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Finding and reporting Minnesota’s noxious weeds


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

As preparations begin for this year’s growing season, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) encourages people to learn about, look for, and report Minnesota’s noxious weeds.

The MDA, as the regulatory agency for managing noxious weeds, helps local governments with weed management and enforcement of the Minnesota Noxious Weed Law. A noxious weed is defined by the Minnesota Noxious Weed Law as an annual, biennial, or perennial plant that the Commissioner of Agriculture designates to be injurious to public health, the environment, public roads, crops, livestock, or other property.

Noxious weeds are categorized into four lists: Prohibited Eradicate, Prohibited Control, Restricted, and Specially Regulated. The worst of the weeds are on the Prohibited Eradicate list. The law requires weeds on this list to have all above and below ground plant parts destroyed.

Collaboration with multiple agencies and organizations throughout the state helps the MDA successfully detect noxious weeds on the eradicate list and confirm unrecognized species.

Here’s how the process works. A report is made of a listed or unknown weed. The report must then be positively identified. Once the plant has been identified, the treatment plan can be determined.

A multi-agency group of plant scientists can be tapped for species identification. This group can also turn to expert botanists such as herbarium curators and the state botanist to aid with identification. Digital photos help to correctly identify the species, and a visit to the site of the report may also be necessary for additional data collection.

There are several ways to report a noxious weed on the eradicate list to the MDA.

A landowner can contact their County Agriculture Inspector to verify the presence of a noxious weed.

The noxious weed can be reported to the Arrest the Pest voicemail at 888-545-6684 or email Arrest.The.Pest@state.mn.us.

Noxious weeds can also be reported to the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (www.eddmaps.org). Location information is necessary for reporting.

We encourage landowners to take action by contacting the MDA when they suspect they found an eradicate list noxious weed. Together, we can reduce future economic and environmental costs by finding and controlling eradicate list species before t .....
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Chatfield couple brings home back to life

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Home & Garden

Every day Melissa Wood drove by the house at 25 Fillmore Street in Chatfield, Minn. She fell in love with the large home on a corner lot and saw its potential. The majority of the population would most likely have looked at the home that was for s ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator About 40 percent of Minnesota garbage is organic waste and much of what you send to landfill is quite compostable right in your own back yard. But, why would you want to compost your garbage? We ..... 
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No foolin’ - Commerce recommends an advanced home energy assessment before making major home improvements, upgrades

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Before embarking on home energy improvements or remodeling, especially major projects, the Minnesota Department of Commerce strongly recommends having an advanced home energy assessment. An assessment, or energy audit, of how your house is functioni ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.24.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

A lot of information from the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), Call2Recycle, and Earth 911 has come to my attention lately and I thought you might find some of this interesting or helpful. Amber perscription bottles are not recyclable in ..... 
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Bluff Country Multi-County HRA working with Minnesota Housing to provide first-time homebuyer loans

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Bluff Country Multi-County HRA, serving Fillmore and Houston Counties is partnering with Minnesota Housing to make resources available to first-time homebuyers. Homebuyers can take advantage of these resources through the Minnesota Housing Start U ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.3.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There have been several questions concerning medicine disposal in the last few months. Today’s article will address this subject. Although medical waste has very little to do with recycling, the correct disposal of medicine is extremely importa ..... 
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Energy assistance program participation encouraged by Minnesota Energy Resources

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

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Minnesota Energy Resources is encouraging customers who may be eligible for the State of Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program, to apply as soon as possible. Senior customers who may be having difficulty paying higher winter bil ..... 
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Keep vents, air inlets clear of snow, ice to keep furnaces operating safely

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

The Department of Commerce is encouraging Minnesotans to keep furnace exhaust vents, air intake hoods, and chimneys clear of snow and ice in order to keep the heat on and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Homeowners with high-efficiency furnaces ..... 
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