Fun for everyone: Ryan and Kelly Lampe and their children, Olivia, 3, and Charlie, 5, relax in their home’s new lower level.

This Shorewood home now has the ultimate lower level

A Shorewood family needed basement living space for both grown-ups and kids.
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Massive estate sale at Irwin Jacobs' former Orono home this weekend

September 16
Irwin Jacobs estate
Artwork, furniture and other belongings of the late Jacobs and his wife will be offered this weekend.

Minnetonka Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. house saved from demolition — and headed to Pennsylvania

September 13
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The house, designed by the renowned architect's son, had been approved for demolition but now will be moved to a public park in Pennsylvania.
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September 17

Read this book

"The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming."
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September 17
Quartz countertops can sometimes lose their shine with improper cleaning.

How to get a quartz counter's shine back

Sometimes when a countertop looks dull, it just needs careful cleaning.
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September 17
A cardinal enjoys sunflower seeds at a feeder.

Feeding birds apparently feeds our psyche

Seed sales are in the billions, mostly in the Western world.
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September 17
AFTER In the breakfast nook, a new bench beneath the existing bay window “gives the wall a purpose — and more seating,” said architect Meghan Ke

1950s St. Paul rambler gets a streamlined new kitchen and mudroom

A modern kitchen and mudroom enhance a rambler's midcentury modern style.
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September 17

Bath fan fire hazards

Old dirty bath fans can start fires. You take a hot fan motor and put it in contact with lint and dust, and you have a fire hazard.
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September 16

CO2 measurement for Sept. 14: 408.12 ppm

The number reflects the vegetation growing season, which removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The count hit 415 this past May, as the growing season began.
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September 16
This restored Victorian will be on the Ramsey Hill House Tour.

Ramsey Hill tour will open doors to homes of St. Paul's Gilded Age

The juxtaposition between 21st-century lifestyles and 19th-century architecture is the theme of this year's Ramsey Hill House Tour.
Home & Garden
September 16
Station 23 Loft, formerly a 1906 brick fire station, boasts three levels over 3,500 square feet.

Century-old former fire station now one-of-a-kind Mpls. condo priced at $1.1M

The fire pole is long gone — but the renovated Minneapolis firehouse now works as a flexible three-bedroom loft.
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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September 13
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Built in 1950, this three-bedroom, one-bath house has 1,342 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, hardwood floors, eat-in k

Home listings: What $250,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

Minnetonka Built in 1950, this three-bedroom, one-bathroom house has 1,342 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen with stainless-steel…
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September 13
This Mediterranean Villa fits well on a narrow lot.

Home plan: Modern Mediterranean villa

PLAN 930-480 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,779 Bed/bathrooms: 3 /3 Stories: 1 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Stem wall slab Stylish stone accents, portico entry and concrete…
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September 13
Outdoor kitchens with a plumbing element need to be winterized.

10 tasks for your fall prep checklist

Fall is now upon us, and with this comes the ideal opportunity to put a fall cleanup plan in place, especially for the outdoors. Here…
Home & Garden
September 13
A full set of matching furniture makes a living room feel crowded and stuffed.

Seven decor mistakes to avoid

When is too much — too much? When it comes to decor, homeowners may not know when to hold back or tone it down. To…
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September 13
These interiors were designed for a model home in Bellwether, a 55-plus active adult community in Corcoran featuring indoor and outdoor pools, a clubh

Minnesota's first Del Webb community among 385 models on Parade of Homes

A new 55-plus community in Corcoran, with year-round resort-style living, is among the 385 models open during the Parade of Homes.
Home & Garden
September 10

Magnificent urns are in Sevres style, but most Sevres marks are fake

Q: My sister and I acquired a pair of Sevres urns that were once the property of a Duluth museum. The urns are stamped "Sevres…
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September 10
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Caption: A male goldfinch closes in on a seed feast.

Autumn prairies are heaven for goldfinches

These cheerful little finches spend their days chattering and plucking seeds from all those waving flower heads.
Home & Garden
September 10

Home inspection fail files: wrong house

How could a home inspector inspect the wrong house? It's not as tough as it sounds. I've done it twice myself, and at least one other person on my team did it recently.
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September 9

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Sept. 8, 2019

A daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, as measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.
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September 9
This home is located on the point of Enchanted Island in Lake Minnetonka.

$1.95M Enchanted Island home offers rare privacy on popular Lake Minnetonka

Secluded Lake Minnetonka setting feels like being Up North.
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September 7

BirdNote is a weekly birding digest delivered by email

It's always interesting and informative, with links offering a world of bird photos and text. Take a look.
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September 7

Carbon dioxide measurements

Resuming