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Health Department releases annual report of drinking water in Minnesota


Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Results of regular monitoring reveal little evidence of contamination problems in Minnesota's 964 community water supply systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Minnesota's public water supply systems are tested on a regular basis for bacteria, nitrate and other inorganic chemicals, radiological elements, and up to 118 different industrial chemicals and pesticides. The MDH annual report is based on the results of monitoring under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act for the past year.

The drinking water annual report includes test results for 726 city water systems throughout the state. Also included were 238 non-municipal systems that provide drinking water to people in their place of residence-in locations such as manufactured home parks, apartment buildings, housing subdivisions, colleges, hospitals, prisons, and child care facilities.

Among the other findings in the report:

No systems exceeded current federal or state standards for pesticides or industrial contaminants. Water samples from those systems were subjected to more than 21,000 separate tests for more than 100 potential contaminants.

Detectable levels of coliform bacteria were found in 13 community water systems, including 5 municipal systems. While not all coliform bacteria cause illness, they provide an indicator of possible contamination in the system. Systems with coliform problems are routinely disinfected, flushed, and retested to ensure that the contamination is gone before being returned to normal service. The process typically takes less than a week. The municipal systems that tested positive for bacterial contamination were Bovey, Brainerd, Marble, Perley, and Trommald. All of the residents served by the affected systems were informed of the situation at the time it occurred.

While several cities in Minnesota continue to wrestle with arsenic in their groundwater, the vast majority of municipal drinking water systems in the state report few problems. By the end of 2009, 10 community water systems, including 6 municipal systems, still exceeded the standard for arsenic. The affected municipal systems are Buffalo Lake, Dilworth, Dumont, Lowry, Norcross, and Wendall. These systems are working with MDH to come into compliance and are also communicating regularly with their residents about the situation. Arsenic occurs naturally in soil and rock, where it can dissolve into groundwater, the primary source of drinking water .....
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Red Cross Survey Finds More than Two-thirds of Americans Experience a Summer Emergency

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Rochester, MN, May 25, 2010 - A new Red Cross survey shows that 68 percent of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke and broken bones to more life-threatening situations. One in every fou ..... 
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It's not your mother's nursing home

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Introductory note from Mr. Samuelson: If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to care for our seniors. This is the first of three articles that talks about how the Harmony and surrounding communities have built, adapted, and con ..... 
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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What: As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect t ..... 
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5K Fun Run/Walk in support of Habitat for Humanity

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Whether you are an exercise enthusiast or someone wanting to support Habitat for Humanity, walkers and runners are invited to Harmony, MN, for the Harmony Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk on July 3rd.

This event is sponsored by local businesses, and t ..... 
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Major new study on PFOS in fish shows only minor change needed in safe eating guidelines

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Most fish tested from lakes outside the metro area have low to undetectable levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), according to a new screening study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the state of ..... 
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5K Run/Walk in support of Habitat for Humanity

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Whether you are an exercise enthusiast or someone wanting to support Habitat for Humanity, walkers and runners are invited to Harmony, MN, for the Harmony Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk on July 3rd, 2010.

This event is sponsored by local businesses, ..... 
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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What: As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect t ..... 
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Parents and caregivers of children with asthma encouraged to have written asthma action plans

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

In recognition of World Asthma Month, Minnesota health officials are encouraging parents and caregivers of children with asthma to ensure that their child has a written asthma action plan (AAP). An AAP helps all asthma patients and medical profession ..... 
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