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Chemical Health Initiative of Goodhue County Executive Director Julie Hatch (left) opens a forum April 9 in the Red Wing High School about substance use in the community including growing problems with heroin and prescription opioids. Presenter Gina Evans, community outreach manager with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, said public discussions are a great tool to teach parents about the dangers of prescription drugs. Resources are available at (R-E photo by John R. Russett)

YMCA to prepare kids for an active summer

Red Wing Family YMCA is looking to get local children active this summer starting with Healthy Kids Day on Saturday April 26. The all-day community event offers free activities for children and their families.

“We know that during summer, research shows that kids are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year,” said Mike Melstad, executive director of Red Wing Family YMCA. “Healthy Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning — it's a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”

For more information and an activities schedule, visit

Immunization clinic offered in River Falls

The Pierce County Public Health Department is holding an immunization clinic 3 to 5 p.m. April May 7 in the lower level of the Main Street Edina Realty Building, 174 S. Riverwalk, River Falls.

The clinic is for children through 18 years of age who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, American Indian or Alaska Native or have insurance without vaccine coverage. Some adult vaccinations are available for a fee.

Call 715-273-6755 for more information or to make an appointment.

State’s radon-resistant home builders list tops 100

The Minnesota Department of Health now has 100 builders in its Gold Standard for Radon Resistant New Construction Program, the department announced last week. Builders choosing to participate in the program offer customers a radon fan to reduce buildup of the gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

Around 1 in 5 homes built since 2009 has radon above the recommended action level, and the MDH recommends all new home buyers request a radon fan to be added in the construction process.

For more information on home testing and a list of Gold Standard builders, visit

Support for Alzheimer’s available

Two Alzheimer’s support groups meet Thursday April 17 in Red Wing.

One will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Red Wing Senior Center. The second will meet at 6 p.m. at St. Brigid’s at Hi-Park. The evening group will serve pizza.