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In This Guide
Home builders busy...Page 4
New home numbers up...Page 8
Conserve energy...Page 12
Compost your garden...Page 13
Spring Cleaning...Page 14
Planet-friendly garden...Page 16
Smart Lighting...Page 18
Pest-free land...Page 20
Unique upgrades...Page 21
Reinvent wood surfaces 22
Business Profiles 6, 9, 10, 11, 15
Stories:
Advertisers Index:
All Elements Inc....Page 12
American Family Ins....Page 21
Annandale State Bank....Page 9
Anytime Fitness....Page 11
Audio Communications....Page 3
B & D Plumbing....Page 21
Becker Sod....Page 19
BL All City Garage Sale....Page 17
Big Lake Hardware Hank....Page 2
Big Lake Lumber....Page 7
Bitzer Garage Doors....Page 19
Bob & Judys Farm Market....Page 10
Bogard, Peterson & Acooc. Inc....Page 18
C & S Blacktopping, Inc....Page 14
Chuba Company....Page 14
Colbath Upholstery Services....Page 16
Custom Door Sales Inc....Page 15
Custom Marble & Granite....Page 19
ELk River Utilities....Page 20
Foley Lumber/Milaca Bldg. Ctr....Page 23
Grand Rental Station....Page 14
Greenscapes Landscaping....Page 16
H2Outfitters....Page 3
Hassan Gravel....Page 18
Haus Construction Inc....Page 7
Heitz Group....Page 19
Ken Geroux Construction....Back Page
KleinBank.....Page 8
Lofgren Construction....Page 5
Long & Son....Page 7
Merit Drywall, Inc....Page 21
Midway Iron & Metal Co....Page 18
MNsota Real Estate....Page 12
New Century Exteriors, Inc.....Page 7
New Penn Financial.....Page 10
Omann Brothers Paving Inc....Page 20
Preferred Title, Inc....Page 21
Rays Abbey Carpet....Page 9
Schillewaert Landscaping....Page 18
Sherburne County Taxes....Page 14
Sherburne County Waste....Page 17
Trueman Welters Powersports....Page 12
Tri County Lumber....Page 19
WestAir....Page 13
Wright Hennepin Security....Page 10
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Home building
activity on the up-tick
Jennifer Edwards
Staff Writer
Big Lake builders have noticed an
increase in the number of new housing
starts recently as the economy is picking
up slowly, but this year the hottest new
trends are in home remodelling.
It has been a big year for kitchens,
said local builder Ken Geroux of Ken
Geroux Construction. We have been
doing a lot of main floor remodels.
New designs in flooring and kitchen
cabinetry offer homeowners more choices
than ever before, Geroux says.
Geroux and his crew can gut a kitchen
and redesign it to be tailored to the needs
of the owner, although Geroux warns his
customers about the process, which can
take a little time.
The three main points with remodelling
are planning, timing and communication,
said Geroux. Its better to wait a week and
get it right than to skimp over any of these
steps.
Planning to make the most of the space
available and make the kitchen workable
for the lifestyle of the homeowner is the
first step, Geroux says. Once the function
is decided, it is time to choose materials.
With so many things to consider, like
type of wood, color, stain versus paint,
what kind of countertops and fixtures to
use, careful planning is the first key to a
satisfactory outcome.
Alder is a popular wood now, Geroux
said. But we still work with maple, cher-
ry and walnut. Lately oak has been making
a comeback.
Remodelling a kitchen takes time-up to
four weeks, Geroux says.
Its important that the homeowner
understands this, he said. Although we
do try and keep their kitchen functional as
long as we can.
Timing is key when we are installing
new cabinets. You dont want to have to
wait for the countertops for example,
Geroux said.
Ken says he stays in constant communi-
cation with the homeowners he works for
to make sure they understand the process
and know what to expect.
We try to do everything we can to alle-
viate the frustration of us being there, he
said.
That includes cleaning up the worksite
at the end of every day and communicat-
ing with sub-contractors to keep the work
going smoothly.
Chad Lofgren of Lofgren Remodelling
says darker woods and solid surface count-
er tops are popular these days, along with
tile back-splashes and under-cabinet light-
ing. Natural stone floors are replacing tile
because it is more durable.
