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  • In this July 1 photo, Christine Choi takes a puff on her e-cigarette in Los Angeles, as she accompanies her dog, Po. Recent surges in the use of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco raised questions about those products on pets. Secondhand Smoke as Harmful to Pets as People; Questions Raised about Impact of E-Cigs

    Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog's mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she knew to blame her heavy smoking, an addiction she couldn't kick until after her pet died...

  • State Surplus Public Auction this Weekend in Arden Hills

    Members of the public are invited to bid on a variety of surplus goods at a State of Minnesota auction taking place on Saturday, July 12, in Arden Hills. The auction will include approximately 120 cars and trucks, riding lawn mowers, trailers...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons Minnesota Berries Ripening for Peak Picking

    Raspberries and blueberries are peaking in southern and central Minnesota as the strawberry season gets going in the northern region of the state. The cold, wet spring delayed the growing season, but the Minnesota Grown program says consumers can expect a variety of berries ready to be picked and enjoyed throughout the state this month...

  • Family Circle Magazine Lists Woodbury Among 10 Best Towns for Families in U.S.

    A Minnesota metro city has been named one of the 10 best towns for families in the U.S. by Family Circle Magazine. It’s the eighth year the lifestyle publication has put together this list. This time Woodbury made the cut...

  • Angie's List Report: Building Permits

    Angie Hick's, the founder of Angie's List, is talking about home improvement projects. Hicks says many wonder if you need to get a permit to renovate a bathroom or build a deck. Hicks says getting a permit depends where you live...

  • Local Tiny Home Builder Enjoying Big Attention

    According to the U.S. Census, the average home built in 2010 was just over 2,100 square feet. However, a growing number of people are choosing to live in much smaller homes, as small as 400 square feet, even smaller. Dan Dobrowolski is a tiny home builder. He says choosing smaller is getting bigger...

  • The E-Z Baby Saver aims to save children from being left in hot cars. 5th Grader Invents Device to Prevent Babies from being Left in Hot Cars

    It all started with The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors, a competition for middle school students to create devices with rubber bands as the main component.  Andrew Pelham, decided to participate in the contest and set out to create an invention that would help parents remember their children in the back seat...

  • 4th of July Food and Drink Ideas

    Preparing for this weekend's festivities, requires a lot of red, white and blue.  With lots of fun and easy food and drink ideas accessible through Pinterest, getting ready for the day with some of these recipes will be easier...

  • In a photo from June 20, 2014 in Salem Township, Mich., Brian Eggenberger putts his ball during a round of FootGolf at Fox Hills Golf Course. FootGolf, A New Summer Sport in Minnesota

    FootGolf is a precision sport where players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. Its name is a portmanteau of "football" (meaning soccer) and "golf". It is closely related to golf. Simply put, it is golf with a soccer ball...

  • Car2Go Expands in the Twin Cities

    Car2Go has announced its expansion in the Twin Cities to St. Paul on Saturday July 19.  This will provide more members access to its point-to-point carsharing service. Car2go will offer free member registration, along with 30 minutes of free driving using promo code NICE...

  • Angie's List Report: Stay Vigilant with Pet Medication

    Now that summer is here, it is important for pet owners to protect animals from fleas and other harmful parasites. Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, says it is important to make sure the medicine your vet recommends is given to your pet every month...

  • Barbecue Bummer: Meat Prices Rise

    It's a barbecue bummer! This July Fourth, holiday meat prices are up. Beef, pork, and poultry prices have spiked about 8 percent since this time last year - soaring to an all-time high. Experts say the dramatic cost spike is due in part to a drought in California, thin cattle herds, and a recent pork virus...  

  • Tips to Save on Grilling this Summer

    It’s a grilling-season bummer, especially with a big summer holiday a few days away. Beef, pork, and poultry prices have spiked an average of eight percent since last year. So how can you save money when buying meat? We asked our coupon expert, Carrie Rocha, with PocketYourDollars.com for some advice...

