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Are you ready?


Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Disasters come in all shapes, sizes, and frequencies and have lasting effects on both people and property. Recent events tell us that floods, tornadoes, chemical spills, and acts of community violence can occur any time and place. If a disaster occurs in Fillmore County, local government and disaster-relief will try to help, but you and your family need to be ready as well because responders may not be able to reach you immediately.

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and the loss associated with disasters. You should know how to: respond to various types of disasters, be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days, have a written plan of action, care for pets and farm animals, and be able to properly reach out to others if you wish to volunteer.

Fillmore County Public Health, Fillmore County Medical Reserve Corps, and Fillmore County Emergency Management will be hosting a community preparedness event on Monday, May 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Ambulance Building located at 100 Emergency Drive in Spring Valley, Minn.

This event will guide community members and leaders through the process of dealing with various types of disasters, how to develop a disaster plan, signing up for volunteer opportunities, and other preparedness strategies. All participants will be given free disaster planning materials. There will also be a drawing for several disaster kit items.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-2636 and ask for Brenda Pohlman.

Fossil Trail in Bluff Country!

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

BluffCountryFossils.com, in cooperation with SE MN HBC, has created a “Fossil Trail” in Bluff Country. The new website and fossil adventure blog created by Beverly Sandlin, a fossil enthusiast and substitute teacher in Spring Valley, was created ..... 
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SWCD staff seeks to detect flush of pollutants into Root River

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When snow melts or rain falls, the water picks up pollutants as it drains across land to a stream. Measuring that flush of pollutants can be tricky because some stream water levels rise and fall so quickly - in a matter of hours. It’s also importa ..... 
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Root River State Trail: Trail Construction - Minnesota DNR

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

The trail segment between Lanesboro and Whalan will be closed for construction beginning April 8 through July 2, 2013. Six bridges will be replaced and the entire five mile segment will be resurfaced. There is no signed detour around this segment. We ..... 
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Houston, we have owlets!

Thu, Mar 21st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Karla Bloem A white, fuzzy, wobbly head reaches upwards through a fluffy curtain of feathers to be met by a tiny bit of a pocket gopher, gently rubbed against its beak. Iris, the tiny owlet’s mother, utters quiet chitters of encouragement to ..... 
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Snakes, Reptiles & Amphibians! Documentary Film will feature southeast Minnesota as one of five international field locations.

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

Lanesboro, Minn. – Snakes! Reptiles & Amphibians! Don’t miss the opportunity to see these on the big screen in the documentary film “Herpers III: Tales from the Field” which features southeast Minnesota as one of five international field lo ..... 
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Holy Carp! and ZRP Water Ways Speaker series discuss Aquatic Invasive Species

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Two Rochester events, Holy Carp! and ZRP Water Ways Speaker series bring national invasive species expert Dr. Peter Sorensen to discuss Aquatic Invasive Species in March. Aquatic invasive species, carp, zebra mussels, milfoil and a host of others ..... 
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Houston, Minn., Owl Festival Winners span four continents

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

Wildlife species know no borders, and this year’s award winners at the 11th Annual International Festival of Owls in Houston, Minn. reflect that global outlook. The top award winner in the World Owl Hall of Fame – the Champion of Owls -- is a ..... 
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