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  • Lawn and garden expert Larry Pfarr gives tips on how to grow perennials -- plants that come back year after year. Get Growing: Planting Perennials

    As the weather transitions into summer, lawn and garden expert Larry Pfarr gives tips for planting perennials so they stay healthy and keep coming back year after year...

  • KSTP File Photo Washington Co. Offers Workshop on Housing Options for People with Disabilities

    People with disabilities and their families are invited to attend Washington County workshops to learn more about housing options in the community. The county has received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to help these residents move from adult foster care or their parents’ homes into the community....

  • Get Growing: Edible Plants Are a Good Addition to Spring Gardens

    With Memorial Weekend around the corner, many people are looking to freshen up their spring gardens with edible plants. Home and garden expert Larry Pfarr gives his suggestions for starting your dream garden. “When you’re first starting a garden, make sure you add Peat Moss, compost, and composted manure,” he said...

  • New Parking Regulations Being Considered for Mpls. Apartments, Condos

    All you have to do is look into the sky in Minneapolis and you will see tall cranes hard at work. The city is going through a building boom of sorts. Many of structures going up are either for apartments or condos...

  • Get Growing: Putting Together Container Gardens

    It is time to start assembling pots and container gardens. Home and garden expert Larry Pfarr gives us the scoop on how to create some eye-popping gardens in containers...

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Opening New Exhibit Friday

    This week you'll see some new additions to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. The LEGO brick sculptures for the Arboretum's "Nature Connects" exhibit arrived Monday...

  • Photo: City of Roseville Roseville Open House to Discuss Site of Former Fire Station

    Roseville residents can attend an upcoming open house to learn more about plans for the site of the former Dale Street Fire Station. Representatives from the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation are hosting the open house to talk about their prosed single-family development on the site...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Jmabel Controversial Habitat Humanity Project Moves Forward in Blaine

    A controversial plan for a Habitat for Humanity development in an upscale Blaine neighborhood is moving forward. The Blaine City Council voted last week to subdivide 8.73 acres into eight lots at 121st Avenue and Woodland Parkway. The area would be known as the Woodland Village 10th Addition...

  • 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...



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