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Published August 17, 2009, 10:00 PM

Ann Kukan, Park River, N.D., letter: North Dakota full of dangerous chemicals

The air is polluted, and the valley has the most cancer in the nation. Prove me wrong.

PARK RIVER, N.D. — Regarding Ryan Bakken’s column (“Live longer — move to N.D,” Aug. 9, Page B1), is he insane?

The highest rate of cancer is North Dakota. Being here for a year has taught me that this state is full of dangerous chemicals from aerial spraying. Picture it this way: Anything with the word “cide” is death (i.e., herbicide, homicide, pesticide, suicide.)

Anyone who thinks this is healthy has absorbed too many chemicals. The air quality is dangerously bad. I’m from Florida, where we don’t have the crop dusters flying overhead all day and most of the night.

So, I challenge Bakken to produce “back-up” to his fairy tale that people here in North Dakota live healthy, and that the air quality is above par. The air is polluted, and the valley has the most cancer in the nation. Prove me wrong.

Ann Kukan

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