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SENTINEL TRIBUNE AREA FOCUS Wednesda€, January 19, 2011 Page 8 Minnesota homes need to be tested 1:or radon; winter is bes time to do it Some local public health agencies will offer test kits for little or no cost Every home in Minnesota should be tested every 2-5 years for radon gas, say state health officials. Testing a home is so important that, as a way to prevent exposure to radon, which can cause lung cancer, health officials are offering a limited num- ber of low-cost test kits to Minnesota homeowners. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has sent about 3,500 radon test kits to 30 local public health agencies around the state that have expressed inter- est in distributing them to homeowners in their areas. During January, which is Radon Action Month, MDH and its partners take extra measures to increase radon awareness and testing. For details on how to obtain a kit, contact your local pub- lic health agency or MDH. A list of participating health agencies can be found on the MDH website at http://www. health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/ indoorair/radon/rncontacts. htm. MDH has recently devel- oped a comprehensive bro- chure with information on radon risks, testing and miti- gation. This brochure will accompany each test kit distributed by local public health agencies. Visit http:// www.health.state.mn.us/ radon to download a print- able version of the brochure. MDH estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of expo- sure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung can- cer in the United States and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year. Radon exposure, however, is a preventable health threat for many Minnesotans. Radon is odorless, col- orless and tasteless, so the only way for homeowners to know if their home has radon is to test. Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes 3-5 days. The most dif- ficult part is remembering to send the canister to the lab for analysis. Most test kits are priced under $20 and are available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laborato- ries. Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied. Tests should not be done in laun- dry or utility rooms, kitch- ens or bathrooms. Once you have tested, further action can be taken based upon your results. If your home's level is over 4 PiC/L, you should consider verification testing and having a radon mitigation system installed. Anyone interested in mitigat- ing his or her home for radon should consult MDH's list of certified radon mitigation contractors at http://www. health, state.mn.us/divs/eh/ indoorair/radon/mitigation. html. For more information on radon testing and mitigation visit http ://www.health. state. mn.us/radon or call the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 1-800-798- 9050. Ruth Harbo funeral pending Ruth Harbo age 97 of Walnut Grove died Sunday, January 16 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services are pend- ing with the Walnut Grove Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at www:walnutgrovefuneral- home.com. Train Derailment from page 1 Above: Railroad workers were busy sorting the crumpled cars last week at Walnut Grove. Right: This payload- er was busy piling up spilled grain at the derailment site east of Walnut Grove Thursday morning. dessica Noding S / Sales Rep 507-274-6136 or 800-410-1859 Jessica Noding Sales Rep 507-274-6136 or 800-410-1859 L00te, 752-7489 League Bowling Open Bowling Parties Food & Beverage 167360 Serving Windom & surrounding communities for 43 years! Cindy M. Jensen Certified Public Accountant Phone: (507)831-0227 Fax number: (507)831-5740 ernail: jensenaccounting@qwestoflice.net G&R ELECTRIC 168 4th St., Tracy, MN 56175 MAVTAO, J[rN Am & DmEcTV AMANA, LG APPLIANCES AND ELECmOnCS We service all makes and models. Residential & Commercial tiffing Phone 507-629-4250 email: elect@iw.net License # CA04099 Plum Creek Embroidery  Hwy 14. Walnut Grove Kris & Randy Tietz, owners • Hats • Jackets • Shirts • Bags • Afghans • Sweatshirts • Bath Towels • Blankets • Tapestries • Your Items or OursSma//or large quantities nct am fK all jvw  axol nme.., lmw twmd I'lql.24B or mull plnef. C & C Custom Interiors Meghann Westover Interior Designer 117 N. 3rd Marshall, MN 507-929-7460 605-695-7399 ,.,vw.cc-cu stominteriors.com WESTER'S LOCKER Bacon -/-/am- Sausage Retail Meats: fresh & frozen Custom Slaughtenng- Sides & Quarters Deer Processing Available 536 1st Ave., Westbrook Tim Wester, owner 507-274-5900 91 r MAAS CONSTRUCTION Co. Jamd Haas, owner Site Domo//bn Grove & Treeline Removal I Dozer Work Genera/ExcovoObn Walnut Grove, MN 1Cell: 507-828-4609 181962 SANFRD" 920 Bell Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 Medical Clinic (507)274-6121 Clink Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday Urgent Care 10AM - Noon Westbrook Hospital (507)274-6121 24 Hr. emergency service Peterson Estates Senior Living (507) 274-6804 BIRKHOLZ LAW LLC ATI'ORNEY AT LAW Daniel A. Birkholz • Family Law. Criminal Defense • Real Estate • Wills, Trusts and Probate • Estate planning Westbrook • 507-274-6501 St. James • 507-375-3374 FISHER PRIMARY EYE CARE CLINIC Hours: Dr. M.R. Fisher 507-831-3478 Edt • @ .:,. . , Mon. thru Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 230 Tenth St. W, ndom MN 56101 :: * YlSUal analysis, diagnosis & therapy * Age-related rnacular degeneration- "i ! * Cataracts- pre-op & Ist-op care diagnos,s & treatment i.i  "i!.; /::: * Glaucoma diagnosis & treatment * Foreign body removal !; ;,: :!; r * Eyelid Problems- diagnosis & referral * Treatment of ocular pathology |  .   * RefracUve laser surgery referral & * C°efaef lenses & glasses available' if I. W  r i ! post-op care needed Jessica Noding Sales Rep 507-274-6136 or 800-410-1859 M. L. GRAMS & ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountant Melissa L. Grams, CPA Income Tax Preparation. :inancial Statements Bookkeeping, Payroll, Estate Planning 628 First Avenue. Westbrook, MN %183 507-274-6171 cpagrams@rrcnet.org & Suhrhoff Law Office work for you{ Call Maryellen Suhrhoff 507-274-5980 611 First Ave. • Westbrook. MN Wednesda) afternoons or by appointment or call the Windom office • 507-831-5575 • 188428