Another popular trend he says is real
hardwood floors in the kitchen and dining
areas.
Its a matter of aesthetics, Lofgren
said. Each has its pros and cons. The
wood floors are warmer but you cant mop
the hardwood floors.
A greener alternative being offered these
days is bamboo flooring. Although it is a
more easily renewable resource, the cost is
about the same as other alternatives,
Lofgren said.
MAttWeBer of h2O Pro
installing new plumbing in a
remodelled kitchen.
KenGerOUXCOnStrUCtIOn gutted this kitchen and moved the
walls back one foot on each side. eric Olson of russ Olson electric is
installing new wiring.
AneWLYreMODeLLeDKItChen by Ken Geroux Construction.
(Submitted photo).
Spring GuideApril 13, 2013Page 5
MAttWeBer of h2O Pro
installing new plumbing in a
remodelled kitchen.
JereMYLehnen of
Boones Custom Cabinets adds lots
of cupboard space to this kitchen
remodel.
PhILOLSOn gets ready to
install a wine rack in a kitchen
which is being remodelled.
neWCentUrYeXterIOrSrick Case holds some Decra shingles
which are lightweight, made of metal and meant to withstand high winds,
hail and fire. (Submitted photo).
ChADLOFGren of Lofgren
Construction remodels lots of
older homes. (Photos by Jennifer
edwards).
It does have a unique look. he said.
As for counter tops, the choices vary
from natural granite to Corian, which is
not as expensive and doesnt hold bacteria
the way some natural stone tops do, but
may not be as scratch resistant, Lofgren
said.
Even the old formica tops have their
uses, Geroux said. Again there are pros
and cons with each, although some of the
granites are pretty tough to beat. It is a
matter of choice and there are a lot more
choices now than there has been.
Other recent innovations in construc-
tion homeowners my want to consider is
new roofing materials, Susie Case of New
Century Exteriors says.
We have worked on everything from
cabins to historical homes, said Susie,
who manages the company with her hus-
band, Rick.
The Decra Shingle XD, which came on
the market in February, is a metal roof
product which looks like a shingle, with a
similar price point.
It is a better value, said Case, who
admits to being passionate about metal
roofing.
It is resistant to fire and has the highest
hail resistance rating, HC4, she said. It
has a windspeed warranty of 120 mph,
which makes it hurricane proof, and the
insulation factor is similar to an asphalt
roof.
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Another new product is a plastic roof tile
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Spring GuideApril 13, 2013Page 6
Your Local Business Profiles
Owner of Audio Communications, richard
Backlund. (Photo by Gary W. Meyer.)
AUDIO COMMUNICATIONS
Audio Communications located at 19912 Industrial
Drive, Big Lake has been in business over 40 years.
The owners Richard and Mona Backlund, started their
business focusing on radio communications, security -
vehicle tracking - high police car rigging and CCTV.
The unique type of service they offer is the CCTV -
security, teletrac and intotilocks.
Audio Comm was awarded the MN Licensed Sec
Dealer Years of Service.
The owners plan to acquire more sales staff.
You can reach Audio Communications at 763-263-3502
or email rcb-49@izooom.net or website www.audiocom-
biglake.com
B&DPlumbing, heating &Air Conditioning
30th Anniversary picture. (Submitted photo..)
B&D PLUMBING,
HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING
B&D Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning located at
4145 MacKenzie Court NE, St. Michael, has been in busi-
ness since 1982.
B&D services include: residential and commercial, new
construction/remodeling, service department, mainte-
nance and repair. Also, they deal with new installation,
repair, maintenance of plumbing, heating & cooling prod-
uct and equipment.
B&D received the 2012 Angies List Super Service
Award, 2012 Crow River News Readers Choice Award,
Best Plumbing Company and Best Heating and Air
Company.
You can reach B&D at 763-497-2290, email
info@bdplumbers.com, www.bdplumbers.com, or
www.facebook.com/bd plumbers.
A past Bob & Judys Farm Market crew. (names
in no particular order.) Marlys Baker, Judy, Sam
Sontag, elsie Silvan, emily Silvan, Brianna
Gueldner, Derek Gueldner, Lisa Capek, Matt Lau,
Bob, Joe Larson, Ben Segler, Brandon Johnson,
Mark Segler and Mike erickson. (Submitted
photo)
BOB & JUDYS FARM MARKET
Bob & Judys Farm Market is located at 18366 County
Road 14, NW. They built their store in 2002 where they
sold vegetables. They have since added a greenhouse in
2003, and landscape materials with delivery.
