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hursda00, October 00o1, m mun'*- Tri-County News Kimball, MN A00tho00y Chief Meteorologist, KSAX Lower temperatures hit Weather column: Tempera- tures were cool Monday morn- ing, Oct. 17, across the state along with very windy conditions. The real cool air was across southern Minnesota where Luverne was the cold spot in the state, as that com- munity dropped to 30 degrees for the morning low. Worthington and Jackson both dropped to 32 degrees. The winds were also very windy on Monday into Monday night. Wind gusts at times were in excess of 30 mph. As a result, we did have elevated concerns about wild fires once again, despite the cooler temperatures and the recent rainfall. Even cooler air spilled in from Canada on Tuesday and Wednes- day. Highs were only in the 40s in many locations. With the cooler air and a weak trough of low pressure that slid through on Tuesday into Wednesday morning, we did have a chance of a rain/snow mix. Little moisture was associated with this system. Even though little came of this system, just the talk of snow in the forecast had many peo- ple groaning. I don't think many of us are quite ready for snow. I know my brother was busy trying to get his tractor winterized for the upcoming season "just in case" he had to blow out his long driveway. I am sure many of you were think- ing, too, about your snow blowers or other means of removing snow. It seems like we just had record highs in the 80s and 90s, and peo- ple were still swimming. Now we have to think about winter coats and snowboots. I know I have not put away my summer clothes quite yet. Temperatures will moderate by later this week and into this week. We could see the return of some 60s by the weekend. Have a great rest of the week! Weather history: In 1972, very cold air spilled into the state. Tower fell to a low of one degree above zero and Luvern dropped to nine degrees for a morning low. Weather fact: The winter of 1932 in the U.S. was so cold that Niagara falls froze completely solid! MINN. AT A GLANCE: Moorhead...Low...28.. High...44 Duluth....Low 31... High...42 Alexandria...Low 28... High...43 Twin Cities...Low 33... High...48 Rochester Low...32...High...48 Marshall... Low 27..High...44 Today (Monday, Oct. 17): Partly to mostly cloudy, 20 percent chance of rain/snow mix early, mainly northeast and east. High 43 Low 28, Winds: N 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10" Today's sunrise: 7:44 a.m. Today's sunset: 6:29 p.m. Normal High: 53 Normal Low: 35 A trough of low pressure will slide through the state and could bring some light rain possible mixed with some light snow/flur- ries. Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 47 Low 32 Winds: NE 5-15 Prec. None Friday: Partly cloudy and a bit warmer. High 54 Low 37 Winds: E 5-15 mph Prec. None Saturday: Partly cloudy, 20 per- cent chance of light rain. High 53 Low 38 Winds: SE 5-15 mph. Prec. Trace-.10" Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20 per- cent chance of rain. High 56 Low 42 Wind: SW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10" Radon gas awareness Oct. 17-24 is Radon Awareness Week According to the Surgeon Gen- eral, Oct. 17-24 is Federal Radon Action Week. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during the October aware- ness drive. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Mil- lions of Americans are unknow- ingly exposed to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Har- vard University ranks radon as America's #1 in-home hazard. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if neces- sary, this health hazard can be avoided. Radon gas is not isolated to cer- tain geographical areas or home types. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the United States. It caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined! If a home hasn't been tested for radon in the past two years, EPA and the Surgeon General urge you to take action. Contact your state radon office for information on locat- ing qualified test kits or qualified radon testers. The federal commitment made by EPA, the General Services Administration, and the depart- ments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Ser- vices, Housing and Urban Devel- opment, Interior, and Veter- ans Affairs will focus efforts on radon reduction and mitigation in homes, especially those of low- income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the simple fixes necessary to pro- tect their homes and loved ones. Learn more about the Federal Radon Action Plan at www.Radon Sports, School News, Legais, Crime, Photos, Announcements, Classifieds, Weather, and much more! www.tricountynews.MN ALSO: You can easily enter events yourself in the online Community Calendar, subscribe or renew, or place a classified ad ]00iFth Volunteers are needed Rural Stearns Faith in Action is Hiemenz looking for committed volunteers who would be willing to give as lit- tle or as much of their time to help a neighbor in need. There are sev- eral options: Volunteers can help with what things they might be interested in or have talent in. Volunteering can be as often as weekly or as infrequently as every couple months, based on their Daniel and Kristin Hiemenz of St. Augusta announce the birth of their daughter Brooklyn Marie Hiemenz born Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 18 and 1/2 inches. She is welcomed by her brother Tucker, 2 1/2. _ Grandparents are Glenn and Lori Winter of Luxemburg, and Pete and Elaine Hiemenz of Sauk Rapids. Great-grandparents are Rob- ert and LaVerne Winter of Luxem- burg. Halloween party Oct. 29 The Kimball Junior Unit 261 is having their annual Halloween Kids' party at the Kimball Legion at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Free bingo starts at 1:30 p.m. There will be games, treats, prizes, snacks and beverages. I Saturday, O  29 | 9 a.m.-lP.m. : :: :. | Watkins Elementary School| |So" s___0red...byWatkinsj?| 00dlilze: 2 Morays Page 5 availability. Are you someone who...? Has the time to give to others Knows someone who needs help Would feel wonderful by mak- ing a difference in your own com- munity We need you today! Call Rural Stearns Faith in Action at (320) 685-3693 or (800) 549-5855. AUCTI ON" Former Redeemer Lutheran Church Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 -- 10:00 a.m. Located in Kingston, MN, just east of Hwy. 15 on Main Street (72359 Co Rd 27, Dassel). Former church on large 1.25-acre lot that borders the Crow River. Main building is 24' x 48' with full basement and bath, kitchen cabinets, and gathering area. LP forced-air furnace and central air, both only 10 years old. An enclosed, carpeted front entrance. * Some pews, tables and chairs, and misc. dishes will be sold separately. * Preview: Sunday, Oct. 23, 4-5 p.m. Black Diamond Auctions Lic. #73-05-03 (320) 241-1200 Possible uses: Wedding Chapel, music studio, offices, workshop, home, or business Terms: $5,000 non-refundable downpayment at auction; balance due at dosing on or before Nov. 30, 2011.10% buyer's premium added to high bid to equal contract price. Property will be sold in 'S IS" condition.