Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Recycle your Christmas Tree

Duluth, MN—Area residents are encouraged to recycle their fresh cut holiday trees on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 as part of the annual Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) free “Treecycling” day. WLSSD will hold its annual Treecycling event on Saturday, January 3rd, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Trees collected at the event will be beneficially re-used as fuel, to line paths or other purposes, while recovering valuable resources and saving landfill space.
Residents and businesses can bring trees free of charge to any of the following Twin Port Area locations: Miller Hill Kmart, Mount Royal Fine Foods, London Road Rental, Duluth West Toolhouse (on Commonwealth Ave) or the Superior Target store. These sites will be staffed only during the one-day event and residents are asked to please not drop trees at these sites on any other day. Abandoned trees can cause traffic and safety hazards at these public locations.
Those that can’t make it to the one day event can drop off trees at the WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site until January 31, open daily from 7:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition, Veit/Demolition Landfill Services (Gary), SAPPI Fine Paper (Cloquet) and the Moose Lake Compost Site are accepting trees through January 10. Waste Management Recycle America (Superior) and Demo-licious (West Duluth) will be accepting trees through January 31. Trees can also be brought to the WLSSD Materials Recovery Center (at the location of the old Rice Lake Landfill). The Materials Recovery Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Those bringing trees are reminded to remove all ornaments and tree stands before bringing trees to a Treecycling location. Wreaths, garland and other decorations made from evergreen branches are not recyclable and should be thrown in the trash.
Volunteers at the event will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food items on January 5th to help the local food shelves and to keep the spirit of the season alive by helping others in need.
The Christmas “Treecycling” sponsors and volunteers include Amberjack Tree Service, Carlton County Recycling and Solid Waste, City of Duluth, City of Moose Lake, City of Superior, Covington Transport Inc., Demo-licious, Harv’s Tree Service, Keystone Club of the Boys & Girls Club, Miller Hill Kmart, London Road Rental, Marshall School Student Volunteers, Minnesota Power, Mount Royal Fine Foods, North Country Waste/Cloquet Sanitary Service, Rick’s Tree & Stump Removal, SAPPI Fine Paper, Target - Superior, Superior Boy Scout Troop 213, VEIT/Demolition Landfill Services, Waste Management, Waste Management Recycle America and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District.
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 500 square mile legislative boundaries in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fiscal Manager wanted

Fiscal manager wanted for "The Hillsider", a non-profit newspaper.
Must live in Duluth.

A $250.00 stipend is offered.

Duties include:
Send out monthly invoices for ads placed.
Mail invoices and tearsheets to advertisers.
Collect checks and money, enter into Quick Books and then deposit.
Balance check book.
Collect expenses from editor.
Write out checks for cartoonist, proofreader, fiscal manager, editor's expenses, editor's pay and editor's commission.
Attend the board meetings.
Reconcile payments with the invoices.
Put together finacial reports for monthly board meeting.
Send out 1099's at the end of the year to all person's who received wages.
Put together needed paperwork for taxes.
Send out over due letters and statements.

Location: Duluth
Compensation: $250.00 per month
This is a part-time job.
This is at a non-profit organization.

Friday, December 12, 2008

More police officers needed: city council to decide Mon. Dec. 15

The police department’s future personnel plan for the next four years focuses on
three areas:

  1. Filling current vacant positions; some of which have been vacant for years
  2. Increasing staffing with the focus on putting personnel into positions that will have the most impact on community service and quality of life
  3. Offering developement through training, utilizing a new law enforcement center to establish our agency as a regional training destination in northern Minnesota
Read report

click here to read.

Contact your city councilor and councilors at large if you can not attend the Monday night city council meeting. Let them know you support more police even if it does mean $11 a month more taxes.

The Duluth Police Department currently has 139 officers and 26 full time support staff who answered 76,000 calls for service from the citizens and visitors to Duluth. In 1968, the Department had 142 officers and 15 support staff who answered 35,000 calls for service. Now more than ever, the Department is asked to deliver more services to more customers while the level of expected service is considerably higher. As a result, the Department operates at maximum capacity to meet the demands of our citizens and visitors. The patrol division is frequently overwhelmed with calls for service and investigative staff are unable to provide effective follow up on many cases throughout each year. The additional hiring of officers will ultimately result in call reduction, shorter call response time, more effective problem solving and ability to clear cases by arrest and hold offenders accountable.

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Duluth, MN 55802