Owners Bob Wilts (lived in Big Lake all his life) and his
wife Judy Wilts, began their business selling pumpkins in
their front yard.
The Wilts business focuses on the greenhouse, nursery,
and landscape materials (delivery is available). They also
feature U-Pick vegetables. They also invest in local youth
by employing them and empowering them with responsi-
bilities and opportunities to work as a team toward a com-
mon goal.
Bob & Judys have received the Great River Shopper
Readers Choice Award for Best Landscaping & Garden
Center 2011 & 2012 award.
Bob & Judy are planning on future expansion.
You can reach them at 763-263-1171 or 763-370-3546
(cell) or email them at bobandjudys@izoom.net or check
out their website at www.bobandjudys.biz
Office and Field Services staff at the elk river
Municipal Utilities. (Submitted photo.)
ELK RIVER MUNICIPAL UTILITIES
Elk River Municipal Utilities located in Elk River.
Power was first provided by the Elk River Power and
Light Company in 1916. In 1945, city council issued a
$70,000 bond referendum to purchase the company for
municipal ownership. Officially, the Elk River Public
Utilities was first created July 11, 1947.
Managing the Elk River Municipal Utilities are Troy
Adams, General Manager; Theresa Slominski, Office
Manager and Finance Manager; Tom Sagstetter,
Conservation and Key Accounts Manager; Wade
Lovelette, Technical Services Supt.; Mark Fuchs, Line
Supt. and David Berg, Water Supt.
Elk River Utilities is an electric and water service utili-
ty, but also bill garbage and sewer for the City of Elk
River. Besides those services, ER Utilities also has a secu-
rity systems department. The security systems department
services outside the service territory.
Elk River Utilities received the American Public Power
Association RP3 recognition in 2012, which is a presti-
gious award given for their outstanding reliability, safety,
workplace, development and system improvement num-
bers.
Future plans include currently upgrading the substations
for future electric load increases.
You can reach the office at 763-441-2020, email custom-
erservice@elkriverutilities.com or visit the website
www.elkriverutilities.com
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nOAh AnDerSOn of Schmidt Industries in Clear Lake braces the
framework on a single family home under construction on January Street in
the Marketplace Development in Big Lake. (Photo by Ken Francis.)
By Ken Francis
Staff Writer
The number of new homes being built
in Sherburne County is nowhere near
what it was in the early 2000s.
But there are signs that new home con-
struction is starting to pick up again.
Statistics from the county planning and
zoning department show 2012 was much
better than the year before as far as per-
mits pulled for new home construction.
Throughout the 10 townships, 78 per-
mits were issued for new homes in 2012.
That number was 38 in 2011 and 34 the
year before.
Becker Twp. had the highest number of
new home permits with 31, up from 13 a
year before.
Big Lake Twp. was next with 14 per-
mits, followed by Palmer with seven.
Clear Lake, Orrock, Livonia and Baldwin
townships each had five.
Lots of homes had their roofs and sid-
ing replaced, as storms damaged many
properties last summer and fall. For 2012,
there were 416 permits issued to replace
roofs and 123 for siding.
Homeowners are also continuing to
make improvements to their existing
properties with smaller projects, like:
additions (57), garages (61), pole build-
ings/sheds (65) and finished basements
(39).
New home construction is also higher
in the City of Big Lake. A report on build-
ing permits from the citys planning
office shows there were 13 in 2012, com-
pared with six a year before.
Total permit numbers were down in
Big Lake, but only because there werent
as many damaging storms.
In 2011, there were 1,568 permits
issued just to replace roofing and siding.
Overall permits in Big Lake last year
totalled 613. Of that total, 164 were for
roofing and 132 were to replace siding.
There were also 22 for decks, 50 for
remodeling and additions and 42 zoning
permits.
The City of Becker had 11 permits for
single family homes, up from eight in
2011.
Of Beckers 116 total permits issued in
2012, 36 were for re-roofing, eight were
for finishing basements and three were
for additions.
