Dan and Sheila Broughton's Golden Valley, designed by U + B Architecture & Design, is nestled into a hillside overlooking a pond.

A sleek new house makes the most of its sweet spot in Golden Valley

After finding their ideal site in Golden Valley, a couple built a home that makes the most of its attributes.

'Dirty Jobs' host: 'People think I'm a guy who can fix everything, but I'm not'

February 22
Mike Rowe has traded "Dirty Jobs" for a reality web series on people who give back to their communities.
TV's Mike Rowe took viewers to a lot of grungy places. Now he's making the case for skilled labor.

Beautiful Gardens winner in Chanhassen makes the most of shaded site

February 15
Winding paths of limestone pavers link a series of mostly shaded garden “rooms” in the woodland habitat at the Chanhassen home of Cindy and Mike C
Chanhassen gardeners re-create a woodland habitat where trees and foliage take starring roles.
Home & Garden
February 25
Bob Janssen first wrote a version of “Birds in Minnesota” in 1975.

Book chronicles Minnesota's birding life

Updated birding book charts which birds you can see in Minnesota and when.
The Good Life
February 25
During a holiday party at Mill and Main in Minneapolis, party planner and singer Seralina Powers, left, helped Mark Konecny, in yellow hat, Suzanne Hu

Millennials and boomers happily coexist in Twin Cities 'barbell buildings'

Amenity-loaded apartments appeal to young professionals too busy to take on the chores of homeownership and empty-nesters weary of them.
The Good Life
February 25
Rather than moving to downsize, Arlys and John Edson remodeled the kitchen of their longtime home in Plymouth.

Instead of downsizing, Twin Cities baby boomers remodel homes for long haul

Downsizing is still happening, but later, studies suggest.
Home & Garden
February 25

Two-prong outlets

What's the problem with two-prong outlets? Nothing. Lots of old homes have two-prong outlets, and this isn't a defect.
Home & Garden
February 24
Architect Garth Rockcastle was tapped to design this conversion of an old downtown warehouse into loft-style condos in 1998.

'One-of-a-kind' loft, for sale for first time, helped kick off North Loop's revitalization

This unique four-level condo has a "house within a home," plus a private deck and greenhouse.
Home & Garden
February 23
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Upgrading to a “touchless” faucet is a quick kitchen upgrade.

5 quick and simple weekend projects

Home improvements don't have to be major remodels.
Home & Garden
February 23

Rain showerheads awash with new features

Switching out a showerhead is a quick way to upgrade your bath.
Home & Garden
February 21
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Home listings: What $189,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

St. Paul Built in 1904, this four-bedroom, two-bath house in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood has 1,400 square feet and features three bedrooms on the upper level,…
Beautiful Garden contest winners Jim and Sally Strand tend an Asian-inspired garden complete with 23 distinct planting areas in their Plymouth yard. T
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Home & Garden
February 21
Home plan: Modern living, timeless charm

Home plan: Modern living, timeless design

Plan 430-164 Total square feet: 2,425 Bed/Bath: 3/ 2.5 Stories: 2 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Crawl space, slab, full or walkout Classic…
Home & Garden
February 21
Some damage, like mold and pet waste, can reach the padding and flooring beneath your carpet — requiring a full replacement.

5 signs it's time to replace your carpet

While regular upkeep can increase your carpet’s lifespan, most manufacturers estimate you’ll need a full replacement after about 10 years. Here are a few ways…
Home & Garden
February 21

Tenant wants rent reduction for unusable rooms during repair

Q: I moved into a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with my girlfriend in Woodbury. It's a new building and has had some roof leakage issues. Water…
Home & Garden
February 21

Close to Birds, a beautiful new book

Up close and personal
Home & Garden
February 21

A look at the 2019 osprey nesting season

April is when we look at return for 2020 season
Home & Garden
February 18

234 world bird families explained

A bird encyclopedia
Home & Garden
February 18
House sparrows in Australia and New Zealand were found to be getting slightly smaller.

Why some songbirds are shrinking ever so slightly

Studies have found some birds evolving to be smaller in a warming location.
Home & Garden
February 18
This pot appears to have been made by Native Americans.

Minnesota jar may be from Oneota culture

Q: Do you have any insight into an item I found while hiking in Minnesota? It is a pot of some kind and everyone I…
Home & Garden
February 18

Hazardous electric panels

The most notorious electric panel is the Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok panel, also known as an FPE panel, Federal Pacific panel, or Stab-Lok.
Home & Garden
February 17

Attracting, feeding, identifying birds

New book covers it all
Home & Garden
February 17

Birds of the Pacific Northwest

New ID book from University of Washington
Home & Garden
February 17
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$1.375M St. Paul home boasts river view, historic beauty — with key updates

Restored St. Paul home combines best of old and new.