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carbon monoxide alarms

Carbon monoxide alarm requirements for Minnesota

April 16
Carbon monoxide alarms are required for most dwellings in Minnesota, both by Statute and by Rule. Here are the details about most scenarios I can think of.

Water too thick to swim, too thin to walk

April 12
Slushy pond is a problem
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April 10

Motherhood in the snow

She on her nest. Gander is standing by
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April 2

Trade tip: make your ladder scratch-free

By applying electrical tape to the portion of my ladder that leans against the gutter, it no longer scratches the gutter. The tape lasts for a long time, and it's easy to replace when needed.
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March 27

Bill Thompson III of Bird Watcher's Digest, has died

He was a prolific contributor to the birding world
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March 26

Automatic water leak protection

Water leaks and water backups can occur in many places throughout the home. Here's a way to reduce the potential for water damage.
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March 20

Crane cam is up and running

Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska
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March 19

The million-dollar bird

A pigeon gets some respect
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March 19

Chimney inspections: pass or fail, nothing in-between

According to the CPSC, an estimated 22,300 residential structure fires occur every year as a result of a Fireplace, Chimney, or Chimney Connector fire.
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March 18
Fewer mosquitos, fewer frogs?

Fewer mosquitos, fewer frogs?

We make wild life complicated
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March 12

Snow+rain=extremely heavy snow

It's time for Minnesotans to consider removing snow from their roofs because of the weight.
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March 7

A technical issue with bird names

Proposal: drop the possessive apostrophe now used in some names
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March 5

Bath fan duct: metal or plastic?

Should bath fan ducts be made from metal or plastic? If you live in a cold climate like Minnesota, I recommend plastic.
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February 26

Proposal would eliminate possessives in bird names

It would be Lincoln Sparrow, not Lincoln's Sparrow
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February 26
'How much snow is safe for my roof?' A question that needed to be asked

'How much snow is safe for my roof?' A question that needed to be asked

The record-setting snowfall that we've received here in Minnesota raises concerns about how much snow a roof can hold. Should snow be removed?
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February 22

Sound made visible -- new books on bird song

Eastern and Western guides to North American birds
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February 18

When we have the same weather as eastern Kansas ...

there will be some bird species changes
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February 15

A 12-step program for birders: name that bird

Not a helping hand in the usual 12-step way
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February 13

DNR eagle cam is on

Nest is covered in snow, what else?
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February 12

Ice Dams: how to prevent and how to remove

Ice dams are literally dams of ice that form on roofs and cause water to back up. Today I'll explain why they happen, how to prevent them, and how to remove
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February 11

How do birds survive the winter?

An article from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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February 8

More on the dangerous change in insect population numbers

This is and will be a huge problem for birds