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e of nt Christensen leaves will be falling and Iking and clean up will can one dispose of this composting this just for a ponion leaves and plant residue. amendments to Waste Management waste from landfills except for the This is in 1, 1990, in the Iolitan area. For outstate the ban will be in affect 1, 1992. now in Cottonwood residents can haul grass and leaves to our county at no charge. A special area has been designated ere. If the yard waste is in plastic bags, you must ,' bags home with you. ting is the preferred mana.ging yard wastes environmental and aic viewpoints. Composting that allows naturally microbes to convert yard such as leaves and grass ;s, into a useful organic soil or mulch which to the soil. important considerations include deciding on compost structure, of the compost pile, and of yard waste can best can be composted? Many ic materials can be besides grass and non-woody shrub or twigs less than 1/4 diameter, faded flowers, plants at the end gardening season, lake ;traw, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable shredded newspaper (black prin0, small amounts of liSt. publications are the Minnesota sion Service at our county titled "Composting and which costs $2.00 and Composting" which is growth resumes in spring. When you prune fruit trees too early in winter, they're more likely to die back from the pruning sites. Except for small trees, hire a competent tree service to handle your pruning. Check that they're licensed, bonded and fully insured not only for any potential personal injury, but for injury to your property, should an accident occur. Tree limbs are much heavier than you might ima.gine. Removing them safely reqmres both training and experience. Leave such work to the pros! Before recycling- waste reduction Cottonwood County now has provision for recycling materials that previously were discarded and became part of our solid waste. Recycling is a positive step in controlling the input at our landfill and retrieving valuable resources such as glass, plastic, paper, tin and aluminum to be used again. We can do a lot as consumers to further reduce the solid waste flow. As consumers, shop for products and foods in containers made of recyclable materials. Buy reusable containers. Complete the recycling process by selecting products made of recycled materials. Shop for a good environment by practtcmg SOURCE RE- DUCTION. Thoughtful selections enable making better use of what we buy and results in throwing away less. Here's what you can do: Buy better quality products with longer "useful" lives. These products often have longer warranties so they can be repaired rather than simply thrown away. Select refillable or reusable items, such as a fountain pen instead of a disposable ballpoint; cloth towels and cloth rather than disposable wipes. Buy larger sizes. A single 16 oz. can uses 68 grams of mctJl. This is 40% less than the 95.4 grams used in two 8-ounce cans. Buy "refill packs" where you can. Various manufacturers of household products are re- designing their packaging so that you can buy small packages of concentrates to refill the larger, more durable containers used to store their products. Don't send useful articles of clothing that your family has outgrown to the landfill. Do a little mending and contribute them to a local charity. If you can afford it, have old household appliances repaired rather than sending them to the landfill. If you are buying a new appliance, donate the old one, rather than throw it away. If you work in an office that makes a lot of copies, suggest that everyone try to copy on both sides of the paper. This cuts your use of copy paper in half. These ideas are only the beginning of a way of thinking that says, "Less is better". It's an approach to decision-making that causes evaluation of packaging and other throw-aways. Excessive packaging is avoided. The useful life of products is considered. The way we do things in our home may change to decrease our need for disposables as well as to accommodate the county's new recycling program. Cottonwood County recycles. How about implementing a reduction plan in your household as well? Cottonwood County adolescent pregnancy prevention committee The Cottonwood County Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Committee will meet on Monday, October 22, 1990 at 12:00 noon. The meeting is open to the public. Anyone who is interested in addressing the issue of teen pregnancy is welcome to attend this noon hour meeting. Call 831- 4022 by 10:00 A.M. the day of the meeting to order a box lunch or bring your own sack lunch. Coffee and pop will be available, For further information call Etaine Harder, County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Windom, MN 56101. Phone 831- 4022. Home Energy Conservation by Janet Benson Cool days, school bells, geese flying south are" all si'gns of fall. With rising costs of heating fuel it is more important than ever to take steps to winterize your home to conserve energy. Some improvements you may wish to consider are: * Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows. * Install storm windows. * Insulate the attic and the walls. The Minnesota Extension Service/Cottonwood County has two bulletins available which may help you with these conservation measures: NR-FO-3400 and NR-FO-3399 Resi0 nlial Heat Loss. Each publication costs $1.00. Here are some other hints and suggestions for simple and inexpensive ways to reduce energy consumption, make better use of the energy that is consumed, and SENTINEL & TRIBUNE 11 Walnut Grove - Westbrook, MN - Wednesday, October 17, 1990 II help make your home feel more comfortable during the cooler weather ahead: * Do not let furniture or wall treatments obstruct air movement around the thermostat. * Keep furniture away from hot and cold air registers for more efficient movement of air. * Check to see that draperies are not covering