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It’s not only easier, but cheaper too!


Fri, Sep 28th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, October 1, 2001


For many years, I have been delivering our family’s landfill garbage and recyclables directly to the Resource Recover Center (the Center) myself. We live in a rural location, so we don’t have access to curbside garbage collection service.
About every five or six weeks it is "dump day" around here, and I load up the four metal garbage cans and the 4 plastic cans of recyclables, as well as anything else my wife piles near the door, and head down the road to Preston in my old gray pickup.

I have to admit that I have always hated this job. Even my daughter runs and hides when she hears the words, "it’s time to go to the dump," fearing that she will be drafted into the chore and forced to ride along to witness the deportation from our farm of too many pounds of truly unwanted waste which the packaging-oriented marketers have thrust upon us.

My anxiety level would always begin to rise as I approached the Center, mostly because of the recycling aspect of this chore. I would purposely dump the landfill garbage first, forever procrastinating so that I wouldn’t have to go over to that recycling nightmare.

It was always at the recycling building, where a dozen or so people sorted tons of recyclables on a conveyor line, and trucks and skid loaders raced around me over broken glass, that I was the most confused, lost and intimidated.

It was never quite clear to me how or where I should dump my recyclables. It always felt unsafe in that building and I could never understand why they made it so hard for me to be a good citizen and recycle.

Then, almost as if the powers-that-be could read my mind and feel my "resource recovery anxiety," the county changed the whole system. And it is much easier than ever before!

Yes, the county has made a big change over at the Center and that change has impacted me, in a good way.

Today, when I pull up to the nearly empty recycling building, all that awaits me are three large dumpsters. The first is for fiber: paper, boxes, magazines and newspaper. The second is for rigid recyclables: plastic milk jugs, glass, and aluminum cans. The third bin is for old clothes.
There is no more glass all over the floor, no skid loaders whizzing past me, no feeling of fear for my own safety or confusion about what goes where. The conveyor line is gone, as well as the dozen workers who never looked like they were having a good day.
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Winneshiek agency questions Fillmore County motives on landfill contract

Fri, Sep 28th, 2001
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By Mike McGrath
The Fillmore County Solid Waste Administrator, Jon Martin, has received a letter from an attorney representing the Winnishiek County (Iowa) Area Solid Waste Agency that strongly questions Fillmore County’s intentions to uphold its ..... 
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House Makeover

Fri, Sep 28th, 2001
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From this “old farmhouse” to dreamhouseBy John TorgrimsonMonday, October 1, 2001


“The house will have to be your project,” I told my wife, Pat. “I’ve got the remodeling at the Journal building going on and I can’t do ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Sep 28th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Sep 28th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Sep 28th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Sep 28th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
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