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Alex Chhith

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Alex Chhith is a general assignment reporter for the Star Tribune.

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The 1907 home in north Minneapolis has stained-glass windows, high ceilings and lots of woodwork.

1907 Minneapolis charmer in a 'Best Old House Neighborhood' lists for $349,900

The updated three-bedroom, two-bathroom Foursquare home on a landscaped lot has original stained-glass windows and lots of woodwork.
The St. Louis Park home was built in 1953 by one of Minnesota’s first women who received an architecture degree from the University of Minnesota.

Midcentury modern home designed by one of Minnesota's first female architects lists for $669,000

Today, it's rare to find a midcentury home that stands true to how it was originally designed in such good condition, according to a housing historian.
Andrew Reid and Jenna Loosbrock visited with Chanel, a 5-month-old pit bull-Labrador retriever mix at the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control center a

No adoption fees this Friday at Minneapolis Animal Control

The "Clear the Shelter" event includes animals that are spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.
Everett Ramsey bought the property in 1958. The existing log cabin on Voyageurs National Park’s Big Island was built in 1981 after the original stru

'Peaceful' cabin on 51 acres in Voyageurs National Park lists for $1.5 million

One of 40 privately owned properties in Voyageurs National Park offers chances to view wildlife and the northern lights.
A growing cannabis or hemp plant at the Cannabis Museum in Berlin.

St. Cloud State first in Minnesota to offer cannabis education certificate

The online courses will include instruction in horticulture, compliance, business and health care.
Steven and Rosanne Malevich have listed their home and the internet-famous backyard that comes with it.

Edina home with internet-famous 'enchanted' gardens lists for $749,900

Homeowner's how-to gardening videos have amassed more than 5 million views on YouTube.
The 1,250-square-foot Minneapolis house has three bedrooms and two baths.

Pub woodworker's 1900 'aristocrat' Minneapolis home lists for $315,000

The craftsman behind intricate woodwork at the Local and Brit's restored an East Phillips home.
Director James Cameron in Purmamarca, Jujuy province, Argentina, on June 8.

Movie director James Cameron spotted at Duluth restaurant by 'star-struck' staff

Cameron was visiting a friend and checking out possible movie locations, according to staff.
The home built in 1878 sits on the edge of downtown Stillwater.

Luxe Stillwater 'storybook' home dating to 1800s lists for $1.9 million

The updated five-bedroom, seven-bath home has a chef's kitchen and sits on a 1.7-acre lot with gardens and woods.
Attendees of Cannabis Awareness Day at the Minnesota Capitol worked on packing a joint April 20, 2018, in St. Paul.

Thousands of marijuana cases could be expunged in Minnesota. Tell us what that means to you.

The legalization of marijuana in Minnesota means thousands will have their records expunged of marijuana crimes.
Andrew Gapinski

New director of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: 'I was blown away by the beauty'

The new director hails from the oldest arboretum in North America.
The rubber duck Carmody Thielen found on her father’s Jeep Wrangler.

Got a Jeep? If so, you're likely to get 'ducked' sometime soon

It's duck, duck, jeep, now.
Built over a century ago, Minneapolis condo offers 'quaint' charm for less than $300K

Built over a century ago, Minneapolis condo offers 'quaint' charm for less than $300K

This garden-level loft features white limestone and yellow brick walls.
The renovated property in downtown Hutchinson includes a movie theater with three screening rooms, a concession stand, a retail space and upstairs apa

Renovated 1937 Hutchinson movie theater with apartments above lists for $1 million

The building sat dormant for years until new owners came along and restored the spaces in a "wild adventure."
Bridgette Pinder and Shane Guptill plant hemp seeds at Grounded Gardens in Grounded Gardens, Minn., on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. ] SHARI L. GROSS • s

Growing marijuana at home will be legal Aug. 1: Here's what experts advise

Retailers plan to sell carefully curated seed varieties and hold cannabis growing classes come Aug. 1.
A Corsi-Rosenthal air purifier built by Liz Hradil is seen at her home in Syracuse, N.Y., after wildfire smoke covered much of New York Wednesday, Jun

Make your own air purifier, get free air cleaners and more

It's likely that Minnesotans will experience more poor air quality. Here's how to make the air in your home cleaner.
Frank the Tank is a veteran English Bulldog racer in Shakopee, Minn., on Sunday, June 11, 2023. Dog races have been a crowd favorite for 20 years at C

Dogs — from bulldogs to corgis — race the track at Canterbury Park

What's the trick to getting a dog to the finish line — despite hundreds of screaming fans and other four-legged contestants, some of which want to play more than race?
With its curved front, the Falcon Heights home is affectionately called the “cake house” by neighbors. 

