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  •  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...

  • 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...  



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