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  • Get Growing: Preparing Gardens for Fall and Next Spring

    With summer ending and fall beginning, it’s time to get those gardens ready for fall and spring. Gardening expert Larry Pfarr spent some time explaining what you should be doing to make sure your flowers bloom next year...

  • Heat and Glo Gas Insert Lakeville Fireplace Manufacturer Recalls Fireplaces

    Lakeville-based Hearth & Home Technologies is recalling gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets, because there’s a risk of gas leaking and a fire hazard. The fireplaces and inserts were sold at fireplace stores from May 2014 through July 2014 for between $1,200 and $8,000...

  • MN2020 Report: Homeowners Experiencing Large Property Tax Reduction

    Minnesota homeowners are experiencing the largest property tax reduction in 12 years, according to a report released Tuesday by non-partisan think tank Minnesota 2020. They say the largest property tax reduction comes from tax reforms passed during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions...

  • Minn. Pesticide Collection Program Makes Gains in 2014

    An effort by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has kept 58,000 pounds of unwanted and unused pesticides out of the environment. The department held free collections in 31 counties this summer to offer homeowners, farmers and businesses a way to safely discard old pesticides...

  • Angie's List Report: How to Handle a Car Accident

    Whether you have a small dent or your car has a lot of damage, dealing with the aftermath of a car crash can be overwhelming. Angie Hicks, the found of Angie's List, says a good place to start is with your insurance company...

  • Water Main Breaks Could Cost Minnesotans Millions

    From Robbinsdale to Minneapolis, and really all over the country, our pipes are bursting. With those breaks come the short-term pains. Alex Griep lost water after a water main break in Minneapolis in January of 2013. "You can't wash your hands, you can't go to the bathroom, you can't do anything with water," he said at the time. However, the inconvenience may pale in comparison to what lies ahead...

  • DNR Urges Minnesotans to Check Boats, Docks for Invasive Species Before Storing

    As we head into fall, many Minnesotans are starting to pull their boats and docks out of the lakes. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging people to inspect their boats, equipment, and docks for invasive species when taking them out of the water. The DNR says everyone should make sure to carefully look over all posts, wheels, and support bars of docks and any part of a boat submerged in water...

  • Minn. Jobs Impacted as Fewer People Recycle

    According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, approximately 37,000 jobs in Minnesota are directly and indirectly supported by the industry. These jobs pay an estimated $1.96 billion in wages and add nearly $8.5 billion to Minnesota's economy. But here's the problem, recycling in the state has been flat for a decade...

  • Minnesotans Transition to Fall, Prepare for Halloween

    It's looking like there will be a lot of good days ahead for pumpkin picking. Folks were out doing that Tuesday at Jim's Apple Farm AKA Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store in Jordan. It’s said to be the cheapest place to buy your pumpkins...

  • Angie's List Report: Adding a Mud Room

    With our weather changing, now is the time to think about re-vamping or creating a mud room. The rooms are often located near garages or kitchens. Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, says it's a great place to put coats, bags, and boots but don't let it become a chaotic catch-all

  • KSTP File Photo Edina City Council to Vote on Controversial Housing Project

    The Edina City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a controversial housing project in the city. Earlier this month, the council approved a zoning request to convert a former TCF Bank near Southdale Center into a housing complex for 250 homeless young adults...

  • In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo, Angie Trombley carries a crate of Islanders, purple-colored heirloom peppers, grown in a caterpillar-style greenhouse at the Squire Tarbox Farm on Westport Island, Maine. Slow Money Invests in Small Food Enterprises

    Consumers who want to support local food and farms aren't limited anymore to buying locally produced veggies, meats and cheeses. They can make direct investments big or small into local food businesses through a national movement called Slow Money, which links investors with farmers and small food producers...

  • INTERVIEW: Fall Home Lawn Care

    The fall chill Minnesotans have been experiencing this week is a good reminder that our lawn care is winding down. KSTP spoke with home and garden expert Larry Pfarr about what residents should be doing right now to prepare for the colder weather...

