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Northwoods Orchard

Established in 1987, strawberries were the main crop at Northwoods Orchard for over ten years while our apple trees matured. We are long-time vendors at the Rochester Downtown Farmers’ Market, direct-marketing our produce for over three decades. Fall 2002 marked the transition to an on-the-farm family adventure at Northwoods Orchard.

The Northwoods crew has worked hard to create an opportunity for a fun family adventure. Bring your camera, and come explore Northwoods Orchard!

For the safety of our guests, staff and farm animals, we ask that you leave your pets at home when you visit Northwoods Orchard.  Service animals are always welcome!


We’ve worked hard to make your fall experience fun and safe – you will notice some changes this year.

  • We are open Tuesday – Sunday from August 29 through November 1.  This will allow you to enjoy the Orchard during the week if you prefer a quieter visit.  Tuesday – Saturday hours are 10 AM – 6 PM.  Sunday hours are 1 PM – 6 PM.
  • Because of the need for household groups to be socially distant, we are unable to offer wagon rides.
  • We’ve retooled our corn mazes – you’ll still be searching for boxes, although with a pencil rather than stamps and, unfortunately, the beloved treasure box is a victim of the current climate.
  • On-site consumption of food is not an option this year, but you will still find those don’t-miss donuts and caramel apples, packaged and ready to go!
  • We’ve tried to arrange our produce so that everything is available outside, but you will want to bring your face coverings – there’s an abundant crop of apples this year, and we may have to use some indoor space.

Please bear with us, enjoy the fresh air, and look forward to having all the things you love about Northwoods back again in 2021 (we’re all hopeful!).


Spend an afternoon with Northwoods Orchard, and get lost in the labyrinth as you wind your way through our contactless “Quarn” maze looking for those hidden boxes.  Or try the smaller maze  – just the right size for younger guests, with hidden boxes in a smaller and more confined area.  Take a walk through the woods and orchard, and experience a beautiful rural Fall day!

Northwoods Orchard is just  place for your Minnesota apples, pumpkins and other fall ornamentals.

There’s plenty of parking, so come visit us every week through October.  E-mail us to reserve your gathering area and take advantage of special pricing for larger groups, or for weekday school field trips.

For the safety of our guests, staff and farm animals, we ask that you leave your pets at home when you visit Northwoods Orchard.  Service animals are always welcome!

PHONE NUMBER: (507) 280-0591

ADDRESS: 8018 75th Ave NW Oronoco, MN 55960

7 Things You Can’t Recycle in Olmsted County Read More

By: Dunken from Rochester Minnesota’s radio station 106.9-KROC

The Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus is great for individuals that want to drop off their garbage and recyclables. Their staff is great and will help you figure out where everything goes. But, what if you use curbside pickup? What should go in the recycling and what should go in the trash? You can check the waste wizard if you aren’t sure and keep scrolling to see things you should never place in your recycle bin.

Here are those 7 things you can’t Recycle in Olmsted:
1) Plastic Bags
Plastic bags should never go in your recycle bin. If you want to recycle them you should bring them to the bag return bin at your local grocery store.

2) Plastics- Not all plastics can go in your bin. There are 7 types of plastic (photo in link to website at bottom of the page).

3)Shredded Paper
Shredded paper should not be placed in your bin. If you want to recycle it you should deliver it to the Olmsted County Recycling Center.

Not all glass can be recycled. Bottles and jars are OK but dishware, mason jars, and window glass can not be and should be placed in your garbage.

Lithium and rechargeable batteries should not be placed in the bin. Instead, deliver them to the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Center.

6)Packaging Materials
Packing materials like Styrofoam, packing peanuts, and bubble wrap should go in your garbage can.

“Tanglers” are a big no-no. Items like extension cords, Christmas light strands, and hoses should not be placed in your recycling bin. Instead, deliver electric cords and strands of lights to the Olmsted Co. Recycling Center. Garden hoses and rope should go in the garbage.

Read More: These Items Can’t Be Recycled In Olmsted County |


Rochester Public Library still busy despite pandemic

Written By: Emily Cutts | Jul 25th 2020 – 12pm.

