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THIS WHOPPER weighed 6,54 Ibs. and was caught in the Border Walleye Challenge by Brent Zupan and Dean Droin, shown above, of Madison. They had a total basket of two fish weighing 10.37 Ibs., to win eighth place overall. on Joined by public health advocates Indoor residential exposure occurs would also authorize the EPA to adjust ..and homebuilder representatives, U.S. when radon gas enters through cracks this level in the future based on further ~Senator Amy Klobuchar announcedin floors, walls and construction joints, scientific information. 'today that she will introduce federal or gaps in foundations around pipes, Authorize the EPA to set national legislation aimed at reducing exposure wires and pumps, standards for radon testing and for to cancer-causing radon gas in homes. Klobuchar noted that, while radon worker training programs for radon Radon occurs naturally when ura-exists naturally in every part of the abatement. This will ensure consis- nium and radium in the soil decay and country, Minnesota has one of the tency and quality across the country. break down, releasing a radioactive gas highest concentrations. In addition, Provide incentives (in the form of that eventually finds its way to the radon is a more serious concern in grants) to states like Minnesotathat ira- ground surface (or into the basements Minnesota because of cold-weather plement statewide radon education and of homes and buildings), building methods that tend to seal air mitigation plans, including building "Radon is ghost-like," said inside the home. Also, many Min- codes that require radon- resistant con- Klobuchar. "You can't see it, smell it, nesota homes have basements that are struction in new homes. taste it, touch it or feel it. You don't used for living spaces. Create a rebate program to help re- know when you're breathing it, and you The Minnesota Health Departmentduce the costs of installing radon con- can't tell how much of it you might be estimates that more than one-third of trol systems in newly-constructed breathing. The only way to know if all homes in the state have dangerous homes. This could be similar to the your home has radon, and how much, radon levels. Several years ago, Min- kind of rebate that's currently available is to test for it." nesota passed landmark state legisla- for the purchase and installation of Radon exposure is the second lead- tion that requires all new homes (as of things like energy-efficient appliances ing cause of lung cancer (after smok- June 2009) to have radon ventilation and windows. ing), responsible for more 20,000 systems. "With public awareness, thedanger deaths each year in the United States, Klobuchar's federal legislation is from radon can be managed and mini- including an estimated 1,000 prema- called the "Indoor Radon Exposure mized," said Klobuchar. "The most im- ture deaths each year in Minnesota. Abatement and Detection Act." Key portant thing is for people to take the At a home in Saint Paul with a provisions would: risk of radon seriously. Here in Min- radon control system installed, Require the Environmental Protec- nesota especially, it's important to test Klobuchar announced her legislation tion Agency (EPA) to establish a scien- your home, which is simple and inex- and highlighted the importance of ad- tifically-based national standard that pensive. If the test shows a high level dressing the most serious risk from defines what level of radon is unac- of radon, there are relatively simple radon exposure, which is inside the ceptable. Initially, this level would be methods to reduce your exposure." home. set at 4.0. However, the legislation • • • • The Minnesota Board of Animal that your animal has been vaccinated nated (less than 12 weeks old) should Health reminds pet owners to vaccinate and that the vaccination is current, be kept inside, or away from stray or their animals against rabies, and to "The rabies vaccination for pets is wild animals. make sure to keep the vaccinations up- extremely effective," said Dr. Bill • Do not approach or feed wild or to-date as warm weather sets in. Hartmann, Minnesota Board of Animal stray animals. Typically, summer and early fall are Health Executive Director and State • Wild animals showing abnormal peak times of the year for human and Veterinarian. "In order to prevent hu- behaviors such as aggression or fear- pet interactions with wildlife, as roans from being exposed to rabies we lessness should be reported to local an- wildlife movement increases and peo- must make sure that our pets are pro- imal control officers. ple and their pets enjoy more time out- tected." ° If your pet has contact with a wild doors. This increases the likelihood of Rabies exposure occurs most corn- animal, especially a skunk or a bat, re- interactions with wildlife reservoirs for monly through a bite of an infected an- port it to the Minnesota Board of Ani- rabies, such as skunks and bats. In imal. If you think you or your pet may real Health at 651-201-6808 or to your 2009, nearly 50 percent of skunks have been exposed to rabies