Revisiting Highway 61 in the Fall

Revisiting Highway 61 in the Fall

There are many routes drivers can use to enjoy the fall colors in Minnesota, but few are as scenic as the section of Highway 61 from Red Wing to La Crescent. The highway follows the path of the Mississippi River, and has many great scenic views along the way, including Frontenac and Great River Bluffs state parks. In most years, mid-October is the time of peak color along this route. There are also plenty of stations along the way that offer locally-made ethanol blends to their customers. Red Wing has three stations that sell E85, and five that sell 88 […]

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Meet-a-Farmer: A visit with Thom Petersen, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture

It’s a hobby farm today, but Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen, his wife Alana and their two boys still live near where Thom grew up, the land his dad and grandpa farmed. Raising teenage boys who love sports, Petersen makes every attempt to “be there” at home in Pine City for football games, 4-H and school events. And when he stops at the local feed mill, neighbors freely offer opinions to the new commissioner. Thom relishes that small town feel and says it keeps him grounded. The Petersens are known for their horses and have raised different types over the years. […]

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Air Pollution Is A Big Problem…But Not Too Big

Without a doubt, air pollution is a big problem. It’s not only a problem where we live, but statewide, nationwide, all around the globe. Is it too big a problem for individuals to do something about it? In a word, no. This is National Pollution Prevention Week, and there are all kinds of ways that we, as individuals, can reduce air pollution. Here are just a few: • If you have mass transit where you live, consider giving it a try. It’s easier than many people think. • Summer is winding down, and a backyard fire sounds great. However, wood […]

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Why Driving on Empty is a Bad Habit

You have probably heard that you shouldn’t make a habit out of driving on an empty fuel tank, but do you know why that is? Well there is a good reason behind it. Continuously driving on an empty tank can make your fuel pump work harder than it is meant to, and over time it can damage it. This is because it takes more energy to bring up fuel from the bottom of the fuel tank since the pump is no longer submerged in fuel. This can cause overheating and premature failure. Another reason not to wait until you’re on […]

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