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Thu, Aug 27 - Dundas 10, St. Michael 6

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:49pm

Minnesota Class B State Tournament - 1st Round

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Dundas 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 7   10 15 4 St. Michael 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0   6 11 4

W - Ruud (7-2)  L -  T. Enger HR - Mathison (1)
Full Box Score

Categories: Organizations

Northfield Public Schools hosts master facilities plan meetings for community members

Northfield News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:38pm
Talk of a new high school, remodeling Greenvale Park Elementary school and expanding the driveway at the middle school were all thrown around during Thursday's master facility plan meeting.
Categories: Local News

Technito Arbovitae

Photo courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Technito Arborvitae is a smaller sized selection of Techny Arborvitae that has all the great features of its parent while taking up considerably less space in the landscape.

Technito Arborvitae has the same beautiful dark green evergreen foliage as theTechny Arb, and is also very resistant to winterburn, able to withstand the effects of the winter sun without turning brown come spring.

A very dense growth habit enables a Technito Arborvitae to be used for visual screening from ground level up to eight to ten feet, while Techny Arborvitae matures to a height of 20 to 25 feet tall.  Technito Arboiivtae also takes pruning extremely well, which makes it pretty easy to shear to maintain a certain chosen height from 3 feet tall to 10 feet tall.  With its more restrained growth, Technito Arborvitae won’t have to be pruned as often as the standard Techny Arborvitae.

Technito Arborvitae can be safely planted from early April to mid-November making it an excellent choice for fall projects.  Technito Arbs mature to a size of 5 feet wide by 10 feet tall.

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Tardivia – Late Panicle Hydrangea – Tree Form

Knecht’s Tardiva Hydrangea tree

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’

Late Panicle Hydrangea is trained to a single stem with a round head.  An upright, vigorous grower, the white flowers start to bloom in late August that are showy and which age to a lovely mauve pink.  The flower heads result in an elegant and airy floral display. This select variety is a personal favorite  because of its rounded shape and dense foliage. Strong stems support the weight of flowers so they do not hang down unlike other varieties of tree form hydrangeas. The Tardiva tree makes a great focal point in any landscape design. Tardiva is hardy in zones 4-9, prefers sun and can tolerate some filtered shade and are rare to be never fed on by Japanese beetles. The typical growth of this tree is 6 – 8 feet in height and 8 feet in width.

We have had this Tardiva Hydrangea in our garden here for more than ten years – and it delights us every fall.  One of the most important things that you need to do with all hydrangea trees, is to remove the spent blossoms in November.  The hydrangea tree branches are more brittle than most plants and if you do not prune off the spent blossoms, you will risk the snow, ice and frost of early winter to cling to these blossoms and weigh them down resulting in the breakage of a branch.  (Yes that happened to this hydrangea)

Brenda Cahalan of our retail staff contributed to this blog!  Thanks Brenda!

 

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Sorghastrum nutans ‘Sioux Blue’ Blue Indian Grass

Photo courtesy of Monrovia

The native grasses are beginning their seasonal transformation and ‘Sioux Blue’ Indian Grass has really caught my eye this year!  Dense, erect clumps of powder blue foliage are gracefully showing off their nut brown flowers and bright yellow pollen pouches.  In a few more weeks the lovely blue leaves will transform this plant again as they turn yellow in autumn.  This disease resistant ornamental grass is a native cultivar of our North American prairies.  Making it an excellent selection for prairie and rain gardens as well as cutting and drying plantings.  Plant it with Rudbeckia and Sedum for a classic summer into fall combination.

Blue Indian Grass is easy to grow! Clumps mature around 6′ tall and 2-3′ wide.  It tolerates a wide range of soils from heavy clay to well drained sandy sites and will grow in any level of soil moisture from dry to constantly moist.  It is deer resistant and sun loving so give it a location where it will get at least 6 hours of direct sun or more a day.

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Northfield Area United Way campaign kicks off Sept. 19

Northfield News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:45pm
The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly super hero-themed kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.
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History professor receives Huntington Library Fellowship

St. Olaf College - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:44pm

After receiving an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) last summer, St. Olaf College Professor of History Gary De Krey ’71 has received a Huntington Library Fellowship to support his ongoing research into the Levellers, a political group during the English Civil War, and their influence.

As with the NEH grant that he received last year, De Krey will use the Huntington award to support his research for a book in progress, tentatively titled Following the Levellers: Radical Ideas in Seventeenth Century England, 1647-1689.

