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No-smoking signs like this one posted outside the Goodhue County Justice Center have become commonplace at public buildings in Minnesota. Although state law allows people to smoke inside apartments and rental units, Four Corners Partnership is hoping more property owners make the switch to smoke-free. (Republican-Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Neighboring counties look to expand smoke-free rental options

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Workplaces, retail stores, government buildings, bars and restaurants - the list of smoke-free areas in Minnesota encompasses nearly every aspect of life. But there is one place where residents can still smoke with impunity: at home.


For homeowners, avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke is as easy as making a rule forbidding smoking inside. For renters - especially those with no other option than subsidized housing - the solution may not be so simple.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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