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Recycling aluminum


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

The recycling of aluminum started in the early 1900s. Then, during WWII, great amounts of metal were needed, and it became quite extensive. Then, after a bit of a lull, the introduction of the aluminum beverage can in the 1960s caused an explosion in the aluminum recycling business and it hasn’t slowed down since. A year or two ago, fifty-four billion aluminum cans were recycled in the United States.... or if you prefer, approximately one million tons.

Most of the aluminum recycled in Fillmore County is in the form of beverage containers. The aluminum in a can looks a lot different than the raw material, bauxite, that is mined in Canada, China, Australia, Viet Nam, India, Russia and other distant locations. Recycling as much aluminum as possible here in the United States is extremely important so we don’t have to depend on foreign countries to supply our huge demand for pop cans. However, Americans throw tons of aluminum worth millions of dollars into landfills each year. On a brighter note, the people of Minnesota recycled over 38,500 tons of aluminum in 2009.

Aluminum cans are the most valuable containers in the United States. Twenty years ago, one pound of aluminum made nineteen beverage cans. Today, due to “lightweighting,” the average is twenty-eight beverage cans per pound. In case you are wondering why aluminum cans are much easier to crush today than years ago, it maybe isn’t that you have been working out and really aren’t that much stronger. The truth is that the sides of an aluminum can are much thinner than they were several years ago. The metal that makes up your aluminum beverage containers (pop cans) at the present time is very close to the thickness of a human hair.

We need to keep aluminum cans out of the landfill and send them back to the plants that make new cans to be sent to the beverage companies to be filled once again. The energy saved from recycling one aluminum can may power a TV for three hours. Once aluminum is made from bauxite ore, it can be recycled and recycled again. Over two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today.

Aluminum cans are shredded, cleaned, melted, and mixed with a pure molten aluminum. This mixture is then recast into new aluminum products. Aluminum foil and trays can be made into wrapping foil, pie plates and food trays, as well as gum or candy wra .....
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Food shelf donation

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Sunday, February 3, the confirmation class from the Harmony and Preston United Methodist churches hosted a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser. Members of the congregation donated food and paper products to the event. A soup and sandwich lunch was serve ..... 
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Operation Round Up grants $3,000 to local causes

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on March 1 and elected to donate $3,000 to the following worthy organizations: •$1,000, Local Food Shelves, to help purchase food for residents in need. The am ..... 
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Earth Day Event Planned at historic Lenora Church

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Arts & Culture

Tired of winter? Ready for spring? There will be a celebration of New Life in conjunction with Earth Day on April 21st at 3:00p.m. at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. This will ..... 
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Jewelry Designer Liz Bucheit Receives “Dazzle Diva” Award at the Women’s Jewelry Association Spring Gala Event in New York City

Thu, Mar 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Jewelry designer and goldsmith Liz Bucheit of Lanesboro, MN was awarded first place in the Bridal Wear Category of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s “Dazzle Diva” Design Competition. Bucheit received her award at the Women’s Jewelry Associ ..... 
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Shakespeare Festival Production Honored

Wed, Mar 20th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Great River Shakespeare Festival-originated production of The Comedy of Errors was honored with three St. Louis Critics Circle Awards at a gathering Monday evening, March 18. The production featured a New Orleans at Mardi Gras, circa 1936, setti ..... 
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Grant application for Eagle Cliff Trail Spur

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

By Karen Reisner The owners of Eagle Cliff Campground had requested that Fillmore County be the sponsor for a grant application to the Minnesota DNR to finance a bicycle trail in the Hwy 16 right of way near Whalan. At the board’s March 12 meeti ..... 
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Back to Gardening: Pruning in the Snow Winter has a hard hold on Fillmore County in mid-March. Astounding snowfalls were followed by blue crystalline skies with forests bearing mounds of white fluff. The quality of light with daylight savings time ..... 
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Announcing call for entries for “Rural Americans” exhibit to be held at Lanesboro Art Center

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN - The Lanesboro Arts Center would like to invite artists to submit an application for inclusion in the upcoming “Rural Americans” exhibit, a juried group show about people and communities in rural America. The exhibit will run Jun ..... 
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