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Efficient Ways to Bring Fresh, Minnesota Air Into Your Home

Posted by Gregg on Oct 27, 2016 8:47:28 AM

One of the delights of spring is that first time you can open the windows and let in that fresh Minnesota air. But what do you do when it’s too cold to open a window and doing so would defeat your home heating goals? Here are some efficient ways to keep fresh, clean, Minnesota air circulating through your home, no matter the season or the weather.

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Topics: Air quality, Minnesota, Winter

10 Reasons to Love Cold Weather

Posted by Brooke on Oct 23, 2014 9:58:08 AM

Why Minnesotans Love the Cold

Maybe winter isn’t your favorite time of year, but there are a lot of great things about the change of seasons and colder temperatures. Here are 10 reasons to love cold weather:

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Topics: Minnesota

Farmers Almanac: 2015 Minnesota Winter Predictions

Posted by Brooke on Sep 24, 2014 12:45:00 PM

What to Expect this Winter in Minnesota 

So many forecasters, so many different predictions. Who to believe? 

The Old Farmers Almanac, now known as The Almanac, is North America's oldest continuously published periodical (first published in 1792) and comes out every year in September. The operation is based in Dublin, New Hampshire and the words of the Almanac's founder, Robert B. Thomas, guide them still:

"Our main endeavour is to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor."

The Almanac predicts a relatively normal and (unsurprisingly) cold winter for those of us in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. The Almanac also predicts that in some areas, below normal temperatures and precipitation will occur due to the reoccuring cold streaks throughout January and February.

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Topics: Minnesota

How to Winterize your Minnesota Home

Posted by Brooke on Sep 16, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Protect Your Home From Winter Wear and Tear

The time has come to tackle some home winterization projects. Although it’s not winter yet, completeing these tasks now will save you from both a freezing home and a freezing chore later. Here are some important and simple winterization projects you can do to save energy and protect your house from Minnesota's coldest months.

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Heating, Minnesota, Energy Efficiency

5 Tips for Staying Warm at Fall Sporting Events

Posted by Laura Landvik on Aug 27, 2014 11:02:33 AM

How to Stay Warm at a Cold Weather Game

We love our fall sports in Minnesota. From high school to college to professional sports, we embrace the season and cheering on our favorite team. You may be sweating through the first few games, but you know you'll be bundling up way before Minnesota winter hits. What are some creative ways for staying warm during fall sports events?

Check the Forecast

Start by watching the Minnesota weather reports and plan accordingly. What is the chance of precipitation? How windy is it? Will it be sunny or cloudy, what's the temperature? Pay attention and then make your plans.

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Topics: Minnesota

Tracking Down a Great Story: Kent Hrbek, Carrier and ALS Bobblehead

Posted by Laura Landvik on Aug 22, 2014 1:28:00 PM

History Behind a Unique Baseball Bobblehead

Kent Hrbek is a Minnesota classic. He played his entire 14-year career for his hometown MLB team, was the first player to hit a home run in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and was instrumental in the Twins' World Series championship in '87 and '91. Of course, it seems right to have our Minnesota baseball legend honored as a bobblehead!
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Topics: Minnesota Twins, Minnesota

Where to Find the Best Fall Colors in Minnesota

Posted by Laura Landvik on Aug 14, 2014 10:27:44 AM

Experience Fall Foliage in the Midwest

Minnesota becomes a tourist destination in the fall, with the brilliant changes in colors and cooler temperatures.
And yet many of us locals miss out on the beauty of our state. Make plans now for a day trip to see the amazing display of colors in Minnesota. You have (at the maximum) a six week window to make it happen, so plan now to experience the fall colors at their best.

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Topics: Minnesota

Heating the Largest Mall in America

Posted by Laura Landvik on Jul 9, 2014 9:17:00 AM

Ever Wonder How the Biggest Mall in America Stays Warm?

Since the Mall of America (MOA) opened its doors in 1992, it annually hosts more than 40 million vi
sitors each year - all of whom enjoy a comfortable 70-degree shopping and entertaining experience. Regardless what time of year they visit, they’ve appreciated that indoor temperature without any formal heating system. To put that into perspective, consider this Bloomington, Minnesota mall has over 4.8 million gross square feet, 520-plus stores, an amusement park, aquarium and other restaurants and attractions. You’d think a space that size in the frigid Midwest would need heat – but it doesn’t. How do they keep the temperature a comfy 70-degrees, year-round?

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Topics: Minnesota

Minnesota Weather Fun Facts

Posted by Casey on May 27, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Minnesota Weather is Full of Surprises

Our summers in Minnesota never last as long as we’d like. We wait about eight months for warmer temperatures to return and then we sometimes tend to complain when things get too hot! Air conditioning is almost a necessity in some stretches of the summer. While we’re waiting for those warmer temperatures to really kick in, hear about some fun temperature and weather facts.

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Topics: Minnesota, Cooling

Create an Energy Efficient Home While on Vacation

Posted by Casey on May 19, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Summer Home Energy Efficiency Tips

Summertime means vacation time. Not only does your vacation require planning, leaving your home for a few weeks or even a weekend getaway also requires some special attention. Here are summer energy
saving tips
for your home while you’re on vacation.

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Topics: Minnesota, Cooling, Energy Efficiency