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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

The last week of April was a bit on the cool side and more or less relatively damp. But Mother Nature made a few changes so many of our farmers found their way into their fields when the sun reappeared, the weather warmed up, and the soil became workable. This spring-like weather was also what the Resource Recovery Center needed for a very successful Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day in Fillmore County.

On May 6, 158 vehicles bringing hazardous waste from 225 households in Fillmore County visited the Resource Recovery Center to drop off their “donations.” I know quite a few of you are wondering what kind of “gifts” we get at HHW Day. There were several, 55-gallon drums that contained different things listed in the notice in the newspaper such as rodent poison, ant poison, moth balls, aerosol cans, herbicides, insecticides, lawn and garden fertilizers, household cleaners, oven cleaners, and unidentifiable unknowns. I must thank the people who brought in unmarked containers of liquids and then informed the staff of the container and the unknown contents. If you have a container of something that is a mystery, do not open it to see what it smells like. Just pack it carefully in a box and bring it to the next collection in October.

Did we get any paint? Each HHW Day, paint seems to be the most common item. This time we filled 13 large cardboard containers. The total volume of paint cans in these containers was somewhere between 15 and 17 cubic yards. Please allow me to state this a different way. A quick estimation of this amount could be somewhere in the vicinity of 1,800 paint cans. Yes, that is a lot of paint cans.... and we may get that many again on October 7. There should be an article sometime in September as a reminder of the upcoming HHW day.

The Fillmore County Fair will be here in July. Some of the decals on the recycling containers have been showing some wear and faded. I contacted the people at Keep America Beautiful and through a mini-grant, we will be receiving new decals for the containers. The recycling program at the fair has been quite successful in the past and I don’t expect that to change, except making it even better.

Speaking of the fair, the Fillmore Resource Recovery Center, Recycling, and Household Hazardous Waste booth will not be in the DNR building with the fish tanks this year. You will most likely find us, as well as the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation Distr .....
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The Working Mom - Boys Will Be Boys

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Columnists

When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how man ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Kay Scarpetta are my detective heroes. Since I love to read mystery novels, I start to think of these characters as real people who are exceptionally bright and who have family, friends and even hobbies! ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Spring has Sprung!! The week before Easter we weren’t so sure about that… In fact, we thought we might have to wear stocking hats instead of Easter bonnets. But now the bloodroots are blooming and the woods will soon be a carpet of white flowers ..... 
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A View from the Woods: Earth Day changed my life

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

I was 17 in 1970, a junior at Osseo High School lying on the outskirts of the Minneapolis suburbs. Our former small town school was bursting at the seams, with over 2,000 students coming from the massive developments of ramblers that had overtaken po ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Longer Days Require Quick Cooking

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

The days are growing longer, and I am having no trouble at all filling up those extra daylight hours. Yard work, spring cleaning, part time jobs, taking walks, meetings, appointments, clubs and more! Gone are the endless and empty days of winter, and ..... 
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The Working Mom: The never-ending winter

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Oh Mother Nature…Give us Minnesotans a break, please! We have shoveled, plowed, and scraped long enough and it is time to let spring take center stage---we are tired of Old Man Winter hogging the spotlight. Have any of you put your winter boots a ..... 
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Cheesy Mushroom Casserole

By Kathy Little

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

“Never say never” is a saying I should always remember. When I forget this saying, I look like a liar or a fool. For instance, as a teen-ager I hated the message “kissing don’t last; cooking do” that was immortalized on a plaque in my gra ..... 
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Crustless Asparagus Quiche

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

When I started to write this, it was a beautiful day at the end of February…one of the few above zero with no wind or snow!! I decided to dust off my X-country skis and try out the snowmobile trail in the ditch, made especially for me. As I’m ..... 
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