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The footprint for the garage was originally set in the front of the house, but after learning it was out of compliance, the couple was able to move it to the back, fulfilling their vision for the home. PAULA BARNESS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
The footprint for the garage was originally set in the front of the house, but after learning it was out of compliance, the couple was able to move it to the back, fulfilling their vision for the home. PAULA BARNESS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:00 PM
Spring Valley’s North Section Avenue has been a flurry of activity for the past year as what was once the neighborhood’s ugly duckling has been transformed into a beautiful blue swan.

  • Custom home ‘works’ for Spring Grove man
    When Ed Troendle of rural Spring Grove decided to replace an aging farmhouse with something new, a custom design seemed like the best option.

  • Chatfield man transforms home with new entry, three-season porch
    “The original front door was right here…you walked in and you got stuck right here. The whole project got started because we had no entryway,” stated Chatfield resident Jim Siebenaler.

  • All hands on deck
    Roger Knutson hasn’t always been a homebuilder. He hasn’t always had a penchant for home renovation projects. But, when Knutson moved to Rushford in 2006, he knew what he wanted in a house and he knew he could build it himself.

  • Art deco theme provides for kitchen facelift

    Sometimes a drastic splash of color can transform a drab kitchen into an eye-appealing place to cook up a storm.

  • Eyesore becomes darling of Spring Valley neighborhood
    Spring Valley’s North Section Avenue has been a flurry of activity for the past year as what was once the neighborhood’s ugly duckling has been transformed into a beautiful blue swan.

  • Houston County wildlife artist builds 'home occupation'
    "This will be one of the few galleries between Minneapolis and Chicago," Michael Sieve said. "They're few and far between,"

    Known throughout the United States for his award-winning wildlife paintings, Sieve lives in rural Houston County. For several years, he's been preparing a property near Daley Creek as a showplace for his work.

  • Water leak leads to unexpected renovation project for Chatfield couple
    "It was a little end off a flexible pipe from the water under the sink," said Chatfield resident Pat, as his wife recalled the afternoon of June 29, 2012. "We'd gone to Rochester...we left here at 10 that day to have lunch with friends who'd come from Tennessee for my birthday, and we got home about 2:30, and as soon as we came in the door, Pat said, 'You forgot to turn the faucet off.' I said, 'I didn't leave a faucet on', and then we went to the lower level and saw that the ceiling tiles were coming down."
  • Fire in downtown Spring Valley business 
makes couple speed up home renovations
    "We weren't actually looking for a house, but it just landed on our doorstep," said Jill, speaking of the house that she and Todd renovated in Spring Valley to make a home for themselves and their 6-year-old daughter, Cassie.
  • Harmony family utilizes 'A Brush with Kindness' program to revitalize exterior of home
    Just a couple coats of paint can make a huge difference for a home, family and community. The Howard and Angela Haugerud family, which lives in Harmony, recently experienced this realization when their church, Greenfield Lutheran, partnered with Habitat for Humanity in its A Brush with Kindness program. After four days, two coats of paint and over 10 volunteers working each day, their home on Second Avenue Southeast took on a look that brightened the street.
  • Taking the plunge!
    Jean Ann Tweeten held a heavy three-ring binder, packed with what looked like hundreds of pages. It held the plans for her newly completed home from blueprints to doorknobs. She nodded and glanced toward husband, Harlan, better known as Lonny. "It took more effort than I would have ever guessed," she said.
  • Constructing life lessons
    Nathan and Lisa Halverson purchased an 1883 farmhouse in the Mabel area in 2003 and have been transforming it over the last 10 years to create the house to call their home. They're doing all (or the vast majority) of the work by themselves, so it's slow going. But there are many life lessons that they have learned along the way.
  • Chatfield couple thankful for blessings following house fire
    Dale and Carol Rodgers of Chatfield are so thankful for the "yep" and the beads that ultimately saved their son's life.
  • How to take advantage of home improvement tax rebates before time runs out
    When U.S. lawmakers made a deal to keep the country from going off the "fiscal cliff" at the end of 2012, they reinstated a tax break of up to $500 to help homeowners earn money back for energy efficient home improvements.
  • Making a home senior-friendly can also lower bills
    More seniors than ever before are choosing to stay in their homes as they age. According to a study by the AARP, only five percent of Americans ages 65 and older live in group quarters like nursing homes.
  • The top five improvement projects that increase your home's value
    Selling a home in today's marketplace can be challenging. The good news is there are a few tweaks that can give homeowners a serious leg up on the competition.
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