Newspaper Archive of
The Ortonville Independent
Ortonville, Minnesota
October 27, 1998     The Ortonville Independent
PAGE 15     (15 of 24 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 15     (15 of 24 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
October 27, 1998

Newspaper Archive of The Ortonville Independent produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

I I Council promotes home r air quality awareness Action Week, October 18- ide Awareness 25-31. are part of Indoor Air Quality nationwide effort protect themselves of indoor air pollu- of this effort, the Council suggests all check their homes and their risk. air pollution is a serious for many people," said Coordinator of Initiatives for the Safety Council. "It can be than outdoor air pol- to those that spend home, such as athe Hartshorn recom- take steps to monoxide poisoning their homes for radon. Radon s an odorless, colorless gas the natural decay of ura- soil and rises naturally can seep into homes. If to high levels indoors it significant health haz- es the second leading in the nation and for thousands of deaths  Environmental Protection Agency study of 42 states, Minnesota ranked fourth highest in percentage of homes above the radon level at which the agency recommends taking action," Hartshorn said, "and it's esti- mated that one in three Minnesota homes may have radon levels above the recommended action level. We suggest all Minnesotans test their homes." Carbon Monoxide To prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning the Minnesota Safety Council recommends the following: • Heating systems should be inspected annually by a qualified pro- fessional. If you haven't had it done yet, make the appoint ment now. • Install Underwriters Laboratories- (UL-) listed carbon monoxide alarms in your home. These devices will sound an audible alarm when elevated levels of CO are detected. • Make sure all fuel burning appli- ances are properly ventilated. • Don't idle your car or other vehi- cle in a closed or attached garage. • Remember that at lower levels, carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms: headaches, dizziness, weakness and fatigue. At higher lev- els, or with prolonged exposure, it can cause confusion, disorientation, impaired vision and coordination, brain damage, coma and death. Fetuses, infants, elderly people, and persons with anemia or with a history of heart or respiratory disease can be affected more quickly. • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds and anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, CO is at poten- tially dangerous levels in your home. Leave the house immediately and call the fire department or local emer- gency medical services from a neigh- bor's home. If the alarm sounds and no one is experiencing any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, venti- late the home by opening windows and doors, and turning on fans. Turn off any combustion appliances imme- diately. Then, call an appliance repair technician to find the cause of the alarm. For information or pamphlets about radon, radon testing, and repairs contact the Minnesota Safety Council at (800) 444-9150 or (651) 291-9150. National Home Indoor Air Quality Action and Awareness Week is spon- sored by the National Safety Council and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmen- tal, not-for-profit organization dedi- cated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing uninten- tional injuries and deaths. or Check-off" initiative asks Arne Carlson has desig- 19-23 as Donor in Minnesota as part statewide organ donation initiative designed to number of motorists who wishes on their is being coordinated the federally-designat- organization for the in conjunction with Lions Eye Bank. to LifeSource, 92 per- support organ only 36 of the have their indicated on the of 3,397,177 that our state's popu- do better. We want to act on the positive already demonstrate for indicating their wishes on the driver's license and sharing those wishes with family members," said LifeSource Executive Director Susan Gunderson. "Unfortunately, too many individ- uals do notthink to have their dona- tion wishes marked on their license at renewal time. In the absence of a license designation, many' families who do not know their loved nes donation wishes, often say 's3 to donation, even though their lOved one may have wished to become a donor as a final act of generosity," Gunderson said. While the driver's license designa- tion by itself does not guarantee dona- tion, it is a useful tool to make your family aware of your donation wishes. The family provides permission for donation to occur. Worsening Public Health Crisis The awareness campaign is designed to address the worsenin organ shortage in the region. The number of people dying while waiting for transplants has increased 62 per- cent in the last five years. Nationally, more than 62,000 Americans are registered for trans- plants. Nearly 4,000 people will die this year waiting for their transplanti More than 1,300 Minnesotans are among those waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Having