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  • Protecting Your Home From Theft When on the Market

    Real estate agents are saying the market is busy right now. And we're learning more showings and open houses can mean sellers need to be on high alert. Realtor recommends getting your valuables out of your home altogether.

  • Photo: Courtesy of Lennar Homes US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers

    Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale. "Both sides of the equation are in a funk," said Glenn Kelman, CEO of the real estate brokerage Redfin...

  • Angie's List Report: Managing Dishwasher Frustrations

    Dishwashers can be frustrating, so Angie's List has some tips to make dealing with them easier. If you have hard water, use powder to clean your dishes. Pre-rinse your dishes. Food particles larger than a nickel can create jams...

  • Local Kids Grow Veggies for Target Field Food Stand

    Fans at Target Field will be able to try new food options this season including BBQ rib tips and a twist on the classic Iron Range porketta. Sue Moores with Roots for the Home Team joined Megan Newquist in the Twin Cities Live kitchen Tuesday morning with a sneak peek at a healthy, homegrown option at Twins games this summer...

  • Grilling out Might Cost You More this Spring

    The weekend forecast will likely inspire a lot of us out there to fire up the grill for the first time this season. But with the propane shortage that plagued so much of the Midwest earlier this year, that got us wondering if this rite of spring will cost you a lit bit more...

  • A photo during the construction of a green home located 3853 Sheridan Ave. Mpls. Officials Celebrate First Green Home Sale

    Minneapolis city officials celebrated the first sale of a group of green homes Friday afternoon. The event was held at one of the energy efficient homes at 3858 Sheridan Ave. in north Minneapolis, a part of the Green Homes North development. Robert Smith, a music professor at St. Olaf College and the new homeowner, purchased the home in December...

  • Some Metro Homeowners Facing Property Value Assessment Hikes of $100K or More

    Many Minnesota homeowners are getting nasty surprises in the mail. Property valuations are rising -- in some cases, by $100,000 or more. That means some tax bills will likely balloon as well. City and county budgets determine how many total property tax dollars are needed. Home valuations are simply used to determine the portion of the total that you have to pay...  

  • Augsburg Chemist: Marinating Meat in Beer Reduces Cancer-Causing Chemicals

    Just in time for grilling season, a reminder on the increased risk of cancer when it comes to charred beef, chicken and pork. KSTP found an easy way to cut down on your risk and it involves a grilling staple for many Minnesotans. We’re talking about meat and beer...

  • Eligible Taxpayers Should Wait Until April 3 to File with New Tax Law

    New tax cuts mean new refunds for millions of Minnesotans, which could total $49 million. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has a lot to do to get the money into the right hands. On Thursday, the department of revenue gave an update and answered a number of questions. The big take away is, if you haven't filed yet and would benefit from the tax bill then wait until April 3 to file...

  • A map showing the areas believed to be impacted by the dangerous TCE chemical. Tuesday Open House Discusses Como Neighborhood Toxic Vapors

    Testing for a dangerous chemical derived from a cleaning solvent left over from an old General Mills plant in a southeast Minneapolis neighborhood shows more than 100 homes will need to take steps to reduce toxin levels. Soil vapor levels in 111 of 166 homes in the Como neighborhood have been shown to be contaminated with a the chemical trichloroethylene...

  • File Photo: A Habitat for Humanity home in Mississippi 4 Families to Thank Habitat for Humanity Volunteers, Sponsors

    Four families helped by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity will have a chance on Tuesday to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors who built their home. A home dedication event will be hosted at 6 p.m. Tuesday at one of the homes in Brooklyn Center. Families who bought homes in Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Park and Ramsey will be co-hosting the event...

  • Angie's List: Dance and Music Classes

    Right now "Dancing With the Stars" is underway on KSTP-TV and if you've ever thought about signing up for a dance class, Angie's List says you shouldn't wait. There are dance and music classes for every age and Founder of Angie's List Angie Hicks says the classes help keep minds sharp...

