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by Lori Matzke Home design blog Furniture can be an expensive investment.  Even poorly made furniture can be not-so-affordable these days.  But before you toss out the old stuff, consider ‘upcycling’ to create a truly one-of-a-kind look for less.  So what exactly is upcycling, you ask?  Well back in the day, it might have been [...]

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by Dr. Sandy Rebrovich Health and wellness blogger At the beginning of the school year, the focus is always on shopping for school clothes and school supplies.  Unfortunately, many will forget one of the most important necessities for the school year – a healthy lunch. It’s common knowledge that the school cafeteria has become just [...]

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by Ron Hustvedt With the early goose season already a week under way, there’s a good chance you might hear some shooting in the distance during the early morning hours. With some luck, there will be even more shooting this weekend because of the Youth Waterfowl Day that kicks off on Saturday. The Youth Waterfowl [...]

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When it comes to accessorizing your home, the possibilities can be overwhelming.  Combining your needs with your desires can make the entire process even more intimidating…but it doesn’t have to be!  By purposely choosing your necessities to coordinate with your style, you can easily find a pleasing balance.  My best advice is to think about [...]

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by Ron Hustvedt, Jr. Asian Carp are advancing into Minnesota as I write this, spreading into the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers to wreck all sorts of havoc on native fish populations and create new dangers for recreational boaters. There’s an article on the Star News website (http://erstarnews.com/2011/08/30/asian-carp-present-longterm-challenge-to-state-officials/) about Minnesota’s efforts to control Asian carp [...]

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by Ron Hustvedt There are a lot of hunters in the Star News coverage area. The amount of camouflage and blaze orange worn by people throughout the fall and winter reveals that fact quite well. Ask most of them where they hunt and the answer is likely somewhere 50 miles or further away from town. [...]

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As a professional Home Staging & Interior Redesign Expert since 1999, I am convinced that absolutely every house in absolutely any condition has potential.  While getting from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ can certainly be a time consuming and often expensive process, it doesn’t have to be if you take what you already have into [...]

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Anybody who has dealt with Elk River traffic on a Thursday or Friday afternoon knows that there are plenty of boats around. They come through from the cities but a quick glance around most neighborhoods in the area reveals a lot of boats. Some of them are pleasure boats but most are fishing boats. Fishing [...]

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