New home numbers take a jump in 2012
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H2Outfitters Marine and
Sport Repair opened their
doors at 17207 198th Avenue
in the spring of 2009.
The owners Tim and Kara
Schwartz, Big Lake and Bill
Longley, Monticello, started
their business focusing on
the marine repair industry
but have grown. During their
growth, they have expanded
the parts department as well
as offering Dolmar, string
trimmers, hand and back
pack blowers, chainsaws,
chain sharpening and other
small engine services. In the
spring of 2012 the business
grew again taking over as the
areas authorized Strike-
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electronics dealer, Dolmar Power Products sales, service and parts dealer.
The businesses unique type of service they offer is repairing of outboard and I/O
motors, trailer repair and custom boat rigging.
H2 Outfitters received awards for Readers Choice, Best Sporting Goods Store 2013,
Lowrance Certified Dealer, Solo Authorized Service Center, Dolmar Power Products
Authorized Deal, StrikeMaster Certified sales and warrant service center.
The owners plan to continued growth in their business and to improve the services they
provide for their customers and community.
You can reach H2Outfitters at 763-262-2628 or email them at info@h2outfittersma-
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Your Local Business Profiles
HASSAN SAND & GRAVEL, INC.
Hassan Sand & Gravel, Inc. has been doing business at
13530 Willandale Rd. in Rogers, since 1973.
Through the years, their business has evolved from
delivering small loads of fill sand to neighbors in an old
farm truck, to their present day operation which includes
a fleet of 13 trucks.
Hassan Sand & Gravel strives to provide excellent serv-
ice and materials for homeowners, businesses, and con-
tractors with very competitive pricing that assures you get
the most for your money. For your convenience, clean
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If you need help, hassan can provide trucking
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(Submitted photo.)
their pit.
Their business is a 2nd generation family owned by
Kevin Scherber and employs 15 - 20 people during the
construction season. They are proud of their reputation of
honesty and integrity, and they work hard to uphold that
reputation.
You can reach them at 763-428-2393 or e-mail
kevin@HassanSand.com. For more information, please
visit their website at www.HassanSand.com. You can also
find Hassan Sand & Gravel, Inc. on Facebook and follow
them on Twitter @HassanSand. They look forward to
serving you!
Shirlee heitz, owner
and broker associate
with edina realty.
(Submitted photo.)
Chuck heitz, owner
of edina realty - heitz
Group. (Submitted
photo.)
EDINA REALTY - HEITZ GROUP
Edina Realty - Heitz Group at 690 Humboldt Drive, has
been serving Big Lake area buyers and sellers for 27
years.
At Edina Realty, we go beyond the sale, offering a
variety of products and services to enhance your home
buying, selling and ownership experience.
With the unique services sell my home which reports
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2 in Clearwater is a full service drywall, painting and steel
stud framing company.
The owners are LeRoy and Joyce Mehrs.
You can reach them at 763-878-2795 or email them at
Joyce@MeritDrywall.com or check out their website at
www.MeritDrywall.com or facebook: MeritDrywall
Merit Drywall Inc.s showroom, along with crew
members and owners Leroy and Joyce Mehr.
(Submitted photo.)
NEW CENTURY
EXTERIORS, INC.
New Century Exteriors Inc., 171
Lake Street, has been serving Big
Lake and surrounding communities
for 12 years.
The local family business is owned
by Rick & Susie Case. The services
they provide are roofing, siding, gut-
ters and decks for homes and com-
mercial.
A unique roofing material they
offer is a green metal roofing that
looks like a shake or shingle.
New Century Exteriors was fea-
tured in the Metal Roofing magazine.
Rick and Susie plan to continue to
provide professional quality exteriors.
You can reach New Century
Exteriors at 763-262-2594 or email at
ncecase@aol.com or website
www.newcenturyexteriors.net rick and Susie Case at the spring home and garden show at the
Minneapolis Convention Center. (Submitted photo.)
Your Local Business Profiles
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Submitted Article
April is Financial Literacy Month, a
campaign to help focus on our finances
and develop healthy financial habits. One
of the best ways to save moneymonth
after monthis to conserve energy.
Whether its the middle of the hot sum-
mer or the dead of winter, there are sever-
al basic no- or low-cost measures you can
take to conserve energy and decrease your
utility bills:
Use a programmable thermostat to
reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Turn off computers and monitors when
not in use.
