Are Lake Minnetonka cottages now an 'endangered species'?

Are Lake Minnetonka cottages now an 'endangered species'?

It's the end of an era on Lake Minnetonka, as modest vintage houses increasingly make way for bigger, grander ones. Their elimination is dramatically changing the character of the Twin Cities' largest lake. "It's the rise of the McMansions," one critic says.

Home plan: Reinvented versatile ranch

February 13
Home plan: Reinvented versatile ranch
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Nature-loving couple design a home for the birds in Lake Elmo

February 6
Nature-loving couple design a home for the birds in Lake Elmo
A Utah couple's passion for bird-watching, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing lured them to Minnesota to build the retirement home of their dreams. The result: a modern interpretation of Prairie-School style with Scandinavian influences. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
February 13

Main Street holds up as Wall Street struggles, for a change

Wall Street is hurting, and Main Street doesn't care. It's got burgers and cars to buy.
February 12

Gas leak under control, but steps remain until it's sealed

A utility company got control of a leaking well that spewed natural gas for nearly four months and uprooted thousands of Los Angeles residents. Here's a look at what needs to be done to seal it permanently and what happens after the state certifies the well is dead.
February 11

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.65 percent

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the sixth straight week as markets around the globe continued the whipsaw trading that has marked this year so far.
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February 10

Nuns who help homeless face eviction in costly San Francisco

Sister Mary Benedicte wants to focus on feeding the hungry lined up outside a soup kitchen in a gritty part of San Francisco.
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February 9

Nuns who help homeless face eviction in costly San Francisco

Sister Mary Benedicte wants to focus on feeding the hungry lined up outside a soup kitchen in a gritty part of San Francisco.
Variety
February 9

Welcome to the 'agrihood': homes built around working farms

Gated communities with houses clustered around golf courses, swimming pools, party rooms and fitness centers are common in many suburban areas. But homes built adjacent…
February 7

Trump: No White House run if he'd bought the Buffalo Bills

Donald Trump's flirtation with professional football lasted for three decades. He never ended up with an NFL franchise despite repeated demonstrations of interest.
Variety
February 6

Homegazing: 1920s brick home in St. Paul blends period character with modern amenities

A spacious Mac-Groveland home seamlessly blends 1920s character with up-to-date amenities. You can have it for $1.185 million.
February 5

Business Highlights

___Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growthWASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.At first glance, Friday's government report on…
February 5

HSBC reaches $470M deal with US, states over banking abuses

Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say helped intensify the country's economic meltdown, the Justice Department announced Friday.
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