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Keeping houses out of landfills, one board at a time

Alex Baldwin/Better Futures Minnesota

Better Futures Minnesota and St. Louis County are working on a win-win-win-win.

They're deconstructing three tax-forfeited properties, literally brick by brick - thus removing possibly dangerous and usually unsightly old houses from neighborhoods.

When the houses are completely gone, the land they sat on can be sold and returned to the tax base.

They're keeping, basically, entire houses out of the landfill. 

And they're offering artists, crafters, DIY-ers, flea marketers and others the chance to pick up clawfoot tubs, wooden doors and windows, porcelain sinks, hardwood floors and more for a comparative song.

The plan is to have a sale, open to the public, Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 from 9am to 3pm.  For more information on the location, COVID-19 protocols, and "shopping" these deconstructed materials, contact Jason Allen at (651) 246-8856 or email info@betterfutures.net.

Credit Alex Baldwin/Better Futures Minnesota
Salvaged materials from the projects in Duluth as the work progresses

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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