The library and its staff have adapted to life during the pandemic but are still busy helping patrons.

In many ways, it’s business as usual at the library — staff are shelving books, and patrons are eagerly waiting for the day to begin.

But instead of waiting in the library’s entryway, there’s a line of cars around the corner, staff are wearing masks, and each reader’s order is waiting to be hand-delivered. It’s been months since the library opened its curbside pickup operation, and if this were a book, they’d finally be getting to the good part. After ironing out a few kinks, staff have gotten the curbside service down.

On Saturday morning, 40 minutes before curbside pickup was set to open, a handful of library staff were busy inside preparing for the day ahead. In one backroom, carts of quarantined books were waiting for their 72-hour hold to expire so an employee could put them back on the shelf.

Out on the main library floor, employees worked to empty carts and carts of books onto hold shelves that had been constructed after the pandemic started.

With 30 minutes until the clock hit 10 a.m. and curbside pickup opened, three cars were already waiting. As the minutes ticked closer to opening, library assistant Ameyo Campbell grabbed the curbside signs and headed outside to place them in the appropriate spots.

Inside, staff turned on the phones and prepared for calls to come in.

Seated at one of the three computers set up for the occasion, Lynn Pentek, who works in circulation, answered her first call of the day.

“Rochester Public Library, this is curbside pickup. Which number spot are you parked in?” she asked.

After taking down the necessary information, Pentek got up from her seat to look for the patron’s requested items before placing them into a bag and handing them off to the runner who would deliver them to the waiting car.

When orders are filled and spots open, it’s a cacophony of ringing phones as the next three patrons place their calls.

“It feels very, very good to have some kind of contact with patrons again,” Pentek said.

Campbell felt the same way.

“I miss my patrons,” she said, adding that working as line manager for the curbside pickup allows her to see some of the people she hasn’t seen in a long time. “It makes my day better.”

More than reading materials

As the pandemic arrived in Rochester and city and county officials began ramping up to respond to COVID-19, library staff stepped up.

Just as before, they continue to help people access information and resources, but the delivery of those devices has changed, Karen Lemke, head of marketing and community engagement for the library, wrote in an email.

“At the heart of what RPL teammates do is serving the community and that service and dedication to helping hasn’t changed,” she wrote.

Lemke said Saturday that during a typical month before the pandemic, the library had about 20,000 books that were put on hold. Now, that number is closer to 31,000, she said.

In June, the bookmobile was back on the streets offering pickup of held materials and Wi-Fi access to patrons. An additional van accompanies the bookmobile to keep returned books separate from those waiting to be picked up by patrons, according to Lemke.

That same month, the library began offering internet service to patrons by appointment. A makeshift computer lab was moved into the library’s auditorium to allow for adequate spacing between patrons.

Beyond the library walls, library staff work the city’s Day Center operation, and they answer calls for the COVID-19 Information Hotline.

“Like the rest of the community (and the nation, world for that matter), we miss the ‘normal’ days: packed Storytime events, the packed lobby before our doors opened, the groups studying together,” Lemke wrote. “There’s no doubt we miss our patrons and we look forward to a time when things return to normal.”

Earlier this month, Library Director Audrey Betcher told the Library Board plans for reopening remain in the works.

“There’s a lot of conversation about how we do it safely,” she said, adding that the plan needs to ensure patrons can maintain safe physical distances.

“It’s one thing if someone walks in and checks out a book using the self-check and walks out the door, but that’s not how everyone uses the library,” she said.

No date for an opening has been set, but Betcher said the library is likely to require appointments for access with a limited number of people in the building at a time, along with steps to ensure the patrons allowed in the building are not going to bunch up in a single area.

“We will be communicating as the plans develop, but it’s getting closer,” she said.

Rochester Civic Theatre Re-Opens July 23 With ROMEO AND JULIET

by BWW News Desk

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company is starting a new chapter in their 69-year history. They have elected four new board members in an effort to return to a community theater focusing on local talent. New board president Emily Watkins, owner and editor of Rochester Women Magazine, along with Melissa Adams-Goihl, Missy Hagen and Larry Sinak join existing board members Chad Campbell, Ginger Carson, and Debi Neville. “It’s exciting,” says Watkins. “We’re looking ahead and reimagining what the theatre can and should be. We understand it’s a vital part of the Rochester Community.”

