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This residence was just one example of damages in the area on Thursday. (Photo courtesy: Lynnae Byers)

The Rice County Non-Emergency Storm Line for non-emergency needs and inquiries related to this storm event: 507-333-3877 or toll free 833-643-7423. Phone lines will be answered this week Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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RICE COUNTY LANDFILL: Acceptable yard waste includes: leaves, brush, grass clippings, branches, twigs and garden residue

Unacceptable yard waste includes: no bags (unless they are compostable), no lumber, no rocks and no stumps.

Rice County Solid Waste Facility also accepts demolition waste, municipal solid waste, appliances, electronics, and tires for a fee. Household Hazardous Waste is also accepted at no charge provided it is coming from a household in Rice County.

The Solid Waste Facility will be open extended hours: Thursday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27-28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Solid Waste Facility is located at 3800 E 145th St., Dundas. Anyone with questions can call 507-332-6833 or email RCSolidWaste@co.rice.mn.us.

Burning yard waste: Anyone wishing to burn yard waste must obtain a permit from the DNR. Permits can be applied for at this website webapps15.dnr.state.mn.us/burning-permits.

FARIBAULT COMPOST SITE IS OPEN: Open extended hours. The city compost site located at 214 N.E. 14th St.

NORTHFIELD COMPOST SITE IS CLOSED: Northfield has now opened a portion of Babcock Park as an alternative compost site, open seven days per week, until further notice. It is located at 1080 Hwy. 3, Northfield.

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ROAD CLOSURES

From Rice County Sheriff's Department:

At this time, all roads are open for traffic except for Roberds Lake Blvd, north of 180th Street West to 165th Street West. Traffic may be limited to one lane on Chappuis Trail and Roberds Lake Blvd as utility companies, Highway Department and Tree Companies continue to work to restore power and complete clean-up.

Debris and tree clean-up is also on-going on CR 15 (250th Street West) from Morristown to Garfield Avenue and traffic is limited to one lane with flaggers present.

We would ask that motorist avoid these areas if possible. If you do have to travel through these areas, please slow down and be cautious of the workers. 

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PARK CLOSURE

Due to damage sustained in the recent storm event, the Cannon River Wilderness Park will be closed until further notice. 

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CURBSIDE PICKUP IN FARIBAULT

Curb-side pick up information:

The city of Faribault will be assisting property owners with pick up of storm related brush, trees and limbs due to the storm event Thursday. The city will conduct a city-wide storm tree/brush pickup starting on Monday, Oct. 1. The following rules apply in order to have tree and brush pick up:

· Trees/Brush must be piled on the curb – crews will not enter on private property to pick up the brush.

· No material other than trees/brush shall be placed in the brush pile.

· Animal waste, garbage, demolition material, lumber, etc. will not be accepted. Any inclusion of any excluded materials will result in the whole pile being left. Crews will not sort piles.

· No tree branches or trunks or material over 4’ in length will be taken.

· All limbs and branches should be placed parallel to the curb.

The city of Faribault will not be responsible for turf damage caused by this service.

Because this is a costly service in terms of manpower and equipment, it will be a one-time only service. As a result, if the material is not on the curb by 7 a.m., on Monday, October 1, we cannot guarantee that it will be picked up. The crews may be out before Oct. 1 removing some of the larger trees but starting Oct. 1, the city will make only one pass on each street to pick up the material. There are many other jobs that the crews will be involved with and as a result, we will not be able to return to make special pick-ups.

The compost site located at the city of Faribault Water Treatment Facility on 14th Street NE will also be open for expanded hours. Visit the city of Faribault website for updates on further expanded hours.

This is an opportunity for residents to clean up their trees and bushes and have the material hauled away for them. Be considerate of the above requirements and thanks for your help.

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CURBSIDE PICKUP IN NORTHFIELD

Due to the volume of trees being disposed at the City Compost Site, the City has opened Babcock Park Rodeo Grounds 700 Hwy. 3 South (by the Dog Park, north of Culvers).

The city is currently focusing its effort in the southeast portion of town. where the most damage occurred. A map at the city's website will be updated daily to show the progress of clearing trees.

The city will begin a formal organized pickup of trees and branches from private properties on Monday, Oct. 8. A formal neighborhood pickup schedule will be sent out in an upcoming notification to the entire Northfield community.

City operations will make one pass through a neighborhood. Here are the rules related to the pickup:

• Trees/Brush must be piled on the curb — crews will not enter on private property to pick up the brush.

• No material other than trees/brush shall be placed in the brush pile.

• Animal waste, garbage, demolition material, lumber, etc. will not be accepted. Any inclusion of any excluded materials will result in the whole pile being left for the property owner to dispose. Crews will not sort piles.

• No tree branches or trunks or material over 4 feet in length will be taken.

• All limbs and branches should be placed parallel to the curb.

• Do not block the sidewalks with branches.

• Do not block street signs.

Due to the expense of this undertaking, the city of Northfield will not be responsible for turf damage caused by this service. Following the pickup, the city will have stumps within the city boulevard ground and topsoil and seed placed.

If you want to volunteer or if you’re in need of assistance to help get your private property trees to the boulevard, please reach out to Northfield Shares at info@northfieldshares.org or by phone (507)-403-9755.

Check the city of Northfield website for updates. Please contact Public Works at 507-645-3045 with any questions.

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