Environmental health is an integral part of Minnesota's public health system. Horizon Public Health works on many environmental issues, including natural and man-made disasters, air and water quality, food borne disease outbreaks, and other health safety issues. Among the most prominent of the services offered by Horizon Public Health is our work with local food and lodging establishments in Douglas and Pope Counties. We establish and enforce health standards to ensure clean and healthy conditions in hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants, manufactured home parks, recreational camping areas, school kitchens, and youth camps. We educate the public about food safety. Please explore the links below for more detailed information.
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A special event food stand is defined as a food and beverage establishment which is used in conjunction with celebrations and special events, and which operates no more than three times annually (per calendar year, January – December) for no more than ten total days.
Horizon Environmental Health’s involvement in indoor air quality is limited to the investigation of complaints involving buildings with some kind of public occupancy and a possible public health threat (such as an apartment building with possible mold contamination) in all five counties (Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, Traverse), along with the enforcement of the Smoking Ban (Freedom to Breathe/Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act) in our licensed establishments in Douglas and Pope Counties.
Horizon Environmental health does not offer air testing or have air testing equipment available. If you own your own home and think you may have an indoor air quality issue, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s “Healthy Homes” at http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/healthyhomes/ for more information.
For more information on the Freedom to Breathe/Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s website at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/mciaa/ftb/index.html.
To make a complaint about smoking in a smoking prohibited area in Douglas County, contact Jessica Peterson, Health Education, Horizon Public Health, at email@example.com or contact her by phone 320-762-2926. In Pope County, contact Shelly Svec, Health Educator, Horizon Public Health at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her by phone at 320-634-7834.
Water quality is monitored by several different agencies in Minnesota.
Horizon Environmental Health does not offer water testing to individual homeowners. If you have concerns regarding water quality, please see the links listed below or contact us and we will assist you in finding the right resources.
“Horizon Environmental Health shall initially and annually license all establishments in Douglas and Pope Counties subject to licensing requirements as described in the delegation agreement between the Horizon Community Health Board and the MN Department of Health. No establishment may operate without a current, valid license. Upon recommendation from the Environmental Health Advisory Committee and prior to the annual license renewal cycle, the Horizon Community Health Board, with the consensus of the Douglas and Pope Counties Boards of Commissioners, shall establish license fees for the next calendar year.”Annual Establishment Licensing Policy
“Horizon Environmental Health, in accordance with the current fully executed delegation agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health, shall inspect and license regulated establishments in Douglas and Pope Counties and enforce applicable laws to assure compliance with Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 144, 157, and 327 and Minnesota Rules, Chapters 4625, 4626, 4630, and 4717 and any successor statutes or rules under the scope of the delegation agreement.”Inspection and Enforcement Policy