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ST. PAUL (AP) - Governor Mark Dayton has declared this "Radon Action Month" in Minnesota, and the state is encouraging residents to get their homes tested.
(Click on the link to WTIP below to hear an interview with Andrew Gilbert, Radon Outreach Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health.)
More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon, an odorless, colorless but radioactive gas. The Minnesota Department of Health says one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer every 25 minutes. It's the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but health officials say the risk is largely preventable.
Over 40 local public health agencies around the state have partnered with the Health Department to make over 8,000 radon test kits available to residents at low or no cost.
Over 1,000 Minnesota homeowners every year install radon reduction systems, but that's a small percentage of the homes that should have them.
More information about low cost radon test kits can be found online at www.radon.mn.com, or by calling the Minnesota Department of Health at 1-800-798-9050.
The Proctor-Hermantown girls' hockey team visited Silver Bay Tuesday night and left with a 4-0 shut-out of the Mariners.
The visitors scored once in the first period and three times in the third to take the win.
Scoring for P-H were Reilly Fawcett, who hit the net twice, Abby Halverson and Justina Lindberg.
Cassie Swanson was in the net for Silver Bay Area team. She had 25 saves. Kylie Hommerding had 17 saves for the visitors.
Silver Bay Area is made up of skaters from Cook and Lake counties. The Mariners are 6-13 after the loss, but they've gone 5-5 in the past 10 games.
Silver Bay Area travels to Moose Lake Area's home ice on Friday night for their next match. The Rebels escaped the Mariners when they last met on December 13 in Silver Bay. Moose Lake Area took a 3-2 win that night.
After weather delays over the weekend, Dupre was finally able to fly to Kahiltna Glacier Tuesday. The glacier rests at the base of the mountain.
"We got the go ahead from our pilot, Paul Roderick, this morning to be at the airport by noon. By 1:30pm we had landed on Kahiltna Glacier where Lonnie buried a cache of supplies at basecamp at 7200ft," his website reported. "About half an hour later Lonnie finished getting ready and began making his way towards the mountain. We said our goodbyes and wished him a safe journey!"
Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors and his team won all three stages of the inaugural Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race and mushed his way to the top prize Tuesday.
Fraboni totaled 12:07 for all three stages of the race when he crossed the finish line in Mineral Center Tuesday afternoon. He and the team ran the final stage in 3:28:30 to take home the first place finisher's price of $6500.
Ryan Redington of Wasilla, AK stayed in second place throughout the day finishing the third stage in 3:28:32, just two seconds behind Fraboni on the final stage. Redington ran the complete course in 12:10 and received the $4500 second-place purse.
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa underwrote the $25,000 total in finisher prizes. The purses will be distributed at the 6 PM Awards Banquet at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.
Keith Aili of Ray maintained the third place post he captured Monday and finished the third leg in 3:33. The finish gave him an overall time of 12:27 for the race. Aili took home the third place $3500.
Will Kornmuller of Willow, AK moved up on Tuesday to fourth, finishing the third leg in 3:35 for a total time of 12:37. He received $2000 for his finish.
Also improving his position Tuesday was Ryan Anderson of Ray who finished in 3:33. When added to the first two stages, Anderson came in fifth with an overall time of 12:42. He and his team take $1750 home with them.
Erin Redington of Wasilla, AK finished sixth in the overall standings with a 3:41 third leg and overall 12:47 finish. She captured $1500 for her finish. She was followed by Hovland's Frank Moe whose seventh place finish was only a minute behind Erin Redington at 12:48. Moe ran the third stage in 3:53 to earn $1000 for his finish.
BURNSVILLE, MN– Minnesota AAA says gasoline prices this year will be less expensive than in 2012 as a result of increased domestic oil production and lower demand.
And they’re off! The last leg of the Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race is underway today, January 8, with teams starting off on Devil Track Lake heading through the Gunflint/Greenwood Lake area toward Grand Portage. Organizers anticipate finishers to being arriving at Mineral Center in Grand Portage about 1 p.m. There is a Musher’s Banquet at Grand Portage Lodge tonight at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 and tickets are sold at the door.
For up-to-the-minute racing action, visit the race facebook page—look for Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race and see photos and videos. More information can also be found on the website www.Gichigamiexpress.com.