P l u g
home elec-
t r o n i c s ,
such as TVs
and DVD
p l a y e r s ,
into power
strips and
turn the
strips off
w h e n
equipment is not in use.
Turn off lights when not in use.
Close your fireplace damper when not in
use.
Take short showers; turn your
hot water heater down to 120
degrees.
Wash only full loads of
dishes and clothes; air dry
when possible.
Replace inefficient incan-
descent light bulbs with
ENERGY STAR rated
compact fluorescent light
bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting
diodes (LEDs).
Look for the ENERGY STAR
label when purchasing new appliances,
lighting, and electronics.
Have a home energy assessment to iden-
tify ways to make your home more energy
efficient (weather-strip doors and win-
dows, seal air leaks, add insulation,
and more).
Go to work via carpool
or vanpool, or use public
transportation.
For more energy-saving
tips, check out the U.S.
Department of Energys
Energy Savers website.
Also, the Division of
Energy Resources offers an
energy guide called
Appliances, Lighting &
Electronics and a fact sheet called
Ten Ways to Save Energy that address
ways to save energy.
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Submitted Article
April is Financial Literacy Month, a
campaign to help focus on our finances
and develop healthy financial habits. One
of the best ways to save moneymonth
after monthis to conserve energy.
Whether its the middle of the hot sum-
mer or the dead of winter, there are sever-
al basic no- or low-cost measures you can
take to conserve energy and decrease your
utility bills:
Use a programmable thermostat to
reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Turn off computers and monitors when
not in use.
P l u g
home elec-
t r o n i c s ,
such as TVs
and DVD
p l a y e r s ,
into power
strips and
turn the
strips off
w h e n
equipment is not in use.
Turn off lights when not in use.
Close your fireplace damper when not in
use.
Take short showers; turn your
hot water heater down to 120
degrees.
Wash only full loads of
dishes and clothes; air dry
when possible.
Replace inefficient incan-
descent light bulbs with
ENERGY STAR rated
compact fluorescent light
bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting
diodes (LEDs).
Look for the ENERGY STAR
label when purchasing new appliances,
lighting, and electronics.
Have a home energy assessment to iden-
tify ways to make your home more energy
efficient (weather-strip doors and win-
dows, seal air leaks, add insulation,
and more).
Go to work via carpool
or vanpool, or use public
transportation.
For more energy-saving
tips, check out the U.S.
Department of Energys
Energy Savers website.
Also, the Division of
Energy Resources offers an
energy guide called
Appliances, Lighting &
Electronics and a fact sheet called
Ten Ways to Save Energy that address
ways to save energy.
Tips to start
composting for
your garden
Submitted Article
It doesnt matter if youre a
gardening novice trying to sup-
plement your dinner table with
some home-grown veggies or
an entrepreneur that earns a liv-
ing off the land, composting is
a simple way to go green and
help save the environment.
You dont have to be an envi-
ronmentalist to compost,
either. Compost, which is
organic matter that has been
decomposed and recycled and
used for fertilizing soil, is great
for your garden and will help
reduce landfill waste. In addi-
tion, composting in your home
garden will help you save
money.
Using compost means your
garden will be more cost-effec-
tive because you will have to
spend less on fertilizers, insec-
ticides, and fungicides for a
given harvest of any crop.
Across the country people
are embracing the concept of
self-sufficiency and prepared-
ness, mini farming any-
where, from rooftop urban gar-
dens to suburban backyards to
larger land plots. Growing food
is easier than ever and com-
posting is a huge part of this
movement.
Guides to fermenting and
vegetable gardening, offers
these gardening tips to get
started on composting:
Composting is a natural form
of recycling, so use food waste,
grass clippings, coffee grounds
and even paper as compost.
Just be sure to shred the paper
first to speed up the process.
Start your compost pile in a
convenient spot, and make sure
it is semi-shaded and well-
drained.
Add bulking agents such as
wood chips to accelerate the
breakdown of organic materi-
als, allowing the finished mate-
rial to fully stabilize and
mature through a curing
process. Add leaves, straw, or
hay along with grass clippings
or green manures for plenty of
bulk.
