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County partners with program to save useful items from blighted homes

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MN-- St. Louis County is tearing down three blighted buildings, but not everything will end up in the landfill.

The county partnered with Better Futures Minnesota.

Before tearing down the buildings, they'll salvage anything that's still useable, like doors, windows, sinks, bath tubs, and hardwood flooring.

People can then buy the items more affordably than buying them new.

It also reduces the amount going to the landfill by up to 85 percent.

Organizers say it's a great way to give useful items a second life.

"They want to see more and more usable material be offered to the public, to get out there and use it in their homes or cabins, or if they want to do different crafts projects. Big draw, a lot of these materials," said Christopher Johnson, a St. Louis County Planner.

Better Futures Minnesota also employs people who were previously incarcerated, giving them on-the-job training.

If you're interested in seeing what's available to buy, you can contact contact Better Futures Minnesota at or (612) 351-8657.

Bonney Bowman

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