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New construction or remodeling?


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Scheevel & Sons, Inc. levels off some dirt in a new housing development underway in Fountain, MN. Photo by Jason Sethre

In Fillmore County, the number of new houses being built has gone down a little in 2012. There are still people getting building permits for additions, garages, sheds, or farm buildings, but those numbers are also down slightly in 2012.

In 2010, there were 294 building permits issued in Fillmore County, and 54 of those were for brand new homes. In 2011, 335 building permits were issued, and 49 were for brand new homes. So far in 2012, there have been 181 building permits issued. At this time last year, the number was 240. There have been 20 new homes built in Fillmore County so far this year.

The trend seems to be that more and more people are remodeling or adding on instead of constructing a new home. Many garages were put up, both attached and detached, and there are new sheds and farm buildings being built. The struggles with the economy have affected everyone, even the smaller communities, and people are being more cautious with their money.

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development report that new home construction was up in July about 15 percent from July of 2011. Many reports say this is a sign that the economy is stabilizing, and things are looking up. Property costs have gone down, and record-low interest rates are helping to stimulate the economy in all areas of the country.

Although things may have slowed down some this year for Minnesota, and other parts of the country, the hope is that next year there is some improvement, and that things will pick up in the construction industry, which will affect many other areas economically as well.

Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

It is not too soon to start thinking about Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste event. As in the past, the fall event will be held on the first Tuesday of October. This year, the date is October 2. On that day, we will gladly accept yo ..... 
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On the look out for Japanese Beetles in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Shelly Skindelien, Fillmore County Extension, Master Gardener intern The Japanese beetle has made its arrival in Minnesota. This is a serious pest of turf and ornamental plants. Grubs feed on the roots of grass and adults feed on the foliage of ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties seeking a family for home currently under construction in Harmony

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties is now accepting applications for the home currently under construction in Harmony. To qualify for a Habitat home, the family must currently be living in substandard housing, be unable to obtain a conven ..... 
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“Growing Green” gardening workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Houston County Master Gardeners and Caledonia Area Community Education would like to invite all experienced or budding gardeners to attend our second annual “Growing Green” Gardening Workshop to be held at the Caledonia Middle and High Schoo ..... 
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Harmony woman's garden is a labor of love

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Lori Pfremmer of rural Harmony has been gardening her entire life. She has been working on her current garden since she moved to the country with her husband Fred six years ago, and it has grown and spread each year. And it still isn't finished.
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Prepare a deck for winter

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

As the weather cools, many homeowners already have a system in place to help prepare their home's exterior for the looming winter season.

Making sure outdoor furniture is stored away and bushes and young trees are wrapped in burlap are just ..... 
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Housing help from SEMCAC

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Fall is almost here, and this time of year many people start getting their homes ready for winter. However, many people out there are not able to afford to get their homes ready, or to fix safety and code issues. There are people who are not able to ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity now seeking partner families in Harmony and Utica

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Looking for an affordable opportunity to buy a simple, decent home?

Habitat will be hosting an application open house on Wednesday, August 24th from 5-7 PM at Merchants Bank in St. Charles. Habitat volunteers will be on hand to assist with t ..... 
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