Richard Eklund (pictured with his wife Jeanette) worked at the LTV mine for 37 years. He says in spite of annual physicals, the company never told him he was developing lung problems. And now he calls the Health Department's delay in releasing information about mesothelioma deaths a "rip-off." He says if current workers were fully-informed, some of them might choose to quit working in the mines. (MPR photo/Stephanie Hemphill)
A miner's story
by Stephanie Hemphill
, Minnesota Public Radio
June 21, 2007
Hoyt Lakes, Minn. —
Richard Eklund and his wife Jeanette talk about the disease they've been dealing with since he retired from the LTV mine. He worked with asbestos, and now it's eating away at his lungs.
Stephanie Hemphill reports on environmental issues for MPR News.