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Star Prairie considers fluoridation

To fluorinate or to not fluorinate, that's the question the Village of Star Prairie will be faced with after a public hearing on the matter on April 10.

In 2012 the village was approached by Sue Lindberg, public health nurse with St. Croix County Public Health, about providing fluoride treatment to its water, said Patsy Johnson, village clerk.

The addition of fluoride to the public water supply is said to reduce tooth decay.

At the time, the board planned to move forward with the fluoride treatment, which would be paid for using grant money from Delta Dental.

All was progressing as it should until Brody Larson, maintenance operator for the village, received conflicting information from the Department of Natural Resources and the village's engineering firm. Johnson said it was unclear whether the fluorination system would also require the village to chlorinate its water as well.

The board decided to put the project on hold until more information could be gathered.

The public hearing on a potential fluoride treatment system for the village is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 10. The public is invited to attend and offer input on the matter.