The Huntington Fellowship provides funding for one to five months of residency and full-time research. De Krey will conduct a month of research this January at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

The merit of his project, as he sees it, comes in response to contemporary scholarly arguments that downplay the Levellers’ importance during the English Civil War.

“The Levellers have lost the visibility they formerly held in 17th-century scholarship,” De Krey says. “The extent of their influence has been questioned. Whether the Levellers can be considered as ‘democrats’ has been disputed, and even their emphasis upon individual liberties is no longer seen as an expression of natural rights thinking.”

De Krey hopes that the book he will write with the support of the Huntington Fellowship will become a catalyst for new discussion and interest about the Levellers.

“My findings should arouse interest from early modern historians, from scholars of the ‘long Reformation’ and of 17th-century political ideas, and from students (both undergraduate and graduate) in these fields,” he says.

De Krey earned his baccalaureate degree from St. Olaf, where he majored in history, and his Ph.D. in British and early modern European history from Princeton University. He joined the St. Olaf faculty in 1988 and has since taught courses on British and European history.

De Krey has published three books about the time period: Restoration and Revolution in Britain: A Political History of the Era of Charles II and the Glorious Revolution; London and the Restoration, 1659-1683; and A Fractured Society: The Politics of London in the First Age of Party, 1688-1715. He also directs the St. Olaf Center for College History and is the archivist for the Norwegian-American Historical Association.

The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Its library collections range chronologically from the 11th century to the present and include seven million manuscripts, 420,000 rare books, 275,000 reference works, and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera.

Some 1,700 scholars come from around the world every year to conduct advanced humanities research using the Huntington’s collections. Through a rigorous peer-review program, the institution awards approximately 150 fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science.

De Krey is one of only four 2015-16 Huntington Fellowship recipients from Minnesota.

Categories: Colleges

Today’s news update – Grease is the word for thieves; Public Works department presents change recommendations; Nfld School Board approves changes to Sick Leave Bank

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:01pm

Grease is the word for thieves

Two were arrested Monday in Faribault for stealing grease from restaurants in Faribault and Northfield.  Sometime this Spring, a local restaurant owner called Northfield police to say their grease had been stolen. Since then, they’ve received multiple emails with the same complaint.   Food establishments contract with companies to sell them their used grease as the renewable energy industry can refine the oil and use it for fuel.  Police Chief Monte Nelson said they’ve been watching for these guys, they’ve been hitting all over including outstate and the metro.  “The State’s been getting hammered”.  Nelson said Northfield had one restaurant hit the same day Faribault police arrested 27 year old Kang Chen and 28 year old Ping Li, both of Apple Valley.   According to the  criminal complaint, a Faribault officer took note of the pair who were traveling from restaurant to restaurant emptying oil traps.  Through an interpreter, Li and Chen said they worked for TES recycling.  The officer called each restaurant owner who said the oil should not have been picked up that night and that’s not the company they use. Chief Nelson described the trucks that are used in the process have a big back door, they have electric pumps to get the oil out of traps and pump it into a tank then drive away.  Chen was charged with theft and Li was charged with aiding and abetting, both felonies that carry up to 5 years in prison.  The value of the grease was over $1,000.   Law enforcement believes there are multiple groups stealing grease.

Public Works department presents change recommendations

When Public Works Director Dave Bennett was hired at the beginning of this year, it was the beginning of some changes.  In May, the Northfield City Council authorized David Drown Associates to review the organizational structure of the Department.  They received the results during Tuesday’s work session.  Mayor Graham said the study was very thorough with interviews of 27 employees that included strengths and concerns.  He said the overwhelming response from the employees was they didn’t have enough staff to get the job done efficiently.  Graham said planning has been inconsistent and 20% turnover is coming with retirements.  Consultant Gary Weiers is recommending hiring 4 new managers but because of the restructuring the cost is very minimal, according to Graham, with a net cost of $35,000.  Council looked at the current structure and the recommendations and felt the consultant made a good argument for the restructuring and council is for making things as efficient as they possibly can.  No employees will lose their job but their position might change.  Weiers will take another look at the structure and then come back to Council in the Fall for approval.

