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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

It is not too soon to start thinking about Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste event. As in the past, the fall event will be held on the first Tuesday of October. This year, the date is October 2. On that day, we will gladly accept your donations of household hazardous waste from noon until 5:00 pm.

Although unwanted paint is, by far, the most common HHW item, there are most likely many other nasty substances that you would rather not have in and around your home. The items accepted are, in fact, hazardous and should not be included in your landfill garbage. As usual, there will be a notice in your local newspapers again reminding you of the date and what will be accepted. However, you may want to start rounding up some items a bit early, so you have them collected well in advance. If you have neighbors that are unable to attend this event, you can certainly bring their items, as well. Please keep in mind this is Household Hazardous Waste and agricultural chemicals, explosives, medical waste, business waste, radioactive waste, and empty cans are items that are not accepted during this collection.

We will also be collecting lead this fall, mostly in the form of fishing tackle and wheel weights. Lead is the cause of death for many of our birds, including the Bald Eagle, each year. If they eat meat containing lead, it enters their blood stream and damages the brain. There are alternative sinkers and other tackle available to take the place of lead. Due to the gun powder in bullets, we cannot accept ammunition at this time.

There are thousands of button batteries used by Fillmore County residents each year, but most of them are finding their way into the landfill. Button batteries, like the kind used in hearing aids, even though quite small, contain some not-so-nice elements that may sooner or later, find their way into our drinking water. A set of hearing aids will use up to a hundred batteries each year which will account for a sizable amount of poison. Burning batteries, also not advised, can explode and cause serious injury. Burning batteries sends poisons into the air to fall back to earth as different forms of precipitation. These poisons are polluting our lakes, streams, fields and forests and sooner or later find their way into humans by way of the food chain. The same is true for rechargeable batteries that contain cadmium, lithium, lead, and several other elements you don’t really need accum .....
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On the look out for Japanese Beetles in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Shelly Skindelien, Fillmore County Extension, Master Gardener intern The Japanese beetle has made its arrival in Minnesota. This is a serious pest of turf and ornamental plants. Grubs feed on the roots of grass and adults feed on the foliage of ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties seeking a family for home currently under construction in Harmony

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties is now accepting applications for the home currently under construction in Harmony. To qualify for a Habitat home, the family must currently be living in substandard housing, be unable to obtain a conven ..... 
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“Growing Green” gardening workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Houston County Master Gardeners and Caledonia Area Community Education would like to invite all experienced or budding gardeners to attend our second annual “Growing Green” Gardening Workshop to be held at the Caledonia Middle and High Schoo ..... 
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Harmony woman's garden is a labor of love

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Lori Pfremmer of rural Harmony has been gardening her entire life. She has been working on her current garden since she moved to the country with her husband Fred six years ago, and it has grown and spread each year. And it still isn't finished.
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Prepare a deck for winter

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

As the weather cools, many homeowners already have a system in place to help prepare their home's exterior for the looming winter season.

Making sure outdoor furniture is stored away and bushes and young trees are wrapped in burlap are just ..... 
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Housing help from SEMCAC

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Fall is almost here, and this time of year many people start getting their homes ready for winter. However, many people out there are not able to afford to get their homes ready, or to fix safety and code issues. There are people who are not able to ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity now seeking partner families in Harmony and Utica

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Looking for an affordable opportunity to buy a simple, decent home?

Habitat will be hosting an application open house on Wednesday, August 24th from 5-7 PM at Merchants Bank in St. Charles. Habitat volunteers will be on hand to assist with t ..... 
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Deep Energy Reduction open house at Eagle Bluff

Mon, Aug 8th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Everyone wants to save money these days. And the Eagle Bluff residence has been retrofitted to become more energy efficient to do just that.

Learn what you can do to update your home to minimize energy use and utilize local products in your ..... 
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