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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Public meetings to address residents’ questions about PFCs in their wells set for Sept. 26

Residents of south Washington County who live in or near areas where groundwater has been contaminated with perfluorochemicals (PFCs) will have an opportunity to ask questions about PFCs and discuss this issue one-on-one with staff from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Washington County at two public meetings Sept. 19 and Sept. 26.

The meetings will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Oak-Land Junior High (cafeteria) in Lake Elmo and 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Cottage Grove City Hall (Training Room). The meetings will be held as "office-hours", with no formal presentations, to give residents ample time to discuss their individual situations with staff. Informational materials will also be available.

The affected areas are primarily in southern-most Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud Island Township, southern Lake Elmo, and the west edge of West Lakeland Township. In August, MDH sent letters to about 80 private well owners in those areas informing them that water from their wells had levels of one or both of two PFCs, known as PFOS and PFOA, above a recently revised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lifetime health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion (ppt). Those residents will receive bottled water until carbon filters can be installed in their homes to remove the PFCs.

In the coming months, staff from MPCA and MDH will sample and test water from 400 to 500 additional homes in the affected areas to determine if others have water above the advisory level and are also eligible for bottled water and carbon filters. The sample results will also be used to determine if additional wells need to be tested.

PFC groundwater contamination resulted from landfilling and disposal of the chemicals at several locations in the county. Residents in the affected area who have questions or concerns about their health or their water can find information on the MDH website at Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in Minnesota or may call 651-201-4897.

-MDH-

Take a wild ride

Experienced and beginning mountain bikers can ride some of the best single-track trails in the state at the fourth annual Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival.  The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the West Trailhead in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan.
 
Riders can test out the skills course and ride the best mountain bike trails in the metro — all for free. Several local bike shops will be on hand for clinics, group rides led by coaches, tune-ups and much more.
 
Riders can bring their own bikes or check-out a bike for free. Attendees need to bring a helmet and a driver's license. Models of mountain and road bikes available for demo include Specialized, Giant, Norco, Trek, Framed and Felt. There will be kid's activities throughout the day.  Wild Ride is an official International Mountain Bicycling Association event.
 
Food and beverage options from the Blue Door Pub will be available for purchase.
 
The festival is presented by Dakota County Parks and Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists, along with Penn Cycle & Fitness, Valley Bike and Ski, Erik's Bike Shop, Gateway Cycle, Hed Cycling Products and Apple Valley HealthSource.
 
For more event information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/parks and search Wild Ride.

Randolph True Blue Celebration

Randolph Schools's 14th annual community night, now named "True Blue Celebration" will be held Friday, September 30, 2016.  A dance for grades 4, 5 and 6 will be held in the North Gym from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   All students and parents will visit vendor tables from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and free pizza and water will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A flu shot clinic will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The door prizes will be announced during the football game. We will put the person's name on the prize; a list of the winners will be given to the football game announcer.  Winners will come up to the Elementary Office to receive their prize.  Winners grade three and younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Need not be present to win.
 
Thank you.
Mr. Rutledge