Curvaceous 1940 art moderne 'cake house' in Falcon Heights lists for $650,000

The layout made the home ideal for multigenerational living with three bedrooms on the lower level and two on the main floor.
Custom contemporary Golden Valley home with saltwater pool lists for $2.695 million

Custom contemporary Golden Valley home with saltwater pool lists for $2.695 million

The home was built with amenities geared toward playing and relaxing for the whole family.
The FlatPak House in Minneapolis near Cedar Lake was a case study in modern prefabricated architecture.

Prefab FlatPak house in Minneapolis is on the market for $999,000

When completed in 2004, the Minneapolis house caught the attention of architects around the country.
Illumination Photography

Topsy-turvy Museum of Illusions at the Mall of America is made for Instagram

The new permanent attraction is perfect for selfies and testing your perception. Just don't eat before you visit.
The “Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage” is made up of two cottages that the architect/owner purchased and adjoined with a lighthouse.

Lake Minnetonka 'Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage' lists for $1.95 million

The house in Orono, with 360-degree views, comprises two cottages joined by a three-story "lighthouse."
The next frontier in home listings: Virtual staging

The next frontier in home listings: Virtual staging

Although traditional staging still reigns, digitally adding furniture to otherwise vacant spaces has become a viable option.
Man's lumberjack-like hands land modeling gig for distillery

Man's lumberjack-like hands land modeling gig for distillery

The photos will be used on the company's website and in its Brooklyn Park location.
Bryn Mawr's 2016 'Stack House' lists for almost $2.2 million

Bryn Mawr's 2016 'Stack House' lists for almost $2.2 million

The Minneapolis home referred to as the "Stack House" was featured in Dwell magazine and includes a ground-level ADU.
The Eden Prairie home built in the 1960s sits on a half-acre lot.

1960s Eden Prairie home with luxurious updates and 'character' lists for $580,000

Couple who run remodeling business wanted to give the house new life while preserving its original charm.
Tim and Amy Eian’s home in Northeast is the first new construction single-family home in Minneapolis to receive a passive house certification.

Minneapolis 'passive house' combines energy efficiency and contemporary design

Architect and his wife offer a look inside the first new single-family home in Minneapolis to receive a passive house certification.
Lakewood Cemetery, which includes public greenspaces and architectural landmarks, receives an estimated 10,000 visitors annually.

Minneapolis cemetery receives global recognition — as an arboretum

Only the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum ranks higher than Lakewood Cemetery.
Olivia Stapleton will be traveling across America to go on one date in each state.

Minnesotan chosen for '50 Dates 50 States' series on TikTok

She will be visiting an average of about eight states every month.
Fairchild the gopher, official mascot of the State Fair.

Get a taste of Minnesota State Fair at the May kickoff event

Tickets for the popular event go on sale April 6.
The 1910 house in the Kingfield neighborhood spans more than 1,600 square feet and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

1910 Minneapolis home mixing classic and modern lists for $359,900

The house in Kingfield is close to many restaurants and offers easy access to bike trails.
Netflix Participants try to woo each other without seeing each other in “Love is Blind.”

Casting call for Netflix's 'Love Is Blind' goes out to singles in Minnesota

Requirements are you have to be single and ready for a committed relationship.
Red Wing Shoe Company created a real-life version of Mario’s shoes.

Red Wing makes real-life version of Mario's boots for movie release

While they're Minnesota-made, you can't see them here.
Renovation 911 stars emergency restoration experts and sisters Kirsten Meehan and Lindsey Uselding. Here, they surveyed the fire-damaged porch at a Mi

Twin Cities sisters tackle flood, fire and storm damage on HGTV's 'Renovation 911'

The series follows the emergency restoration experts as they respond to calls from across the Twin Cities area.
Ellie explores the ruined remains of Seattle in search of revenge in “The Last of Us Part II.”

Mall of America is the fourth best mall for hiding out in a zombie apocalypse

Bloomington's massive MOA is in the top four malls for zombie attack survival.
People lined up for free ice cream at the Dairy Queen on Lexington Avenue in Roseville.

A sure sign of spring: free ice cream. Here's where to get it.

The snow won't be close to being melted by Monday, the first day of spring. But that won't stop a much-loved Minnesota tradition: free ice…
Tower Lofts.

North Loop realty office turned condo in 1920s warehouse lists for $412,500

"Lively" location offers access to nightlife and walking trails along the Mississippi River.
Delores “Dee” Swanson was remembered for her kindness.

Delores 'Dee' Swanson, teacher for incarcerated people, dies at 87

Remembered as a "surrogate parent" to many, she taught math and literacy at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater for more than 20 years.
Tom Zurn posed with his family dog Wilson a Tibetan Terrier and his invention the PooBagger.

