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Highway 36 ramp closure scheduled in Pine Springs April 21

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Motorists will encounter a ramp closure and detour on northbound Interstate 694 in Pine Springs as the ramp to eastbound Highway 36 closes at 9 a.m. Monday, April 21. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour using westbound Highway 36, eastbound I-694 and eastbound Highway 36.

The ramp is expected to re-open by Monday, May 12, weather permitting. The closure is necessary to allow crews to complete the work on the new interchange. When completed in summer 2014, the $13.8 million Highway 36/Hilton Trail interchange project will improve safety and traffic flow on Highway 36, Hilton Trail, Highlands Trail and Demontreville Trail.

For more information about the project, visit mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy36pinesprings/. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org.

Now Hiring Seasonal Employees: Application Deadline May 2, 2014

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The City of Lake Elmo is now accepting applications for seasonal employees in the public works and parks departments. The public works position duties will include, but are not limited to: street patching/ repair, utility and infrastructure maintenance, and equipment operation and maintenance. The parks position duties will include, but are not limited to: mowing, trimming, and landscaping city parks, park and trail maintenance, and equipment operation and maintenance. Starting pay for each position is $8-$10, depending on qualifications. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and have a driver’s license. Applications are due Friday, May 2, 2014, and can be acquired in person at Lake Elmo City Hall, or you can download a copy by clicking here. For more information contact Mike Bouthilet at 651-747-3940.

Washington County Announces New Septic System Loan Program

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Washington County has financial assistance available to help residents replace noncompliant septic systems. The Washington County SSTS Low Interest Loan Program utilizes state funds from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to offer loans ranging from 1.5-3%, to replace noncompliant septic systems. The county is partnering with the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to administer the program. There is also a small pot of grant funds to assist loan income households in cost sharing part of the cost of replacement, available while funds last.

See http://www.co.washington.mn.us/septic (click on financial assistance) for more information or to obtain application and guidance materials.

Washington County Prescription Take-Back Day is April 26, 2014

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Prescription Take Back Event 227x300 Washington County Prescription Take Back Day is April 26, 2014

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Washington County will be holding a Prescription Take-Back event from 10 am to 2 pm, on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The event will be held in the main lobby at the Law Enforcement Center (LEC), 15015 62nd Street. N., Stillwater, MN 55082.

The April 26th one day event is part of the National Prescription Take-Back Day by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide. This event is sponsored by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). For additional Prescription Drug Take-Back sites in MN and the Nation, go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

Convenient drive-through in parking lot—no need to get out of your car! Free and anonymous.

Drop boxes are also available year-round in Forest Lake, Stillwater and Cottage Grove. For more information on hours, locations, and materials accepted, visit www.co.washington.mn.us/meds or call 651-430-6655.

Reduce Drinking Water Contamination through Proper Lawn Management

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MN Home Lawn Care Guide 300x189 Reduce Drinking Water Contamination through Proper Lawn ManagementFertilizers and lawn care chemicals can impact groundwater and drinking water resources.

Over applying lawn care products and poor timing of the application are common mistakes made and are ways drinking water can become polluted. The City is promoting the proper management of lawn care products to prevent contaminated water from reaching drinking water resources.

Simple Lawn Care Tips You Can Do to Protect Your Drinking Water

Timing:

  • WAIT until grass is actively growing before applying fertilizers.
  • DO NOT apply fertilizers or chemicals to frozen ground.
  • DO NOT apply fertilizers or chemicals if inclement weather is forecast.

Proper Rates:

  • Have your soil tested and follow recommendations.
  • Never apply more than 1lb of nitrogen (N) per 1,000 sq. ft. of lawn. (Reduce rate to .5 – .25lbs of N per 1,000 sq. ft. in lighter texture soils).
  • FOLLOW ALL chemical labels and treatment rates!
  • CLEAN UP SPILLS! Fill fertilizer spreaders and chemicals in areas where they can be properly cleaned up and away from streets and storm sewers!