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  • KSTP File Photo Washington Co. Offers Training Session for Residents with Disabilities

    Washington County Community Services is offering two training sessions for residents with disabilities who are interested in moving. “Tools for Moving Out” discusses how people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, or mental illnesses can move out of adult foster care or their parents’ homes...

  • The city broke ground on the first group of green homes they're building in the spring of 2013. City Approves $600,000 to Build 13 'Green' Homes in North Minneapolis

    Minneapolis city officials have agreed to award more than $600,000 to developers to build 13 green homes in North Minneapolis by the end of 2015. The Green Homes North Program was created in 2012 to rebuild neighborhoods impacted by the foreclosure crisis and the 2011 tornado....

  • Anoka-Hennepin Staff Member Writes Children’s Book to Teach Healthful Cooking Skills

    The director of the Anoka-Hennepin Child Nutrition Program has created a way for kids to learn how to cook for themselves. Noah Atlas oversees the food choices served to the students in the district. In his spare time, he wrote a children’s book to help kids learn how to cook by teaching them basic skills and healthy recipes...

  • Tax Delinquent Properties Litter Landscape of Hennepin County

    In 2004, Hennepin County had 3,200 tax delinquent properties. Owner-occupants owed on average about $3,600, while rental properties owed on average about $3,300. The county reached out to University of Minnesota professor Ryan Allen to review the problem and help them plan for future downturns...

  • TurboTax Stops Processing State Tax Returns on Fraud Reports

    TurboTax, the country's most popular do-it-yourself tax preparation software, said Friday that it has temporarily stopped processing all state tax returns across the country due to an increase in fraudulent filings. The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Thursday that it is no longer accepting tax returns submitted using TurboTax, and now TurboTax has suspended their services in all states...

  • Xcel Energy Workers Practice Safety Before Heading to Field

    Xcel Energy workers received hands-on experience Thursday practicing how to safely connect a natural gas pipeline. At the training center in Hugo, employees in training were learning a variety of tasks. Employees were trained on how to put out a gas fire. Trainees also have to pass a variety of visual tests before they can go in the field and connect gas lines to homes...

  • Energizer Debuts Recycled AA and AAA Batteries

    Billions of discarded household batteries make their way into landfills every year and now one of the nation's largest battery makers says it is putting some of them to good use. Suburban St. Louis-based Energizer Holdings on Tuesday introduced Energizer EcoAdvanced, described as the first disposable AA and AAA alkaline batteries made with recycled batteries...

  • Progress on the construction of the cafeteria Only Adult Homeless Shelter in Anoka Co. Undergoes Major Renovation

    The only adult homeless shelter in Anoka County is undergoing a major renovation. Stepping Stone Emergency Housing now has access to an extra 8,000 square feet of space for a new kitchen, cafeteria, gym, computer lab, meeting room and office for medical visits...

  • First Youth Homeless Shelter to Celebrate Grand Opening in Brooklyn Park

    The first suburban shelter for homeless youth will celebrate its grand opening in Brooklyn Park. Brooklyn Avenues is a 12-bed, short-term shelter and transition housing program for those aged 16 through 20 in the northwest suburbs. Their goal is to provide them with a safe home and support to remove them from surviving the streets, to thriving young adults...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons Roseville Offers 'Coyote Clinic' Because of Increase in Sightings

    Roseville residents can attend a workshop to learn how to handle coyotes on their property. The Roseville Police Department is hosting a Coyote Clinic because of a recent increase in coyote sightings...

  • Angie's List Report: Dealing with Drywall

    There are a ton of home improvement projects you can tackle on your own, but Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, says you need to be careful when dealing with drywall...

  • In this July 19, 2006 file photo, a woman walks next to a Monthly US Rents Keep Climbing, Especially in San Francisco

    U.S. home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that apartment dwellers are facing more financial pressure...

  • Inver Grove Heights Road Plan Places Long-Time Residents’ Homes at Risk

    Some Inver Grove Heights homeowners are learning about the price of progress. Leaders of the fast-growing suburb say the roads there now just won't cut it in the future, which is why they're focusing on Argenta Trail. Soon, the Inver Grove Heights City Council will look at plans to change the path, and that could mean big changes for people living around the road...