  • A mudslide in Blakeley Township Flood Mitigation Buyouts Discussed in Scott County

    Three months after storms caused significant damage to roads and flooded homes, some residents of Scott County tell emergency management officials they want out. At least 10 homeowners in Blakeley Township say they're interested in flood mitigation buyouts...

  • Rockford City Council Meeting Expected to Address High Water Bills

    The city of Rockford is expected to make some adjustments to residents’ water and waste water bills on Tuesday. Bills skyrocketed last month; one resident contacted KSTP after she found out her bill was $582, which was a 500 percent increase from her family’s average bill in the summer...

  • Angie's List Report: Hiring a Contractor

    Every year homeowners hire contractors to complete small or big jobs around the house. Angie's List found that many times homeowners are not happy with the work done. Angie Hicks, the found of Angie's list, says a contract may prevent problems...

  • Back to School: Time to Restart Your Kids' Nutrition

    Now that the kids are back in school, nutritionists say it's an ideal time for a menu makeover. From early in the morning to dinner, we've got you covered. A University of Minnesota nutrition professor recommends sticking to fruits and veggies. Apples are always a good option. "The problem is the apples do turn brown so you can put a little lemon juice on them or use the granny smith the more acidic apple," said U of M professor Ted Labuza...

  • Back to School: Making Sure your Students aren't too Busy this School Year

    For many families, heading back to school means performing an intense balancing act. Between schools, sports, dance and a number of other activities and meetings, kids are busier than ever, but how much is too much? It’s tough for most parents to decide when to put a stop to their kids’ activities, because they want their kids to be active and social.

  • Calorie Crackdown: New Rules Mean Healthy Snacks in School

    There are new rules your child will have to follow when buying a snack at school this year. It's part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks in School initiative. For Kiki Ruddy and Nidesh Rana, third graders at St. Anthony Park Elementary School in St. Paul, that won’t be a problem. "Actually my teacher talked about it," Ruddy said. "You can't bring any cupcakes or little things." Rana said his favorite snack food is apples...  

  • U of M Program Offers Students Free Items for School

    University of Minnesota students are receiving a helping hand as they head back to school with the Pack and Give Back Event. Items donated by last year's students as they moved out were given away this year. The items included furniture, clothes, dishes and just about anything you could think of. Students can shop at the ReUse store until Sept. 6...

  • Ramsey County Holds Forum on Raising Boys to Prevent Violence

    Ramsey County has a goal to prevent violence, specifically violence against women. On Tuesday night, Ramsey County Officials are holding an event to educate the public, called "How We Raise our Boys." Ramsey County Attorney John Choi stopped by KSTP to talk more about the event and the counties goals...

  • Angie's List: Staying Safe while Taking Care of your Lawn

    Even with summer winding down, that doesn’t mean the end of lawn care, and sometimes tackling yard work means you could get hurt. In 2013, more than 300,000 people were treated for lawn-mower related injuries. Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, has some advice for homeowners to prevent the worst from happening...

  • Minneapolis Considering Accessory Dwelling Units, Holds Public Meeting

    The city of Minneapolis held a second community meeting to answer questions about a proposal that would allow accessory dwelling units in qualifying homes, or on properties that meet new requirements. Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are also known as 'granny-flats,' 'mother-in-law apartments,' or carriage houses. Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Bender, from the 10th ward, has proposed changes that would allow the ADU's, "There are three kinds accessory building units...

  • This April 23, 2014 photo provided by Dianne Larson shows the family dog 9 month old Ruby waiting for her son, Tanner, at their home in Santa Clarita, Calif. Dogs Get Blues When Youngsters Go Back to School

    Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer...

  • INTERVIEW: Helping Bees and other Pollinators

    We may not like bees when they sting us, but they're vital to our ecosystem. Right now, the insects face big population losses. There are ways to help bees and other pollinators get back to a more healthy population size...

  • MDA Launches 'Protect Minnesota Pollinators' Campaign

    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is launching a new campaign to protect bees and other pollinating insects. It’s aptly named “Protect Minnesota Pollinators.” The campaign is designed to help the public understand why these insects are important. Leaders made the announcement at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on day one of the fair...



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