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Prairie Paradise: A timber frame beauty mingles seamlessly with nature

Prairie Paradise: A timber frame beauty mingles seamlessly with nature

For twenty years, Curtis Johnson had a dream of building a private retreat, a home that reflected an appreciation for Old World technique and design…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on October 1, 2014
Not Your Typical Log Cabin in the Woods: Crosby couple creates a harmonious blend of collected heirlooms

Not Your Typical Log Cabin in the Woods: Crosby couple creates a harmonious blend of collected heirlooms

Ric and Christine first began their quest for a northwoods retreat knowing precisely what they wanted. Their vision was for a log home…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on October 1, 2014
Comfortable and Cozy: Cottage on Lake Margaret

Comfortable and Cozy: Cottage on Lake Margaret

Mike and Jane Swenson weren’t looking for an extravagant place on the lake. Rather, they wanted a semi-secluded home-away-from-home to escape the busy city life…

Filed in Feature Homes by on September 27, 2014
History, Memories and Nature on Cotton Lake: Peterson home provides the utmost in hospitality

History, Memories and Nature on Cotton Lake: Peterson home provides the utmost in hospitality

Welcome to a typical lake weekend for the Peterson family, which includes anywhere from five to more than twenty people.

Filed in Feature Homes by on August 9, 2014

Gardening

October Blooms: A show-stopping autumn garden

October Blooms: A show-stopping autumn garden

Beautiful autumn flower-gardens are rare. Come September, we look to the yellows, reds, and oranges of turning leaves to bring the landscape to life. The Zimmerman gardens are an exception.

Filed in Gardening, In This Issue by on October 1, 2014
Autumn Planting Brings Spring Rewards: It's not too late to plant for beautiful blooms next spring

Autumn Planting Brings Spring Rewards: It's not too late to plant for beautiful blooms next spring

When the Midwest turns red and gold, it’s time to get out a garden spade. Autumn is the ideal time for planting trees, shrubs, and bulbs.

Filed in Gardening by on September 17, 2014
Branching Out: Selecting the right tree for your yard

Branching Out: Selecting the right tree for your yard

Trees serve a number of important functions, and one of the most important is enhancing home and landscape.

Filed in Gardening by on August 9, 2014

Landscaping

Permeable Pavers Help Put Water In Its Place

Permeable Pavers Help Put Water In Its Place

Managing storm water is a big deal on lakeshore properties. Excess water running too fast can cause erosion and send pollutants into our lakes.

Filed in Landscaping by on June 30, 2014
Mowing 101: Choosing, maintaining and storing your lawn tractor for years of reliability

Mowing 101: Choosing, maintaining and storing your lawn tractor for years of reliability

Spring is here, and that large patch of white surround your house has turned green. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about your lawn.

Filed in Landscaping by on May 30, 2014
A Bright Idea: Light your way to a perfect patio

A Bright Idea: Light your way to a perfect patio

One of the ideal ways to unwind after a long day at the office (or on the water) is to head out to your patio. Whether you grill and have a glass of wine with friends…

Filed in Landscaping by on May 16, 2014

Destinations

Ghosts of North Dakota

Ghosts of North Dakota

Empty houses. Abandoned, crumbling buildings. We’ve all seen them around the Midwest. But have you ever wondered about the stories behind them?

Filed in Destinations, In This Issue by on October 1, 2014
White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake

Only 20 miles northeast of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, White Bear Lake maintains its own small-town character. The community of about 25,000 sits on the lake…

Filed in Destinations by on May 25, 2014
Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes

Whether you are looking for a nature getaway, an active family vacation or a pampered rest, Detroit Lakes – the “events place” – has options for everyone. The Mile-Long Sand Beach in downtown Detroi Lakes is a hot spot…

Filed in Destinations by on May 13, 2014

Design & Decor

Skye Fingalson of I’ll Tile & Stone Flooring Headquarters: Designer Portfolio

Skye Fingalson of I’ll Tile & Stone Flooring Headquarters: Designer Portfolio

“Interiors take on personalities that reflect those who occupy them.”

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on October 1, 2014
Trendy New Lighting Fixtures

Trendy New Lighting Fixtures

Are you looking for a bit more ambiance inside your home? Could your interior and exterior pathways use some safe nighttime illumination? Want to create a dramatic impression in your entry?

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on October 1, 2014
Too Much Stuff? Storage ideas help make your lake home less “stuffed”

Too Much Stuff? Storage ideas help make your lake home less “stuffed”

The glory of lake living is, of course, the lake. However, what’s nearly as thrilling is having space to store all the “stuff” that comes along with a lake home.

Filed in Design and Decor by on September 25, 2014
It’s Your Kitchen: Today's appliance features let you customize your kitchen

It’s Your Kitchen: Today's appliance features let you customize your kitchen

Savvy homeowners want more from their kitchen appliances than dependability and a certain look. They’re on the hunt for…

Filed in Design and Decor by on September 16, 2014

On The Lake

The Home Management Tool You Never Knew You Needed

The Home Management Tool You Never Knew You Needed

Owning a home (or two) can be difficult. There’s knowing what stuff you have, where it’s located, when you acquired it, warranty expiration information, replacement part information…

Filed in In This Issue, Maintenance by on October 1, 2014
Q: We’re dreaming of owning our first lake home. We’d like to use it as a weekend retreat and fix it up or build on as time and budget allows. Do you have any suggestions as we begin our search for the perfect getaway on a budget?

Q: We’re dreaming of owning our first lake home. We’d like to use it as a weekend retreat and fix it up or build on as time and budget allows. Do you have any suggestions as we begin our search for the perfect getaway on a budget?

A: This is such a great question.

Filed in Home Experts, Lakeside Living by on October 1, 2014
Lake and Home Interview: Lifesaver

Lake and Home Interview: Lifesaver

Summertime at the family cabin is typically a dream vacation. But the threat of severe weather can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare…

Filed in Lakeside Living by on August 9, 2014

Food & Wine

Pumpkin Bars and Spaghetti Squash

Pumpkin Bars and Spaghetti Squash

Despite our area having a somewhat strange growing season this summer, our weekly baskets overflowed with fresh, locally grown garden veggies all season long. At this time of year, it’s always hard to say goodbye to the local produce…

Filed in Food and Wine by on September 29, 2014
5 Must-Have Culinary Herbs: Easy to Grow - Easy to Use

5 Must-Have Culinary Herbs: Easy to Grow - Easy to Use

If you’re an experienced herb grower and user of herbal delights it’s hard to whittle the list down to only five. If you’re new to the herbal scene, then finding a short list of easy-to-grow herbs is akin to a culinary treasure.

Filed in Food and Wine by on August 11, 2014

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