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Winterize now, relax later


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

Spring Valley True Value owner Todd Jones encourages homeowners to winterize sooner rather than later. Photo by Rich Wicks

Everyone remembers how harsh and long the last winter was, and most predictions are for another cold and snowy winter this year. But although nobody knows for sure just how severe the winter will be, there are many winterizing tasks to be done around every home to prepare for the cold, ice and snow.

The main thing to do is to start now. Todd Jones, owner of Spring Valley True Value Hardware, says, “Now is the time to get prepared for winter, before it’s 20 below zero.” He explained that freezing water is a concern, so homeowners should shut off the water supply to any outside faucets, and consider heat-wrapping water pipes, since last winter resulted in many burst water pipes. Jones also shared a helpful hint that’s proven beneficial. “Spray some black paint on furnace pipe exhaust, and the ice will melt off more quickly.” This cheap and quick fix can prevent freeze-ups later.

While the weather is still nice, trees can be pruned or cut. Fall is also a great time to pressure-wash the house, and finish any exterior painting or fix-ups. In the yard, be sure to dig up any bulbs or plants that need to be transplanted before the ground freezes. Water hoses should be drained and rolled up for winter storage, and put away where they won’t be stepped on and cracked. Outside safety improvements to consider in the fall include checking handrails to be sure they are sturdy, and installing exterior lighting, to help prevent falls on icy sidewalks.

Another certainty of the season is falling leaves. It’s easy to make compost pile, to make use of the rich nutrients that are beneficial to the lawn. But even if you just plan to rake up and bag the leaves, be sure you have blowers, rakes and bags on hand. Rain gutters should be checked and cleaned out, to prevent them from clogging as leaves accumulate. Gutter guards are an affordable and simple solution.

Gasoline engines also need to be prepared for winter. For any equipment that won’t be used over the winter (mowers, tillers, grass trimmers, etc.), it’s important to either drain or treat the gas tanks with a stabilizer such as Sea Foam. That will prevent problems of gummed-up fuel lines next spring.

For equipment that is used during the winter (such as snow blowers), it’s important to put in fresh fuel and oil, and see that spark plugs, filters and all parts are ready for the first big snow. Once that’s done, it’s wise to do .....
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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, bal ..... 
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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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