Each layer should be no
more than two inches so that
the grass clippings or leaves
dont get matted down to form
a layer impermeable to air.
Keep the compost moist.
Either water it yourself or let
rain take care of it. The com-
post should be moist, but not
soaked.
Cover the compost pile to help
retain moisture and heat. This
will also help prevent the com-
post from being over-watered
by the rain.
Turn the compost pile with a
shovel or a fork to aerate the
pile. It is important to water the
pile as you turn it as well.
Turning the pile adds oxygen
to the compost which is neces-
sary to get the most out of your
pile.
Once you add the compost to
your garden, youll be ready to
start planting in two to five
weeks!
You can learn more about
composting, mini farming, and
self-sufficiency at www.Mark
hamFarm.com/mainsite.
Composting is the first easy
step to helping the environment
while growing your own food.
So make the most out of your
garden, and start digging!
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Real Estate taxes for 2013 are due on or before Wed. May 15th. Postmarks are due on or before the 15th, but
a Penalty will be assessed after that date. There is an after hours drop-box by the WEST entrance (door B) of
the Government Center. Questions? Call (763) 765-4350 or 1-800-438-0575
Sherburne County Land Records & Property Information On-Line at www.co.sherburne.mn.us
Property Assessment & Tax Searches (by parcel ID or address) Plats/RLS Search Print Tax Statement
Maps & Aerial Views Property Tax Payment Options County Recorder Land Title Information
Zoning County Ordinances Zoning Building Permits Issued Direct Link to Property/Value & Taxes
The Sherburne County website is continually being updated to give you easy access to a
wide range of information. Everything youve been looking for... right at your fingertips.
Links to State Agency Websites
Links to City & Township Websites
Voting Precinct Boundaries & Polling Places
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Throw open those doors and windows --
there is no better cure for months of winter
than some fresh spring air.
But with spring, comes spring cleaning.
And if the thought of pulling out mops,
buckets and brooms brings on more stress
than serenity, remember that a few tricks
and some great tunes can make cleaning
easier and perhaps even fun.
Set the Mood
There are work playlists, workout
playlists -- why not a cleaning
playlist? Put together some
of your favorite, prefer-
ably upbeat tunes to
motivate you while
youre working
and keep that
music playing
when youre
moving from
room to room.
Give your
nose some sen-
sory motivation
too. Spray a fresh
clean scent to
remind you of
whats to come when
the work is done.
Simplify
The soups, stews and heavy
cooking of winter earn kitchen appliances
everywhere a little tender loving care.
While the task of cleaning accumulated
splatters and stuck-on food residue from of
heavy winter cooking can sound over-
whelming, there are cleansers that can
make the sprucing process a lot less labor-
intensive.
You can clear the cutter of your cabinet
by opting for a cleanser that works on a
variety of surfaces and appliances. For
example, affresh Kitchen & appliance
cleaner and Stainless steel cleaner can be
used on refrigerators, microwaves and
countertops, and wont be too abrasive on
finishes. And unlike ammonia or bleach-
based cleaners, you can simply spray and
wipe down without rinsing.
Renew the Refrigerator
Its easier to clean the fridge with less in
it, so prior to starting, throw out whats
old, pull out what stays and roll up your
sleeves.
Clean door gaskets, racks and drawers
with warm water and mild dish detergent.
Dont forget to clean underneath the
refrigerator and the vent of the appliance.
Proper air flow provides better perform-
ance and optimum efficiency.
Once it's all sparkly clean, admire
your handiwork. Then put your
food back inside before it
spoils.
Maintain
The dishwasher
cleans dishes. What
cleans the dishwash-
er? Dont stress!
Cleaning the dish-
washer may be one
of the easiest tasks
on your checklist.
Just run a normal
wash cycle and add an
easy-to-use tablet, such
as affresh Dishwasher
cleaner, to the bottom of the
tub to help clean and remove
residue.
Likewise, you can clean your washing
machine by running a normal cycle with
hot water and a washer cleaner tablet. A
formulated tablet designed to penetrate,
dissolve and help remove odor-causing
residue from the inside of the machine will
give your washer and your clothes a fresh
scent.
Dont forget to check washer and dryer
drains and pipes for blockages -- such as
lint or the infamous missing sock -- to
improve optimum water and air flow.
