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Recycling 101 - 9/19/16


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Columnists

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

Today’s article is the autumn edition of your invitation to participate in Hazardous Household Waste collection day. The fall HHW in Fillmore County is scheduled for the first Tuesday in October, that being the 4th this year. The hours for the collection will be from noon until 5 p.m. The following paragraphs have a partial listing of the hazardous waste Fillmore County will accept free of charge on that day. If you miss this event, the next spring collection day is scheduled for May of 2017.

Over the years, unwanted paint has been the main item collected during Hazardous Household Waste events. Partially used cans of paint are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. Latex and oil base paint will both be accepted along with paint thinners, wood preservatives, adhesives, epoxy, glue, stains, and varnishes. If you have paint cans that are empty and dry, please do not bring them to us, but instead include them with your landfill garbage. For your safety and the safety of the people working at the event, paint cans that are rusted and leaking should be placed into another container or a plastic bag or two.

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cans, oven cleaners, antifreeze, lawn care products, bug killers, weed killers, all forms of rodent poison, motor oil, outdated fuel (gasoline and diesel), adhesives, and tar are all hazardous household waste. You don’t want them stored in your garage, under your sink, or in your basement, or for that matter, dumped down a gopher hole in a remote site on your property. There are still some mercury thermometers floating around out there. Please bring them to us and we will gladly take them for correct disposal.

There are thousands and thousands of button batteries used by Fillmore County residents each year. Most of them are finding their way into landfills. Button batteries, like the kind used in hearing aids, even though quite small, contain some not-so-nice elements that may sooner or later, find their way into our drinking water. A set of hearing aids will use up to a hundred batteries each year, which will account for a sizable amount of poison.

Burning batteries have been known to explode and cause serious injury. When batteries are burned, they send poisons into the air to fall back to earth with different forms of precipitation. These poisons are polluting our lakes, streams, fields a .....
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A little of this, A little of that. ~ 9.12.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

The dreaded invitation on fine paper with a beautiful bluejay arrived in the mail today. I knew it was coming, but I had done my best Scarlett O’Hara, “I’ll think about that tomorrow” routine for a couple of weeks! Now there was no denying ..... 
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A View From The Woods - After the deluge

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

I stir from sleep in the night, hearing a loud thrumming of rain on the roof. I turn over, glad we closed the windows at bedtime. By morning, the barely lightened sky keeps us dozing later than usual. The rain has ended, but the morning remains d ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 8.15.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Back in the day, Christmas, Halloween, and the Fillmore County Fair were my favorite times of the year! Actually, I referred to the Fillmore County Fair as the Preston Fair. It was in my hometown, and I felt a childlike ownership of the fairground ..... 
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A View From The Woods... Up to the cabin

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

Up to the cabin Shortly before my husband and I met forty years ago, his parents bought a little island on a big lake up north. I started visiting the cabin with him, and, like the rest of the family, we all grew to love this particular place on ea ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 7.18.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Hitch-up the buckboard, gussie up the kids in their best-go- to-meeting clothes and head to Houston, Minn., for Hoedown! It is the most rip-roaring, hoot- shooting celebration this side of the Root River. You’ll see plenty of handsome horseflesh ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Living close to your food

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

I wander out to the garden, wondering what’s for dinner tonight. The peas are fattening up nicely, tucked in their pods, so I pick a mess of them. Some lettuce still looks good, so I slice off a deep green clump of romaine, and a handful of chives ..... 
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A Little Of this, A little of that. ~ 6/20/16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

I can read your mind. Want to test me? O.K. I’ll tell you two things that you wish you had more of. TIME AND MONEY! Easy question; easy answer! Of course, I’m not really a mind reader. I’m just an astute observer of human behavior. A ..... 
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The mystery of the marker tree deepens

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

Loyal readers may recall that I wrote in my March 21 column about a distinctive tree that lives in the far corner of our woodland. The vertical trunk takes a right angle turn at about four feet high, grows horizontally for about eight feet, and then ..... 
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