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  • Tips for Getting Your Child Ready to Head Back to School

    It’s that time of year to start preparing to send the kids back to school. Some children might get a bit anxious. Entire Family Clinics is giving tips on how to help ease those back to school blues. First off, medical experts recommend you start adjusting bedtime and wake-up times now, to avoid an abrupt change once school starts...

  • In this July 2014 photo provided by Kris Rotonda, Rotonda, who founded YouMustLoveDogsDating.com, poses with his girlfriend Denise Fernandez and three of his four dogs. Pet-Friendly Dating Sites Match up People, Pooches

    On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love. Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates...

  • A home under construction is pictured near the new Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. US Home Construction Jumps 15.7 Percent in July

    U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. The Commerce Department says construction increased 15.7 percent in July...

  • Report: Cost to Raise Today's Child tops $245,000

    A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday....

  • Nearly Twice as Many Home Vacancies Found in St. Paul than Minneapolis

    If you have a vacant home in your neighborhood, you probably know it. Although the number of vacant homes has been steadily decreasing in the metro since the recession, there are still twice as many in St. Paul than its larger neighbor, Minneapolis. Research as a graduate student brought Ben Greiling to a lot of empty buildings that used to be someone's home...

  • Angie's List Report: Keeping Clear of Poisonous Plants

    A weekend spent working in the yard can turn into an itchy, uncomfortable nightmare if you don't avoid poisonous plants. Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, says first it's important to know what plants, like poison ivy and oak, look like. Poison ivy grows in all areas of the continental U.S., including here in Minnesota...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons Report: Cost to Raise Today's Child Tops $245,000

    A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday...

  • Impacts of Projected Increase in St. Paul Home Values, Property Taxes

    Home values are beginning to turn around. While that's good news for homeowners, it also means an increase in property taxes, as those taxes are based on the value of the home. Ramsey County expects that planning district in St. Pauls’ Greater East Side to see the biggest change...

  • Duluth’s Glensheen Mansion Offers Tours of Secret Spaces

    Duluth’s Glensheen is giving visitors a chance to dig deeper into the secret spaces of the mansion. The "Nooks & Crannies" tours will allow visitors to explore parts of the mansion and the grounds that have never before been available to the public. Interim Director Dan Hartman tells KSTP sister station WDIO, these are areas that visitors have already been curious about, and now they'll finally get to see them...

  • Vornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

    Vornado Air is recalling about 79,000 Electric space heaters sold nationwide from June 2013 to May 2014. The heater can overheat and cause the units to melt, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing a fire and burn hazard...

  • ESL, the date code and model are printed on a label on the back of the detector’s cover. 141,000 Smoke Alarms Recalled, Fail to Alert People of Fire

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 141,000 smoke alarms nationwide because they fail to alert people when there is a fire.The recall includes 33 models of the 400 and 500 series Edwards (ESL)-branded and Interlogix smoke detectors...

  • Rendering of the planned Island Residences at Carlson Center. New Unique Apartments to be Built in Minnetonka

    A new apartment development will be coming to Minnetonka. The design will be a 174-unit building on a vacant wooded island in the shadow of the Carlson Center Corporate campus. A Dallas-based company and its Iowa partner are developing the project and will also add a bridge for vehicles to the island...

  • Home Improvement Project Nearly Turns Tragic for Minneapolis Man

    Outdoor house repairs nearly took a deadly turn for a Minneapolis homeowner Wednesday. Firefighters say Jeff Zajac was trying to fix the foundation of his home on Shoreview Avenue near Lake Nokomis when the trench caved in on top of him. He was buried up to his neck in dirt and clay...

  • 2014's Best and Worst Cities for Pet Lovers

    With International Homeless Animals Day just around the corner and pet ownership in the U.S. at an all-time high, WalletHub conducted an analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Pet Lovers...

  • Sisu Boutique Raising Money for Coco's Heart Dog Rescue

    Sisu boutique in Woodbury is donating 10 percent of all denim sales to Coco's Heart Dog Rescue when items are purchased from Aug. 1-16. Coco's Heart is also hosting a 5K Doggie Day with a silent auction on August 16, all proceeds go directly to the care and rescue of the dogs...

  • Angie's List Report: Remodeling Your Bathroom

    If your bathroom could use a little updating it is a smart place to spend money. But is it a good idea to swap out a tub with a shower? Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, has advice for remodeling your bathroom...

  • KAAL File Photo Public Hearing Discusses Affordable Housing Project for Veterans

    The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is asking the public to weigh in on a new veterans’ housing project. The VA has plans to create 100 new units of affordable housing for veterans. The idea is to lease two acres of property across from the medical campus on Minnehaha Avenue...

  • Where to Donate School Supplies in Minnesota

    School is starting at the end of August and there are families that can not afford school supplies. If you are interested in donating, there are fund raisers throughout Minnesota working to help kids start the school year off on the right foot...

  • Got Milk? New U of M Technology Could Better Detect When it Spoils

    We've all been there: Smelling our milk to see if it's spoiled. Now, new technology might change the way you know if your milk is ok to drink. State lawmakers allocated $3 million toward Minnesota's Discovery, Research and Innovation Economy - known as MnDRIVE...

  • Shorewood Passes Bee-Friendly Resolution

    Shorewood has become the first city in Minnesota to pass a resolution encouraging planting bee-friendly flowers and restricting certain pesticides. Officials vow to refrain from using systemic pesticides, including neonicotinoids...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons Volunteers Make Improvements to Minnesota Veterans Home

    The Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis will be getting some upgrades Wednesday. Volunteers from “UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans” and “Rebuilding Together Twin Cities” are teaming up to make the home better for the residents who live there...

  • Younger Generation is Delaying Home Buying

    As the Twin Cities housing market continues to recover, a new study shows one group is not participating in the recovery. Millennials have enough money to buy a home but rent by choice. Herb Tousley, Director of Real Estate Programs at University of St. Thomas, says so-called 'millennials,' are staying on the housing sidelines..

  • Angie's List Report: Deck Maintenance

    This week on the Angie's List report, Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, talks about your options when it comes to giving your deck a facelift. According to Hicks, most experts recommend that you stain your deck...

  • 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...