Category: Real Estate

Gardening Learning Curve

I remembered long ago in high school when I went to actually test my hand at gardening, all I needed to do was scrape the sod off of the area where I wanted a garden and plant, right? Never mind…

Upgrade Your Furnace

Heating your home accounts for an inordinate portion of your utility bill. So it pays to choose the most efficient heating system possible. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should upgrade to a different type of furnace. Here’s a rundown of…

Sky Through February 10

February’s night sky features many of the sky’s brightest stars and clusters, while February mornings host brilliant Jupiter and Venus, the latter of which passes near several deep-sky wonders in the Milky Way. Two of the finest deep-sky objects shine…

Winter Sulking

The fall freeze was too early this year, for my taste, especially now that I have more time to spend in my garden.  But isn’t that always the way.  And I was hoping this cold spell was a fluke, I mean…

Growing Hemp the New Agricultural Hemp

Farmers will soon be growing hemp legally in Minnesota thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, but challenges remain on how the state will implement industrial hemp as an insurance crop. The state must submit a plan on how it will…

The Welcoming Entry Lights

Done right, exterior entry lights makes the most of what you’ve got, complementing your home’s architecture, increasing security, and helping guests navigate their way to the front landing. That said, it can be a real challenge to select the perfect…

Beef Supplies in 2019

Beef supplies have grown to near-record levels, constant consumer demand has helped support cattle prices at levels few imagined 24 months ago. U.S. beef production will increase 2.8% to 3% for 2018, according to estimates. That means total supplies will…

Small Kitchen Appliances (Unique)

Washers, dryers, refrigerators, and toasters: these appliances aren’t items that most people get excited about. For the most part, we’re just happy if they work properly — much less offer Wifi. But some unique small kitchen appliances are turning heads…

Cool Kitchen Gadgets (old & new)

There are so many kitchen gadgets out there that claim to make your life easier. I filtered through the fluff and found a few cool kitchen products that will come in handy. Here are some old and some different. I…

UPGRADING YOUR KITCHEN FAUCET

A new kitchen faucet can add style and functionality while taking less than an hour to replace. Number of Faucet Holes and Spacing New kitchen faucets will cost anywhere from $50 to $1,000, but the price goes up substantially if you change to…

Improve your Countertops

Searching for a stylish but affordable material for your kitchen countertop? Don’t snub your nose at inexpensive kitchen countertop surfaces like laminate Consider that between the brands Formica and Wilsonart, more than 325 colors and patterns are available. This makes…

Home Technology (Ring)

With the growing interest in smart home technology is the question most homeowners have before they purchase these products is whether the investment is worth the price in the long run? Will investing in a smart thermostat, a smart wall…

Homeowners Tax Guide

Bought a new home or updated your current home, one of the first steps in a good outcome is knowing a little bit about what you’re about to undertake in your current tax situation. Below is the 2019 homeowners tax…

Calving Book Apps

Calving season is a busy time for beef producers and it seems every year a calving book gets washed in the washing machine with valuable information never to be read again. So, an app for your phone might be a…

Shipping Container Homes

Container homes, looking for an inexpensive backyard office or a tiny house in the woods? Check out the growing field of container architecture, which offers container homes constructed from reused shipping containers. Builders today offer prefab container homes. There are…