Leisure & Lifestyle

Tue
29
May

Heat's coming - are you ready?

It's been a while since the July 17-19 2011 heat wave in Minnesota, when temperatures hit 97 degrees Fahrenheit and dew points rose into the mid-80s, leading to a record-breaking, miserable couple of days. But it was memorable.

Tue
29
May

Bring a little 'Jack Frost' to summer gardens

The Perennial Plant Association's 2012 "plant of the year" is the "Jack Frost' brunnera macrophylla, described as a silvery, mounding ground cover that thrives in shady conditions like those favored by hosta.

Wed
23
May

Washington County campgrounds open for season

The campgrounds at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Washington County opened for the season April 27. The modern campground at Lake Elmo Park Reserve has 80 campsites with electricity. Modern restrooms, showers, playground and a dump station are available.

Tue
22
May

St. Paul Hiking Club

The St. Paul Hiking Club announces these June hikes:

• Sunday, June 3 - 2:30 p.m. - Meet in the parking lot on the south side of Crosby Lake farm, off Shepard and Gannon roads for a hike on Shepard Road and park trails.

Fri
18
May

Make summer vacation happy with simple safety tips

Summer is officially underway and if you're planning on traveling in the next few weeks, you'll have a lot of company.

Fri
18
May

Environment-friendly tips offered for opening the cabin

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reminds cabin owners of some environmentally-friendly tips to keep in mind when preparing for another summer of fun at the lake.

Fri
18
May

Early spring leads to early tick-borne disease season

Minnesota's unusual stretch of warm weather has led to earlier-than-normal tick activity and a sudden start to the tick-borne disease season. Health officials urge Minnesotans to begin their efforts to protect themselves from ticks and the diseases they carry.

Thu
17
May

Yes, you can promise a rose garden

Millions of people send roses to loved ones on special occasions -- they're lush, brilliantly-colored and a favorite the world 'round.

Wed
16
May

Fish tank apparently starts fire, then douses it

When they left the house Tuesday morning, the inhabitants of 7446 Upper 24th St. in Oakdale had no idea their home was hours from being counted in fire damage statistics.

Thu
10
May

The last sweet melody of a mother's life

My mother spent the Christmas holidays with her daughters, Eileen, Colleen, Rhonda and me, but she was not really there.

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