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Do-it-yourself test kits can detect elevated levels of radon in the home. This kit from Air Check Inc. is offered to Minnesota residents at a discount through an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health. (Photo provided by Air Check Inc.)

Time is right for radon testing

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State health officials say now is one of the best times to test homes for radon — an odorless, radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.


Radon levels indoors usually are highest during the winter months when buildings are closed off, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. They estimate that more than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerously high levels of radon.

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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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