  • In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, a boat floats in the driveway of a home in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in Lindenhurst, N.Y. Flood Insurance Increases Still a Peril

    This small, central Pennsylvania river town doesn't have beach homes or boardwalks, but it shares more than a name with the famous stretch of New Jersey coastline 250 miles to the east. Both are among the thousands of places around the U.S. where people could face trouble in the years ahead because of the rising cost of government-mandated flood insurance...

  • Bob Brellenthin of Pahlen Realty stands at a bridge crossing the Roseau River in Roseau, Minn. on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Spike in Flood Insurance Premiums Hits Roseau Hard

    The nationwide flood insurance premium spike has hit Roseau, where the specter of policies that could add $400 to a monthly home payment has affected the local housing market. Nearly the entire northwestern Minnesota city lies within a flood plain, so lenders require flood insurance...

  • Photo: KSTP/File Wal-Mart's New Tool Gives Competitors Prices

    The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again. Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it has rolled out an online tool that compares its prices on 80,000 food and household products - from canned beans to dishwashing soap - with those of its competitors...

  • Photo: KSTP/File Plymouth Yard Waste Drop Off Site Opening Delayed

    The opening of the Plymouth Yard Waste Drop Off Site has been delayed to allow time for the site to dry out after the recent snowy weather. The site will open for the season at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, weather permitting...

  • Image: The Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair Set for April 5

    The Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive, Crystal. Visitors to the fair will learn about home remodeling with more than 90 local exhibitors, do-it-yourself workshops, and an “Ask the Experts” booth...

  • Photo: AP/Damian Dovarganes Tax Breaks Now Law, What Minn. Taxpayers Need to Know

    Big news from the State Capitol Friday, as Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill approving $508 million in tax cuts. The house passed it after the senate did. The cuts could impact what you filed for in 2013. The cuts also apply to taxes for 2014...

  • Tax Time Tips: When to Hire a Preparer

    The deadline to file your taxes is less than a month away. To help you get through this often frustrating and confusing time Virginia Harn, a tax partner with Clifton Larson Allen, stopped by KSTP to talk about when you should seek help with your taxes.

  • INTERVIEW: Spring Cleaning? Consider Donating

    It’s the first day of spring and for many Minnesotans that also means the start of spring cleaning. Keep in mind the things you get rid of could help out many other Minnesota families. KSTP went to the Bridging warehouse in Roseville Thursday to see what kinds of household items they need...

  • SLIDESHOW: Annual Macy’s Flower Show is in Bloom

    It’s the first day of spring, and the flowers are blooming – at least at the Macy’s Flower Show in Minneapolis. The show opens Sunday at the Downtown Minneapolis Macy’s and runs through Sunday, April 6...

  • WEB EXTRA: What to Look for in a Tax Preparer

    Tax season is here, and with the recent changes to Minnesota tax law, many people may be looking for assistance with completing their taxes. Chris Wittich of Boyum & Barenscheer, PPLP joined KSTP.com's Cory Kampschroer to talk about what to look for in a tax preparer...

  • Minneapolis Stops Tear-Down Projects in 5 Neighborhoods

    The city of Minneapolis has halted demolition for new construction projects in five neighborhoods: Linden Hills, Fulton, Armatage, Kenny and Lynnhurst. According to the ordinance, the city is focused on nuisance and safety-related construction issues. The shutdown could last a year as the city studies the matter...

  • Cottage Grove Uses Tree Value Program in Fight Against Emerald Ash Borer

    How much is a worth tree really worth? Cottage Grove is putting a value on trees in its fight against the emerald ash borer. The city says a software system called i-Tree is helping them save hundreds of thousands of dollars... ... 

  • Compost Site Overwhelms Mpls. Community

    Susan Husby loves spring and summer but not what comes with them. "There's a compost lot which is, I'd say, six, seven blocks away," Husby said. The site is on North Washington Avenue. Husby says, during the summer it's impossible to go outside because of the smell. "It cuts into my life. I can't enjoy sitting out in the backyard," she said...  

  • Photo: KSTP/File House Plan Adds Tax Aid for Farmers, Homeowners

    Minnesota House Democrats are lining up a second tax package that includes property tax assistance for many farmers, homeowners and renters. A proposal outlined Tuesday would supply 75,000 farmers with an average $450 tax credit to offset rising tax bills caused partly by soaring land values...



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