The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with more than 40 local public health agencies to provide free or low-cost radon test kits.
More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday. That’s why Gov. Mark Dayton has declared January "Radon Action Month" in Minnesota. Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the soil. More than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United State each year are from radon. Radon is everywhere, but it’s particularly dangerous indoors, where it can concentrate. Both old and new homes can have unsafe amounts of radon. The state Health Department estimates that one in three Minnesota homes have high levels of radon, and 80 percent of the counties in the state are rated high-radon zones. Click on the PDF to the right of this article to read more about…
This week's selection includes another resignation at Best Buy, council opposes same-sex marriage amendment and school board chooses health over profits.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. (Click on the headline to read the full story.) 70 Dangerous Items Taken From People at Suburban Courts The prohibited items were taken during the first week of weapons screening at Brookdale, Southdale and Ridgedale courts. Maple Grove Man Shot in Kansas Hunting Accident Law enforcement officials say Brian Hansen of Maple Grove was shot twice with a shotgun by his turkey hunting partner last Friday. His condition is unknown. St. Michael Family Takes on Radon After hearing stories about radon gas in basements a few years…