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Recycling 101 - 9.15.14


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

Recently, there seems to be a bit of a chill in the air. A few trees are starting to show their brilliant colors. Birds are beginning to migrate south. It’s September, summer is more or less over, autumn is here, and the fall Household Hazardous Waste Day is just around the corner. This fall, the day of celebration where you can drop off most of your HHW free of charge is scheduled for October 7th from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Many of you may have all this information memorized by now because it appears in two articles each year. But, part of my job is to educate the residents of Fillmore County in the fine art of household hazardous waste disposal, and part of this is accomplished by the articles that appear in September and April.

In the past few years, the rules for HHW have not changed a lot. However, there are questions to be answered at each event. With that in mind, it is time to collect all that nasty stuff that has been lurking about in cupboards, closets, garages, and sheds. If you no longer have need of some possibly dangerous substance, or perhaps too much of it, bring it to us and we will dispose of it properly This stuff is not meant to be burned, dropped into a trout stream, poured down a gopher tunnel, buried in a ditch somewhere, or deposited in one of our numerous sink holes. What these substances contain does not belong in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the fish we eat, or the soil in which we grow our food.

Partially filled aerosol cans, oven cleaners, antifreeze, lawn care products, bug killers, weed killers, all forms of rodent poison, motor oil, outdated fuel (gasoline and diesel), adhesives, and tar are just some of the household wastes that will be accepted. As usual, paint products will make up a majority of the waste. Please keep in mind that paint cans that are empty and dried out are not hazardous waste and should be placed into your landfill garbage. If you have paint cans and other containers that are rusted and leaking, put them in a plastic bag to keep the contents from making a mess in your vehicle and around our work area. A more complete list of items are published in a HHW Day notice in this newspaper.

This is also an excellent opportunity to get rid of all those hearing aid batteries, watch batteries, and all rechargeable batteries that no longer work. Rechargeable batteries .....
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Preston Tourism announces bike repair station coming to town!

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - The Preston Tourism Board would like to announce the upcoming addition to the trailhead in Preston. Thanks to the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Preston Tourism Board there will now be a free to the public, deluxe bike re ..... 
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Legacy-funded prairie restoration benefits trout stream

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

A trout stream in the far southeastern part of the state is benefitting from Minnesota’s approval of the Legacy Amendment nearly six years ago. Earlier this year, an 18-acre area within the Etna Creek Aquatic Management Area (AMA) was burned, tr ..... 
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Hike to Indian Monument August 30

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

High atop the bluff on the south side of Houston and hidden amongst the dense tree canopy lies a large and interesting rock formation locally known as “Indian Monument.” There is no known connection to Native Americans, but the hike and formati ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Historical Association President to speak at caboose dedication

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

A dedication of the restored 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead in Preston. The Trailhead is located at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Center Street. The speaker for t ..... 
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Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour coming to southeast Minnesota

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Local businesses are encouraged to welcome participants of the BAM Bicycle Tour to our area. At 4:30 p.m. on August 13, the Bicycling Around Minnesota annual tour will begin registration in Preston for the start of the 2014 tour. ..... 
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Fillmore SWCD to receive dividend from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will receive a dividend in the amount of $3,234 from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) in November. MCIT is a member service organization that provides 81 of Minne ..... 
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Minnesota starwatch for August 2014

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Deane Morrison August is a great month for vacations, and even the planets seem to be at play. Take Mars, for example. Last month its eastward motion carried it past its longtime companion, the bright star Spica, in Virgo. As August begins, Ma ..... 
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Houston overlook sign program July 26

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Visit the HOUSTON overlook sign on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Meet at the Houston Nature Center. Ever want to go up to see the huge stone “HOUSTON” sign on the hill north of Houston but didn’t know who to call or how to get there? Here’s ..... 
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