Colin Smith

House Hunters Eagerly Await Spring Real Estate RushEven with warmer weather in the forecast and the spring home-buying season fast approaching, the Twin Cities remains a strong seller's market. Inventory remains at a 10-year low. Last month, there were 13,086 homes for sale, down 4.1 percent from a year ago.
Minnesota Cemeteries Struggling With Cold, SnowThis bitter winter is affecting all parts of life -- even death. State officials said Minnesota cemeteries are struggling with cold and snow, and that has made performing proper burials more difficult.
Local Non-Profit Gives iPads To Recovering VeteransA Minnesota non-profit is leading a unique effort to help veterans recover from severe injuries. Tim Bartz and his wife, Kim, started iWarriors in 2010 with a simple $400 gift. Four years later, it's grown into a $100,000 operation,
Misery Index Confirms Our Worst Winter In 30 YearsMinnesotans -- you have a reason to complain. According to the Winter Misery Index, a measuring stick developed by State Climatologist Pete Boulay, the Twin Cities are officially dealing with the worst winter in 30 years.
Canterbury Park, Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe To Simulcast Horse RacingCanterbury Park has reached a deal with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to offer simulcast wagering on horse races at the tribe's northern Minnesota casino. The first-of-its-kind agreement follows legislation passed in 2012, enabling Minnesota tribes currently allowed to conduct casino gaming to receive telecasts of horse races from tracks around the world.
Vikings Fans Gather For 'Dome-O Arigato, Dome' SaturdayMinnesota Vikings fans will celebrate anything, from a big win to a new coach. On Saturday, purple-clad faithful will gather at Hubert's across the street from the Metrodome, as its iconic white roof is deflated. The event, coined “Dome-O Arigato,” which in Japanese means “thanks a lot,” will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explosion-Like Sounds Rattle Fond Du Lac ResidentsSome strange booms have shaken residents in Fond du Lac County. The series of explosion-like sounds rattled residents from Waupun, Campbellsport and elsewhere Tuesday and sent Fond du Lac County sheriff's deputies out looking for a cause.
Dec. 26 Is Mall Of America's Top Shopping DayThink Black Friday is the Twin Cities' busiest shopping day of the year? Think again. At the Mall of America in Bloomington, Dec. 26 has taken over the top spot, fueled by shoppers eager to return or exchange gifts, and sales that have become more appealing.
Teen Spends More Than $500 Buying Gifts For HomelessAn East Bethel teenager is a picture of the holiday season of giving, donating her entire paycheck to buy Christmas gifts for more than 50 homeless Minnesotans.
Tips On Keeping Warm Without Paying A Huge Gas BillBefore you tear open that December gas bill, prepare yourself. It could be double what it was last month. With colder weather moving in again, natural gas companies caution it could further increase consumption, which has risen as temperatures have fallen this month.
Study: 1 In 5 Minneapolis, St. Paul Students Opt For Charter SchoolsFor the first time ever, one-in-five students in the school districts of Minneapolis and St. Paul attend public charter schools, according to a new study. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its annual market share report findings on Wednesday, indicating that Minneapolis-St. Paul had surpassed 20 percent charter school attendance.
Snow Removal Companies Celebrate Winter's ArrivalA storm expected to dump three to six inches in the Twin Cities metro and heavier snow in northern suburbs is good news for a business that is almost entirely dependent on weather.