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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 drop them off at the Recycling Center in Preston.

While chatting with some of the people who use the rural containers, they are very happy that many of the containers are conveniently close to their homes which makes recycling much easier. These are the same people who tell me that they are not very happy with what they sometimes find in or near the containers. A few people, a small percentage, are depositing garbage into these containers and contaminating some or all of the contents.

These are not garbage containers, they are recycling containers meant for recyclables. When Waste Management brings these containers to the Recycling Center and unloads them into one of our bins before the cardboard, paper, jugs, cans, and bottles are loaded into larger containers, we can then see what was disposed of in the rural containers.

Baler twine, silage bags, computer monitors, water beds, broken toys, soiled diapers, moldy clothing, lawn ornaments, lawn furniture, lumber, spoiled food, televisions, styrofoam, a lot of stuff in plastic bags, automobile parts, tires, carpet pieces, as well as small appliances have been deposited in the containers at one time or another. Some of these items appear each time a container is dumped here at the Recycling Center. The deer carcass was one too many.

The rules for the use of these containers are not difficult. These containers are for recycling purposes only. Fillmore County has its own list of items that are recyclable, and only those items should be deposited in the container. Cardboard, boxboard, newspaper, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard cover books, paperbacks, computer paper, paper towel and toilet tissue tubes, shredded paper in a closed box or closed paper bag, food jars, glass bottles, steel/tin cans and their covers, clean aluminum foil and clean aluminum pie plates, plastic bottles, jugs, and ice cream pails, as well as any plastic container with a “1” or a “2” inside the “chasing arrows” on the bottom of the container.

Besides the items listed in paragraph three... candy wrappers, all plastic caps and covers, used tissue, ovenware, yogurt containers, fridge packs, flower p .....
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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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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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