As a working board, members are committed to transparency in decisions. The first order of business was to hire Rochester native, Misha Johnson, as the interim Managing Director. She has worked professionally in theatre for over 16 years, is the founder of Immersion Youth Repertory, as well as the Arts Trust of Minnesota, one of the groups that submitted a proposal for the Historic Chateau Theatre in 2019. Johnson says, “I look forward to this opportunity to press the reset button and put the civic back in the Civic Theatre. My goal will be not only to produce quality theatre with local talent, but to create a home for local performing arts groups and restore trust to the nonprofit.”

“We are excited to extend a warm welcome to the community to join us, whether it be as an actor, audience member, volunteer or donor,” says Watkins. “Bear with us as we work to make sure we are proceeding in the safest way possible.”

Theatres have recently been given the green light to open at 25% capacity, and Johnson and the board are already hard at work on a plan to reopen safely as soon as possible with a 2020-2021 season. The cast of Romeo and Juliet will be returning to the stage, restaged in a COVID friendly version opening July 23rd, closing August 2. The new team is thrilled to also be able to now offer live streaming tickets for productions.

Also: In the spirit of renewal and collaboration, RCT is opening its doors to other organizations in the area. Watkins says, “We have a beautiful building and want to take full advantage of it.”

“I do not take lightly the real work that is in front of us all, but I also take it with optimism and excitement,” Johnson states. “I believe in RCT and understand how important it is to the community it has served for generations. Serving them is the ‘why’ that will fuel us all on this new path forward!”

Coronavirus masks set the tone in fashion, politics and industry

Josh Peter, USA TODAYJune 3, 2020.

They are being sold by Kim Kardashian West, Gucci and plenty of others looking to make a buck. 

They have led to lawsuits, violent assaults and police intervention.

They could help determine whether President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden emerges as the victor on Election Day.

“Masks are becoming a new dividing line,” said Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history and the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities at Rice University. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, face masks worn to protect people from the transmission of COVID-19 have been transformed. There is the clear-mouthed mask, which allows the deaf to read lips; the straw-holed mask, which allows the thirsty to stay hydrated; and the “trikini,” which allows bikini wearers to coordinate tops and bottoms with a matching mouth covering.

A sign of the maskmaking madness: A recorded phone message for customer service at Singer, manufacturer of sewing machines, warns of hold times exceeding an hour because of “an extreme increase in call volume due to COVID-19 and a need for sewing materials.” 

Colorful, creative and ubiquitous, face masks are leaving an imprint on politics, culture and industry – and business is booming.

Cashing in on masks

The global face mask market in 2020 is valued at $4.5 billion and is likely to grow exponentially, according to figures released in March by Market Research Report. The big players include 3M, Honeywell International and Owens & Minor – three U.S. companies awarded $133 million in Pentagon contracts in April to produce 39 million N95 masks for medical workers fighting the coronavirus crisis.

Q2Today, a Utah-based company that makes air-filtering masks, reported that sales increased by more than 400% from February to March.

“These numbers would have been much higher, but we sold out of what would typically be months of inventory in only a five-day period in March,” said Bruce Lorange, founder and CEO of O2Today. ”So for most of the month, we were out of stock.”

Etsy, the e-commerce website, followed that up with reports that it sold about $133 million in face masks on its site in April.

Kardashian West, who launched her own line of masks priced at $8 apiece May 18, announced on Twitter that the collection sold out within hours.

Then there’s the “Criss-cross Gucci Gray” face mask that has sold for $200. 

Hillary Taymour, a fashion designer who said she has made about $10,000 by selling $100 face masks and has raised almost three times as much for charity, said other clothing companies rake in far more than she has.

“There are brands that I think are treating face masks like warfare almost,” said Taymour, founder of the clothing line Collina Strada. “Like someone who’s hustling guns and stuff during a war. It’s definitely that level.”

