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Free radon and nitrate testing


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. To get a free radon kit you can attend the pick-up site below or download and submit a request form on Fillmore County Public Health website at http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/community-services/public-health/175-public-health-forms.

Another environmental issue that can affect Fillmore County residents is the nitrate level found in their private drinking water wells. High nitrate levels are linked to causing Blue Baby Syndrome in infants. High nitrate levels may indicate other problems with well water such as having an increased risk for drinking harmful bacteria. To have your water tested for nitrates, bring one cup of well water in a clean glass jar or plastic container, to one of the clinics listed below. Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff will be onsite to conduct nitrate testing and results will be provided in minutes. SWCD staff will also have bacteria testing kits for $25 that you can purchase and take home to use.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marzolf Implement Company, 1221 South Section Avenue/HWY 63, Spring Valley, Minn. 55975

For radon testing and mitigation information call FCPH at (507) 765-3898. Call SWCD at (507) 765-3878 Extension 3 for info about nitrate and bacteria testing in water.

Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator This article will deal with the recycling of aluminum. Producing pure aluminum from bauxite ore is quite expensive. Recycling aluminum, especially beverage cans is much more economical. It takes 95% less energy to ..... 
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SMIF provides loan to Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables LLC

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

RUSHFORD, MN - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has recently approved funding from its Small Enterprise Loan Fund to Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables in Rushford. Featherstone is a family-operated farm, owned by Jack Hedin and his ..... 
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Landscape designer Charles Seha receives MNLA award for Excellence In Landscape

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Home & Garden

Several members of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) were recently honored with the 2015 MNLA award for Excellence In Landscape. Among those honored was landscape designer Charles Seha. A panel of practicing professionals in l ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. During February and March, you may pick up a free kit from one of the radon and nitrate testing clini ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.19.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Batteries. Just how many of those gadgets that you couldn’t possibly get along without are powered partially or totally by batteries? As I write this article at the Recycling Center, I have ..... 
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New Year’s resolution: Get an advanced energy audit

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Looking for a New Year’s resolution you can stick to? Get that advanced home energy audit you’ve been promising yourself and make 2015 the year you start to save energy and cut your utility bill costs. Many people assume there is little they c ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.05.2015

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator Questions concerning the recycling of plastics in Fillmore County keep coming up week after week. I will agree that if you don’t work in recycling as I do, it can be a bit complicated. There is a lot of informa ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 12.22.2014

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator The most common item made from iron is the steel food can. These cans are 99% steel. They are made of steel for strength, but many are coated with tin to stabilize the flavors of the can’s contents so your stew ..... 
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