  • File Photo: Courtesy of Lennar Homes Coon Rapids Receives Recognition for Home Improvement Incentive Program

    The city of Coon Rapids is being honored for a program that encourages private investment in housing. Home for Generations II offers grants, low-cost architectural consultations, and building permit fee rebates to residents who invest in large home improvement projects...

  • St. Paul Fireworks Display Moved to State Capitol Mall

    Mayor Chris Coleman on Monday announced St. Paul's annual fireworks display will continue, despite the flooding affecting Harriet Island. The fireworks were initially meant to be part of "A Taste of Minnesota," but the show will now be held at the State Capitol Mall...

  • INTERVIEW: Tips for Lawn Mower Maintenance

    Our rainy summer means the grass is growing fast! Before you go out and get your lawn into shape, Derrick Debaere from SEMA Equipment joined Jessica Miles just outside of the studio on Sunday morning with some basic things you can do to keep your mower running smoothly....

  • Firework causes hand injury to Bayport man. WEB EXTRA: Firework Safety and Regulations in Minnesota

    The Minnesota Department of Public Safety wants to remind people how important safety is when it comes to fireworks. The upcoming Fourth of July weekend means fireworks; the State Fire Marshal is reminding people to be careful and follow the law...

  • Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled The Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lew Announces Expanded Housing Support Programs

    The Obama administration is extending for another year a program aimed at helping people struggling to avoid foreclosure on their homes, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Thursday. He said the administration is also expanding an effort to increase access to affordable rental housing. In addition, it is launching an effort to revive the portion of the mortgage market backed by private industry...

  • Community Rallies to Save Woman's House from Swollen Prior Lake

    Heavy rain is impacting more than just rivers. Prior Lake remains swollen, and it's forcing some homeowners to stack sandbags to stop the water from overtaking their property. A group of Prior Lake residents have turned 10 tons of sand into sandbags...  

  • What to Keep, What to Toss When Your Basement Floods

    What can you restore and what do you need to toss when your basement floods? Eric Nelson, Lead Restoration Technician at Green Clean Restoration and Cleaning Services, shows the damage flooding can cause and what homeowners should know when cleaning up...

  • Angie's List Report: Watch Out for Shady Contractors

    Angie Hicks, Founder of Angie's List, says it's important to watch out for shady contractors who travel from state to state looking for vulnerable people in desperate need of repair help, Minnesotans could be a target after flood damage...

  • Sales of exsisting homes increased 4.9 percent last month. Sales of US Existing Homes Up 4.9 Percent in May

    Sales of previously owned U.S. homes posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years in May, providing hope that housing is beginning to regain momentum lost over the past year. The National Association of Realtors reported Monday that sales of existing homes increased 4.9 percent last month...

  • New Habitat for Humanity Model in Wis. May Come to Minn.

    Habitat for Humanity is trying something new. St. Croix Valley's Habitat is in the process of building what they say is the largest community of environmentally friendly homes for low income families...

  • Photo: KSTP/File Xcel Energy Requests Rate Hike, Plans to Hold Public Hearings

    Xcel Energy has asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) for a two year increase in electricity rates. For 2014, the requested increase is for $192.7 million, or about 6.9 percent. For 2015, the requested increase is for $98.5 million, or about 3.5 percent. The total increase for the two year proposal is $291.2 million, or about 10.4 percent...

  • Photo: KSTP/file Kraft Foods Recalls 260 Cases of Velveeta

    Kraft is recalling Velveeta cheese from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, mostly in the Midwest, because the cheese lacks the proper amount of preservatives. Insufficient levels of sorbic acid has led to the recall of 260 cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese product because it could cause the cheese to spoil prematurely or cause food-borne illnesses...

  • Minn. Homeowners Combat Insurance Companies over Storm Damage Claims

    When bad weather hits, insurance may save the day. But some homeowners are finding out the hard way that they weren't covered like they hoped. And soon, the Minnesota Supreme Court could weigh in on exactly how much money you're entitled to when your home gets hit with hail or high winds....



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