For weeks, vendors have been selling masks on the streets, at some risk. Preston Liddell was fined $450 for illegal vending in Dallas on May 8 because he was selling masks on private property. Lidell, who charges $5 for five masks, provided USA TODAY an image of the citation.

“I make masks and sell them in communities where people don’t have access to them,” Liddell said in an email. “I’ve been getting chased out by several cities including Irving, Dallas and Mesquite. The police are great with me, but once a local business complains, they have to ask me to leave.

“I wanted to make people aware of this injustice amid this huge crisis. People should have access to be able to buy local-made masks in this emergency situation. Especially when the permit process is slow and in some cities, they’re not even issuing them.”

Clashing opinions on masks

Face masks, available in a vast array of colors, patterns and designs, present an opportunity for political expression. Some masks bear slogans such as “Don’t Drink The Bleach,” “Hoax,” or “If You’re Not Mad, You’re Not Paying Attention.” 

“Any accessory that we wear reveals something about our taste and our tribe,” said Johanna Blakley, managing director of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California. “A watch, a hat or a handbag can speak volumes. The public health directive to wear masks gives us a golden opportunity to advertise something about ourselves on our most valuable personal real estate – our face!”

There are those who refuse to wear masks, even if it prevents them from at shopping at certain stores or puts them at risk of public shaming. Six weeks ago, Dave Kelman of Las Vegas created a Facebook group called “Bare Face Is Legal.” It has about 9,000 members.

Kelman and others railed again Thursday when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing businesses throughout the state the right to deny entry to customers not wearing a face mask.

“What got me started is I saw cities wanting to start ordinances” requiring people to wear masks, said Kelman, founder of Barefoot Is Legal, a group that fights for the right to go shoeless. “I started monitoring that, and when New York state was the first one to try to force masks on people, I said, ’Let me start this group just in case.’ “

Members of the group include Kellie Johnson, owner of Beka Boutique in Lincoln, Nebraska, who asks customers to remove masks long enough for their faces to be seen. She said she is the victim of sexual assault and her attacker wore a mask.

The group reached out to attorney Thomas Anderson, who represents the plaintiffs in seven lawsuits filed against Giant Eagle supermarkets in Pennsylvania claiming the supermarket chain’s policy requiring masks violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.

A more pervasive rallying cry is that requiring masks amounts to an infringement on civil liberties and freedom.

“It’s been fascinating to see the anxieties about masks that have surfaced,” Blakley said in an email. “They’ve been cast as un-American, as unmanly (I wonder if someone has referred to being eMASKulated yet!). They imply illness and fear of infection.”

Two weeks ago, Kelman launched a website ( that includes videos of the following: 

•Philadelphia police removing a man from a city bus because he was not wearing a mask.

•New York police grappling with a woman in front of her child after the woman reacted angrily when she was told she could not ride the subway because her mask did not cover her face.

•An off-duty police officer working security at a Walmart in Birmingham, Alabama, body-slamming a woman  who refused to wear a mask.

What Kelman’s website does not include is video of a TV reporter harassed outside Shady’s Tavern in Albany, Minnesota, because he was wearing a mask. 

“Take it off,” chanted a handful of people demanding the bar be allowed to legally reopen.

“There’s no question that masks have been politicized,” said Blakley, who cited a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that found Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say they wear a mask when leaving home, 76% vs. 59%. “We typically look to leaders to model appropriate social behavior and so it’s not surprising that a majority of Republicans are emulating the actions of their political leaders.”

Brinkley, a presidential historian for CNN, suggested face masks could help decide who will be the leader of the free world at the end of Trump’s first term.

The politics of masks

Trump has made clear his disdain for face masks, especially if members of the media are around. Biden, the former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee, has made clear his intention to wear one.

The two tangled over the issue. Biden called Trump “an absolute fool’’ a day after Trump mocked Biden for wearing a face mask on Memorial Day. They continue to tangle on a related issue.

Biden pushes for mail-in voting, saying it would reduce the risk of voters getting infected with COVID-19. Trump rejected the idea, arguing that mail-in voting is susceptible to fraud.

