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Winter recovery - car care


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Winter has a way of wreaking havoc on our vehicles. Between the bitter cold, snow, sand, and ice it is no wonder that vehicles can encounter a whole slew of problems here in the Great White North. As we start to see the (hopefully) soon coming thaw, there are a few things you can do to lessen the wear and tear of your car and keep your vehicle running at peak performance.

Steve Huper of Steve’s Auto in Chatfield, Minn. encourages driver’s to wash their vehicles as often as possible. “Whenever there is a warmer day, take your car to the car wash,” said Huper. Huper also suggests opting for the underbody car wash option to get all the grit and grime out from under the car. If an even deeper underbody wash is needed, the guys at Steve’s Auto can hoist up vehicles and take a hose to the underbody, ensuring the car is as clean as possible. This service costs $25.

Getting your car washed on a regular basis not only helps with the look of your car, it also is necessary in keeping your vehicle in top running condition. A dirty underbody can cause rusty frames, ball joints, and tie rod ends. It can also negatively affect the steering and suspension components of the vehicle. “These parts have to be replaced more often here than in other part of the U.S.,” said Huper.

Colby Lind, a teacher at Rushford-Peterson High School, gives students great advice in the “Car Care” class offered at the school. Lind recommends to keep testing your antifreeze even as it starts to thaw. Also, keep getting oil changes on schedule. Delaying a needed oil change during the winter can be very hard on a vehicle. Lind also has a rule he keeps about never letting his fuel gauge get below the halfway mark.

Lind also reinforces the northern staple of letting your car run before using it, watching your temperature gauge to know when the car is ready to be driven. When the outside temperatures are freezing, oil thickens. Engine damage can occur if motor oil is too thick in cold temperatures. Once the car is warmed up, the oil will flow more easily, ensuring it is lubricating every part of the vehicle that it needs to in order to run properly.

Lind also recommends to his students that everyone keep an emergency kit in their vehicles. This is important for any time of the year, but is especially important when there is snow on the ground. Lind also recommends that a blanket be kept in the vehicle in case of .....
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With winter trail recreation strong, DNR urges caution

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

With winter trail recreation up this year, the Department of Natural Resources advises people to be aware that some winter trails, such as groomed ski trails, are not open to bicyclists. “We have had a great snowmobile and cross-country ski sea ..... 
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Legacy Amendment funds habitat restoration near Root River Trail

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Thirty acres of rare habitat in southeastern Minnesota are getting an ecological makeover thanks to a voter-approved tax and a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy. Located three miles north of Preston ..... 
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Even kids put the “International” in the Festival of Owls

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Karla Bloem When the Friends of the Houston Nature Center started the Owl Festival way back in 2003, it was simply called the Festival of Owls. Then in 2007 they added the World Owl Hall of Fame and people began flying to Houston from all over t ..... 
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The National Trapper’s Association brings their biggest trapping and outdoor expo to Escanaba, Mich.

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Trappers and their families from across the U.S. and Canada are putting in for vacation days for July 24-27, 2014 to attend the NTA Expo in Escanaba, Mich. at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. This will be one of the biggest outdoor events ever held in Mi ..... 
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Fillmore County survives arctic cold, polar vortex moves out

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

For the first time in 17 years, all Minnesota public schools were ordered closed by Governor Mark Dayton on Monday, January 6 due to dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills. The last Minnesota governor to close public schools statewide was Arn ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 18 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest entri ..... 
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DNR launches habitat restoration projects at two southeast SNAs

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct habitat restoration projects involving tree removal and other work this winter on two state nature preserves in the southeast corner of the state. At Mound Prairie Scientific and Natural A ..... 
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Minnesota Encourages Customers to Make Winter Safety Checks as we Prepare for Below Zero Temperatures

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rosemount, MN – As weather reports indicate another round of below zero temperatures is expected, Minnesota Energy Resource encourages residents to put ‘safety first’ and offers the following information to ensure customers stay safe and war ..... 
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