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November 19
A waved albatross pair nuzzles on the Galápagos Islands. The birds are some of many that pair, staying together for many years.

How bird pairs keep the magic alive

For bird pairs, a fancy mating dance is often a must, no matter how long they've been together.
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November 19
To have their full value, antique and vintage doll heads need to have their original clothes.

Attics aren't a good place to store doll collection

Q: My mother collected dolls. She passed away almost 30 years ago and they are in my attic. Can you advise me regarding their value?…
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November 19

Not all heat cable is created equal

My advice to anyone considering heat cable for ice dam prevention is to either install a high-quality, self-regulating heat cable or skip it altogether.
Home & Garden
November 19

Animals, skeletons, and creepy home inspection stuff, 2019

Most of the stuff that we post is educational, but this one isn't. This is pure eye-candy for the season. If you follow our Facebook page, you've surely seen most of these photos, but not all of them. These are our favorites from 2019. Warning: Several of these photos are gross.
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November 18
Michelle Riedel's backyard garden in Oakdale includes a pond and stone steps.

Photographer tends a picture-perfect garden in Oakdale

Oakdale garden doubles as a studio for the photographer who created it.
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November 18

Inspections to consider when building a new home

There are three types of inspections associated with new-construction homes: pre-drywall inspections, final inspections, and one-year warranty inspections.
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November 17

New construction inspection: trust, but verify.

The homeowner didn't get a home inspection when she purchased the home, because the builder's rep had convinced her of all the myths listed above.
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November 16
“The Gables,” a restored Victorian-era home in Carver.

Time-capsule home from 1800s is older than Minnesota's statehood

The iconic Victorian-era house in Carver has been featured in calendars, on holiday tours and even an HGTV show, "If Walls Could Talk."
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November 16

Nine ways for water to enter your basement or crawl space

Wondering how that water made it into your crawlspace? Guest post by Murphy Home Inspection explains the most common ways water enters a crawlspace.
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November 15
St. Paul
Built in 1918, this two-bedroom, one-bath house located in the Greater East Side neighborhood has 844 square feet and features two bedrooms o

Home listings: What $139,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Chaska Built in 1886, this three-bedroom, one-bath house has 1,184 square feet and features three bedrooms on the upper level, eat-in kitchen, foyer and one-car…
November 15
The autumn months before the holidays are an excellent time to give your fridge a thorough cleaning.

Appliances that clean things need cleaning

Devices that work hard to keep a house running need cleaning, too.
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November 15
Wood siding, a metal roof and plenty of windows make this farmhouse both modern and rustic.

Home plan: Modern design, rustic details

This new design shows off open living spaces and a luxurious master suite. Unique details include see-through fireplaces in both the living room and the…
November 15
Designer Virginia Tupker suggests lining a sofa with pillows in different fabrics to reflect your own style.

Designers share their secret tricks for using decorative pillows

Designers share their secrets and tricks for using accent pillows.
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November 15
One of several gnomes in the garden.

Lakeville backyard garden is a lush, living tapestry

"Surprise" backyard garden in Lakeville is woodsy patchwork of trees, hostas and ferns.
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November 15

Renting and the law: Owner wants to evict live-in girlfriend

Q: I am a Realtor advising a client on selling his home. My client’s girlfriend has been living there with him for three years. My…
November 15
A family photo wall designed by Ashley Whittaker for a Connecticut client.

The best way to display family photos at home

In the digital era, we're not using personal portraits and snapshots the way we used to.
Home & Garden
November 15

Freshen up for fall

Before holiday preparations overload our already busy lives, it's a good time to freshen up our homes for our guests and ourselves. That doesn't have…
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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…