Monthly Archives: January 2013

Composting with Worms

Recycling Food with Worms – A Vermiculture Demonstration
Dr. Chester Wilson, Biology Department
Thursday, January 24 at 4 p.m.
University of St. Thomas

Though intended for the classroom, there will be information useful to individuals also.  Check it out.

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Neighborhood Fix-It Clinic tomorrow

Sat., Jan. 12,
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lyndale Farmstead Park Recreation Center

Hennepin County is now holding Fix-It Clinics throughout the community. At these events, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more. With free guided assistance from a volunteer with repair skills, you can disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your item. Fix-It Clinics reduce the amount of stuff that gets thrown in the trash, teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, and build community connections.

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Effort to improve recycling rate in Minnesota

Report by Stephanie Hemphill from Minnesota Public Radio yesterday,  January 7, 2012.  Story includes a great video on how recycling is sorted and what happens to it.  Check it out!

Lagging recycle rates concern Minnesota lawmakers

January is Radon Action Month

Radon Test

More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas and state health officials say every home should be tested. To emphasize the importance of radon testing, Gov. Mark Dayton has declared January “Radon Action Month” in Minnesota. Over 40 local public health agencies around the state have partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to make over 8000 radon test kits available to local residents at low or no cost. For details on how to obtain a kit, contact your local public health agency or MDH. A list of participating health agencies can be found on the MDH website at

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