Statewide: May 11, 2010 Archive
Posted at 9:14 AM on May 11, 2010
by Bob Ingrassia
A small Minnesota town near the Canadian border is happy about getting state cash to head off a big mess.
MPR's Dan Gunderson reported in November that officials in Williams have been warily watching a leaky sewage tank.
The fear is that the tank could burst and dump untreated wastewater into nearby Lake of the Woods.
The town sprung for the aluminum sewage tank in 2000, hoping in would last for decades. But the aluminum is deteriorating much quicker than expected. That means the town, with a population of about 210, was looking at enormous bill to repair or replace their wastewater system.
A deteriorating sewage tank in Williams. (MPR Photo/Dan Gunderson)
Now the state bonding bill has come to the rescue, at least in part. The state will contribute $2.8 million toward a new treatment plant. Officials in Williams also expect grants from USDA Rural Development and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Small Cities Development Program.
The new plant will cost an estimated $3.7 and use a pond system to hold wastewater.
Posted at 2:18 PM on May 11, 2010
by Bob Ingrassia
Filed under: Northwest Minnesota
Grand Forks residents dumped 915 tons of trash on their boulevards last week.
MPR's Dan Gunderson explains that the annual cleanup week is a rite of spring for residents who wait for a chance to dump those worn out couches or broken refrigerators and have them hauled away for free by city garbage crews.
Lots of broken televisions and computers have been collecting in closets and basements, too. The city recycled 12 tons of electronic gear during cleanup week.
No word on how many tons of trash were recycled by curbside treasure hunters.
- Dan Gunderson