Area residents and businesses are learning they face an increased threat of frozen water pipes. Lee Bundy, water/wastewater operator, told the Backus City Council that at least five Backus residents have frozen water lines. Bundy said the problem is complicated by the fact that the city’s water lines are primarily made of non-conductive material and cannot be thawed by running an electric current through them. Guidelines from the Department of Health warn against using sewer jetting equipment and antifreeze in water lines for health reasons.
Food shelves throughout the state are preparing for Minnesota Foodshare month, when donations to your local food shelves can determine how much assistance they get for the rest of the year. This winter has been hard for many families throughout the area. Cold temperatures paired with fuel shortages have left many individuals balancing the cost of heat with their food budget. In the Hackensack area, this is the elderly and young families more than others.