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Avoid damaging seasonal equipment – tips for proper fuel use Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers tips on how to correctly address fuel use and storage


Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Across the United States this fall and winter, lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor power equipment should have their remaining fuel removed before a long winter nap. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers fuel use and storage tips to help consumers who are winterizing their equipment investments.

“Proper fuel use of outdoor power equipment is easy to accomplish and important to be mindful of as we change seasons,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “Whether we’re filling our jerry cans at the pump, or putting equipment away for the season, there are some important things to remember in order to protect equipment and avoid costly misuse.”

• Tip #1: Look Before You Pump. Most gasoline contains 10% ethanol (E10) which is safe for your equipment. But many gas pumps now offer higher ethanol blended gas – such as 15, 30, 50 or 85% ethanol gas. These higher blends are not designed for use in outdoor power equipment and may cause damage or failure. And remember, fuels containing ethanol can potentially stale over time. To be safe, try to avoid purchasing more than what you’ll need for thirty days.

• Tip #2: Properly Dispose of Leftover Fuel. Whether left in the tank of your equipment or in a gas can on the shelf, it’s easy to forget how old your fuel is. Take note of when you purchased the fuel and properly dispose of it after a month.

• Tip #3: Run the tank dry or drain unused fuel out of the equipment you are storing. A safe and easy way to dispose of fuel is to run the engine until the tank is empty. You can also add fuel stabilizer to the gas, run the engine so it circulates throughout the system, and then safely drain the tank. This step ensures that any residual fuel remaining in the equipment after the tank has drained is treated.

About OPEI

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+ .....
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Distracted driving simulator at Fillmore Central

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Features

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, following the Veterans Day presentation in the gymnasium, students were welcomed in the cafeteria by Sgt. Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol. Christianson was borrowing a distracted driving simulator ..... 
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Fillmore Central activities

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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By Matson Kiehne With November gone, and December taking its place, Fillmore Central Schools is a busy place. Between boys and girls basketball, wrestling, One Act, and Fillmore Central’s first year dance team, it’s hard to keep all of them st ..... 
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Red Kettle rally on December 18

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Fillmore County residents will be seeing red on December 18, 2015 - a Red Kettle, that is. A group of employees from F & M Bank in Preston, Minn. are coordinating the event again this year after taking over the reins last year. The group, whic ..... 
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Warming the hands and hearts of Fillmore County

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

For 25 years, a group of enthusiastic knitters has taken up residence in the lobby of Root River State Bank in Chatfield for a one-day December gathering they’ve called “Rock & Knit”. Some have been there from the beginning; some are newer; j ..... 
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A very tough Fillmore County Turkey Day Run

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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The sixth annual Fillmore County Turkey Day run was no gravy train. On Thursday, November 26, 2015, a small crowd of runners and walkers showed up for what was the worst weather we’ve ever had for this annual event. There was a total of 18 par ..... 
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Permit to Carry:769

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Almost 1 in 20 adults in Fillmore County armed.

During this recent Black Friday shopping event, which was November 27, 2015, USA Today reported that there were more than 185,000 firearms purchased throughout the United States - ..... 
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4-H officers announced

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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By LeeAnn Howard 4-H Program Coordinator The Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project met on Monday, November 9 for their annual meeting. This also was a meeting for the election of officers for the upcoming year. It was really nice to see how intereste ..... 
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Fillmore Central Holiday Band Concert

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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The Fillmore Central Band Department is proud to present their annual Holiday Band Concert on Monday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school varsity gymnasium. This year’s concert is entitled, “Joy In All Things” - a gift inviting eve ..... 
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