Clean the dryer's outside exhaust to help
shorten drying time and decrease energy
use.
For more helpful cleaning tips, visit
www.affresh.com. Youll be out enjoying
the spring weather in no time.
Take the
stress out of
spring cleaning
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Your Local Business Profiles
RAYS ABBEY
CARPET
Rays Abbey Carpet, located at
17000 205th Ave. NW, Big Lake,
MN 55309, has been in business
since 1967.
Owner Manager throughout the
life of the business has been Ray
Sundstrom, a native of Big Lake.
His business provides retail sales
and installation of commercial and
residential carpet, hardwood, lami-
nate, vinyl tiles, vinyl plank and
resilient vinyl.
His firm received the distinction
of Floor Covering Retailer of the
Year in 2004.
You can reach Rays Abbey
Carpet at 763-263-2058,
www.biglake.abbeycarpet.com or
rayscarpet@hotmail.com.
COLBATH UPHOLSTERY SERVICES
Colbath Upholstery Services, located at 18314 Joplin
Street NW, Elk River, was founded by Robert Colbath, in
the early 1960s.
Jeff took over as owner/operator in 1986. The company
has been located in Elk River, near Sherburne County fair-
grounds, since 1996. Our loyal customers seek us out. Our
best form of advertising has always been word-of-mouth.
This time of year, we are busy working on boat interiors
and making custom-fit tops and covers. This is also when
people want to update porch and patio furniture, as well as,
RV and camper interiors. Visit our website for more on
what we can do.
You can reach Colbath Upholstery Services, at 763-241-
1477, FAX 763-269-4086, www.colbathupholstery.com or
e-mail JeffColbath@msn.com or CherylColbath@msn.com
ray Sundstrom of
rays Abbey Carpet.
Jeff Colbath hand tufting an antique sofa.
Spring GuideApril 13, 2013Page 16
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Submitted Article
Spring is here, which means its time to slip those green
thumbs into some gardening gloves.
And if you want to feel truly good about what you grow,
consider upgrading your garden to be more planet-friend-
ly.
Grow Your Own Dinner
Grow the vegetables, herbs and flowers that you would
normally purchase for your dinner and floral arrange-
ments.
Local is more sustainable because it reduces the carbon
footprint associated with transport. And you cant get
more local than your own backyard!
Encourage Pollination
Pollination is crucial for agricultural production and the
health of the ecosystem. Unfortunately, many pollinating
insects are highly susceptible to environmental changes
and have in recent years, suffered major population
decline.
You can help local pollinators thrive by planting a vari-
ety of native species of varying colors and shapes and
reducing your use of pesticides.
Be Bird-Friendly
No garden is truly complete without regular visits from
birds. Encourage flying visitors by installing a feeder and
bird bath.
According to a study published in the Wilson Journal of
Ornithology, billions of birds die annually worldwide
from collisions with windows. So if youre going to send
out the mass invite to these beautiful creatures, dont for-
get to make it hazard-free for their arrival.
Without affecting the appearance of your home, you
can make your windows safer for birds by applying stat-
ic-cling decals. For example, WindowAlert creates decals
that look like frosted glass to people, but brilliantly reflect
UV light for birds. To create a complete visual barrier,
consider filling in the gaps between decals with UV
Liquid dots which are invisible to humans, but visible to
birds.
More information on preventing bird collisions can be
found at www.WindowAlert.com.
Compost
By composting, you will not only reduce your homes
overall waste, youll also create a rich soil that can be
used in your garden to cultivate plants naturally. Be care-
ful what you compost, however. Sawdust from chemical-
ly treated wood, diseased plants, and even walnuts, when
composted, can create soil thats hazardous to both plants
and people.
This spring, make your garden the envy of the neighbor-
How to make your garden
more environmentally friendly
Spring GuideApril 13, 2013Page 17
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May 16 - 18, 2013!
Big Lake City-wide
(ALL ADS MUSt Be PrePAID)
$14 for 15 words, each additional word is 15. Youll
reach over 12,900 homes in Sherburne County.
Garage Sale Kits $2
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Garage Sale signs, balloons, pricing labels,
inventory sheet, mini signs (to receive your kit,
please come to the Tribune).
