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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Recycling Education Coordinator

This winter’s snow has disappeared, and the spring flowers have given us a beautiful show of color once again. With the disappearance of the blanket of white stuff, something ugly seems to have surfaced..... Litter in the ditches along our county’s roadways. Who would be capable of throwing this unwanted stuff out of a vehicle? I would be willing to make a small wager that 97-99% of you who read Recycling 101 articles do not believe the ditches of Fillmore County are one large trash container. Chances are also pretty good that some of this is being done by someone you know.

People who think trash will decompose naturally should maybe think again. Plastic food bags, wrappers, and plastic bottles may last up to twenty years, aluminum cans will not break down for five hundred years, and a glass bottle is capable of lasting a thousand years or more.

People of all ages, educational levels, genders, professions, religions, and ethnic backgrounds are more than capable of littering. Perhaps that plastic pop bottle is missing a cap and a few drops of soda may find their way to the carpet of your car. Sharing the passenger compartment with a badly soiled diaper can be a real challenge. The wrapper from a muffin or jelly roll is much too sticky and icky and may draw flies. Aluminum cans take up a lot of room and make a lot of noise rolling around on the floor. I will agree that these items do not belong on the floor of a vehicle, but they certainly do not belong in the ditch. Two plastic grocery bags will take care of most of these unwanted items. One can be used for the landfill garbage, the other for recyclables. Keep them on the floor behind your seat, or in the trunk and then deposit them in the appropriate receptacle when you stop for fuel or a snack. Those garbage cans and recycling containers are located at gas stations for a reason. Please use them. If all else fails, take them home and dispose of them.

We, in Fillmore County, take pride in the cleanliness and neatness of our cities and towns as well as the roadsides and ditches near our homes and keep them looking good. While driving around the county since the snow has receded, I can’t help but notice that there is much less garbage in the ditches than there was a few years ago. I sincerely believe that more people are becoming aware of the need for a cleaner environment and keeping our ditches clean is an excellen .....
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Mabel Clinic relocates to Mabel City Hall during clinic renovation

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Winneshiek Medical Center kicked off renovating the Mabel Clinic on Friday, April 15. During the renovation, Mabel Clinic will provide care through a temporary clinic located in the Mabel City Hall. “We are very much committed to providing quality ..... 
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Semcac commemorates 50 years of helping people

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization that was founded in 1966. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act to fight America’s “War on Poverty”. Semcac assists people to achieve or maintain inde ..... 
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Semcac commemorates 50 years of helping people

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization that was founded in 1966. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act to fight America’s “War on Poverty”. Semcac assists people to achieve or maintain inde ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 52 units

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on April 5, 2016, succeeded in collecting 52 units of blood. There were 62 donors that presented and two first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones: Kathy Boi ..... 
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Winning teams announce in SSC’s wellness challenge

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, MN, March 4, 2016 - Winning teams have been announced in Southeast Service Cooperative’s (SSC) Walking Challenge, in which over 700 individuals from 24 SSC member organizations competed. Fifteen Southeastern Minnesota School Districts a ..... 
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Red Cross has significant need for type O negative blood Type O negative is often needed in trauma situations

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, MN, March 23, 2016 — The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency s ..... 
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Be a hero and donate blood during Red Cross Month

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood. March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share month

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. During 2015, Semcac Food Shelves in Rushford, Preston, Caledonia, and Kasson had 8,215 vi ..... 
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