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Winterize now, relax later


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

Spring Valley True Value owner Todd Jones encourages homeowners to winterize sooner rather than later. Photo by Rich Wicks

Everyone remembers how harsh and long the last winter was, and most predictions are for another cold and snowy winter this year. But although nobody knows for sure just how severe the winter will be, there are many winterizing tasks to be done around every home to prepare for the cold, ice and snow.

The main thing to do is to start now. Todd Jones, owner of Spring Valley True Value Hardware, says, “Now is the time to get prepared for winter, before it’s 20 below zero.” He explained that freezing water is a concern, so homeowners should shut off the water supply to any outside faucets, and consider heat-wrapping water pipes, since last winter resulted in many burst water pipes. Jones also shared a helpful hint that’s proven beneficial. “Spray some black paint on furnace pipe exhaust, and the ice will melt off more quickly.” This cheap and quick fix can prevent freeze-ups later.

While the weather is still nice, trees can be pruned or cut. Fall is also a great time to pressure-wash the house, and finish any exterior painting or fix-ups. In the yard, be sure to dig up any bulbs or plants that need to be transplanted before the ground freezes. Water hoses should be drained and rolled up for winter storage, and put away where they won’t be stepped on and cracked. Outside safety improvements to consider in the fall include checking handrails to be sure they are sturdy, and installing exterior lighting, to help prevent falls on icy sidewalks.

Another certainty of the season is falling leaves. It’s easy to make compost pile, to make use of the rich nutrients that are beneficial to the lawn. But even if you just plan to rake up and bag the leaves, be sure you have blowers, rakes and bags on hand. Rain gutters should be checked and cleaned out, to prevent them from clogging as leaves accumulate. Gutter guards are an affordable and simple solution.

Gasoline engines also need to be prepared for winter. For any equipment that won’t be used over the winter (mowers, tillers, grass trimmers, etc.), it’s important to either drain or treat the gas tanks with a stabilizer such as Sea Foam. That will prevent problems of gummed-up fuel lines next spring.

For equipment that is used during the winter (such as snow blowers), it’s important to put in fresh fuel and oil, and see that spark plugs, filters and all parts are ready for the first big snow. Once that’s done, it’s wise to do .....
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Guest Commentary: Global climate change

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest Recently a frequent contributor to this publication wrote a letter addressing several environmental issues, advocating drastic reductions in fossil fuel use to reduce carbon outputs. How many times have we heard the President say ..... 
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Response to Yvonne Nyenhuis’ commentary regarding abortion

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Yvonne Nyenhuis’ defense of the pro-choice position consistently misses the mark (“Concerning women’s healthcare,” Aug 25). She argues that facilities like Planned Parenthood provide essential healthcare to women, but that ..... 
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Ag Days fields fun for all

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The annual Ag Days celebration took place August 12-17, 2014 in Spring Valley, Minn. with activities taking place from Tuesday through Sunday all around town. Spring Valley Senior Living’s Cutest Pet Contest got the ball rolling on Tuesday and t ..... 
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Legacy-funded prairie restoration benefits trout stream

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

A trout stream in the far southeastern part of the state is benefitting from Minnesota’s approval of the Legacy Amendment nearly six years ago. Earlier this year, an 18-acre area within the Etna Creek Aquatic Management Area (AMA) was burned, tr ..... 
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New ambulance director selected for Spring Valley

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A new ambulance director has been named for Spring Valley. Todd Jones informed the Council that Brett Rima of Thief River Falls has accepted the position starting Sept. 2. Previously an offer of employment had been made to Ryan Marking and he decli ..... 
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Spring Valley makes an offer for ambulance director

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council is in the process of hiring a new ambulance director. Since Jim Cooper announced in April that he was going to retire on August 15 the council has been working on finding a replacement. After the advertising phase for ..... 
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Marjorie Earley

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Marjorie Earley, 98, of Spring Valley, Minn., died on July 23, 2014, at the Spring Valley Senior Living Center. Marjorie was born in York Township, Minn. to Gerit and Mary (VanGrevenhof) Zwart on November 4, 1915. She attended Bristol Center Sch ..... 
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Fillmore County resident is a lottery winner

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley All

Roseville, Minn. – Congratulations to Tanner Thobe of Spring Valley, Minn.. Thobe won $10,000 by playing the Lottery’s Feelin’ Lucky scratch game. Thobe claimed the prize on June 23, 2014. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 640 N. ..... 
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