“The Democrats need (mail-in voting) because you can’t have people wearing a mask, social distancing 6 feet in 20-degree weather in Detroit and Milwaukee voting,” Brinkley said. “And so Trump is saying the mask isn’t that big a deal and you’ll have to line up and vote like everybody else.

“Trump has rural America. You don’t wait in lines in rural America. You go to the local school or firehouse and spend about 10 minutes and you’ve voted. But in urban centers, in the winter, particularly the all-important Great Lakes region, the idea that you’re going to wait four hours in the cold wearing a mask and social distance when there are rumors of a COVID second wave going, it’s going to leave a lot of urban voters staying at home.

“So it’s playing out right now in a lot of different ways – the mask.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus masks: defining the age

Homemade Disinfectant Spray

If you want your home to sparkle, then finding an effective disinfectant is essential. Unfortunately, many store-bought cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that you may not want to bring into your home. Thankfully, there are antibacterial, natural ingredients that can protect your home and personal items from collecting harmful microbes.

Using these natural ingredients, you can make a homemade disinfectant spray that is not only cheap but is free of toxic chemicals. Making your own homemade natural cleaners is not only better for the environment, but it gives you more control over the results.

It’s easy to adjust these disinfecting spray recipes to suit your cleaning routine to ensure your walls, floors, door knobs, and other belongings get cleaned well. Knowing what ingredients work best on which surfaces, helps you determine the best homemade disinfectant spray recipes for specific uses in your home.

Homemade Disinfectant Spray and DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe for Coronavirus COVID-19

With a global coronavirus pandemic now in place, it is vital to ensure personal safety against the spread of COVID-19. We must protect ourselves and keep others from becoming contaminated as well.


NEVER swallow, drink, inhale,
inject or put any disinfectant into your body.
It will kill you!

Contrary to what any politician has said or you may have heard

There is a significant difference between cleaning a surface and disinfecting it . Cleaning removes germs and decreases the likelihood of infection. Disinfecting kills germs via chemical means after a surface has been cleaned. Completing both steps is necessary to prevent the spread of disease.

The CDC and Rudgers recommend three basic disinfectants for use against COVID-19.

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Bleach

Each has specific guidelines for personal protection and sanitization purposes.

Hydrogen Peroxide

A 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide can be used alone or diluted to 0.5% for decontaminating.

Hydrogen Peroxide Coronavirus Disinfectant Spray

  • 1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 cup of water
  • Spray bottle

Mix the ingredients in a sprayer. Spritz hands or surfaces and let the solution sit for at least one minute before wiping away.


Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

  • 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol (70%-99%)
  • 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
  • Well sealed dispenser

Mix alcohol and aloe vera gel to make your own hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer needs to “sit on your skin” for at least 30 seconds to completely disinfect. According to the CDC (1), a mixture that includes at least 60% alcohol successfully kills coronavirus pathogens.

Alcohol Concentration:

  • The CDC recommends using a 70% isopropyl alcohol or 60% ethanol.
  • The FDA recommends using at least a 75% isopropyl alcohol to be used in hand sanitizers.
  • Rutgers University recommends using at least a solution of 70% alcohol.

You can also combine alcohol and water for sanitizing hard surfaces, but it can be rough on the skin and is not recommended for that purpose.

Make sure you keep any alcohol-based disinfectant in a well-sealed container so it does not evaporate between uses.


Bleach Based Disinfectant

  • 1/3 cup of bleach
  • 1 gallon of cold water
  • Bucket or other container

Wear gloves to apply the solution to countertops, doorknobs, remotes, tables, etc. Use the liquid within 24 hours, as time weakens the disinfectant. Decontaminate for at least 30 seconds but exposure for ten minutes is best. Household bleach is ideal for sterilizing most surfaces.

Be careful as most materials will be damaged or destroyed if exposed to bleach.

As bleach can harm your skin,do not use it to sanitize your hands!

Never mix ammonia or other cleaning product or cleanser with bleach!


Here at we advocate natural home remedies that include ingredients like vinegar, witch hazel, and tea tree oil for disinfecting. However, these solutions are not effective against COVID-19.