heat registers. * Circulate air and make a room warmer by running an electric fan. * Interiors with high humidity feel warmer than when air is dry, but too much humidity can cause moisture problems. * Turn heat off in unused rooms. * Keep the damper closed at night and on cloudy days. * Lock windows for a tighter seal. * Keep draperies closed at night and on cloudy days. * Decorating with warm colors (reds, pinks, yellows, browns, beiges) will increase the apparent temperature of a room. * Rough-textured upholstery fabrics seem warmer than smooth ones. For more home comfort tips Extension bulletin HE-FO-0414 Hints for Conserving Home nFc ~ Lg~ is also available for 50 cents. Upcoming Opportunities October 18 -- Recycling Container Distribution, 5 to 8 p.m City Street Shop, Windom; 4-H Club and County Officer Training, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Windom Area High School; Day and Foster Care Provider Training "Active and Reflective Listening", 7:30 p.m Extension Office. October 20 -- KWOA 4-H Hog Auction Committee Meeting, 3 p.m, Extension Office. October 22 -- Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Committee Meeting, 12 noon, Extension Office; Recycling Container Distribution, 5 to 8 p.m City Street Shop, Windom. October 23 -- County Fair 4-H Premiums Meeting, 7 p.m Extension Office. October 25 -- 4-H Awards Banquet Committee Meeting, 7 p.m Extension Office. The only American author to win the Pulitzer Prize four times was poet Robert Frost. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THE CLASSIFIEDS II e nL i n g garden produce you're storing your own 1 I[2gmwn IXtXiuce or fruits and LIl .bles you bought at the '"' you can improve "2 " esults by following some TI'I guidelines. First, plan to 7 nly healthy, fully mature, " . : "YOU CAN TRUST ]ipening varieties. Produce i AND DRUGS -Randy Kamrath served on the ]bruis or immature is more powerful Senate Judiciary Committee where he fought for rotting.vegetableAndseparately.Store your --,tough anti-crime, anti-drug laws. Randy will send a message an inch or so of stem on to all drug dealers if you sell drugs, you will go to Jail! vegetables to help reduce loss and prevent Many vegetables such as ns, potatoes, and tom a one to two period of warm storage which the produce is or made tougher before it into cool storage for a longer potatoes keep the any commonly grown five to eight months. onions at 32 degrees F. will taste sugary when Cold; they do better at 38 If temps are much sprout before you up. can last three to provided its, skin is held between 50 and Spread them out on a ; good air circulation. probably be good or mree months: once in a longer. of our favorite late- apples will last right if they're picked Ley first ripen, then put Y into cool, humid You're looking for or fresh eating choose Fireside, Connell Red, works well apples when set at 30- , EDUCATION -Randy's experience on the Senate Education Committee gave him an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing rural education in the 90's. Randy will work hard for local education needs including fair funding for all schools, expanded post-secondary options, student assessment testing and returning control to 1o I school boards. ,ENVIRONMENT -Randy Kamrath has voluntarily set aside land as a wildlife refuge and practices conservation measures on his farm. A strong advocate of recycling, pollution control and water quality standards, he will work closely with local environmental groups to preserve land, air and water quality in Western Minnesota. * BUSINESS -Randy is a former recipient of the Independent Business Association of Minnesotas highest honor, the Champion of Small Business. which recognizes Randy's I00% voting record on behalf of small businesses. Randy knows that small business growth means Jobs and families for our communities. * HEALTH CARE - Randy Kamrath will work for strong local hospitals, lower administrative costs, better access to insurance and ways to attract and keep talented medical professionals, Randy knows that state reimbursements must be adequate to cover medical costs and measures providing supplements to insurance should be made available so that all have equal access to health care. llllll l RANDY KAMRATH -- STRONG ENOUGH TO quite STRONG ENOUGH TO CARE some little holes In to allow for air : , on. Over-ripe apples RLlnnlng for the State Senate is hard work. As zf full-time active family farmer, people often ask me why I ,wn rapidly in storage; want to take on long hours of campaigning on top of running my farming operation. I'm running for the ones develop a number in storage, and never Senate because I believe in the future of rural Minnesota and In preserving our way of life. I want my children and your children to have the same opportunities that we had growing up and raising families trees while dormant here. can be accomplished Western Minnesota needs strong and effective leadership. I've seen some trends that disturb me and must often more easily once be corrected now. Rural population decline must be reversed by encouraging Job growth, lowering taxes. Remove all dead . Improving our educational system and providing high quality local health care options. We can make sure branches along with our friends, families and neighbors stay In our area. growing too low on the Your next Senator must be able to forcefully communicate these needs to other legislators tn St. Paul. I , are about to rub across branch, will be that kind of Senator. I wfll work hard to make bur area and all of Minnesota the best it can be. paint or wound dress ' - ' or desired. Some trees or lose a lot of sap sites next swing, , Iz I dn't hurt them. Paint would not prevent regardless. frui.t trees of any sort, winter -- the end of,i a , or sometime in March -- Paid advertisement prepared and paid for by Kamrath Volunteer Committee. Dixie allden. Treasurer. Montevideo runing. Try to b by early April, eal quickly once ]