Doggie doo-doo guide: when to flush, bag or call a professional

Tips on how best to care for the worst part of having your pooch.
The 1900s home comes with the mural that is painted onto the wall. Removing it would “absolutely destroy it,” said homeowner Desiree Whitney.

Minneapolis mansion with mural by sought-after 1920s artist lists for $1.295M

The artwork is included in the sale of the seven-bedroom, seven-bath Lowry Hill home.
The whole get-up was purchased on Facebook Marketplace and a thrift store.

YouTuber rides bed-sled through downtown Minneapolis during snow emergency

A local YouTuber took advantage of last week's snowstorm, which cleared downtown streets of parked cars and traffic, to fulfill a quirky dream: sledding in…
Kathryn Rasp, a veterinarian intern at the Raptor Center, lifted a screen to release bald eagle 22-956 back into the wild after recovering from poison

Last eagle released into wild after poisoning at Inver Grove Heights landfill

On top of being poisoned from eating the carcasses of animals euthanized with barbiturate, the animal also suffered from lead poisoning and an injury to its eye duct and talon.
Light’s in the downtown Minneapolis Hilton’s windows spelled “hope” as the sun set Friday night. A statement from Hilton read - “These last

Buildings across the Twin Cities will be lit in blue Wednesday night. Here's why

Some of the Twin Cities' most iconic landmarks will light up blue.
The two-bedroom, two-bath Bryn Mawr home comes with gardens that, according to the homeowners, are practically maintenance-free.

'Modernized' 1918 Bryn Mawr home perfect for entertaining lists for $629,900

A couple drew inspiration from the bar at the Monte Carlo to make their updated Minneapolis home a neighborhood hangout spot.
Reming Axelson, 8, (center) wrote “The Purple Dot” with the help of her father (left) Chris Axelson and bonus mom Olivia Larson.

Richfield second-grader pens book to help kids cope with divorce

"The Purple Dot" has sold dozens of copies.
Operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, the Mill City Museum opened in 2003.

Mill City competing to be named the nation's best history museum

Show your Minnesota pride and cast a vote for the museum, currently in fifth place.
Artist Andrew Bentley created ice flower sculptures outside the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Friday.

'Ice flowers' to bloom at free Minneapolis Institute of Art pop-up

The "Ice in Bloom" installation will be on display until it melts away.
Trish Gavin puts Fireball cinnamon whiskey through a filter to see if the taste improves.

Can a Brita filter make cheap booze taste better?

A Twin Cities bartender helps us find out if the TikTok trend is a brilliant hack or all hype.
Mary Tyler Moore tossed her hat in 1996 as she visited the Minneapolis house that was her “home” on the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

How much famous TV sitcom homes would cost in real life

Realtors estimated how much it would cost to buy the homes of Carrie Bradshaw, Mary Tyler Moore and the Fresh Prince.
The Eden Prairie home on a half-acre lot is near Round Lake.

Updated 1950s Eden Prairie home with dog's dream of a backyard lists for $399,900

A young couple took on a fixer-upper, adding "clean and simple" updates and a lower-level in-law suite.
Cross country skiers literally had a winter wonderland while skiing in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Fou

We're gaining 2 minutes of light every day — and other reasons to get out of bed

Minnesota's streak of cloudy weather continues. But, hey, we're gaining daylight.
Ice Palace at Fountain Hill Winery in Delano.

4 Twin Cities area ice attractions that make the most of winter

With ice castles, ice mazes and ice carousels, Minnesota is a winter wonderland.
This home on a hill overlooking Grand Marais offers views of Lake Superior and Lutsen Mountains.

Grand Marais 'dream home' offers views of Lake Superior, mountains for $769,000

An artesian well supplies the "best water in the world" to the 2,760-square-foot house, steps from Superior National Forest.
The updated eat-in kitchen with high-end finishes and all new stainless steel appliances.

'Cool' updated midcentury Minnetonka rambler ready for next buyer at $469,000

A home flipper drew upon decor ideas she has noticed as a real estate agent to give a 1950 home a contemporary twist.
Hattie Nottleman welds permanent jewelry as part of Link x Lou Minneapolis, which offers the service at private parties and pop-ups. At a recent event

Permanent jewelry, featured in Netflix's 'Love Is Blind,' comes to Minnesota

Offered in the form of bracelets, anklets and sometimes rings, metal chains are welded together to symbolize the lasting bonds of friendship and love.
Amanda the orangutan came to the zoo when she was 3.

Amanda the orangutan, a longtime favorite at the Como Zoo, euthanized at 46

Until Saturday, she was the longest resident at the St. Paul zoo, arriving in 1980.
The house features a backyard deck, a second-floor balcony and this three-season porch.

Home near St. Paul's Como Lake offers 'oasis' from bustle of city for $600,000

A St. Paul homeowner expanded and remodeled her one-bedroom 1920 home as her family grew.
St. Paul’s Christmas tree in Rice Park is featured on the Hallmark Channel’s website.

