesota have radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (EP .....
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Nov 12th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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.

Mr. Scrabeck was born February 8, 1934. He married the former Emily Scheevel, and they were later divorced. [Read the Rest]

Bonita M. Bushman

Sun, Nov 12th, 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 12th, 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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