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Opening day at Minneapolis Parks wading pools

Most of the pools at local parks are open today [June 1] and will be open until Labor Day with a few exceptions:

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Minneapolis yard waste pick-up starts April 8

We’re ignoring the forecast for snow later this week, and are instead focusing on another sign of spring – yard waste pick up starts today, April 8th.

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Is your house leaking? Xcel offering subsidized energy audits

You probably have some ideas about where your home is losing energy. We did too, but we wanted to make sure we knew the full story. We saw that Xcel Energy was offering subsidized home energy audits, and we signed up.

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How to report a pothole in Minneapolis

With the weather changing from cold to warm-ish and back to cold again, potholes are starting to appear. Driving around, we’ve seen some seemingly big enough to eat small cars.

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How the City of Minneapolis and its residents deal with snow and ice

The sun streams in to my upstairs home office, and I’m gazing at the icy sidewalk. I put down salt and sand yesterday. If I go out and shovel, will it finally get the job done? Will I be able to get to bare sidewalk? If I lived in a special test area of Northeast (everything north of Lowry), it might be too late, as the city may already have sent me a letter telling me to clear my sidewalks or face a big bill.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE | Where to get a flu shot — right now in 2013

With the flu epidemic ramping up in Minnesota and nationwide, where can you get your flu shot? My pharmacy ran out of vaccine last week, as did many others.

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Flu cases up: It's not too late to get vaccinated

Yesterday, Minnesota Public Radio reported that the number of people who have contracted the flu or have flu-like symptoms this year has spiked. It reports, “Hospitalizations are up, and some Twin Cities area hospitals are at or near capacity due to a surge in flu cases. Hospital emergency rooms and urgent care clinics have been especially busy in the past few days.”

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FREE SPEECH ZONE | MDH warns of deceptive sales of water treatment systems; Tactics use bogus tests, misrepresent agencies and standards

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reminding Minnesota residents to beware of false claims, deceptive sales pitches, and scare tactics being used by some water treatment companies to sell

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Rideshare to Work Month brings incentives for Twin Cities drivers to beat the traffic, join a carpool

In the 1950s, long before America's social atomization described in the book "Bowling Alone," my dad went to work in a carpool. The other travelers were his fellow Ph.D.

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Don't stop watering your gardens and trees

Poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer said, “I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree.”

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