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MnWARN coordinators visit Fillmore County for presentation


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Regional coordinators Marty Glynn and Steve Bushman and Jeff Dale of the Minnesota Rural Water Association were the key speakers at a MnWARN presentation hosted at Preston Public Utilities on April 18. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Nearly six years later, the vivid images of the devastating floods of 2007 are still fresh in the minds of many across southeastern Minnesota, especially those who lived in the community of Rushford at the time. Even though seventeen inches of rain falling within a 24-hour period is an extremely rare event, no one can guarantee that something similar will not happen again. And as there is always a possibility of such a tragic disaster, it is never a bad idea to prepare and have a plan in place to ease the effects when tragedies like the 2007 floods occur.

Minnesota Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (MnWARN) region one coordinator Steve Bushman, along with region six coordinator Marty Glynn and Jeff Dale of the Minnesota Rural Water Association, delivered an informational presentation on the benefits of belonging to the state’s MnWARN program to more than thirty public works employees, emergency response team members, and city officials from the southeastern Minnesota area. MnWARN is a statewide ‘utilities helping utilities’ network that aids in man-made or natural disasters through mutual assistance of participating cities.

MnWARN began development back in 2007 after the flooding that had occurred in Rushford. The basis of the program is through a mutual aid agreement that is valid through the Minnesota League of Cities. Participation in the program is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged. As a result of being supported by volunteers from across the state, there is no cost to join.

In the event that an emergency situation were to arise, MnWARN provides cities with access to specialized utility resources and personnel to help speed up recovery times. The program operates through the organization’s website, www.mnwarn.org, by allowing designated city representatives to maintain an equipment inventory page, browse and search through other cities’ inventories, or even request or offer assistance.

In addition to the informational presentation, a training session for city emergency management units took place. The training session was focused on how the disaster response process is carried out, including the timeline from the initial call for assistance to a Minnesota Duty Officer, the declaration of a MnWARN Event (emergency), equipment delivery, and maintaining records for the cost of equipment rental. Because such thorough documen .....
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Rushford offers option for MPCA issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Kirsten Zoellner The 814 North Mill Street property of Jon Dammen has been on Rushford’s radar for a number of years. A remaining private septic system within the city limits, it has been racking up fines from Minnesota Pollution Control Agenc ..... 
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When Spring comes, it will be nuts!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

We all know that spring will come! When it does, every farmer will be putting in long hours to get the crop planted. A few years ago, University of Illinois Extension Safety Specialist Bob Aherin said taking a break can actually be one of the best t ..... 
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SWCD staff seeks to detect flush of pollutants into Root River

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

When snow melts or rain falls, the water picks up pollutants as it drains across land to a stream. Measuring that flush of pollutants can be tricky because some stream water levels rise and fall so quickly - in a matter of hours. It’s also importa ..... 
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Collapsed manure pit creates water safety concerns

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Canton Agriculture

Late on the evening of Sunday, April 14 a manure spill was reported in Fillmore County near the rural community of Canton. Between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. the caller had reported that a fractured wall of an above-ground manure pit had collapsed, releasi ..... 
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Composting

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator New Year’s Day is long gone, but most likely many of you have found a couple ways to improve one or two of your recycling habits. When we discuss recycling in Fillmore County, we are usually co ..... 
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Conservation or Soil Health

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties It really isn’t an either or question. While on a Soil Conservation Tour last Saturday, one handout came from the NRCS “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” a healthy, productive ..... 
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Black Cutworm monitoring project

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A number of years ago, University of Minnesota Extension along with the Research and Outreach Centers had a Black Cutworm Monitoring Project, it was dropped, I suspect for budgetar ..... 
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New Board of Animal Health rules address needs of today

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that its new rules are now in effect. The Board has been working with livestock groups to adopt rules that allow the Board to control diseases and are sensible for Minnesota farmers ..... 
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