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Recycling 101 8.18.14


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

The majority of Fillmore County residents have the opportunity to make use of our roads and highways to get from one place to another. Their travels frequently allow them to observe wildflowers, cat tails, cardinals, butterflies, wild turkeys, bald eagles, woodchucks, crows, deer, and the 13 lined ground squirrel also known as the striped gopher, as it scampers across the road in front of them. The ditch seem to be a popular place to find a lot of these plants and animals. They are part of nature and belong there.

However, more than nature inhabits our ditches. It just doesn’t seem to blend in with its surroundings. These foreign objects are numerous forms of litter. Yes, litter in the ditches along our county’s roadways. We can ask ourselves, “Who would be capable of throwing this unwanted stuff out of a vehicle?” There is an excellent chance that all but a few 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 someone you know may have added a piece or two of garbage to a ditch’s collection.

Many of the people who think this trash will decompose naturally in a few days or weeks should maybe think again. Plastic food bags, wrappers, and plastic bottles may last up to twenty years, a Styrofoam cup perhaps a hundred years, aluminum cans will not break down for five hundred years, and a glass bottle is capable of lasting more than a thousand years, and quite possibly even more.

People of all age groups, educational levels, professions, religions, and ethnic backgrounds are more than capable of littering. There are countless reasons why people toss garbage from vehicle windows. Perhaps that plastic pop bottle is missing a cap and a few drops of soda may find their way to the carpet of the vehicle. Sharing the passenger compartment with a badly soiled diaper can be a real challenge. The wrapper from a muffin or jelly roll is much to 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 in a vehicle, but they certainly do not belong in a Fillmore County ditch. So, what can you do? 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. Then de .....
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Good time for an 8-1-1 safety reminder from Minnesota Energy Resources

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Rosemount, Minn. - Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone on August 11, or 8/11, to call 8-1-1 BEFORE attempting any projects that require digging. Calling the “8-1-1 Gopher State One Call” should be the homeowner and contractor’s first s ..... 
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Tips for lowering cooling costs in your home

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Continuous cooling during the dog days of summer can take a bite out of your budget. You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioner and taking other actions to lowe ..... 
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Community Field Day & Pancake Breakfast at Seed Savers Exchange

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Decorah, Iowa— Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is inviting Decorah-area residents to Heritage Farm for a behind-the-scenes look at SSE’s work preserving America’s food and garden heritage. Made possible by Silos & Smokestack’s National Heritage Ar ..... 
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Don’t let your summer getaway open the door to fraudsters

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Burnsville, Minn. – Summer is a great time for getaways, but while you’re on vacation, criminals are still hard at work. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns consumers that they can find themselves tripped up by their ..... 
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Whats going on in the garden?

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Extension Ag Assistant When we vegetable and flower garden, this is the busy time of the year. I’ll visit with you on a few things that need to be done. Strawberries are about done now. We need to think about next year’s berri ..... 
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Recycling 101 7.21.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There continues to be questions concerning what is and what is not recyclable in Fillmore County. Each county in Minnesota has different lists of what can be recycled in their county. That is not to say that one way is much better than another. Re ..... 
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Recycling 101 6.30.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

In a few short weeks, the Fillmore County Fair will be upon us. The dates of the fair are July 22 through July 26. A great number of Fillmore County residents attend the fair and hundreds participate by exhibiting 4-H and open class projects. Man ..... 
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More events scheduled for Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Home & Garden

The upstart market, now in its second season, has seen a surge of interest. The 25-vendor market is continuing to grow in size and offerings. The product list now includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, wild edibles, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bre ..... 
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