January 2018 Newsletter: Winter reading program, McDonough elected chair, Public Health Awards nominations

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January 2018    

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Upcoming Events

Parent-Child Snowshoe Trek
Monday, Jan. 15
10-11:30 a.m.

Board of Commissioners Meetings
Tuesdays, Jan. 16 & 23
9 a.m.

Housing & Conciliation Court Self-Help Center
Tuesdays, Jan. 16, 23 & 30
1-4 p.m.

Ski Otters
Saturday, Jan. 20
10:30 a.m. - noon

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, Jan. 27
10:30-1:30 p.m.

Doggie Depot
Saturday, Jan. 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Beekeeping Basics
Sunday, Jan. 28
1-4 p.m.

Did you know?

Two out of five Minnesota homes have high radon levels.

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can seep up from the soil surrounding homes. Inhaling radon particles damages lung cells and can increase the risk of lung cancer.

Home test kits are available from Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health for $9. Learn more at ramseycounty.us/radon.

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Winter reading program for adults

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Winter Reads, a winter reading program for adults offered by Ramsey County Library, runs Jan. 2 - Feb. 28.

Pick up a reading record bookmark at any county library location to get started. Read four books and return your reading record to receive a prize and enter for a chance to win the grand prize. Library staff are available to offer suggestions for good winter reads.

It's easy, fun and sure to cure those winter blahs!

Nominations open for 2018 Public Health Awards

Do you know someone who has helped improve health in Ramsey County?

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Ramsey County Public Health Awards. The annual awards recognize individuals and groups who have made exceptional contributions to improving health in our community by advancing health equity. 

Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

Learn more at ramseycounty.us/publichealthawards.

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Jim McDonough elected board chair

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The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has elected Jim McDonough as Chair of the Board for 2018.

Commissioner McDonough has represented District 6 since 2000. He has served as chair twice previously from 2014-2015 and 2002-2003.

Commissioner Janice Rettman (District 3) was elected to continue serving as vice chair. 

View meeting video and other appointments.

Volunteer with SOS Sexual Violence Services

SOS Sexual Violence Services of Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health is currently seeking volunteers to staff the 24-hour crisis line during nights and weekends.

Free, extensive training begins in February.

Learn more and apply to volunteer.

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