by a wild veterinarian. The Board of Animal tested in Minnesota were positive for animal, contact your veterinarian to Health investigates rabies cases and the rabies virus. Rabies vaccination is have the animal tested, recommends vaccinations and quaran- an easy and inexpensive way to protect Follow the recommendations below tines as necessary. both animals and the people who have to reduce the chance of you or your an- ° If you are bitten by an animal, con- contact with them. Dogs, cats, and fer- imal being exposed to rabies: tact your physician and the Minnesota rets over the age of 12 weeks should be ° Dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age Department of Health at 65 1-201- vaccinated for rabies. Frequent reports of 12 weeks should be vaccinated for 5414. of bats within homes should remind rabies and kept current on the vaccine For more information on rabies, owners to vaccinate indoor cats also. as recommended by your veterinarian, visit the Board's website at Contact your veterinarian to make sure • Animals too young to be vacci- www, Musings from the Museum By Norm Shelsta and seals them in a bottle under a tree music departments at Ortonville High On this date in the State of that is planted on the school grounds. School. Minnesota History Files followed by April 24, 1914-In a scene. April 26, 1877-Governor John S. an event from the Big Stone County reminiscent of a biblical plague, Pillsbury appoints this day for prayer History Files: thousands' of frogs overrun Melrose. to relieve the state from the swarms of April 2 1, 1961-The Minnesota The Melrose Beacon explains that the Rocky Mountain locusts that had Twins (formerly the Washington frogs' annual migratory pattern runs plagued farmers for four years. The Senators) play their first game at through town. locusts linger until August, when they Metropolitan Stadium, losing to the April 24, 1913-County Agriculture disappear. new Washington Senators, 5-3. Extension service started with A.B. April 26, 1897-Church of St. April 21, 1934-Entitled the "Worst Lathrop as the first County Agent. On Barnabas in Barry was formed as a Dust Storm" was in 1879. First birth April 24, 1999 dedication was held of congregation. in Browns Valley Township was the Wildlife Museum that was given April 27, 1948-KSTP-TV makes Nettie Mabel Beardsley. to the Museum by Charles Hanson. the first commercial television April 22, 1911-Governor Adolph April 25, 1924-A race to break the broadcast in Minnesota, showing the O. Eberhart signs a law abolishing the world record for the longest distance Minnesota Millers' baseball game death penalty in Minnesota. traveled in a hot air balloon ends in from Nicollet Park for the April 22, 1823-Major Stephen H.Rochester as the winner, W.T. Van approximately 2,500 owners of Long was authorized to conduct an Orman, lands the Goodyear" III just television sets in the Twin Cities. expedition up the Minnesota River under the world record distanceStation owner Stanley E. Hubbard had which included Big Stone Lake. (1,179.9 miles). The race had begun experimented with television since the April 23, 1992-Governor Arne San Antonio, TX, and the three top 1930s. Carlson signs the HealthRight bill into finishers would soon represent the April 27, 1997-Latest ice out date law. Providing medical insurance for United States at the international so far for Big Stone Lake. In 1881 low-income Minnesotans, the program competition in Brussels, Belgium. Barry Post Office which was first is now known at MinnesotaCare. April 25, 1976-Open House and called Lowell was changed by Miss April 23,190$-Class of Ortonville dedication of new gymnasium, MariaM. Barry. High School 1908 signs their names industrial arts department, library and NOTICE FOR LOCATION OF BURIED FACILITIES FOR DIGGERS AND EXCAVATORS • - / P It's our policy to locate our buried facilities within the area we serve without charge to anyone planning to do digging or excavating in the area. When digging, however, if !!N0 REQUEST!! for location made to us and the facilities are damaged or made ir perative, the person or firm doing the digging or - : ,:avating will be responsible for the entire cost of the incurred. request for location of buried facilities must be made by the individual(s) or firm doing the digging at least 48 hours in advance of the actual digging. When a request has been made for the location of buried facilities in accordance with the above requirements and the request is not responded to, any damage which occurs to the buried facilities shall be the responsibility of the company having failed to locate its buried facilities. All charges for relocating or rearranging buried facilities located on private right-of-way will be borne by the individual, firm or company requiring the change. ...... ,-.1 . . OF tVlLLE UTILITIES 1-800-252-1166 Ortonville, Minnesota Agralite Cooperative Benson, Minnesota 1-800-950-8375 1-800-888-1300 derated Telephone Cooperative Chokio, Minnesota Farmers Mutual Telephone Company Bellingham, Minnesota 1-800-374-7133 RESOURCES ~ 1-800-889-9508 Tuesday, May 4, 2010 INDEPENDENT Page 7