Fix-It Clinics help Dakota County residents

Dakota County’s monthly Fix-It Clinics are bringing together residents and keeping valuable items out of the trash.

In 2017, Dakota County hosted 12 Fix-It Clinics. Forty-three volunteers gave their time, patience and knowledge to help more than 300 residents mend and restore items. Their repairs stopped 2,650 pounds of repairable items from ending up in the trash. Of the nearly 600 items brought in to fix, 82 percent were repaired on site or the resident was shown how to fix it later with the right parts.

The county is hosting additional Fix-It Clinics again in 2018. Upcoming clinics include:

• Saturday, Feb. 17, noon to 3 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 W County Road 42, Burnsville 

• Saturday, March 17, noon to 3 p.m., Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville

• Saturday, April 21, noon to 3 p.m., Farmington Library, 508 Third St., Farmington

Residents can bring up to five items that need fixing or mending. Common items brought to clinics are radios, vacuums and clothes. Repair-savvy volunteers will guide residents through each step, from troubleshooting to a completed repair. Fix-It Clinics help reduce unnecessary trash sent to landfills and empower individuals by teaching troubleshooting and repair skills.  

For future dates, more information and to volunteer, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search Fix-It Clinics.  

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