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  • More Controversial Regulations Proposed for Tearing Down Homes in Mpls.

    Some Minneapolis homeowners want to tear down their homes and build new. However, it's a contentious issue. Just this past spring, a temporary moratorium on teardowns was put in place for five neighborhoods...

  • Photo: KSTP/File AAA Report Shows Decline in Gas Prices from 2013

    Gas prices are on the decline in the Twin Cities, according to a recent report. AAA Minnesota says our average is now at $3.38 a gallon, which is down nearly 20 cents from a year ago. The state was averaging $3.56 last year...

  • INTERVIEW: Habits to Ensure Good Health for Children

    KSTP's Jessica Miles talks with nurse practitioner, Chris McNabney, about ways to make sure your kids are developing good habits to stay healthy. They talk about sunscreen, vaccinations, and keeping kids hydrated while playing sports...

  • Minnesota Woman Heading Cottonwood Restoration

    A Minnesota woman has initiated a summer cottonwood planting project to help the environment. Maria DeLaundreau hopes to reinvigorate the young cottonwood tree population, Minnesota Public Radio News reports...

  • Crews Move Classic St. Paul Homes to Make Way for New Development

    Three classic homes were moved from the neighborhood near corner Selby and Snelling Avenues in St. Paul Wednesday night. The homes were set to be demolished to make way for a mixed-use housing development. Model Cities approached Ryan Companies and arranged to have the homes moved and reused...

  • TIME-LAPSE: Classic Homes being Moved in St. Paul

    In St. Paul, three classic homes that once stood on Dale and Selby avenues were on the move Wednesday night. They’re being relocated to make room for a new building going up in that location...

  • Mpls. Neighborhood Upset over Water Line Break

    For several weeks residents in one Minneapolis neighborhood have complained to the city about a broken water line. Some say the water attracts trash and others are concerned about sinkholes forming from all the water. But most want to know who is going to fix the problem...

  • Angie's List Report: A/C Maintenance

    During these hot summer days, you want to make sure your air conditioner is working properly. For many of us, maintenance of our A/C systems can skip our minds. Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, says you may want to consider buying an annual service plan with an HVAC company...

  • Get Growing: How to Protect Plants, Grass from Dog Days of Summer

    The heat is on! Between the heat and the sunshine, you'll bake outside. You may be thinking about what you should do to make sure your garden and your grass survive these temperatures...

  • FBI Issues Warning about Air Conditioner Coolant

    As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market - with potentially dangerous consequences...

  • City to Pump Flood Water from Prior Lake Neighborhood

    The city of Prior Lake is creating a barrier to protect homes from the standing water that has been flooding neighborhoods now for more than three weeks. A community group organized a massive sandbagging effort this week; volunteers filled and 1,300 sandbags while the city started creating a cement barrier...

  • 12-Year-Old Maplewood Girl Wins Ticket to White House

    A 12-year-old Maplewood girl’s cooking skills are taking her to the White House. Sophie Bollin’s quinoa and black beans recipe was selected as the top Minnesota entry in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge...

  • Photo: Institute for Highway Safety Safety Officials Release First-Ever List of Best Used Cars for Teens

    Each year many teenagers get behind the wheel for the first time and join the fleet of drivers on the road. However, the cars they're driving aren't always the newest or necessarily the safest. With that in mind, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiled its first-ever list of best used cars for teens...

  • Angie's List Report: Yard Maintenance

    Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, says proper maintenance is key for all the trees in your yard. Hick's suggests hiring a licensed tree trimming company in order to prevent a tree from toppling over. Professionals can help you determine if a tree should go, or if it's worth saving...

  • Photo: KSTP/File Twin Cities Housing Market Continues to Improve

    The Twin Cities housing market has shown continued recovery throughout the past four months. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports data released Monday by local real estate associations show a rise in newly listed houses, market inventory and median prices in the area...

  • INSIDE LOOK: Starting the Process of Home Building

    Each Sunday morning over the next several weeks, we'll be bringing you an inside look at a design house. Bergeron Homes is allowing us to follow them through the process of building a brand new million-dollar home in Plymouth. It's to show you what it's like to build a home from start to finish...

  • Demand on Groundwater Driven by Watering

    As water conservationists worry about Minnesota groundwater supplies, they say one of the ripest areas for cutbacks is lawn watering. Minnesota Public Radio examined residential use of water in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and found it varies widely...

  • Photo: KSTP/File General Mills Recipe for Higher Sales: Add Fiber, Cinnamon

    General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.
    The Minneapolis-based company is doing things like adding more cinnamon to its Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and rolling out fiber-packed "better for you" cookies to boost the performance of its brands, which include Pillsbury dough, Betty Crocker baking mixes and Progresso soups.

  • In this July 1 photo, Christine Choi takes a puff on her e-cigarette in Los Angeles, as she accompanies her dog, Po. Recent surges in the use of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco raised questions about those products on pets. Secondhand Smoke as Harmful to Pets as People; Questions Raised about Impact of E-Cigs

    Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog's mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she knew to blame her heavy smoking, an addiction she couldn't kick until after her pet died...

  • State Surplus Public Auction this Weekend in Arden Hills

    Members of the public are invited to bid on a variety of surplus goods at a State of Minnesota auction taking place on Saturday, July 12, in Arden Hills. The auction will include approximately 120 cars and trucks, riding lawn mowers, trailers...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons Minnesota Berries Ripening for Peak Picking

    Raspberries and blueberries are peaking in southern and central Minnesota as the strawberry season gets going in the northern region of the state. The cold, wet spring delayed the growing season, but the Minnesota Grown program says consumers can expect a variety of berries ready to be picked and enjoyed throughout the state this month...

  • Family Circle Magazine Lists Woodbury Among 10 Best Towns for Families in U.S.

    A Minnesota metro city has been named one of the 10 best towns for families in the U.S. by Family Circle Magazine. It’s the eighth year the lifestyle publication has put together this list. This time Woodbury made the cut...

  • Angie's List Report: Building Permits

    Angie Hick's, the founder of Angie's List, is talking about home improvement projects. Hicks says many wonder if you need to get a permit to renovate a bathroom or build a deck. Hicks says getting a permit depends where you live...

  • Local Tiny Home Builder Enjoying Big Attention

    According to the U.S. Census, the average home built in 2010 was just over 2,100 square feet. However, a growing number of people are choosing to live in much smaller homes, as small as 400 square feet, even smaller. Dan Dobrowolski is a tiny home builder. He says choosing smaller is getting bigger...

  • The E-Z Baby Saver aims to save children from being left in hot cars. 5th Grader Invents Device to Prevent Babies from being Left in Hot Cars

    It all started with The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors, a competition for middle school students to create devices with rubber bands as the main component.  Andrew Pelham, decided to participate in the contest and set out to create an invention that would help parents remember their children in the back seat...

  • 4th of July Food and Drink Ideas

    Preparing for this weekend's festivities, requires a lot of red, white and blue.  With lots of fun and easy food and drink ideas accessible through Pinterest, getting ready for the day with some of these recipes will be easier...



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