Use the all-natural solutions and recipes we have outlined in the rest of this article below for general cleaning around the home or office only.

Easy-to-Make Disinfectant Spray Tips & Recipes

1. Homemade Disinfectant Spray

This simple, natural disinfectant is a perfect multi-purpose spray that you can use on almost all surfaces and makes a great glass cleaner. Avoid using this cleaner on marble and granite, as the acid in the vinegar may leave marks.

Homemade Disinfectant Spray Recipe

  • 1 ¼ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup White Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Vodka
  • 15 Drops Peppermint or Lemon Essential Oil

Pour the amazing peppermint oil and all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake to ensure they’re combined. Spray on any surface and let it sit for about 10 minutes to allow the disinfectant properties to do their work. Wipe the spray clean using a microfiber cloth.

2. Natural Floor Cleaning Disinfectant

  1. You can use this all-purpose disinfectant floor cleaner on hardwood, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, and tile floors. You may want to use sparingly on marble and granite.

Floor Cleaning Disinfectant Recipe

  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 3 Drops Dish Soap
  • 5-10 Drops Essential Oil of choice, such as Tea Tree Oil

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Once mixed, pour the natural disinfectant into a plastic spray bottle. Shake well before use, and spray on any floor that requires cleaning. Wipe up the solution with a mop. Note: do not use Castile soap or any other oil-based soap.

3. DIY Disinfectant Spray

This disinfectant spray recipe is perfect for deep-cleaning as it contains Borax. You can find Borax, or sodium borate, at grocery or hardware stores.

Some people worry about the safety of Borax, as the FDA banned it as a food additive. While it’s not suitable for ingesting, it is safe to use for cleaning. This recipe also makes an effective DIY toilet cleaner.

DIY Disinfectant Spray Recipe

  • ¾ Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

Pour all the ingredients into a squirt bottle and shake to combine. Spray the disinfectant and let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping with a cloth. If you are using it as a toilet cleaner, let it sit for a few hours before using a toilet brush to scrub the interior and flush to rinse.

4. Homemade Disinfectant for Countertops

The kitchen can quickly turn into the messiest room in any house, and keeping the countertops free of germs and bacteria is vital if you want to stay healthy and avoid getting sick. This is one of our favorite DIY recipes because it only requires two ingredients: water and hydrogen peroxide.

Mix equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on your kitchen countertops as needed, and then wipe off with a sponge. You can also use this disinfectant on bathroom countertops, or any other hard surface that is susceptible to germs.

5. Natural Disinfectant for Granite

If you need to disinfect granite countertops or any other granite surface, you need to be more careful about the ingredients you use. Even when you are making cleaners, some of them may cause damage to specific surfaces if you’re not paying attention.

Too much acidity leaves etchings in surfaces like marble or granite, so you should avoid ingredients like vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or lemon juice. To clean your countertops, start by removing all items and swipe up dirt and crumbs.

Combine mild dish soap with warm water, either in your sink or in a bucket. Dip a microfiber cloth into the soapy mixture and wring out the excess before wiping down the countertops. Grab a dry facecloth and wipe the countertops once more.

6. DIY Natural Disinfectant Spray

This natural disinfectant spray uses the antifungal and antibacterial powers of essential oils like tea tree oil to kill germs and prevent bacteria from taking over. It is perfect for yoga mats, exercise equipment, and any other surface that attracts bacteria.

DIY Natural Disinfectant Spray Recipe

  • ¾ Cup of Water
  • ¼ Cup of Witch Hazel
  • 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Fill a spray bottle with the ingredients and tighten the lid. Shake well to ensure all elements combine. Spray on any surface that needs disinfecting and then wipe clean. Be sure to shake the solution before use, as the oil separates.

7. Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

Lysol disinfectant wipes are handy and convenient to have around the house, but the disposable cloths are not suitable for the environment. Additionally, the costs of these wipes can add up. Making reusable cleaning wipes is easy and affordable.

