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Recycling 101


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

I would assume that nearly every home in Fillmore County has at least one container of medicine that is no longer wanted, needed, or has reached its date of expiration. How do you safely dispose of these excess tablets, liquids, and capsules? I am asked this several times each month. Proper disposal of medication is not difficult, however, it is extremely important.

DO NOT flush them down your toilet or drain them into your sink. DO NOT just throw them into a ditch or bury them in your garden. They are not environmentally friendly and will put many living things in your area, including your children, your grandchildren, your pets, wild birds and other animals, and you at risk.

Medicines can harm beneficial bacteria found in septic systems on farms and municipal wastewater treatment plants. They can kill the bacteria that are responsible for breaking down waste. To make matters worse, many of these drugs are not destroyed as they travel through the system. Small concentrations are then released into nearby streams, rivers, and lakes, exposing aquatic life to unwanted drugs, hormones, and steroids. Some experts believe the deformed frogs discovered in Minnesota a few years ago were offspring of ancestors who were exposed to minute amounts of drugs over a period of many years, changing their genetic patterns.

How can we dispose of this stuff? Place pills and liquids into a laundry detergent bottle or plastic pop bottle. Add an inch or two or water. Allow the tablets and capsules to dissolve. Then add a few spoons of flour, charcoal, dirt or kitty litter, (used, if you have it) to discourage anyone from consuming the mixture. Then place the top on the container and add it to your landfill garbage. Do not put this with your recycling.

Do not accept free samples of pharmaceuticals if you are not going to use them. Purchase only the medication that you really need and keep it all in one location. This should limit purchasing products you already have, just to dispose of them when they expire a year or so down the road.

Evidence of drugs, hormones, and steroids has been found in many of our streams and rivers. Please help keep our beautiful streams in Fillmore County suitable for our trout and other aquatic life. A frog with five legs just doesn't seem like a good thing.

Recycling 101

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Congratulations, people of Fillmore County. Thanks to hundreds of you, the Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection was a great success. If you were one of the participants that waited in line to drop off your "donations," you know there were a l ..... 
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2010 American Society of Landscape Architects-Minnesota Chapter Design Awards

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

(ASLA-MN) congratulates the following 20010 design award recipients.

Awards were presented at the awards banquet on April 23, 2010 at

International Market Square. ASLA- Indiana Chapter acted as the jury

for the awards. For more i ..... 
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Rushford Garage Sale

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Because of the success of our first sale, we are pleased to announce a second fundraiser garage sale in Rushford on the city wide garage sale weekend. 100 percemt of the garage sale proceeds go to the Eagles Cancer Telethon.

Our sale will be ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Do you have some hazardous waste hiding somewhere in your house? Almost every home in Fillmore County does. Well, here is your chance to dispose of most of it, free of charge. The Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center in Preston will be accepting ..... 
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Seed Savers hosts Bird & Wildflower Walks

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Seed Savers Exchange will offer "Bird and Wildflower Walks" -- along with a scrumptious Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning, May 1, at Heritage Farm.

Come celebrate spring as you take in nature's finest. The fun begins at 8 a.m. with the f ..... 
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Area fifth graders to plant trees for POET Tree effort

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

On Arbor Day, Friday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m., area fifth graders will plant trees at POET Biorefining in Preston, MN, and take seedlings for planting at home. The effort is part of POET's corporate-wide Arbor Day initiative.

Trees are nature ..... 
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Seed Savers Exchange receives 2010 Golden Silo Award

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area honored Seed Savers Exchange of Decorah with the Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary award at the annual Golden Silo Awards luncheon. The event was held at the Sky Event Centre in Waterloo on April 7.
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New construction in Spring Valley was perfect move for this happy couple

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Tom Lawson and his wife Fran have traveled the world with his colorful career in the Central Intelligence Agency, raising their children in places such as Australia, London, Turkey and Tokoyo.

Now retired, the Lawsons are enjoying their days ..... 
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