A report released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says that from the year 2000 to 2013, plastics and food waste have increased 18 and 21 percent, respectively. The amount of paper thrown away and not recycled decreased during that time period. Recycling benefits the economy by creating jobs, generating profit and saving money. About 37,000 jobs in Minnesota are directly and indirectly supported by the recycling industry. Our recyclable material has tremendous economic value. In 2010, Minnesota recycling programs collected about 2.5 million ton of material worth $690 million. It costs Minnesota over $200 million to throw away one million ton of recyclable material in 2010. Instead, this waste could easily have been recycled for an additional estimated value of $217 million.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meet this morning (Tuesday) at nine as a Human Services committee, and at ten as a county board. Both meetings are at the Health and Human Services Building. At the county board meeting agenda items include a wetland replacement plan; Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District delinquent accounts; conditional use permits; and the county park board meeting.
The Holidaze Parade is this Saturday afternoon and evening, with events scheduled from three to 7:30. There will be Santa reindeer and sleigh rides for the kids; exotic animals ranging from an Emu, to a camel, baby armadillo, a singing dog and her pups and more. There will be a children’s concert choir; a chili supper, cookie decorating, an art exhibit, live music by Terry Shaw; with and Santa and friends to be there as well. There will also be a kids costume contest; Mexican treats and music; tree lighting at Selvig Park; the Holidaze Parade at 6:30; a YoYo event, free hot chocolate and cookies.
The demolition of the old Morris Eastside School is complete, and the Morris City Council is considering their next move in developing or selling the 17.75-acre site. City Manager Blaine Hill says a Morris-based developer has been putting together a proposal. Riley Brothers Properties initially proposed buying the entire lot for $135,000. The Morris City Council--seated as the Economic Development Authority--also received a proposal from developer Prairieland Partners, who offered to purchase between 9.5 and 12 acres of the land for $350,000 to $500,000. The council has previously met with Prairieland Partners. Hill says Riley Brothers are likely to present a proposal during the council's regular meeting on Tuesday, November 26th.
A Dental outreach clinic will be in Morris this week, in collaboration with the Morris Area Schools and Community Education. Dental professionals were at the Morris schools last week, instructing students on dental care. Those professionals will be back this week for dental appointments. Elementary Principal Ken Gagner says the clinic is a great solution for both the students and the community. The visiting clinic will provide all dental services for children covered by Minnesota Health Care Programs such as MA/MnCare, through PrimeWest Health, Medica, Delta Blue Plus, and Civic Smiles.
On Wednesday afternoon at 5:30, there will be a Soup & Substance discussion in the University of Minnesota, Morris Student Center. Soup & Substance is an informal dialogue that discusses social issues of impact to the campus and community as a whole. This month's dialogue will focus on veterans and disability services. The Office of Community Engagement invites students and members of the Stevens County community to join in the discussion. A free light meal will be served.
Alexandria Police officers responded to a burglary in progress at a residence at 514 5th Avenue E. in the city of Alexandria Saturday. Several citizens in the area called to report this activity occurring in their neighborhood. After stealing several items from inside the residence and loading those items into their vehicle, both suspects got into the suspect vehicle and left the area. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle several blocks away and both were taken into custody. The vehicle contained numerous items of property from inside the residence that had been burglarized. The residents were not home at the time of the burglary. The owner of the residence is known to the suspects, this was not a random act. The suspects are 23 year old Michael Sandgren and 29 year old Ashley Pederson, both of Alexandria.
Motorists travelling on Highway 12 at the east end of Willmar on Thursday night, may encounter smoke during a controlled house burn conducted by the Willmar Fire Department. Fire crews will be conducting the controlled burn from approximately 6 to ten. This training will be conducted, as scheduled, even during adverse weather conditions. In the event of heavy smoke or wind shifts, travelers on Highway 12 should slow down and watch for crews directing traffic through the area. If necessary the road may close to traffic for short durations. For more information, contact the Willmar Fire Department.
There will be a Hoop Shoot at the Willmar Senior High School gymnasium on Saturdayafternoon at one. This is for ages 8-13 and they have to be those ages by April 1st of 2014.
The Willmar Regional Cancer Center will offer a free colon cancer screening for people age 50 and older, tomorrow morning (Wednesday) from 7:30-11 at the Skylark Mall in Willmar. Participants will complete a brief questionnaire to learn their risk for colon cancer, and will review their screening results with an oncology-trained nurse and a registered dietitian. Those attending will also receive a light snack, free giveaways, and a coupon to Cornerstone Coffee at Skylark Mall. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. and is most often found in people 50 or older. Both men and women can get the disease, and early stages don’t usually have symptoms. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is through early detection and a healthy lifestyle. Don’t smoke, maintain a healthy weight, be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, limit alcohol, eat more fruits and vegetables, and eat less red meat or processed meat like bacon, sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts.
The Vision 20/40 group will meet tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 11:30 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. There is a noon meal, which is optional. You need to RSVP to the Chamber of Commerce if you’re planning to attend. The plan will be presented at this meeting. There is a second session on the Vision 20/40 plan at the WEAC Center tomorrow night from 6-8.
The Department of Natural Resources says thin layers of ice are forming on Minnesota waters right not, but the ice is not safe. This reminder comes after a DNR conservation officer helped rescue a man Friday who was fishing and fell through the ice. The DNR recommends anyone heading out on the ice should carry a set of ice picks, ask a local bait shop or resort about ice conditions and measure the ice. Ice thickness recommendations are four inches for walking; five inches for a snowmobile or ATV; 8-12 inches for a car; and 12-15 inches for a medium sized truck.