April 2015

There are 20 blog entries for April 2015.

Eco-Friendly Home

Updating your home is a fun process. If done properly, you can use the right features to save money on energy bills. Here are a few of the best eco-friendly updates you can make to your home.

Additional Insulation

New or additional insulation can do many things for your home including making it more eco-friendly. With the right energy-efficient insulation, you can save on energy bills during both the summer and the winter. Depending on the current insulation, bringing it up to the current standard can save you 10 to 50% on your cooling and heating bill.

A Programmable Thermostat

An easy change that can save you a ton of green, a programmable thermostat is a great choice for an eco-friendly update to your home. You can save more than $150

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Sure, spring is officially underway, but our weather has been erratic lately so many Blaine gardens sit, waiting. The weather folks say that we’re in for rain or cloudy weather through Friday here in Blaine. This coming weekend, however, looks quite promising if you’ve been longing to get out in the garden. Look for sunshine and a high of 79 degrees on Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday. Yeah – ideal gardening weather.

Since new growth can be damaged by frost, you don’t want to cut back or prune any frost-sensitive shrubs or other plants until after the first week in May. But there are lots of other things you can get done this weekend.

1. Get out there and clean up your perennials. It may be too early to cut them back, but you can remove old

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Pizza - Image Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/pmvchamara-890817/

If you want to enjoy some of the finest pizza in Blaine, you need to get a pie from Broadway Pizza. They have been serving the area since 1953 and have won plenty of awards. Currently, there are a total of 16 locations including the one in Blaine.

This highly acclaimed pizza is one of the best thin crust choices you will find. They also offer New York Style and Chicago deep dish, but they are known for the thin crust. The secret is definitely in the secret sauce and the special recipe for some of the toppings. You won't find the same sauce anywhere else.

With a commitment o provide superior food and service, the Broadway Bar & Pizza location in Blaine has built quite the reputation since opening in 2008. The restaurant provides a comfortable

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Calendar

As one of the largest events in Blaine every year, the Blaine Festival will be held June 26th to June 28th. The festival includes a number events from a parade to an ugly dog contest and plenty more. Here's what you can expect when the festival rolls into town.

Events

The festival includes a number of events including:

  • Double Elimination Bag Tournament - This event will be held on Sunday at 11:30am. The registration is $20 for a two-person team and all must be 18 year of age or older. Door prizes will be provided along with cash prices for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
  • 5th Annual "Cruzin into Summer" Car Show & Swap Meet - This event will be held from 9am to 3:30pm on June 28th. There will be 18 classes of vehicles and you can bring your car
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Events

There are plenty of great events coming to the Blaine area for May. Whether you prefer music, fishing or another type of event, you'll find all types of events coming soon. Here are a few of the top events coming to the area for May of 2015.

River: The Music of Carole King, Jonie Mitchell and Carly Simon - May 1st and 2nd

As a part of the CDT Concert Series these female singers will provide plenty of entertainment. They will perform a number of different songs and will allow fans to enjoy music form the 60s and 70s. The event will be held at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Kids Fishing Clinic - May 2nd

Let the kids learn how to fish with plenty of fun at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park from 9am to 12pm. This is a free event with plenty of

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Home for sale

Starter home purchases are typically meant to be a temporary home until your dream home comes down the line. A first-time home buyer typically finds it better to buy a starter home over any other type of home. They don’t really need to have all of the bells and whistles of an expensive home because they are, just as the name says, a starter home.

They are meant to get your family started in something better than a rental while still being a great place to call “home” for a while. Some people think it’s a waste because they want to buy a home and stay put, but others see the perk of a simpler starter home. Here is a look at the benefits of a starter home and some tips for buying one.

What are the benefits of purchasing a starter home right now?

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Elections have consequences. If you’re one of those Americans who don’t keep up with local and national issues and the views of candidates, but cast your vote anyway -- or don’t bother to vote at all -- be ready to live with those consequences.

Bring this concept to a local level and the consequences may be even more unpalatable because they may directly impact YOU. A lack of community awareness – not keeping an eye out for public hearings about issues concerning your little corner of Blaine – may not only harm you, but your neighbors as well.

An example of this is happening right here in our own backyard. Homeowners in Blaine’s Woodland Village don’t want a Habitat for Humanity development nearby and are conveying their displeasure to the city

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Bar

Gabes Rinkside Bar & Grill is a unique restaurant in Blaine that you’ll love checking out. Watching the curling rink from the bar and grill with the whole family. It’s a breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant featuring burgers, sandwiches and pizza along with cold drinks.

It’s great for kid, groups and they even offer catering. Whether you’re looking for a full service banquet center or a place to take the kids to lunch, Gabes Rinkside Bar & Grill is the place to go. Here is a look at what you’ll enjoy at Gabes.

What to expect

Located at 9250 Lincoln Street Northeast in Blaine, Gabes is easy to access near the intersection of Highway 65 and Central Avenue and Clover Leaf Parkway connected to Fogerty Arena. They are open seven days a week with

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Open House

Open houses are the chance for a seller to showcase their home to potential buyers and for buyers to get questions answered. Sometimes buyers won’t sign in, speak to the agent and remain mysterious because they don’t want to feel like their personal information isn’t secure or that they will be pressured to buy.

Some people feel uncomfortable being put on the spot but agents really want the opportunity to meet potential buyers. They want to make sure they are doing their market research well. When you go to an open house and feel hounded with questions like these, feel at ease knowing that they are asking these questions for their own benefit rather than to be nosey. Here is a look at key questions they may ask and why.

How does the home compare

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Door Lock - Image Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/Hans-2/

Have you considered a smart door lock in your home? It’s a state-of-the-art security feature for new homes which allows you to control the locks from your phone. The day of the lock and key are out; the Smart Door Lock enabled by Nexia Home Intelligence is the way of the future.

You can even look to see what time the door was locked or unlocked and you can give certain people in your life a certain code to access your home. What a great peace of mind to know when family members are arriving and leaving your home. Here is a better look at all the Smart Door Locks can do in your home.

About Smart Door Lock

The Smart Locks are going to someday be the new norm. While hotel keys used to be a card you were handed that never seemed to operate right,

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