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The sheep painting visible in this photo holds the original image (flipped) that appears on one of the tiles.  CRAIG MOORHEAD/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
The sheep painting visible in this photo holds the original image (flipped) that appears on one of the tiles. CRAIG MOORHEAD/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
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Monday, September 30, 2013 4:38 AM
"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.

  • 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. 
  • Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties is continuing its newest program called A Brush with Kindness. 
  • Homesteader's cabin has had many roles in its lifetime
    "That log house was used for many things before it came back to being used as a house. First, it was a hog house, then it became a chicken coop, then a calf pen, a bull pen and a birthing house for Holsteins," said Winnie Unnasch, recounting the many incarnations the old homesteader's cabin on their Pilot Mound farm has taken since being moved from its original location. 
  • Spring Valley couple builds new home, downsizes to better fit needs
    Costs to repair their former century-old home and the desire to downsize to better fit their needs led Ronald and Cheryl Bornholdt to purchase a new manufactured home for their farm at 15543 County Road 8, east of Spring Valley last year. 
  • Couple enjoys view from their cabin
    Dale and Sue Scobie of Spring Grove have always wanted a place on high land to build a cabin - a place to view and enjoy nature and its beauty. 
  • Log cabin is dream home for couple
    Heading down Fawn Drive, the red roof first catches your eye. Then the whole home becomes visible, built into the hillside and at one with nature.

    You realize it's a log cabin with a lower level, main level and loft. The porch that sits along the main level provides a wonderful overlook of the Root River valley, as well as a trail cut into the woods to reach the Root River Trail just below the home. 
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