Homemade Disinfectant Wipes Recipe

  • 1 Cup Filtered Water
  • 1 Cup White Distilled Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Alcohol
  • 15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 8 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 1 Mason Jar
  • 15-20 Pieces of Pre-Cut Cloth or Small Washcloths

Combine all ingredients in a wide-mouth glass Mason jar or similar container. Replace lid and swirl to combine. Press pre-cut cloths or washcloths in the jar until all fabric is wet with disinfectant liquid. Replace cover and store in a dark space.

To use the disinfectant wipes, pull out a cloth when needed and squeeze out the excess liquid. Use on any glass, stainless steel, tile, linoleum, or porcelain surface. When finished, place the used cloth in the laundry.

These natural disinfecting spray recipes and cleaning tips will have your house looking cleaner than ever. The gentle, natural ingredients are perfect for worry-free cleaning without having to break the bank. With these recipes, your home will not only be free of harmful chemicals, but you’ll also be taking steps to be kinder to the environment.

We hope you enjoyed this article detailing the benefits of making your own homemade disinfectant sprays and cleaners. If you found these recipes helpful, then share these disinfectant tips with your friends on Facebook and Pinterest!

1 – Clean & Disinfect

2 CDC – HCP hand sanitizer


4 – ways to kill coronavirus at home


Author-  Joan Clark

Songs to wash your hands to when ‘Happy Birthday’ doesn’t cut it

With the outbreak of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, now a pandemic, one of the simplest ways to keep yourself and others safe is by washing your hands.

The CDC recommends soaping up for at least 20 seconds — or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. But what if you can’t handle that particular earworm dozens of time a day?

Enter the good samaritans of Twitter, who have been finding alternative songs with 20 second choruses. A Twitter thread created by Twitter user Jen Monnier includes a plethora of songs — and other Twitter users chimed in to give their best option for a 20-second ditty as well.

You’re supposed to wash your hands for 20 sec, which is the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. But I’m tired of singing Happy Birthday and you probably are too, so I’ve done the very important public service of compiling other songs with roughly 20 sec choruses to sing:

— Jen Monnier (@JenMonnier) March 2, 2020

One Twitter user replied, “I use one verse of My Sharona, but sung as My Carona.” Too far?

Savannah Guthrie took a creative approach by making up a song for Vale called “The Corona Shuffle.”

And a new website Wash Your Lyrics even generates a hand-washing infographic for the song of your choice.

Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim, Director of Vocal Performance at NYU Steinhardt School, recommends jazzing up your hand-washing routine with a musical theater song, because why not put on a show if you’re going to be singing to yourself?

Dr. Zuim’s suggestions include “My Shot” from the hit musical Hamilton, or, for a more comedic take, “Hands Clean,” by Alanis Morisette. Isn’t it ironic?

Songs to sing while washing hands

•1. “Love On Top,” by Beyoncé

•2. “Truth Hurts,” by Lizzo

•3. “Jolene,” by Dolly Parton

•4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the Wizard of Oz

•5. “The Sound of Music,” from The Sound of Music

•6. “My Shot,” from Hamilton

•7. “Hands Clean,” by Alanis Morisette

•8. “Karma Chameleon,” by Culture Club

•9. “Stayin’ Alive,” by The BeeGees (also a favorite song for performing CPR)

•10. “Toxic,” by Britney Spears

•11. “Livin’ On a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi

•12. “No Scrubs,” by TLC

•13. “Raspberry Beret,” by Prince

•14. “Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac

•15. “Love Shack” by The B-52’s

People have even made coronavirus hand-washing playlists on spotify: Now there’s no excuse not to wash your hands. Clean lyrics optional.

Madeline Merinuk TODAY ●‎March‎ ‎11‎, ‎2020‎ ‎3‎:‎45‎ ‎PM

Mayo Clinic marks 20,000th transplant performed in Minnesota

February 20, 2020By; Heather Carlson Kehren

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Mayo Clinic transplant team recently performed the 20,000th transplant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This major milestone comes as researchers study the potential for regenerative medicine approaches to dramatically transform how transplants are performed in the future. Regenerative medicine aims to shift the focus from treating disease to tapping the body’s ability to heal diseased cells, tissues and organs. Mayo Clinic’s transplant history began in 1963, when surgeons performed the clinic’s first living donor kidney transplant. That same year, transplant teams completed Mayo Clinic’s first bone marrow transplant.

