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Frozen pipes plague Fillmore County residents


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County has been plagued by a brutally cold winter. It’s the kind of cold that takes your breath away and makes you want to stay at home under a pile of blankets. However, the issues that the subzero temperatures cause have made their way indoors for many Fillmore County residents.

Homes all across the county have been experiencing frozen pipes and sewers. Matt Swenson, owner of STS Plumbing and Heating in Mabel, Minn. said, “We’ve had more calls about frozen pipes this winter than we’ve had in the last 10 years combined.” Even Fillmore Central High School had a pipe burst in back of the school.

The City of Lanesboro has received 20 phone calls in the past two weeks from residents with frozen pipes. “The calls started with a cluster of four houses and the problem spiderwebbed out from there,” said City Administrator David Todd. “In the past it (frozen pipes) has not been an issue that is pervasive, but due to the cold temps and harsh winter it has become a problem.”

This issue has kept the Lanesboro Public Utilities employees and Streets and Parks Department very busy; receiving phone calls at home and taking time outside of normal hours to assist residents. A common theme across the county.

The City of Lanesboro has purchased huge quantities of hoses to aid residents with frozen pipes; hooking up homes with water to those without. The residents helping those without water will not see any charge for that water on their own bill. Though some hoses have frozen up, overall it has been a very successful alternative.

In an effort to avoid pipes freezing, many towns such as Lanesboro are recommending that a faucet be left running at all times with a pencil sized stream of cold water. It is unnecessary to run hot water as all water comes through the pipes cold until it reaches the hot water heater. Using hot water will only make an electric bill higher without actually being more effective.

Another way to avoid frozen pipes is to do a load of laundry or use the shower every day, according to Swenson of STS Plumbing and Heating.

These recommendations will continue to be in effect even as temperatures rise. As it gets warmer the frost goes deeper into the ground, which can cause pipes to freeze. It is important to pay attention to the news and city websites to know when it is safe to stop running water on a continual basis.

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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 signi ..... 
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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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