The home's exterior and front entrance also got an update.

'70s Mendota Heights rambler reinvented without adding square footage

A couple facing retirement considered building a house next door, but chose to reinvent their outdated rambler instead.

Tips to help you get an early start on winter pot and window-box season

November 8
Tips from Pahl's Market and Leitner’s Garden Center show how to take your greenery from winter to holiday.
Wintertime plant containers are "little pieces of art that make a house a home."

Fall decor, minus the cliches

November 8
From left: A collection of blue and white china inspired these blue and white pumpkins, which designer Jo Oliver painted and drew on with a navy blue
Seasonal enhancements can break the same-old mold.
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November 13
Flickers are ground feeders that include ants in their diet.

Birds large and small are victims of environmental lead poisoning

Eagles get lead poisoning from scavenging dead animals, particularly deer and the gut piles that deer hunters leave behind. Swans are poisoned by sucking up…
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November 13

Wildlife rehab center corrected web address

It was wrong in my column in Wednesday's StarTribune
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November 12
Mahjong has its roots in Asia but it was widely played in the United States.

Mahjong set probably isn't made of ivory

Q: I am trying to find information on this piece, which I recently inherited. I have looked on the internet and have gotten lots of…
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November 12

Should you install heat cables to prevent ice dams?

Heat cable has a dubious reputation in the ice dam prevention world. It's a topic few understand in-depth, both in terms of functionality and installation.
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November 8
Mendota Heights
Built in 1982, this four-bedroom, four-bath house has 2,362 square feet and features three bedrooms and laundry on upper level, vaulte

Home listings: What $449,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Maple Grove Built in 2001, this four-bedroom, four-bath house has 3,896 square feet and features four bedrooms and laundry on the upper level, fireplace, formal…
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November 8
Changing hardware can make a big impact.

Quick, cheap home touch-ups

Every home can use a bit of TLC every now and then, but spiffing it up doesn’t need to break the bank. If you’re looking…
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November 8
“Your living room should feel inviting and should be conducive to conversation,” said designer Paloma Contreras, who suggests floating at least on

Professionals spill their design pet peeves – and offer solutions

Professionals spill their design pet peeves — and offer solutions.
Home & Garden
November 8
Home plan: A country charmer with classic curb appeal

Home plan: Country charmer offers single-level living

PLAN 923-122 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,220 Bed/bathrooms: 4 /3 Stories: 1 Bonus space: 432 sq. ft. Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Basement, daylight basement, crawl space,…
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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November 6

A very, very good field guide for birds

Unfortunately, it's for British birds, but has wonderful design features
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November 5
This is a wonderful piece of American pressed pattern glass, but is it valuable? (Handout/TNS)

Coin pressed glass started in 1890s

Q: I have seen several covered compotes in the U.S. Coin pattern at prices in the $300 to $500 range. The example seen in the…
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November 5
White pelicans are a spectacular sight as they wheel and soar in flocks on warm air currents.

Pelicans put on air show in the fall

A flock of coastal birds engages in sky choreography in spring and fall.
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November 5
Brush Creek Ranch spa director Beth Thomas recommends 100% Pima cotton in white for body and bath towels and favors<a href="https://www.bollandbranch.

Tips for buying the softest towels and keeping them soft

You're fresh out of the shower and looking for a warm cotton hug in the form of a soft towel. Instead, you're greeted with what…
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November 5
House Hunters has been on HGTV for two decades.

Why millennials love HGTV's 'House Hunters'

Shows like "House Hunters" offer an escape from global chaos and a window into the seemingly distant fantasy of homeownership.
Home & Garden
November 5

Frost-free faucets are now required in Minnesota

Frost-proof faucets are now required by the Minnesota State Plumbing Code, which says "A listed self-draining frost-proof hose bibb shall be used."
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November 2
Condo in the Landing

Downtown Wayzata condo gets dramatic makeover

The plain-vanilla condo above the Hotel Landing is now bold and personalized.
Home & Garden
November 1
Create a drop zone that’s accessible — and not in the way.

Make a game plan for organizing kids' sports equipment

Labels, bins and easily accessible storage are a busy parent's best friends.
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November 1
A deVOL kitchen in a Victorian rectory features a handmade, copper-topped table as its centerpiece. DeVOL kitchens start at $40,000.

Move over, islands: Kitchen tables are making a comeback

Island time may not be over, but more designers are embracing the homier kitchen table.
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November 1
A mix of autumn-toned accents is used in both furniture and artwork to add comfort to the room.

Get warm and cozy with fall colors

Rich autumn hues offset modern minimalist white.
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November 1
St. Louis Park: Built in 1940, this three-bedroom, two-bath house has 1,854 square feet.

Home listings: What $325,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in St. Louis Park, Minneapolis, Mahtomedi
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November 1
A black-and-white print helps make a bold statement in this dining area.

Low-cost alternatives for decorating walls

Wall decor doesn't have to mean expensive artwork.