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Heat up Minnesota helping people stay warm this winter


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Lennox Industries is teaming together with the businesses that sell their products to give away 100 free furnaces throughout Minnesota. VIS Plumbing and Heating in Lanesboro and Harmony is part of that giveaway.

Mike Willford, son of owner John Willford, explained the dealerships are donating the materials to install the furnaces, and the installers are donating their time to put them in.

“They are looking for somebody less fortunate, someone who has had a bad break, a military family, something that will pick them up and put them on the right track,” said Willford.

This is the first year of the Heat up Minnesota program. According to Willford, the program was started in Wisconsin, where it was very successful.

VIS Plumbing and Heating services heating and air conditioning in homes throughout Fillmore and Houston counties. Willford said they would be putting one furnace in Fillmore County for sure.

“The entry fees are due by September 15, and then on Heat up Minnesota day, all of the furnaces will be installed on October 6,” said Willford.

“I talked to Lennox, and as of right now, there are 160 people that have entered in Minnesota,” said Willford.

The new furnace is a really good deal for someone who needs proper and efficient heating this winter. The cost of the furnace depends on the size and the efficiency, but the more efficient furnaces will also decrease energy bills, as the cold Minnesota winters can also be a financial burden on homeowners.

To nominate someone you feel is deserving of a new furnace for his or her home, go to www.heatupmn.org and fill out an entry form. A committee from Lennox will be going over the entries and picking 100 deserving people.

Tackling tile, loving a new look

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The pride and satisfaction derived from completing a home improvement project is realized each day - just by looking across the room. With a little sweat, hard work and some good design advice, an individual can save 30 to 40 percent of the cost ..... 
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New construction or remodeling?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

In Fillmore County, the number of new houses being built has gone down a little in 2012. There are still people getting building permits for additions, garages, sheds, or farm buildings, but those numbers are also down slightly in 2012. In 2010, ..... 
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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 yo ..... 
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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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