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


Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Sibley Historic Site, Dupuis House
Fees/RSVP: $20 per person ($15 for DCHS or MNHS members).

Have a drink with your friends and the Dakota County Historical Society as you join Jenny Kedward and Kristi Otterson to learn 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.  

The site will open at 5:30 p.m. for a social gathering, with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. Light food and beverages will be available, including a cash bar.

Must be 21+ to receive a free drink ticket, or to purchase alcoholic beverages. Proof of age will be required before a drink ticket and / or beverage is purchased.

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