Jen and Scott Hanson of Golden Valley built a new house for themselves with an apartment for Jen's parents, too. The couple is with their 7-year-old t

Family builds a modern, 3-generational house in Golden Valley

Multigenerational living goes green and modern when parents, kids and grandparents make their home under one solar-paneled roof.

How binoculars bring birds in focus

August 7
Birdwatcher with binoculars.
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Before setting your sights on a pair of binoculars, ponder the prism.

Native ornamental grasses provide big benefits to Minnesota gardens

August 10
"Blue Heaven" little bluestem ornamental grass, released by the University of Minnesota in 2006, is a colorful addition.
Native ornamental grasses pull their weight in a Minnesota garden.
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How to replace a shutoff valve the easy way: use a SharkBite®

Leaking shutoff valve at your sink or toilet? The repair can sometimes be a quick and easy process, thanks to SharkBite® fittings.
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August 12

How to be a good creature, in stories for our time

Animals need all the friends they can get
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How to be a good creature, in stories for our time

Animals need all the friends they can get
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August 11

Native seeds, foraging for wild fruit, herb know-how and more

Versatile herbs Don’t let a single herb go to waste in your garden this summer. “Celebrate the Herbal Harvest” is a program all about…
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August 11
Columbia Heights
Built in 1907, this two-bedroom, one-bath house has 1,163 square feet and features bedrooms on the upper and main level, formal dinin

Home listings: What $130,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

Columbia Heights Built in 1907, this two-bedroom, one-bathroom house has 1,163 square feet and features bedrooms on the upper and main level, formal dining room,…
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August 10
Update a staircase with modern spindles and railings.

5 ways to revamp your staircase

Scuffed-up treads, off-color carpet and timeworn railing systems don’t accomplish any sort of “look” when it comes to staircases. Try one of these five updates…
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August 10

Renting and the law: Can landlord expect longtime tenant to replace carpet?

Q: My family moved out of our rental home in Eden Prairie three weeks ago, after having lived there for seven years and eight months.…
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August 10
Home plan: A triple-dormer modern farmhouse

Home plan: Triple dormer modern farmhouse

PLAN 21-443 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,107 Bed/bathrooms: 3 /3 Stories: 1 Bonus space: 461 sq. ft. Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Crawlspace, slab Triple dormers and…
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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There are some spectacular private gardens around the Twin Cities. We discover several each year in our Beautiful Gardens contest. From October to April, we'll bring you into one Beautiful Garden a month.
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August 10
Heated flooring, soaking tubs and smart technology are popular modern bathroom features.

Ideas to inspire dream bathroom makeovers

Today's options range from luxurious basics to smart technology.
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August 8

How many notes in a Whip-poor-will's song?

Not three
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August 7
This doll has had a long, hard existence.

Antique doll's biggest worth is as an heirloom

Q: Family legend says this antique doll belonged to my husband's great-grandfather, who was born in Easton, Pa., on Christmas Day in 1843. The first…
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August 7

Fire separation between the garage and house; don't say firewall

The separation between a garage and a house is commonly referred to as a firewall, but it's not accurate. It should be called a fire separation wall.
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August 6

Beginning birding for kids

Guided Minneapolis bird walk for young people
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August 4

Tomato competition, Minnesota Garlic Festival, monarchs and more

Garlicky goodness Add a little flavor to your weekend at the Minnesota Garlic Festival. Lovers of this vegetable (yes, it’s classified as a vegetable)…
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August 4
Andover
Built in 2013, this five-bedroom, five-bath house has 4,108 square feet and features four bedrooms on one level, two vaulted ceilings, firepla

Home listings: What $550,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Andover, St. Paul and Lake St. Croix Beach
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August 4
Sara and Jeremy Imhoff’s new home is a twist on tradition with a classic gable and porch on the outside and a clean modern aesthetic on the inside.

New home in historic Stillwater is modern inside, traditional outside

A couple's new home reflects their love for modern architecture, while blending with their historic Stillwater neighborhood.
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August 3
This Charles Stinson-designed home on the St. Croix is on the market for $4.75 million.

$4.75M ultra-modern home on St. Croix River is like 'living in a work of art'

The retreat, designed by an acclaimed Twin Cities architect, has 600 feet of riverfront.
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August 3
This custom bench seat was a “game changer” for Nashville-based bloggers Casey Freeman and Savannah McNeill.

DIY pools make a splash

Once known as "hillbilly hot tubs," pools made from livestock tanks are trending again.
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August 3
Online sofa shopping can be tricky, with unclear photos and no-return policies, so educate yourself about size, fabric and construction before orderin

Tips for buying a sofa online

How to surf for the right sofa, from the comfort of your home.
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August 3
White remains a popular kitchen cabinet color and pairs well with materials such as marble and stone.

10 tips for using white in home decor

How to use the hue for maximum impact.