Since those early days, Mayo Clinic’s transplant programs have expanded from kidney and bone marrow to face, hand, heart, liver, lung, pancreas and pediatric transplant programs. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Mayo Clinic’s William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration in Rochester.

“Mayo Clinic would never have been able to achieve this incredible milestone had it not been for the heroic decisions of donors and their families to give these lifesaving gifts,” says J.P. Scott, M.D., the transplant center’s interim director. “We are grateful for the trust that transplant recipients and donors have placed in us, and proud of our caring transplant center staff who always put the needs of our patients first.”

Mayo Clinic in Rochester has performed 8,808 bone marrow transplants, 6,297 kidney transplants, 3,198 liver transplants, 714 heart transplants, 538 pancreas transplants, 441 lung transplants, three islet cell transplants and one face transplant.

Researchers are also studying how to use the latest technology and recent medical discoveries to transform how transplants will be performed in the future.

Dennis Wigle, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon and researcher, sees regenerative medicine as key to the future of transplant. New therapies could allow for damaged or diseased organs to be repaired so they could be used for transplant. These breakthroughs also could help make sure transplanted organs remain healthy, preventing rejection or the need for a second transplant. Dr. Wigle’s research is focused on the potential for using a person’s own stem cells to build an artificial or new lung.

“What was really science fiction four or five years ago has become a potential clinical reality,” Wigle says. “Obviously it’s a technology that is not going to be ready tomorrow or next week, or even next year, but there’s a lot of groups that have made a ton of advances, including ours, in trying to work toward that goal as a reality.”

Until that future day arrives, the need for organ and bone marrow donors remains critical.

Living donors can donate a kidney or a portion of their liver. Deceased donors can donate up to eight organs, corneas and other types of tissues. More than 112,000 people are on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. To register to become an organ donor, go to Donate Life America’s website. To be a bone marrow donor, join the Be The Match registry.

About Mayo Clinic- Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

Media contact: •Heather Carlson Kehren, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

Getting settled in Rochester, MN: Seven things to do

Are you new in town? Welcome to Rochester!

Let’s get acquainted. Rochester, Olmsted County’s seat and Minnesota’s third-largest city, sits aside Zumbro River’s south fork, and spread outs for about 54 square miles.

Here are seven things you need to do to get settled.

1. Update your address at the post office Rochester: 1445 Valleyhigh Drive NW, 55901 102 S. Broadway, Ste 100, 55904 1224 Eastgate Drive SE, 55904 Byron: 218 Byron Ave. N, 55920 Oronoco: 10 N. Minnesota Ave., 55960 Stewartville: 120 2nd St. SE, 55976 Kasson: 14 E. Veterans Memorial Hwy., 55944

2. Update your driver’s license and register to vote, Within 30 days of moving, visit the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). Olmsted County Government Office 151 SE 4th St., Rochester, MN 55904 507-328-7630 3.

3. Start utilities Electricity and water: Rochester Public Utilities 4000 E River Rd. NE, Rochester, MN 55906 507-280-1500 Electricity: People’s Energy Cooperative 1775 Lake Shady Ave. S, Oronoco, MN 55960 507-367-7000 Gas: Minnesota Energy Resources 1995 Rahncliff Ct #200, Eagan, MN 55122 800-889-9508

4. Set up waste/recycling pick-up Advanced Disposal 507-281-5850, Sunshine Sanitation 507-285-5550, Waste Management 877-480-4439,

5. Apply for a library card Rochester Public Library 101 2nd St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904 507-328-2300

6. Hook up internet, television, phone Charter Spectrum 855-757-7328, CenturyLink 507-765-9999, DirecTV 1-855-493-3473, DISH Network 1-855-548-2369,

7. Get familiar with our local publications Post-Bulletin You’re reading it right now. Rochester’s daily newspaper since 1925. Named Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2018 Daily Newspaper of the Year. Call 507-285-7600,

Rochester Magazine The city’s award-winning, glossy monthly: Your city, your life, your magazine. Call 507-285-7770, or click here for subscription information