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  • Mpls. Residents File Complaints after Damage Done During Improvement Project

    People in one Minneapolis neighborhood say a sewer improvement project has them doing some improvements of their own, which they weren't anticipating. Homeowners now have a new and much-needed sewer line for their part of town, but some say it's brought trouble with it. The sewer line was supposed to be an improvement project for the prestigious neighborhood near Cedar Lake...

  • Finance Agency Announces Record Funding for Affordable Housing Projects

    Minnesota Housing on Thursday announced record funding for dozens of projects that will create or maintain housing for low-income residents throughout the state. According to the finance agency, 78 projects will get $162 million...

  • Builders Beware? Study Warns about Over-Developing Twin Cities Suburbs

    Housing developers in the Twin Cities area are building too many new homes in the suburbs, according to a recent study commissioned by the Metropolitan Council. In the study, a housing forecaster predicted the housing market in the metro area through 2040. A glut of homes are expected to flood the housing market by then as baby-boomers move into apartments and assisted living centers, according to the study. That would create an un-balanced market where supply outweighs demand...

  • Angie's List Report: Lead Poisoning Prevention

    This week is national lead poisoning prevention week. When you know what to look for and take the proper precautions, lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable. Unfortunately, thousands of kids are still getting sick...

  • Get Growing: Final Fall Checklist

    The gardening season is coming to an end, and there are things you can do now to make sure your grass and gardens are ready to get growing next year. Home and garden expert Larry Pfarr gives us a rundown of what we should be doing right now...

  • Minnesota Cold Weather Rule Starts Wednesday

    As the temperatures drop, Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect. Starting Oct. 15, eligible energy customers who may have trouble paying their energy bills will be protected from having their service disconnected...

  • Good Weather Speeds Minnesota Soy, Beet Harvests

    Favorable weather helped Minnesota farmers make strong progress on their soybean and sugarbeet harvesting this past week. In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that 6.1 days were suitable for fieldwork across Minnesota last week. It was only the fifth week this season when Minnesota farmers had more than six days suitable for fieldwork...

  • Angie's List Report: Understanding Garage Door Maintenance

    Many homeowners give little thought to a garage door until they're late for work and it won't go up. After the problems fixed, sometimes a repair pro will try to sell you extra products or services. Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, gave us some pointers for what to look for...

  • New Strain of Cranberries Being Tested in Minn.

    This fall, it's not just the leaves that are changing in Minnesota. The cranberries are changing too. "We look at how a person makes a healthy fruit, in this case cranberries, healthier," explained Winona State University Nutritional Physiologist Ted Wilson. He likes cranberries a lot, but he still thinks there's room for improvement. One of the problems with normal cranberries is they're tart...

  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving at MOA

    We found a cool way to dive into Halloween. Sea Life at Mall of America sent their divers underwater to begin carving pumpkins. The first carving took place Wednesday afternoon. There are five other carvings happening this month...

  • Minnesota 6th Most Energy-Efficient State

    With October being National Energy Awareness Month and the average household spending more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, Wallet Hub created an analysis of the most and least energy efficeinet states. Minnesota topped the charts in front of Colorado, snagging 6th place...

  • Photo: AP/Jim Mone, File Mpls. Mayor, Fire Chief Go Door-to-Door Promoting Fire Prevention Week

    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and local firefighters are talking to residents about fire safety Wednesday as part of Fire Prevention Week. Hodges and Fire Chief John Fruetel will be meeting with residents of a Colfax Avenue neighborhood where a Valentine’s Day fire killed five kids...

  • INTERVIEW: Study Finds Children Less Likely to be Overweight When Eating with Family

    Children are less likely to become overweight if they eat with their families, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. University of Minnesota doctor Jerica Berge and the lead researcher for the study stopped by KSTP to talk more about the findings...

  •  In this Feb. 13, 2014 file photo, John Wood, of Bordentown, N.J., delivers heating oil in Trenton, N.J. US Predicts Lower Heating Bills this Winter

    Heating bills should be lower this winter because the deep freeze that chilled much of the nation last year is unlikely to return. Last year, persistently low temperatures across the Midwest, South and East forced people to crank up the heat. The high demand jacked up the price of some fuels, especially propane. Heating bills soared...

  • St. Paul Fire Chief Braves Flames to Prove Point on Sprinkler Debate

    Those in Minnesota building big new homes will have a new feature added, whether they like it or not. A law taking effect in January means any new home larger than 4,500 square feet must have sprinklers. It's causing concern for some builders, but firefighters say it's essential...

  • Angie's List Report: Computer Screens Affecting Children's Eyesight

    Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, says many optometrists are seeing symptoms of "computer vision syndrome." It is when a child is having eye strain after a few hours of using a digital device...

  • Brooklyn Park Preschoolers to Help Determine Top Toys of Season

    With just over two months until the holidays, the task of shopping will soon begin. But don't stress, children in Brooklyn Park are helping you pick some of the best toys this season. All week, infants through preschoolers at The Goddard School in Brooklyn Park will test 21 different toys. Instructors are watching them play and learn, and will announce their top 10 next month...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons St. Paul Firefighters Demonstrate Sprinkler Effectiveness through Intentional Fires

    The St. Paul Fire Department on Monday is hosting a demonstration to show the effectiveness of residential fire sprinklers. Crews will light two identical rooms on fire at the same time; one has sprinklers and the other doesn’t...

  • Angie's List Report: Winter Prep Check List

    Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, says there are a number of chores you should get done before the snow falls. She says gutter cleaning and sealing drafts around windows is important....

  • Photo: buildingblocksmn.org New Affordable Housing Complex Breaks Ground in North Mpls.

    A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Tuesday for a new housing complex in North Minneapolis. The Commons at Penn is located at the corner of Penn Avenue and Golden Valley Road...

  • 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...



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