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St. Louis Co. partners with group to salvage home items

ST. LOUIS CO., 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 usable like doors, windows, sinks, bathtubs, and hardwood flooring.

People can then buy the items more at a more affordable price than buying them new. It also reduces the amount going to the landfill by up to 85 percent.

Organizers said 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," said Christopher Johnson St. Louis Co. 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 contact Better Futures Minnesota at or (612) 351-8657.

Kristen Vake

Anchor, Reporter

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