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Sep 18th

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Charity Bess wins crown and title of Miss Minnesota 2013

Charity Bess wins crown and title of Miss Minnesota 2013Charity Bess of Minneapolis was crowned 2013 Miss Minnesota International.The competition took place in St. Cloud, on Mar. 16.

Bess will compete with 50 other state winners for the title of Miss International 2013. That competition takes place July 22 – 28 and will be held in Skokie, Ill.
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Attracting backyard pollinators EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine

Attracting backyard pollinators EarthTalk® E - The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I'd like to have a garden that encourages bees and butterflies. What's the best approach? --Robert Miller, Bakersfield, CA

Attracting bees and butterflies to a garden is a noble pursuit indeed, given that we all depend on these species and others (beetles, wasps, flies, hummingbirds, etc.) to pollinate the plants that provide us with so much of our food, shelter and other necessities of life. In fact, increased awareness of the essential role pollinators play in ecosystem maintenance—along with news about rapid declines in bee populations—have led to a proliferation of backyard "pollinator gardens" across the U.S. and beyond.

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Minnesota Energy Tips: Fireplace efficiency

This weekend as you huddle around the fireplace to escape the spring chill, remember the fireplace likely loses more heat than it gives off. Warm air in a home is sucked up the chimney and is replaced by cold air leaking into the house. Especially as the fire dies down, more heat is drawn up the chimney than is created by the fire—and the reduced rate of airflow can lead to backdrafting of flue gases and smoke into the living space.
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The power of small beginnings

The power of small beginnings"Do not despise these small beginnings, (Zechariah 4:10 NLT). This month my personal barbershop, Johnson's Barbershop located at 5257 Chicago Ave S. in South Minneapolis celebrates 16 years in business, which is a major accomplishment worthy of recognition. I remember the first day I walked through those doors and the owner Mike Johnson (Big Mike) welcomed me in. Although I was new to the city, I felt like I had found my barbershop home. A couple of years later when my book "Men are Dirt" came out, Johnson's Barbershop was one of the first places that openly supported and promoted my book.
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What is happiness? Happiness is love!

What is happiness?
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SOUL FOOD MN | Sunnyside Cafe: A soul food tradition in North Minneapolis

SOUL FOOD MN | Sunnyside Cafe: A soul food tradition in North MinneapolisSunnyside Cafe owner and head chef James Baker has been around the world, it seems. He first began cooking as a child, learning recipes from his aunties, but he credits his decision to cook while serving in the Navy during his tour in Vietnam with saving his life.
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Five easy steps to a low maintenance eco-friendly landscape

Five easy steps to a low maintenance eco-friendly landscapeIt's possible to create a beautiful landscape and be kind to the environment even with a busy schedule and while staying within budget. "All it takes is a bit of planning and a few low maintenance strategies," says gardening expert and author Melinda Myers.
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