A public health nuisance is defined by Minnesota law as any activity or failure to act that adversely affects public health. A few examples of a public health nuisance could be:
Insect or rodent infestations
Clandestine drug manufacturing
Unsafe living situations that affect children or vulnerable adults
Improperly stored waste
Although some situations may qualify as a public nuisance not all situations are public health nuisances. A public health nuisance is one that may affect health or disease. For example, a yard full of clutter may seem unsightly to look at, but it does not affect human health nor harbor disease. Refer to the document, "Determining A Public Health Nuisance (PDF)" for more information or contact Community and Veterans Services at 320-983-8208.