Public health has a role in protecting against environmental health hazards by addressing aspects of the environment that pose risks to human health. This includes developing policies and programs to reduce exposure to environmental health risks, promoting health environments, and identifying and mitigating environmental risks such as food and waterborne diseases, radiation, occupational health hazards, and public health nuisances. In this section you will find information on:
- Public Health Nuisance
- Well Water
Mille Lacs County offers free guidance and education on reducing environmental hazards in the home.
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Mold in Rental Housing - What you can do as a tenant and what your options are in the owner refuses to help.
Check with your city to see if they have adopted property maintenance or rental housing codes.
Mille Lacs Public Health does not have authority to provide direct services, such as inspections or testing, for mold problems.
Repair Request Letter (PDF) – Tenant should keep a copy of the letter(s).
If a landlord fails to make repairs, the Attorney General’s publication “Landlords and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities” suggests a number of remedies, including filing a complaint with the local housing, health, or building inspector, if there is one. Tenants can contact their city or county to see what codes and inspection services may be available.
For more information on legal rights and action:
- Minnesota Attorney General's Office: Landlords and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities
- Home Line: A non-profit Minnesota statewide tenant advocacy organization
- Emergency Repair Problems (PDF)
- LawHelpMN.org - Legal Information for Tenants – search for legal aid in your area
- Get Help - Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (mylegalaid.org)
Mille Lacs County Legal Advice/Assistance
If you would like to seek legal advice, there is a local attorney available at the Mille Lacs County Courthouse. Call (320) 983-8313 for office hours. Sign-up for this free service at the Mille Lacs County Justice Center Law Library.
No Cost Lawyers
General phone: (320) 253-0138
Intake: (320) 253-0121 or (888) 360-2889
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The U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend that every Minnesota home be tested for radon. Mille Lacs County Public Health offers radon test kits at a reduced price for residents for $5. With each test kit comes useful information about radon, its effects, and how to best protect your family’s health.
Options to purchase a $5 Radon Test Kit Locally
Visit: Mille Lacs County Community and Veterans Services
525 2nd Street SE, Milaca, MN 56353
Online Purchasing Options
Air Chek, Inc. - A manufacturer of short-term radon test kits. Minnesota residents receive a discount. Order online: Air Chek.
Radonova - A manufacturer of long-term radon gas test kits. Minnesota residents receive a discount. Order online: Radonova.
For More Information:
Radon: Keeping you safe from radon (state.mn.us) (PDF) – Updated 01/2022
Radon in Minnesota - MN Public Health Data Access portal - Radon Data Levels in MN