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  • Prior Lake Approves Financing of Gateway Mall Site Housing Proposal

    The Prior Lake City Council voted on a proposal to use tax-increment financing for a multi-family housing project on the site of the Gateway Shopping Center. Dan Rogness, Prior Lake Community and Economic Development Director, said it was a unanimous vote...

  • Get Growing: Container Gardening Tips

    This week we focus on the all-so-trendy container gardening. Home and garden expert Larry Pfarr has the latest tips and ideas for you. Pfarr says he does about 30 containers in his own yard and changes them up every year...

  • A label warns of strangulation risks from mini blind cords as seen on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Washington. Campaign Seeks to Help Consumers Pick Safe Blinds, Shades

    Trying to figure out which window blinds or shades are safe to buy for homes with young children? The industry is encouraging companies to send their products to a third-party testing facility to determine whether they should be used in homes with little ones. If so, they'd get a "Certified Best For Kids" label. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye welcomes the move...

  • EPA Suggests Triggers for Warning of Algae in Drinking Water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first nationwide guidelines Wednesday for determining when algal toxins have reached dangerous levels in public water systems and do-not-drink warnings might be needed...

  • Get Growing: Lawn Restoration for Summer

    The weather has begun to warm up, and gradually more and more green is starting to sprout. Home and garden expert Larry Pfarr gives us the low-down on how to get your grass back into tip-top shape. The first tip is to put down grass seed. End of April and into early May is the second best time to scatter grass seed, with the best time of year being late August before fall hits...

  • Realtors say Now is Time to Buy Cabins in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin

    If you don't have a cabin, experts say this may be the right time to buy. Realtors say cabins in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are a hot commodity right now because of the recent weather. The cheapest cabins in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are for sale for about $25,000, while the most expensive is a whopping $24 million on Lake Minnetonka...

  • Mpls. Among 8 New Promise Zone Designations of HUD

    Six metropolitan areas, one rural region and one tribal community have been designated as Promise Zones under an Obama administration program that seeks to revitalize high-poverty communities...

  • Nylabone Recalls Dog Chew Due to Potential Salmonella

    A dog treat maker is recalling one lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because it might be contaminated with salmonella, the company announced. The recalled kits were distributed around the U.S., Canada and "through one domestic online mail order facility," Nylabone said in a release...

  • Get Growing: Preparation for Summer Growing

    The snow has melted away and green grass is beginning to resurface once again. Home and garden expert Larry Pfarr gives us a rundown on what we should be doing right now to prepare for summer gardening...

  • Interactive Map Makes it Easy to find Mpls. Farmers Markets

    Soon it will be time to head out to your local farmers market. The city of Minneapolis is looking to make it easier to find one with their online interactive map. Farmstand information for local, urban farms and market gardens will also be added to the map as it becomes available for this year...

  • HUD Charges say Champlin Rental Agency Discriminated against Hmong Family

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has charged a Champlin rental company with housing discrimination. The agency says in a release that the Renter's Avenue and its owner, Page Edmunds, refused to rent to a family of four of Hmong decent...

  • Artist's Rendering of the 610 West Apartments Brooklyn Park Approves 1st Market-Rate Luxury Apartments in 20 Years

    The Brooklyn Park City Council has approved the first market-rate luxury apartment complex in the city in more than 20 years. The new building, called 610 West Apartments, will be south of Oak Grove Parkway between 96th Lane and Hampshire Avenue North on a site that was originally part of the Park Place Promenade shopping center...

  • KSTP File Photo Minneapolis Seeks to Diversify Neighborhood Associations

    The city of Minneapolis is considering a new initiative to get neighborhood associations to become more diversified. The initiative is called the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement and aims to eliminate disparities “so all Minneapolis residents can participate and prosper,” according to the draft proposal...

  • Minn. Among Top States for Being Environmentally Friendly

    With Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, Wallethub shared a breakdown of 2015's most and least eco-friendly states. Minnesota ranks high in soil quality, percentage of municipal solid waste recycled and energy efficiency scorecard...

  • Kraft Mac & Cheese Shedding the Dyes

    This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors. In January, Kraft says its macaroni and cheese will be colored using paprika, annatto and turmeric...

  • A rendering of the proposed assisted living facility Burnsville City Council Raises Concerns about Proposed Assisted Living Facility

    The Burnsville City Council isn’t rallying behind a proposed assisted living facility on County Road 5, saying it doesn’t fit in with the city’s goals and could put a strain on the city’s emergency responders. The city council met in a work session on April 15 to discuss the BeeHive Homes assisted living facility...

  • Watering Restrictions Set for Some Cities in Anoka County

    Several cities in Anoka County are imposing watering restrictions this summer. The goal is to save water so that the combined water demand doesn’t exceed the local water resources supply...  

  • Mpls. Grain Belt Office Building, Complex Celebrate Grand Opening

    The buildings at the Grain Belt complex in Minneapolis have gone through quite a bit of changes over the years. After sitting empty for years, the old brewery's office building has been brought back to life. Developer David Dye walked KSTP through a huge hall - roughly 3,000 square feet, to be exact. The main attraction in the room is the skylight...

  • KSTP File Photo US Home Construction Off to Weak March Start

    U.S. homebuilders opened the spring buying season in March at a slower pace than last year. The Commerce Department says builders began construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 926,000 homes last month, a 2.5 percent decline from the pace in March 2014...

  • Long-Time Angie's List CEO Oesterle Plans to Step Down

    Long-time Angie's List CEO William S. Oesterle will step down to pursue other interests, including becoming more civically involved in the consumer review site's home state of Indiana, the company announced Wednesday...

  • US House Approves Legislation to Ease Rules on Home Loans

    The U.S. House has adopted legislation to ease some mortgage lending requirements of the sweeping 2010 law reining in banks and Wall Street, as the GOP majority continues its assault on the so-called Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis...
      

  • Twin Cities Post Offices Open Late on Tax Day

    Wednesday, April 15, is tax day and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be open later than usual to help those last-minute filers. The retail window at the Minneapolis Main Post Office at 100 S. First St., will remain open until 8 p.m. Mail collections will be made in front of the facility, and mail will be postmarked until midnight...

  • A map of the site for the proposed lofts Luxury 'Brickhouse Lofts' Planned Near U of M Campus

    More luxury apartments could be built near the University of Minnesota. Developers are hoping to convert two industrial buildings in the Prospect Park neighborhood into a 315-unit complex called Brickhouse Lofts. The site is at 150 27th Ave. S.E. in Minneapolis...

  • INTERVIEW: Tips to Prepare for a Remodel

    It’s remodeling season in Minnesota, but before you even lift a hammer there's more to think about besides coming up with a project design. Todd Bjerstedt with McDonald Remodeling stopped by KSTP with some advice before you start any project...



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