MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby has been a long time promoter of saving the environment. Now his house is a reflection of his passion.

Don and his wife Barbara built a top energy efficient, country farmhouse. It’s only one of its kind with all three kinds of LEED certifications using materials from an existing house that once stood on the property.  They say they wanted to build a home with little impact on the environment. He gave WCCO-TV a tour of his home on Thursday.

You can check out Don’s living space at the upcoming Parade of Homes which runs March 3rd through April 1.

Check out the video above for the tour.

WEB EXTRA: A full tour of Don Shelby’s energy efficient home

Comments (19)
  1. maxey says:

    We have to see more of this guy than we did before he supposedly retired.

  2. AJ says:

    Come on Don we all know you spent an ungodly amount of money on his little hobby farm. Only the 1% can afford this kind of thing. Must be nice to be wealthy and retired!!!

    1. I just got bit says:

      I would bet both of my squirrel nuts that he didn’t pay a dime. Free as long as he is a spokes person.

  3. rico sauve says:

    He’s so hip, environmentally aware and sensitive. Makes me want to sell my Caddy, put on those spandex cycling pants and help don save the planet.

  4. Engaged Citizen says:

    Haters gonna hate. Perhaps some could learn how to retrofit their existing homes to be more efficient and save some cash to boot by visiting the “hobby farm” (a misnomer btw, but I’ll assume that facts either elude or don’t concern you). Perhaps Minnesota could become a leader in green construction and green tech development? That would be productive, create desirable jobs, and serve the greater good, even for those who belittle and curse the effort to leave this planet better than we’ve received it. To those who have be given much, as Don surely has, much is expected. He certainly delivers and lives according to an ethic. I wonder how many others can say that about themselves. But like I said, the haters have got to hate. Keep up the good work Big Time.

  5. Suddenly Cynical Citizen says:

    Its amusing to me that you think Don is sensitive. That remark leads me to believe you are ignorant. Using “environmentally aware” as a slur cements that belief.

  6. Allen says:

    When admits he was duped and fooled by the global warming scam, I’ll take him seriously.

    1. oh Huck says:

      duped AND fooled? simultaneously? after getting this one reprocessed at the department of redundancy department, i conclude that you sir must be in the market for some magic beans. Not any ordinary beans, nooo sir, but magic beans. All for the low, low cost of that glimmering pin-prick intellect you have there in your back pocket there and your vote of course too, I’ll need that too. And with these beans, these magic beans, well, I don’t mind telling you, you’ll go places Jack, err, Allen. And some money, did I mention the money Jack? We need the money Jack, oh right, right, Allen, but you, you get the beans. And your vote Jackie, we’ll need your vote. Did I tell ya? these beans here are christian beans? They are, good god fearing as the day is long. So how bout it Jack, buy my beans, plant them everywhere, soon people will be clamoring for them but by george, you got’em then. And don’t forget, when they ask, remember the magic part. Of course, we all know the truth, don’t we Jack, the beans aint magic, they aint beans at’ll. But these here folks, they just need something to believe in, that’s what I selling Jack, beliefs, because you gotta believe in something, dontcha Jack?

      1. AJ says:

        Oh for Christ sake shut up you arrogant ass!!!!

      2. Nancy says:

        It sounds like ‘oh Huck’ was also duped and fooled.

  7. george says:

    full discloser. square footage? total cost?

  8. James says:

    Great to see, but the reality is that the vast majority can’t afford the cost of saving energy in a way that really matters.

  9. Realist says:

    Who cares about a retired local new anchor?!

    1. truth hurts says:

      I do…he has been a part of my life since 1979 and I really miss him on TV & radio. Just hearing this story, reminds me of how great WCCO was with him on-the-air.

  10. likesCCO says:

    I just think it’s great to see that he actually walks the walk – doesn’t just talk about it. We all know, in reality, that most of us couldn’t afford a house like Don’s, but it’s nice to see someone who can, enjoy it – all while as he says, leaving as small a “carbon footprint” as he can. Great story and it was great to see Don on TV again – talking about something that means a lot to him. And, yes, there are many of us who do like to hear about a retired local news anchor.

  11. Nice says:

    Nice job Don. I’m curious about the shingles made from tractor tires and your cistern gutter system. Do the shingles release chemicals that could possibly contaminate the water? Have you had the water tested from your roof runoff?

  12. Nice says:

    To the negative Nellies, why don’t you go to school to become a news anchor just like Don did? This is still America and you are still free to grow up and become whatever you want to be. To the other negative Nellies, if you don’t want to see Don, why did you click on this article?

  13. Spanky says:

    Please go away Don

  14. Spanky says:

    OWS people please go camp at Mr. Don’s farm. I am sure he will take care of you.

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