  • What You Should Know about this Tax Season

    Tax season is here, and there are a few changes you will want to know about. Most taxpayers will need to prove they had health insurance coverage in 2014 to avoid the tax penalty as part of the Affordable Care Act. They will need to check a box to verify they have health insurance coverage...

  • Angie's List Report: Saving Energy by Using Vinyl Windows

    If your windows are old, drafty, and a pain to open and close, you may want to consider new vinyl windows. Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, says vinyl windows are big energy savers. They're also very little upkeep...

  • Experts: It's a Good Time to Refinance Your Mortgage

    If holiday shopping left you evaluating your bank account, maybe you'd like to reduce your monthly mortgage payment. Turns out we are in the middle of another refinancing boom. Experts tell us hundreds of thousands of people could benefit. It's a perfect climate for refinancing because of two factors...

  • Angie's List Report: Safely Shredding Documents

    Every two seconds, another American becomes a victim of identity theft. While many thieves are savvy online, Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, says some still rely on old-fashioned methods like mail theft, even digging through your trash...

  • Apple Company Recalls 2014 Shipments after Link to Listeria

    A California apple packing plant has recalled all of its Granny Smith and Gala apple shipments from 2014 after they were linked to an outbreak of listeria in caramel apples that may have caused up to five deaths...

  • Does Warming up Your Car Really Help?

    On a frigid day like Tuesday, many of you probably spent 5, 10, maybe 20 minutes, letting your car warm up. But we wanted to know if it really helps. Some auto experts say cars nowadays no longer use carburetors, which do need to warm up to work well to mix air and fuel. Instead they rely on computerized sensors and electronic fuel injection...  

  • Angie's List Report: Trends for Remodeling

    If you're among the millions of people planning on remodeling your home in the new year, there are some trends to keep in mind. Angie Hicks, found of Angie's List, says homeowners in a recent survey said they were planning on a big home improvement project...

  • Last Appeal to Save Historic Home in South Minneapolis Denied

    A historic home on the south side of Minneapolis is not historic enough to save it from demolition. A district judge denied an appeal from an architectural researcher Dec. 22. It was a last ditch effort to stop pending demolition of the home located at 2320 Colfax Avenue South. The judge's decision ends a bureaucratic battle that spanned two years...

  • This undated photo provided by Nivea Cabrera shows the Hasbro to Replace Phallic-Like Play-Doh Toy

    It was an embarrassing Christmas for Nivea Cabrera after she was accused by her fiance's mother of letting her 5-year-old granddaughter play with a sex toy. A mortified Carbrera asked the child where she got the penis-shaped plastic cylinder. "It's from my Play-Doh," the girl replied...

  • New State Law Credited for Increasing Number of Radon-Free Homes

    In Minnesota, 2 in 5 homes have radon levels that pose a significant health risk. The danger is so great that effective January 1, 2014, the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act requires the seller of a home to disclose in writing to a buyer any knowledge he or she has of radon concentrations in a house. Arnold was surprised by the radon levels he discovered...

  • Angie's List Report: Wood-Like Tiles vs. Hard Wood Floors

    If you like the look of wood flooring, there's a new option that's becoming pretty popular. Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, says wood-like tile is something you should consider. With a wide variety of colors and finishes, wood tiles are giving real wood floors a run for their money...

  • Christmas Miracle: Gas Could Drop to $2 at Some Minn. Stations

    This Christmas, Santa might as well drive. According to GasBuddy.com, at least 24 states already have gas going for $2 or less per gallon. Analysts say some parts of Minnesota could soon see prices that low too. According to GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patick DeHann, gas prices typically drop a little around this time of year but not this much...

  • Prior Lake Begins to Recover 6 Months After Flood

    The FEMA application is in and the funds are starting to come back to Prior Lake. No one knew how long that process would take when dozens of houses were underwater in June, so the city spent where it needed to spend. Homeowners are still paying for the damage, too.



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