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Take a minute to clear snow and ice from your gas meter


Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Now more than ever, make sure you carefully clear snow from your natural gas meter and furnace vent.

With the substantial amounts of snow in recent storms, and the high winds, Alliant Energy crews are reporting several meters covered in snow and ice across the region.

This build up can cause the meter or gas appliance, like a furnace or hot water heater, to malfunction. If a vent is blocked, carbon monoxide could build up in your home. A blocked vent could also cause a furnace or hot water heater to stop working.

Customers should use a broom or their hands to remove snow from a meter. Do not use a shovel because the hard tip could break the meter.

Newer furnaces and water heaters vent out the side of a home, instead of the top. Customers need to make sure sidewall vents and the roof top vents are clear of snow and ice.

Customers should also be aware of the dangers and risks of carbon monoxide (CO). The risk of illness or death from carbon monoxide increases in the winter. Every home or business should have at least one working CO monitor inside.

Important safety tips:

•Don’t pile snow on or near the meter when shoveling or using a snow blower

•Use your hands or a brush, not a shovel, to clear snow and ice from the meter

•Never bang on the meter or pipes

•Don’t let dripping water or freezing rain build up on the meter. The vent can become plugged when ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night

•Carefully remove icicles hanging above the meter

•Check furnace and water heater exhaust pipes. If an exhaust pipe is blocked, the furnace or water heater could malfunction or stop working

Alliant Energy Corporation’s Minnesota utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light (IPL), utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Minnesota utility provides service in southern Minnesota to 43,000 electrical customers and 10,600 natural gas customers. The employees of Alliant Energy focus on delivering the energy and exceptional service their customers and communities expect – safely, reliably, and affordably. Visit alliantenergy.com or call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) for more information.

Frozen pipes plague Fillmore County residents

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County has been plagued by a brutally cold winter. It’s the kind of cold that takes your breath away and makes you want to stay at home under a pile of blankets. However, the issues that the subzero temperatures cause have made their way ..... 
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Governor Dayton expands eligibility for heating assistance

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

As many residents of Minnesota are feeling the pinch of sky-rocketing propane costs, Governor Mark Dayton announced on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 that he has taken action to expand eligibility for the Minnesota’s heating assistance program by signi ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 2.10.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Most of you are aware that there are six sites throughout the county where you will find the large, green rural recycling containers. Hundreds of Fillmore County residents prefer to deposit their recyclables in one of these containers rather than d ..... 
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Fire deaths drop in 2013: Education will help save more lives this year

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The number of people killed in fires last year is down 14 percent from 2012, according to preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD). There were 43 fire fatalities in 2 ..... 
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Nitrate Testing

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

On Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. until noon the National Trout Center (NTC), along with the Fillmore County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Fillmore County Community Health will conduct nitrate testing of water and provide informat ..... 
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Southeast Minnesota real estate market continues to strengthen in 2013

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The real estate market in southeast Minnesota saw strong gains in nearly every indicator in 2013, with the result being a residential housing market that continues to improve. The results were announced by the Southeast Minnesot ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.20.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste Day is a few months away, but I would like to pass this information on to you at this time and answer some of the questions you may have about hazardous waste. As most of you are aware, Fillmore Co ..... 
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January 2014 declared “National Radon Action Month”

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

January 2014 is has been declared “National Radon Action Month” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-sm ..... 
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