Nfld School Board approves changes to Sick Leave Bank

The Northfield School Board approved their new Sick Leave bank.  Employees are allowed to donate a sick day into a bank and then if one of those employees has a catastrophic event and exhausts all their available sick time, they are able to tap into the Sick Leave bank and get up to 20 additional days.  Previously this was only available to contracted employees but now, as a District wide policy.  Superintendent Chris Richardson believes most people will take advantage of the opportunity to donate.

Click below to listen to FULL newscast:

8-27-15 news

Listen for news updates on-air at 6, 7, 8, Noon, 3 and 5

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Northfield's temporary rental licenses leads to lively discussion, unknown future

Northfield News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:00pm
Northfield property owners, who are close to reaching the end of a two-year temporary rental license period, are seeking another extension but currently, another extension is not allowed. 
Categories: Local News

OSHA records show previous citations for roofing company in Vikings stadium accident

Northfield News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:31am
Records show a subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has received numerous citations for safety violations at its worksites.
Categories: Local News

Use of the Northfield News Microfilm at the Northfield Historical Society

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:12am
Event date: August 31, 2015
Event Time: 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:
408 Division St S
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Use of the Northfield News Microfilm at the Northfield Historical Society
During the Northfield Public Library's renovation, the Northfield News microfilm collection has been temporarily moved to the Northfield Historical Society (NHS). Northfield Public Library staff will be available to help with searching the Northfield News and other historical Northfield newspapers on microfilm at NHS Mondays from 2:00-5:00 PM. Service is on a first come first served basis.
Researchers should come to the NHS Museum Store to let staff know they are interested in using the microfilm during that time. They will then be brought down to the research area.
Use of the microfilm on other days is by appointment only. Call the Historical Society at 507-645-9268.
People who are unable to come to the Northfield Historical Society but still need information from the film should contact the Northfield Public Library at 507-645-6606 or the Northfield Historical Society at 507-645-9268.

St. Dominic schedules World Day of Prayer event for Tuesday

Northfield News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:08am
On Tuesday, St. Dominic Catholic Church in Northfield will be celebrating the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation by reading aloud Pope Francis' encyclical 'Laudato Si.'
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Community News: Low Interest Rate Single Family Housing Loans Available 8/27/15

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:27am

Low Interest Rate Single Family Housing Loans Available

Faribault, Minn. – The USDA Rural Development Agency is currently accepting applications for loans available to low-income families to buy, build, rehabilitate or improve homes located in rural communities with a population of 20,000 or less.   Faribault, Northfield and Owatonna are currently eligible areas as these communities are “grandfathered” into the program. The low-income limit varies by county and ranges from $51,050 – $65,800 for a four person household in Southeastern Minnesota.

The maximum loan limit for the counties served throughout the SE Region range is $216,840 – $257,600 (effective 6/15/2015).  Approval for the maximum amount is based on household income and monthly debt obligations.  NO down payment is required and a portion of the loan closing costs may be included into the loan.

The applicant must be unable to obtain the needed credit from another lending source, have an acceptable credit history, meet income guidelines, have repayment capacity to service any existing obligations and the home loan payment, be without adequate housing, be a United States citizen or a non-citizen legally admitted for permanent residence and have the ability to personally occupy the home on a permanent basis.

Funding is based upon an annual appropriation. Now through the end of September 2015 a significant amount of funding is available for eligible applicants, so please contact our office for the necessary application information.  Loans may be made for up to 100% of the appraised value of the home. The current interest rate for this program is 3.25% (effective August 2015). The Rural Development loan may be subsidized to as low as a 1% effective interest rate, based on applicant eligibility and financial need.  The repayment period of the loan is typically 33 years.

For information pertaining to the following counties:  Blue Earth, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Scott, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona, contact the USDA, Rural Development office at 1408 21st Ave. NW #3, Austin, MN  55912. (507.437.8247, ext. 4.).   Information is also available on the web at www.rd.usda.gov/mn.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Nfld Hosp. EMS Dir. Brian Edwards on EMS training 8/27/15

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:23am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Northfield Hospital and Clinics EMS Director Brian “Tex” Edwards about upcoming EMS training opportunities.

Click below to listen to the full interview:

EMS Class Brian Edwards 8-27-15

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Rice County Attorney John Fossum: Understanding Minnesota Sentencing Practices

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:11am

Understanding Minnesota Sentencing Practices

By John L. Fossum, Rice County Attorney

One of the most common complaints heard about the criminal justice system is that sentences are too lenient, and offenders are getting off too easy.  To understand the process, it is important to understand that there are a number of different sanctions and processes involved when a court makes a sentencing determination.

