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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 (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,

To the residents of Preston - thank you from the Junior High Youth of Christ Lutheran. We apologize if we did not make it to your home, we had one hour to canvas the city and it was a bigger task than we anticipated.

We collected over $500 to be given to Semcac for their Food Pantry. There are many of you who gave monetary gifts to the Food Pantry, and still, they are always in need of monies to purchase those items in demand that are not donated. We also received two bags of groceries.

Our Junior High youth will focus on this Money for Food for Semcac each year in November - so please mark your calendars and watch the paper and listen to KFIL for the details.

On next Wednesday, November 15, our Senior Youth will be joining the youth of the Methodist Church of Preston to collect monies for S.O.S., the Christmas collection to buy Christmas gifts for Semcac clients and those less fortunate. Please be as generous as you were this Wednesday. Thank you very much for your support.
Pastor Bernard Daiker
Preston, MN

Pastor Bernard Daiker
Preston, MN

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