Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.


Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Sibley Historic Site, Dupuis House
Fees/RSVP: Free

Join the Dakota County Historical Society for this Virtual Presentation. Learn about Minnesota's history during prohibition. This series offers fascinating stories of historic people, places, and events and we are moving it online!

Registration for this virtual event is required. 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. A separate email with a link and password to the meeting room will be sent closer to the presentation date. 

Jenny Kedward and Kristi Otterson will present about Minnesota’s history of trash and recycling. This series offers fascinating stories of historic people, places, and events in a unique and intimate setting. Admission includes one free drink ticket and a cash bar for visitors that includes beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

Our trash has evolved as our culture and society have changed from ancient society to the digital age. Find out how we evolved from pits to dumps to industrial landfills and what work is being done to keep things out of the trash can.  Join us for this trash talk to understand the emotional and regulatory response to what we throw away.

Jenny Kedward is an environmental specialist for Dakota County in the southern Twin Cities. She has been talking trash professionally for over a decade and is passionate about waste management and consumption. She chose to get her bachelor’s degree in Biology to fully understand the world she wanted to protect.  Kedward is trained in social marketing and uses her enthusiasm to educate residents on recycling and reducing waste.

Kristi Otterson has a heap of experience working in the waste field and other ventures. She has been at Dakota County as a Waste Regular for over 7 years. Kristi has managed transfer stations, landfills, and most recently started coordinating the county household hazardous waste facility. Although she knows a lot about trash, she also plenty about how to reduce our waste through recycling, fixing items, and reducing.

This program is offered free of charge, but we encourage you to make a donation to the Historical Society to offset the loss of revenue we are experiencing with all in-person programs cancelled from March through May. Donations give us the opportunity to continue offering high-quality programming such as these virtual presentations. 



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