Jail is a short term sanction where a person can be sent to the county jail for up to one year.  Prison is a longer term sanction where a person may be sent to prison for a sentence of one year and one day or longer.  Crimes which carry prison sentences are felonies.

Fines are another sanction to be considered.  When the conduct requires a sanction other than jail or prison, courts will often impose fines.  At one time it was common in Minnesota to impose significant fines on certain cases that also carried long prison sentences.  The courts and the legislature decided after years of being unable to collect the large fines that there was little public benefit to ordering fines that people cannot, and thus will not, pay.  So instead of ordering fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars the courts more routinely order minimal fines if a person is heading  to prison. A person who remains in the community may well be ordered to a pay a larger fine than someone ordered to prison.

The United States Supreme Court has issued a number of opinions on sentencing in the last few years, ordering that “the punishment should fit the offender and not merely the crime.”  The Court has also found that probation is a significant sanction and that courts should consider it as such, saying: “a sentence of imprisonment may work to promote not respect but derision of the law if the law is viewed as merely a means to dispense harsh punishment without taking into account the real conduct and circumstances involved in sentencing.”

Certain offenses in Minnesota require an offender to register with the Department of Corrections, so there may well be sanctions in a case which extend for several years beyond a prison sentence. Violation of the registration requirements can lead to new criminal charges and prison sentences beyond the initial sentence.

When a person is charged with a crime, the criminal complaint contains information including the
statutory maximum sentence.  Minnesota uses a sentencing guidelines system for felony convictions which is used to determine a sentence based on the offense of conviction and the offenders criminal history.  In many cases the guidelines do not call for a prison sentence, even if it may seem appropriate from an outside perspective.  Further, the statutory maximum sentence is unlikely to be ordered because of constitutional requirements and the imposition of other sanctions and requirements on the defendant.   U.S. Supreme Court and Minnesota Supreme Court precedent make it unlikely that a court’s sentence to the statutory maximum would be upheld on appeal.

It is also important to understand that my office does not control criminal sentences.  We make
decisions based on the available information, the sentencing guidelines and prevailing law, but the sentencing court will decide the appropriate sentence.  We make recommendations and can argue for a sentence we deem appropriate, but the court has its own obligations and must make a sentencing decision consistent with the sentencing guidelines and the judge’s determination of what fits the offender, not just the offense.

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August 27, 2015 Newsletter

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:12am

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today: Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity (Hager-Dee)

Birthdays: Hannah Puczko (8/28)

Next Week: Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:
Chris Heineman, Community Development Director for the City of Northfield, has always had good feelings about water on the move. From his early years visiting a family hunting cabin on Gooseberry River to his current home in Red Wing and work in Northfield, rivers have been a theme that runs through his life.

He grew up in rural Forest Lake and counts the Upper St. Croix among his river refuges. He enjoyed the Thames in London during a global term while in college. He first kissed his wife on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, and now he lives near the Mississippi and thinks about the Cannon River most days at work.

Chris graduated from Bethel University and earned a masters degree from Hamline University. He has worked for the State Legislature, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, the Minneapolis City Planning Department, the City of Anoka, City of Lake City, the City of Kenyon and now Northfield.

During his career, he helped administer the Mighty Ducks program that leveraged $18.4 million of state money for a $122 million investment in 64 new sheets of ice and many renovations of existing ice. Working for Minneapolis, he was involved in neighborhood revitalization and coordination of the planning for parts of the light rail line that run along Hiawatha Avenue.

Now on his Northfield plate are the library project, the community solar project in the northwest corner of town, the sale of the armory and potential development around The Crossings.

A couple of years ago, Chris took a leave of absence and went with his wife and two children to Quzhou China. He calls it a ‘life-changing experience” for all of them.

Chris is chairing this year’s bike tour and he said now is the time to step up the promotion. The majority of our riders come from out of town and need to know about this exceptional ride. Brochures are available for distribution.


Mini-Classification:

Michelle Lasswell sees plenty of club member Brad Frago. They are partners in life and law. They share a law practice in Northfield and share two children, Christopher, 13, and Lauren, 10, who both play soccer and string instruments.

Michelle graduated in a class of 42 from Silver Lake High School, did her undergraduate work at St. Benedicts, and received her law degree from Drake University. She enjoys time with family and friends, journal writing, walking and biking. She is training for our 45-mile Outlaw route this year.

