‘Tis the season of snow, ice and unpredictable driving conditions, so making sure your car is ready for whatever Jack Frost throws at it is important. Whether you love or loathe winter, there’s no denying that it’s officially upon us — and getting your car winter-ready can help you stay safe on your winter drives. Here are four tips from the car experts at Thompson Lexus Willow Grove on how to get your car ready for winter—and whatever Mother Nature may bring this season. 1. Get your oil changed with winter-friendly oil Because oil thickens as the temperature drops outside, if you change your oil with the wrong type of oil, it won’t lubricate your engine effectively. To find out which oil your car needs for the winter temps, check your owner’s manual. Once you know, don’t procrastinate with changing it—the next snowfall may be here before you know it! 2. Do what you can to enhance vision There’s nothing worse than driving … [Read more...] about 4 tips to help you get your car ready for winter
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Published 7:38 am PDT, Saturday, September 1, 2018 Lawrence and MaryAnn Zavadil, who have been married 64 years, wanted better water for their farm in Knox County, Neb. That partially was responsible for Lawrence serving on a Natural Resources District board for 40 years. (Linda Wuebben/The Norfolk Daily News via AP) less Lawrence and MaryAnn Zavadil, who have been married 64 years, wanted better water for their farm in Knox County, Neb. That partially was responsible for Lawrence serving on a Natural Resources District board ... more Photo: Linda Wuebben, AP Photo: Linda Wuebben, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Lawrence and MaryAnn Zavadil, who have been married 64 years, wanted better water for their farm in Knox County, Neb. That partially was responsible for Lawrence serving on a Natural Resources … [Read more...] about Water district gains users over past 40 years
On a hot August morning, in one of Willmar’s oldest neighborhoods, stucco bungalows, ramblers and an American Foursquare here and there stand under the shade of massive trees, set close together, bordered by sidewalks. It’s a charming scene, at first glance, yet many of these homes clearly need repair. “It’s the oldest housing stock in town,” said Jill Bengtson, the executive director of the Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Many of the homes are owned by low-income residents or retirees. “Often, if you have people that have lived there a long time,” Bengtson added, “they are likely elderly; maybe their budgets aren’t focused on fixing their house. It becomes harder and harder to maintain that old big house.” An aging core Many Greater Minnesota towns are dealing with a similar question: how to make better use of an inner core of aging houses that are often too expensive for owners to fix or lacking in the … [Read more...] about Greater Minnesota cities struggle to sustain their oldest homes — but loans and education are helping
IIT Mandi students develop an all-weather jacket that can be used in summers as well as winters Suitable to battle the extreme climatic conditions in Churu district of Rajasthan, hometown of one of the BTech students at IIT Mandi, this making of this jacket costed Rs 3900. It serves dual purpose as it keeps the body cool in summers and warm in winters. Based on the basic principles of Peltier effect and electrical conduction, the jacket has Lithium batteries connected to a pair of metallic strips to maintain voltage difference. This helps in increasing upto 6 degree Celsius in winters and reduce 6 degree Celsius in summers. The process of cooling or warming the jacket is slower due to two metallic strips, and adding more number of strips could make the jacket heavy and uncomfortable at the back. Therefore, water is circulated across the surface of the jacket through narrow pipes. The water flow changes the temperature inside the jacket and keeps one’s body warm or cool. “We … [Read more...] about This all-weather jacket can reduce need of ACs and heaters
opinion Kate Abbey-Lambertz Published 10:46 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 Dear Mr. Elon Musk: We get it — if you’re attempting to send mini-submarines into underwater caves and launch yourself into space, fixing America’s crumbling urban infrastructure probably sounds like the kind of project you could tackle on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With your full portfolio of projects and ... prolific Twitter use, it might be entirely normal for you to start a project as complex as restoring clean water to Flint, seemingly just at the request of a few followers. Well, not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but we’ve got a friendly suggestion! Instead of personally solving Flint’s water crisis — by telling people that the water is fine now (not quite), asking residents to tweet or email their tap water test results (probably not the most effective system) and planning one weekend to install filters and fully eradicate resident worries (free filters have … [Read more...] about Opinion: Elon Musk says he can fix Flint’s water. Here’s what he should do instead.