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Governor Dayton expands eligibility for heating assistance


Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

As many residents of Minnesota are feeling the pinch of sky-rocketing propane costs, Governor Mark Dayton announced on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 that he has taken action to expand eligibility for the Minnesota’s heating assistance program by signing an executive order.

Beginning on February 4, the executive action means that approximately 120,000 more Minnesota households will now qualify for help from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

According to the Governor’s website, www.mn.gov/governor, the Minnesota Department of Commerce estimates that because of this change, an additional 30,000 to 40,000 newly-eligible Minnesotans will apply for heating assistance this winter.

Applications for Energy Assistance for area residents can be obtained from Semcac located at 204 S. Elm Street in Rushford, Minn. The phone number for Semcac is (507) 864-7741. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The State Emergency Operations Center has set up a hotline for Minnesota residents with propane issues or questions. Anyone with questions about the current propane situation or Fillmore County residents in danger of running out of heating fuel can call 1-800-657-3504. Hours of the Propane Shortage Hotline are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The staff who answer phones for the hotline are experts with the Minnesota Department of Commerce who can provide information on Energy Assistance Programs and help connect callers with resources available to them as well as answering other questions.

With propane costs shooting up to almost four times the usual price in some cases residents and business owners are finding it difficult to make ends meet.

On January 27, 2014 Governor Dayton issued Emergency Executive Order 14-02 declaring a Peacetime State of Emergency in Minnesota due to the drastic shortage of propane along with other heating fuel and supplies.

The executive order signed on February 4 will give tangible assistance to those who need it the most by extending eligibility for heating assistance from 50 percent of the state median income to 60 percent. This means that a household of four earning less than $52,370 a year will now qualify for heating assistance. A two person household earning less than $35,612 per year would qualify under the new guidelines.

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Recycling 101 - 2.10.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Most of you are aware that there are six sites throughout the county where you will find the large, green rural recycling containers. Hundreds of Fillmore County residents prefer to deposit their recyclables in one of these containers rather than d ..... 
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Fire deaths drop in 2013: Education will help save more lives this year

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The number of people killed in fires last year is down 14 percent from 2012, according to preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD). There were 43 fire fatalities in 2 ..... 
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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 informat ..... 
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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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