Brad encouraged her to join Rotary, and she has not been disappointed. They have been exchange counselors for six years. Michelle is currently our vice president.

Fun fact about Michelle: She has the distinction of having participated in a toilet bowl race. Who else can claim that notoriety?


Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Marion Arpin and Joseph Sidler, John Thomas, prospective member, and Jean Thares (Halverson); Tracy Fossum (J. Fossum),

Scholarship Enhancement: Tracy Fossum

Announcements:

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks, a high school soccer game, high school football games and the steam engine show in Dundas. It is a great opportunity to sell tickets and fun to work in teams.

Volunteer opportunities for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour are going fast. See Jean Wakely if you want to help that weekend.

Rotary will be working a Habitat for Humanity site in Dundas Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake Conway if you are interested.

Northfield Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th year with a birthday party at the Estenson Event Center Saturday, Oct. 17. We are inviting the Janesville, Waseca and Faribault clubs to help us celebrate.

We will be hosting a friendship exchange group from Brazil for a few days beginning Sunday, Oct. 4. We need places for the five to stay.

Our program chair, Tim Madigan, will be teaching a course at Mankato State University this fall. It conflicts with our meetings, but he assures us he will continue coordinating our programs. If you have an idea, let him know.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)

September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)

September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)

October 1 — Mike Lemming, Bereavement Process (Holden)

Categories: Organizations

UPDATE: Northfield construction worker dies after 50-foot fall at Vikings stadium site

Northfield News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:20pm
(UPDATE: This story has been updated with information that officials have identified the man who died as Jeramie Gruber, 35, of Northfield)
Categories: Local News

Learn to use the Northfield Public Library Catalog!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:02pm
Learn how to use the Northfield Public Library catalog  including requesting and renewing books, creating book lists and paying  fines at the Northfield Senior Center on  Wed. Sept. 23  11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Room 102-Computer Lab.   The class is free but registration is required.   Call the Senior Center to register at 664-3700. Deadline is Sept. 17.  Questions?  Call the Northfield Library at 507-645-6606.
Categories: Organizations

Northfield Public Schools welcomes new teachers

Northfield News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:30pm
Jennifer Allison
Categories: Local News

Smoke gets in your eyes…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:19pm

… and lungs and heart.  This map from AirNow.gov via NPR shows the wide ranging impacts:

See Smoke From Wildfires Threatens Health in the West from NPR yesterday.  Back when we had RED air quality warnings in Minnesota, a couple of months ago now, I was feeling it.  But the last week or so, I’ve been waking up totally stuffed, headache, and it takes about an hour and a half to get my schnozz cleared out.  We have no German Shepherds, and even though little one-coated Sadie does shed, and even though I nuzzled a cat day before yesterday, that’s not enough to cause this.  Could it be seasonal allergies, which are admittedly worse with age (OH MY DOG, no German Sheperds is bad enough, but just breathing?)?  I’m not convinced.  This headache and being stuffed up isn’t my typical response, which tends to be runny eyes, sandpaper nose and sniffles.  It’s got to be the fires.

Meanwhile, I know a few folks who live out there, and in addition to having to evacuate and be on alert, others with relatives heading out to fight the fires, there are more subtle affects, where it’s showing up unbidden in photography jobs, an added interference with chemo for cancer, and a hazard for COPDers.

Here’s the chart of emissions for the Midtown Burner, from Saying NO to Midtown Burner Permits prepared by Alan Muller based on the Midtown Burner proposed air permit for the roughly 38MW biomass plant that was to burn “clean” trees in a much smaller amount than these wildfires across the west:


So if these are the numbers for the small biomass burner, what are the emissions for these wildfires?  Is anyone doing testing in the plumes for what people are exposed to?  There’s the emissions as above of things like formaldehyde that come from “clean” trees, the tremendous Particulate Matter, but what about all the other things too that are burned in these fires, like plastics, tires, creosote and penta poles?  I’m not finding anything, and it seems this is something that should be done by the Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, etc., state environmental agencies.  There should be active warnings to people to wear masks outdoors, and indoors to filter the air.  We have a HEPA filter for every room, but we’re not normal.  The impacts of breathing this air will be felt immediately by some people, but there’s a high likelihood that impacts are cumulative and/or take time to develop.  Protection now is crucial.

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