O, Christmas tree: St. Paul's Rice Park stars in Hallmark Channel's live cam

The tree's lights snap on just after dusk and are accompanied by an additional 30,000 lights on display at the park.
More than 50 people marched Friday at the University of Minnesota to voice their concerns about the U.S. Supreme Court potentially overturning the Ind

University of Minnesota Native group protests Supreme Court case involving Indian Child Welfare Act

They also called on university officials to meet several demands.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar led bipartisan support for a bill, signed into law earlier this year, that will help states adopt tougher standards to ensure carbo

New federal law aims resources at carbon monoxide poisoning prevention

Sen. Amy Klobuchar pushed for the bill, which will help states adopt tougher standards to ensure carbon monoxide detectors are safe and reliable.
Pedestrian struck, killed on Hwy. 13 in Burnsville

Pedestrian struck, killed on Hwy. 13 in Burnsville

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating.
St. Paul police fatally shoot man in Dayton's Bluff neighborhood

St. Paul police fatally shoot man in Dayton's Bluff neighborhood

The person was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Mayor Jacob Frey spoke at the news conference on establishing a new plan for reducing criminal activity in the city that was announced in September.

Gun violence in Minneapolis declines for second month

From Oct. 25 to Nov. 21, the city reported a 44% drop in gun-related calls for service compared withthe same period last year.
Students make their way across a snowy University of Minnesota campus on Tuesday.

Season's first major snowfall drops 8" on Twin Cities metro area

Minneapolis and St. Paul declare snow emergencies, while many flights canceled at MSP airport.
A restaurant patron was fatally shot and a server was wounded Nov. 23 inside Cô Tu’, at 8907 Penn Av. in Bloomington.

Man who died in Bloomington restaurant shooting is ID'd

A statement from the family-owned restaurant called the shooting a "senseless act of violence" and said the injured server is a family member.
Jeff Spellmire took a walk around Riverside Fields Park during a snowfall Nov. 14 in Shakopee. A storm is expected to drop 2 to 6 inches of snow acros

Winter storm warning for Twin Cities today; 4-7" possible

The Twin Cities and much of southern Minnesota are in line for heavy snow on Tuesday and bone-chilling cold right behind it.
Jae Yates of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar spoke during a news conference Monday at Minneapolis City Hall. The group said the city�

Activists demand more community control over Minneapolis police, ask council to reject plan

The new commission would consist of 15 civilian members, 13 appointed by the council and two by the mayor.
Police standoff with Prior Lake suspect who broke into home ends

Police standoff with Prior Lake suspect who broke into home ends

The suspect was in custody, and no one was hurt, according to officials
Mitch Grauberger, of Columbia Heights, and Lou Zurn, left, of Minneapolis, raised their candles after a speech by Minneapolis City Council President A

Twin Cities LGBTQ community left reeling from Club Q shooting

Feeling vulnerable after Colorado shooting, some in local LGBTQ circles are banding together.
 Cô Tu’ restaurant where two people were shot, one fatally, Wednesday in Bloomington was closed for Thanksgiving. One person was arrested in the ca

Suspect in fatal Bloomington restaurant shooting arrested in Oklahoma

Police said they arrested a suspect in Oklahoma. A 49-year-old customer was killed, and a 25-year-old server was injured.
From left, Dan Miller from Cottage Grove and Gil and Dawn Kinnunen from West St. Paul wore costumes that represented parts of a meal during the Walk t

After going virtual for two years, Walk to End Hunger returns to Mall of America

Donations will go to seven nonprofit organizations that provide free food to Minnesotans in need.
Police investigated a shooting at Co Tu Oriental Cuisine restaurant at a strip mall in Bloomington on Wednesday.

1 dead, 1 wounded in restaurant shooting in Bloomington

Police said patrons pushed a gunman out of the restaurant twice, but he returned a third time and shot two people, one fatally.
Downgrading a student’s lunch because of insufficient funds isn’t legal, according to an opinion issued by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Elliso

Attorney general: Lunch shaming isn't legal under Minnesota law

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid surveyed more than 330 school districts and found 124 policies that seemed to violate the law.
Traffic travels west near the I-94 and I-35W interchange as snow falls Monday in Minneapolis.

First major snow of season leads to hundreds of crashes across Minnesota

The snow was "just enough to make it slick enough for everybody to forget how to drive," said one tow truck driver.
A Powerball ticket bought in Southern California hit for the record $2.04 billion jackpot, following more than three months in which no tickets matche

Minnesota Lottery explains technical issue that delayed $2 billion Powerball drawing

The problem stemmed from two vendors who were not able to communicate in real time.