your donation wishes marked on your license has no effect on the quality of lifesaving care you would receive at the hospital if you sustained a life-threatening injury. "Its also important for motorists to realize that the option of donation is not even offered to a family until after all life- saving measures have been unsuc- cessful and death has been declared by the physician," Gunderson said. Minnesota motorists who wish to become organ donors should take the following steps. • Get the facts about organ, eye & tissue donation and make a personal decision. Call 1-888-5-DONATE • Indicate Your Donation Wishes on the Driver's License. • Tell Your Family. A Public Health Crisis With A Cure One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people through the donation of heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small intestine. In addition, by donating corneas and small amounts of skin and bone, one donor can enhance the lives of more than 40 people who suffer from blind- ness, burns, bone defects, and injuries. And, remember these important facts: • Donation is not considered until all lifesaving efforts have failed and death has been legally declared by a physician. The doctors and nurses involved in donation are different from the • doctors and nurses at the hospital. • There is no cost to the family for donation. • A person's race, ethnicity, celebrity or financial status plays no role in the organ allocation process. The organ goes to the person most in need, based on blood type and med- ical urgency. • All major religions support dona- tion. Donation does not delay funeral plans. The appearance of the donor is not altered, so you may have an open casket funeral. For additional information on organ donation, contact LifeSource, toll-free, at 1-888-5-DONATE. School lunch IIII I Tuesday, Oct. 27 Breakfast: Half of a Banana, Ready-to-Eat Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, 1/2 Pint Milk Lunch: Italian Spaghetti Hot Dish, Tossed Salad, Choice of Dressing, Hot Cheese Bread, Chocolate Chip Bar (5-12), Teddy Grahams (K-4), 1/2 Pint Milk Wednesday, Oct. 28 Breakfast: Pear Slices, Pancakes, Syrup, 1/2 Pint Milk Lunch: Hamburger On A Bun, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles (Optional), Tator Sticks, Frosted Fruit Bar, 1/2 Pint Milk Thursday, Oct. 29 Breakfast: Peach Sauce, Apple Muffin, 1/2 Pint Milk Lunch: Submarine Sandwich, Fixings, Chicken Vegetable Soup, Peach Sauce, Ginger Cookie, 1/2 Pint Milk Friday, Oct. 30 Breakfast: Apple Juice, Cheese Pizza On A Bun, 1/2 Pint Milk Lunch: Foot Long Hot Dog (5- 12), Hot Dog On A Bun (K-4), Chili, Relish, Onions, Chips, Baked Beans, Orange Slices, 1/2 Pint Milk Lagred baby shower Sunday An open house baby shower will be held in honor of Jonathan Lagred, son of Andy and Kris Lagred, Sunday, Nov. 1, starting at 2 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center in Big Stone City. All relatives and friends are welcome. No invitations are being sent. MYSTERY BEGINS..... TO UNFOLD....... AGENTS EVERYWHERE ! Mission Possible Agents are making their appearance around every corner in our area. Though these agents are made up of a variety of ages and interests, they are definitely the 'best and brightest' and they all share one common mission. To do their best to see that every young person has every possible opportunity to grow into a caring and responsible adult. Look in the mirror.., you may see one watching you. Are these agents just idealistic dreamers? No, studies done by the Search Institute show that there are definite things that help our children step into adulthood, strong, healthy and responsible. Become an agent and learn more about what it takes to provide our area's kids and youth with the "right stuff". All of our Mission Possible Agents know that all of our future's depend on the next generation having all the skills they need to make the world a better place. f No meetings required.' f Don :NOT tax your ,*hedule! You :NEVER have to report this to the I.R.S.! No age requirements! :No dues! f DO give kids more of the good sttffff f You get to be anonymous m a small town where everyone knows you! You'll build a great networld f We all need a little mystery in our lives! f You may already be one or know one' I I row, from left, Susan Anderson end Jaclyn Watson. Back left, Adrienne Foster, Anne Narem and Jennifer Rise. "The Dance Studio is proud to present the Student Teachers •v for the 1998-99 Dance Season RE-ELECT ROGER L. SWENSON Dear Lac qui Parle County Citizens: As your County Attorney these past eight years we have: • Created Services for Victims of Crime • Created a Vulnerable Adults Protection Team • Completed Specialized Training for Child Protection Team Members ° Created a Welfare Fraud Team ° Conducted Law Enforcement Training Classes. KEEP THIS TEAM WORKING FOR YOU. RE-ELECT ROGER L. SWENSON LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY ATTORNEY ON NOVEMBER 3 RD, 1998 Roger L. Swenson Paid and circulated by the candidate on his own behalf, 214 Sixth Ave., Madison, MN 56256. Oct. 27, 1998  INDEPENDENT Page 3b