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Waterville Family Uses Syrup To Extinguish Boiler FireA sticky situation turned even stickier after a fire broke out in a small southern Minnesota town.
Budget-Friendly DIY Outdoor Halloween DecorationsCraft the perfect outdoor Halloween decorations with these DIY ideas.
5 Ways To Organize Every Room In Your HomeSpring cleaning paves the way for summer organizing, and it pays to utilize summertime sales to get the best deals when you want to organize your home.
How To Build The Perfect Backyard Tree HouseA backyard hideout is a childhood wonder. If you always dreamed of your own tree house as a child, consider fulfilling that wish by building one for your own kids.
5 Ways To Create The Perfect Study Space In Your HouseOne of the keys to academic success is an organized (and quiet!) at-home study space. Create a homework hotspot in your home, whether it’s located in a designated room or tucked into a smaller nook with these tips.
Food Truck Explodes In Lakeville Neighborhood, 20 Homes DamagedA quiet neighborhood was rocked Friday night after a food truck exploded in Lakeville. The explosion happened just after 11 p.m. on the 16000 block of Joplin Path, damaging about 20 homes in the area.
Minneapolis To Offer Organics RecyclingThe city of Minneapolis is rolling out organics recycling for those interested in the option. That means residents will be able to toss things like food scraps, chop sticks and pizza boxes into new, green-colored carts. What goes in those carts will be picked up on the same day as garbage, and some of the things that can be recycled can't be put in outdoor compost bins.
Good Question: When Should You Refinance Your Home?Mortgage rates have dropped once again to near all-time lows. This week's average rate for a 30-year fixed loan is right around 3.6 percent. That's almost a point lower compared with rates 12 to 15 months ago. It also has mortgage brokers’ offices four times busier than a typical January.
Good Question: How Do Assessors Determine Our Homes’ Worth?Earlier this week, cities and counties began sending out 2015 proposed property tax notices, including the estimated market value of your home. In Ramsey County, the assessments increased by an average of 10.4 percent. In Hennepin County, there was an average increase of 8.4 percent and in Anoka County, the average jump was 18.7 percent. So, how do cities and counties figure out how much our homes are worth?
Simple Changes To The Home May Mean Burglars Will Stay AwayHome break-ins can leave families feeling vulnerable and police feeling frustrated by how difficult they are to solve. On average, more than 60 houses are broken into across Minnesota every day. Yet, only 15 percent of those cases end with an arrest.
What Type Of Smoke Alarm Is Best For Your Home?Smoke alarms are by far the most effective way to get your family out safely when there's a fire. Still, statistics show one out of every four people who die in a house fire have a working smoke alarm in the home at the time. We went to one of the leading experts in Minnesota, Jamie Novak, to put alarms to the test.
Fire Damages Home In White Bear Lake, No InjuriesAuthorities said one person made out it safely after a fire at a home in White Bear Lake early Wednesday morning. Crews were called to the 2500 block of Manitou Island Avenue just after 2 a.m. on a report of a house fire.

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