Archive for March, 2014

Lake Toys

Filed in On The Lake, Recreation by on March 21, 2014
Lake Toys

As we look outside at the frozen snow-covered lake, it is difficult to image the sun, sand and water combining to make a perfect day of play. Let’s try anyway.

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Creating Walkways That Are Unique & Durable

Filed in Landscaping by on March 21, 2014
Creating Walkways That Are Unique & Durable

These days, walkways don’t just get you from Point A to Point B without muddying your shoes; with the many options available for material and design, they can mimic or even help set the tone of your home.

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Landscape Design Basics

Filed in Landscaping by on March 20, 2014
Landscape Design Basics

My wife and I like to drive around on lazy summer afternoons and look at houses and the coutryside in and around the area. We enjoy seeing how others live and the “setting” of their places.

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Minnesota’s Growing Wine Industry

Filed in Food and Wine by on March 20, 2014
Minnesota’s Growing Wine Industry

When you think of wine, do you think rhubarb? When you think winery, do you think Thief River Falls? You should. Minnesota’s wine industry is as unique as it is fast-growing.

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Environmentally Safe, Healthy Tree Maintenance

Filed in Gardening by on March 20, 2014
Environmentally Safe, Healthy Tree Maintenance

L&H: Tell me about your business.

Len: Deblen Service Co. specializes in construction-damaged trees.

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Q: Are there ways to make a north-facing, dark kitchen feel brighter?

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on March 20, 2014
Q: Are there ways to make a north-facing, dark kitchen feel brighter?

A: Betty Ravnik, of Ravnik Interior Design, says: “We may not all have northern-facing kitchens but we all have seasonal light issues with minimal light entering our spaces.”

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Q: What are the pros and cons of hardwood floors versus laminate?

Filed in Construction, Home Experts by on March 20, 2014
Q: What are the pros and cons of hardwood floors versus laminate?

A: Dan Zierden, of Cullen’s Home Center says: “Nothing can beat the look or feel of true wood flooring. It’s solid feel and long-term durability add warmth and comfort to almost any home.”

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Build New or Remodel? Don’t flip a coin! There’s a better way to decide.

Filed in Construction by on March 20, 2014
Build New or Remodel? Don’t flip a coin! There’s a better way to decide.

I love new possessions as much as I adore older sentimental possessions. You cannot beat the smell of a new car, but your grandfather’s vintage mid-century pickup can inspire powerful feelings of heritage and memory. A lake home has the power to do both, but if it is well past the time to update your […]

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Filed in Gardening by on March 11, 2014

One of our favorite things to do on the lake is spend time in the garden. Whether it is a potted planter on the patio, a massive edible garden, or something in between, growing and tending to our gardens is a part of the lake lifestyle.

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A Room with a View

Filed in Landscaping by on March 5, 2014
A Room with a View

Do you recall those commercials on television showing the perfect view from an exotic sandy beach, complete with overhanging palm trees and an ice-cold beverage in hand? Let’s create your own “commercial” with an outdoor room…

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