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Emerald ash borer arrives in Fillmore County


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

In disappointing, but perhaps expected news, the slow crawl of emerald ash borer has made its way into the county. The City of Rushford recently noted at the Monday, April 27 council meeting that the invasive, destructive insect has been identified within the city. Currently, just one boulevard ash tree has been indicated as infected in Rushford, but the city is teeming with the trees and it’s unclear if other are affected.

First discovered in North America in 2002, the Asian emerald ash borer was first confirmed as present in Minnesota in the South Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Minn. enacted an official quarantine May 14, 2009 in an effort to slow the spread of the infestation. February 22, 2012 a formal quarantine was placed on the counties of Houston, Olmsted, and Winona.

The borer, a small, iridescent green beetle, attacks and kills all types of ash trees. According the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the problem is primarily spread through transported firewood. “The adults are live outside of the trees during the summer months and the larvae, grub or worm-like, live underneath the bark of ash trees. Trees are killed by the tunneling of the larvae under the tree’s bark.” The “flight season” for the emerald ash borer begins May 1, as insects emerge from infested wood and trees and fly in search of a new host.

“Minn. has the highest volume of ash trees in the U.S. with almost a billion forestland and urban wood ash trees. The potential economic and environmental impact of losing these trees is substantial. The cost of removing and replacing a single tree can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars,” says the department.

The county been placed on quarantine by the state Department of Agriculture. Public meetings, educational information, and inspection by the department of trees is expected. There is no remediation plan that must be adhered to. Preventative sprays and treatments for already-infected trees are available, but are costly and their effectiveness is not apparent.

According to Rushford City Clerk Kathy Zacher, the Department of Agriculture had no specific instructions as to if affected trees need to be cut down. Ash wood material can be brought to a disposal site within a quarantined area. For Fillmore County, this is location has not yet been determined. It is important to note that ash wood material can be used within the quarantine .....
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Recycling 101 - 4.6.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Is this landfill garbage or is it recyclable? Where can I get rid of it? How much is it going to cost? Is this Household Hazardous Waste? If you have not contemplated one of these questions in the last few years, or perhaps the last few months, ..... 
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Hands-on opportunities to get creative this spring

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Would you like to learn about gardening for wellness of body, mind and spirit with renowned garden expert David Cavagnaro, while starting your own seedlings? Maybe you want to create a copper wire sculpture of a tree, using a twist and a bend here a ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.23.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s article concerns burn barrels and burning garbage in general. Even if you do not personally burn garbage, please read on. Most likely you are being affected one way or another. If you are still burning y ..... 
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Health officials recommend steps for private well owners to protect health, water

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Properly maintaining wells that tap into groundwater is critical for protecting personal health and the resource, say state health officials. National Groundwater Awareness Week, which was observed March 8-14, was established more than two decades a ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.09.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Most of you who read these Recycling 101 articles are interested in recycling trends and how you can improve your recycling habits. My goal as I write these articles is to assist you doing that and let you know why recycling is so very important ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 2.23.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Looking back in my files, I found some information from Oberlin College in Ohio that I shared with you almost a decade ago. I am quite sure some of these numbers have changed a bit since then, perhaps for the better. Please read these and see if ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. To get a free radon kit you can attend the pick-up site below or download and submit a request form o ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator This article will deal with the recycling of aluminum. Producing pure aluminum from bauxite ore is quite expensive. Recycling aluminum, especially beverage cans is much more economical. It takes 95% less energy to ..... 
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