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Tips for staying safe on the roads over the holidays


Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The holidays are a time of good cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and inclement weather all the way to the homes of your loved ones. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers, so Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) recommends taking a few precautions before hitting the road this holiday season.

Every year, holiday travelers take to the skies and hit the rails, but most hit the road. In 2012, AAA estimated that 93 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles over the holidays – 90 percent of which drove.

“Because of increased traffic and the possibility of wintry conditions, staying safe on the roads over the holidays requires additional precautions,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “Make sure your car is in good shape and that you’re prepared for bad weather. While you’re driving, put down your cellphone and focus on the road ahead.”

BBB recommends taking the following steps for safe travel this holiday season:

Create a car safety kit – Holiday driving often includes the threat of dangerous winter weather. Snow and ice can lead to accidents, car troubles, long delays and road closures. You can be ready for bad weather by creating your own safety kit. Basics for the kit include a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, an ice scraper and warm gloves.

Get a tune-up – If your car is due for a tune-up, take it in before making that long haul. At the very least, check the car’s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and, if you plan on driving through serious winter weather, consider getting snow tires.

Take the BBB with you – When you’re away from home or in the midst of an emergency, it’s hard to know which businesses – such as tow trucks and locksmiths – you can trust. The good news is that free BBB Business Reviews are optimized for smartphones. Now you can easily find businesses you can trust when you’re on the go and away from your computer by visiting bbb.org.

Start early and slow down – The best way to fight holiday traffic is to give yourself some extra time to make the trip, and don’t speed. Also, if you’re caught speeding by law enforcement, that adds travel time and puts .....
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The value of Trees

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

December commentary from the Fillmore Soil and water Conservation District Board of Superviors: Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pamela Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley The winter winds ..... 
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US Fish and Wildlife boat launch at Dresbach Bridge opens Dec. 14

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Access to the US Fish and Wildlife boat launch from the Dresbach Travel Information Center will open to the public Saturday, Dec. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Access to the USFWS boat launch ha ..... 
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Donating deer hides helps habitat and educates kids

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Since 1985, Minnesota’s deer hunters have unselfishly participated in one of the nation’s most unique recycling projects; Hides For Habitat, a project of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA). Thanks to Minnesota’s deer hunters over ..... 
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MnDOT, snowplow crews gear up for winter weather

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s snowplow operators are trained, experienced and prepared for another winter weather season. “MnDOT has the equipment, technology and know-how to continue to provide first-r ..... 
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'A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose'

Wed, Oct 30th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rob Hogg to present Luther College guest lecture Nov. 14 DECORAH, Iowa – Rob Hogg, state senator from Iowa, will present a Luther College guest lecture, "A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in ..... 
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Visit the natural playground

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

In the day and age of television, computers, and video games there is a Natural Playground a short drive away that will stir your child’s imagination in a new way. The Houston Nature Center, in Houston, Minn., has long been a favorite for families ..... 
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Soil health: building a resilient landscape

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Commentary from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors: Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pamela Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley Summer and fall 2012: dro ..... 
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Blaze orange safety requirement reduces hunting accidents

Mon, Oct 7th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

With Minnesota’s small game hunting season underway and the firearm deer season set to begin Nov. 9, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says making a blaze orange fashion statement this fall might not get you on the best-dressed ..... 
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