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Experts Predict Early Start to Maple Syrup Season

Experts Predict Early Start to Maple Syrup Season

It's been an abnormally warm and mild winter so far.

That's why many maple syrup lovers expect to get a jump start on the season.

Normally trees are tapped in early to mid March, but with such high temperatures many expect see the sap flowing in the next few days.

"What you need for maple syrup protection is temperatures above freezing during the day,

Boat Checkpoints for Invasive Species

Boat Checkpoints for Invasive Species

     If you own a boat... be prepared to be pulled over along the road if you're towing one and face a quick inspection from the state.

Crows Gone But Not Forgotten

Crows Gone But Not Forgotten

Rochester city officials say the recent work to remove crows from the downtown area seems to have worked.

As we've reported, the city hired a bird abatement company which used hawks, lasers and airhorns to scare an estimated 10,000 crows from the downtown area.

The company wrapped up its work earlier this week, and according to city officials, it looks as if it worked.

They say there appears to be less than 500 crows that roost in the area now.

The question is will it last.

Rochester Assistant City Administrator, Gary Neumann, says the city is in a waiting period now, to see if the birds come back.

If they do, Neumann says the city will likely bring the bird abatement company back for a few more days.

 

 

Green Jobs Report

Green Jobs Report

Information from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development:

"Minnesota's Emerging Green Economy: Green Jobs Report 2011," a comprehensive study of the state's green job vacancies and potential for growth, is now available, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced.

"Identifying green jobs and the skills that people will need to work in them will help Minnesota identify economic development strategies, as well as strategies for workforce training and education," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "With the support of the Workforce Investment Boards, the Governor's Workforce Development Council, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, we are pleased to release this important research."

A Low-Salt Diet for Winter

A Low-Salt Diet for Winter

Information from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency:

For years doctors have told people to stick to a low-salt diet.  According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), our waters should follow the same advice.

When snow and ice start to accumulate on Minnesota roads, parking lots, and sidewalks, one of the more common reactions is to apply salt, which contains chloride, a water pollutant.  When snow and ice melt, most of the salt goes with it, washing into our lakes, streams and rivers.  Once in the water, there’s no way to remove the chloride, and it becomes a pollutant.

SEE.SAFE.SMART.

SEE.SAFE.SMART.

Stop by Quarry Hill Nature Center between now and January 1st, or come to Apache Mall between noon – 5:30 on Thursday to take a stand for SAFE STREETS.

SEE.SAFE.SMART.Rochester is a campaign developed to support safer walking and bicycling in Rochester and Olmsted County. Virtually every one of us is a pedestrian sometime during our travels; whether on foot, in a stroller or with a mobility aid. Walking, biking and using public transit builds physical activity into our daily routines and supports a healthy lifestyle. These are also low cost, important forms of transportation for many.

Every traveler has an obligation to travel safe, obey traffic controls, and respect other travelers.

Compost Site Now Accepting Christmas Trees

Compost Site Now Accepting Christmas Trees

Now that Christmas is over, many are wondering, what do I do with my tree?

In Olmsted County you can take it to the compost site free of charge.

Site managers are accepting trees 7 days a week from now until the end of March.

Workers say it's much better to recycle and compost a tree then it is to burn it.<