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bulbs per vehicle), Garden Chemicals, Mercury, Mothballs, Paints, Poison, Pool/Spa Chemicals, Roofing Tar, Sealers, Solvents.
Products not accepted include: Appliances, Asbestos Containing Items, Business Waste, Commercial Waste, Demolition Debris, Drywall Compound, Electronics,
Explosives, Furniture, Household Garbage, Medical Waste, Motor Oil, Filters, Anti-Freeze (See below), Pharmaceutical Waste, Tires, Unknown Items, NO DRUMS.
Unwanted Agricultural Pesticides? Preregistered farmers may bring their unwanted agricultural pesticides to these collection events for free disposal. For transportation
planning purposes, preregistration is required by calling John Exner at 763-765-4466 to inventory the amount of agricultural pesticides being delivered for disposal.
USED Motor OIL Disposal Used Oil, Oil Filters & Anti-Freeze may be delivered to one of seven disposal locations established throughout the County.
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May 7th & 8th 3pm-6pm at Sherburne County Fairgrounds (Enter Across From YMCA)
May 13th from 9am-11am Santiago Town Hall, 16655 20th St.
May 13th 3pm-6pm at Clear Lake Fire Hall (Empty Lot NE of Fire Hall)
May 20th from 3pm-6pm at Becker Public Works Bldg., 12002 Morris St. SE
May 22nd from 3pm-6pm at Baldwin Town Hall, 30239 128th St, Princeton
June 26th from 3pm-6pm at County Public Works, 12950 7th Ave. S., Zimmerman
Sept. 10th & 11th 3pm-6pm at Sherburne County Fairgrounds (Enter Across From YMCA)
Sept. 24th from 3pm-6pm at KJs Refuge Bar & Grill, 26211 184th St SW, Orrock
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few easy tweaks, you can reduce your fam-
ilys waste and create a safe haven for birds
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Submitted Article
If youre building or remodeling your
home, as more Americans are doing
these days, consider a fresh approach to
your lighting both inside and out.
Lighting sets the mood for a space
and illuminates daily activities. A good
lighting design will balance form and
function for beauty, safety and conven-
ience.
To maximize the appearance and
functionality of your rooms and outdoor
spaces, there are several things you
should know before getting started:
Style: Consider your taste and how
your lighting will interact with your
dcor and architecture. Is your style
contemporary, traditional or transition-
al?
If you have heavily ornamented furni-
ture, wallpaper or window dressings,
consider lighting thats cleaner and sim-
pler for a balanced contrast.
The trend today is cleaner and sim-
pler designs, regardless of your style
preference. Keep it simple.
Finish: Todays most popular fixtures
feature lighter colors like polished nick-
el or chrome, and textured or distressed
finishes such as aged bronze.
Layers: Multiple light sources can
minimize glare and shadows, while
adding depth and dimension, so layer
spaces with ambient (overhead), task
and accent lighting. Ceiling fans are a
favorite source of ambient lighting for a
great room or family room.
Functionality: Think about how you
plan to use each space youre lighting.
For example, if your dining room serves
more as a homework and hobby station
than a formal place to gather, youll
want to install a maximum amount of
light. If you entertain there, be sure to
install a dimmer.
Take advantage of the experience and
expertise of a designer, contractor or
lighting professional to help you deter-
mine how your lighting can accommo-
date your daily life.
Dimensions: Pick appropriately sized
lighting fixtures for the size of your
rooms. A good rule of thumb for chan-
deliers is to add the two dimensions of
your room to arrive at a minimum diam-
eter. So a 12x12 room should have a fix-
ture with a minimum diameter of 24
inches and be no larger than the width
of the dining room table.
Energy-efficiency: Consider new light-
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Sunlight: Natural light plays a large role
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Spending time outdoors can recharge
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Whether you have a garden, wood-
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Experts say that one great way to be dis-
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So if youre thinking of redoing your
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There is no way to duplicate nature in a
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Natural stone is quarried from rock beds
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ural wood throughout their homes, they
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Other suggestions consider fiberglass
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entry doors. One door manufacturer,
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woodgrain look.
The company starts by building a wood
door using specific pieces of wood that
have the characteristics they wish to repli-
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wood before casting. The final fiberglass
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real wood doors, but wont split, crack or
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For windows the Decorum by Simonton
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