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Nitrate Testing


Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

On Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. until noon the National Trout Center (NTC), along with the Fillmore County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Fillmore County Community Health will conduct nitrate testing of water and provide information and test kits for radon testing in homes. The NTC is encouraging trout anglers and anyone else interested in water quality to collect small water samples from local springs and streams and bring the water to the NTC in Preston to be tested for nitrates.

Nitrate contamination of the base flow conditions of local streams is of growing interest and more data is needed from southeast Minnesota. Choose a nice day for a drive and a hike along your favorite stream, or fish catch and release on one of the Winter Season streams and collect a water sample. We hope that anglers will spread out across southeast Minnesota and collect water samples from wells, springs and streams at winter base flow conditions where almost all the river flow is from groundwater discharge in springs, wetlands and along the river bed. Help us to get a better idea of the regional water quality. The well data is private but the spring and stream data will be posted on a regional map at the NTC and shared with the Fillmore SWCD.

Nitrate water sample directions: Samples can be collected in any small, clean container (less than a cup), including zip lock plastic bags, clean bottles or jars. Make sure to label the side of the container with the date, time, location (stream and nearest road crossing) and who collected the sample. Water samples can be collected in advance if the samples are kept cool and unfrozen. Samples brought in before noon will be tested at the Center, other samples will be analyzed later by the Fillmore SWCD.

The National Trout Center is located at 120 Saint Anthony St. in Preston, Minn. For more information contact: George Spangler 507-867-8801, Jeff Broberg 507-273-4961, or Kathy Dahl kdahl@prestonmn.org

Southeast Minnesota real estate market continues to strengthen in 2013

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The real estate market in southeast Minnesota saw strong gains in nearly every indicator in 2013, with the result being a residential housing market that continues to improve. The results were announced by the Southeast Minnesot ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.20.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste Day is a few months away, but I would like to pass this information on to you at this time and answer some of the questions you may have about hazardous waste. As most of you are aware, Fillmore Co ..... 
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January 2014 declared “National Radon Action Month”

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

January 2014 is has been declared “National Radon Action Month” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-sm ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Many of the residents of Fillmore County have been recycling for more than three decades. During this time, there have been many changes in the recycling practices and procedures. Some of us can remember when newspapers and aluminum cans were the ma ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has recently completed a study on the garbage Minnesotans are throwing away rather than recycling. The last study of this kind was done in 2000. A November 17 article written by Josephine Marcotty of th ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity open house

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

WINONA, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties is hosting a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 18 from noon to 7 p.m. All are invited to attend this celebration commemorating the work of Habitat for Humanity in the past (almo ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

One of the basic rules of recycling is to keep your materials as clean and as dry as possible. Wet newspaper and cardboard can get really messy and excessive food and drink left in cans and bottles stored in that container at your house tend to sme ..... 
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LED holiday lights: An energy and money-saving tradition

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Replacing traditional incandescent decorative lights with high-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs is one great way to conserve energy during the holidays. When shopping for holiday lights, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure that th ..... 
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