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Local Business Owners Talk Shop in Maple Grove | Donato’s Floral, LeVahn Bros. Plumbing, Juniper Clothing | Maple Grove Magazine


LeVahn Brothers Plumbing Donato's Floral and Juniper clothing Talking Shop

We all shop in Maple Grove, but what is it like on the other side of the counter? We talked with three Maple Grove business owners who, as it turns out, hold similar views on what it means to be entrepreneurial and to serve our community.

Local Business Owners Talk Shop in Maple Grove | Donato’s Floral | Maple Grove Magazine.

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Minnesota is a hotbed for radioactive gas radon | StarTribune.com


  • Minnesota is a hotbed for radioactive gas radon | StarTribune.com.
  • Here’s a news story from Star Tribune about how prevalent Radon Gas is in Minnesota. It’s incredibly easy to test your home yourself to find out if you have a problem with radon. I tested my home last year with a First Alert test kit that I got from our hardware store. The test kit includes instructions that were very easy to follow. I placed my tester out in a specific spot based off of the instructions and sealed it up 24 hours later. I received my test results after 2 1/2 weeks that indicated that I had low levels of Radon present.

    Gas Leak detector Radon Test kit First Alert Easy radon test Cheap economical hardware store mail in EPA listed Lab test included

    First Alert Radon Test Kit Available from LeVahn Brothers Plumbing and Hardware

My levels were low enough that I didn’t need to do anything. It gave me peace of mind to know that I wasn’t poisoning my kids, wife or myself with radon in my home. I highly recommend getting a test or having your home professionally tested if you have serious worries and want more immediate results.

If you are wondering if the neighborhood that you live in is a hot bed for radon the Star Tribune has a page that allows you to enter your zip code and it will let you know how many cases of radon have been reported in that area.  It will also tell you how that compares to the national average. According to the Star Tribune Minnesota has some of the highest radon concentrations in the country. I entered the Zip code of where the hardware store is located and it indicated that in Maple Grove 55369 just over 34% of the homes tested had unsafe levels of radon present. In Maple Grove 55311 27% of homes tested had unsafe levels. Plymouth Zip code 55442 also was above 27%.  Plymouth 55441 had over 41% of homes tested above unsafe levels of radon.  Here’s the link to that web page if you want to check out your neighborhood:

http://www.startribune.com/local/190270511.html

 

Radioactive gas a Minnesota health risk | StarTribune.com


Every 25 minutes, a person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. But the risk is largely preventable.

More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas, and state health officials say every home should be tested. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared January “Radon Action Month” in Minnesota. Public health agencies and the Minnesota Department of Health are giving 8,000 radon test kits to residents at low or no cost. Find info on the MDH website.

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year. Radon reduction systems can be installed in homes.

Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so the only way for homeowners to know if their home has radon is to test. Most test kits are priced under $20 and available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories. Discounted test kits can also be purchased online at http://www.radon.com.

via Radioactive gas a Minnesota health risk | StarTribune.com.

If you want to purchase a kit today you can buy them at LeVahn Bros Hardware and Plumbing in Maple Grove. We carry the First Alert Radon test kits ($17.99). They are very easy to use. The kits cost also includes the lab testing and the cost of shipping the test materials. I tested my house last year shortly after we moved in and got my results back in about 3 weeks. We did not have dangerous levels of radon but doing the test gave me peace of mind about my house.

First Alert Radon Test Kit

First Alert Radon Test Kit

 

 

Fall lawn care practices may be different this year : Extension news : University of Minnesota Extension


Here is an article from the University of Minnesota Extension about our drought conditions in Minnesota and what to do about your lawn and garden this fall.

Fall lawn care practices may be different this year

Media Contact: Catherine Dehdashti, University of Minnesota Extension, office 612-625-0237, cell 651-329-2427,ced@umn.edu

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/18/2012) —Fall is the preferred time for many important lawn care practices. From fertilization and weed control, to aeration and seeding, there is no better time for cool-season turfgrass maintenance in the Midwest. But this year is different, according to University of Minnesota Extension turfgrass educator Sam Bauer.

“The lack of precipitation in August has caused many of our Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, or fine fescue lawns to turn brown and cease growing,” said Bauer. “In order for your lawn to recover, you will need to begin irrigating regularly.” This means more than just one or two cycles, but enough water to wet the root zone sufficiently to sustain turfgrass health.

If your lawn is stressed from lack of moisture, typical fall maintenance practices that have been recommended in the past may add additional stress. “Concentrate more this fall on creating the best possible growing environment for your turfgrass, and you will reap the benefits during next year’s growing season,” said Bauer.

Here are some tips from Bauer for drought-stressed lawns:

  • Aerate after the lawn’s health has been restored. While aeration is a great fall practice, it further stresses drought-stressed turf and may actually cause the lawn quality to decline.
  • Don’t dethatch or use a vertical mower. This process tears turfgrass leaves and crowns, and should only be conducted when the lawn is healthy.
  • Don’t spray herbicides on a brown lawn. Systemic and contact herbicides used for weed control are more effective when weeds are actively growing.
  • Choose fertilizer sources with at least half of the nitrogen component present in the slow release form. High rates of quick release nitrogen fertilizers can have negative effects on drought-stressed turf. There is also a greater potential for environmental loss of nitrogen when the lawn is not actively growing.
  • Raise the mowing height and mow less frequently to encourage turfgrass recovery.
  • Maintain soil moisture to promote turfgrass recovery.
  • Spot seed and fertilize thin, weak areas with a high-quality turfgrass seed mixture.
  • Perform a soil test to determine fertilizer requirements of phosphorus and potassium.

For more information on lawn care, visit www.extension.umn.edu/turfgrass

Fall lawn care practices may be different this year : Extension news : University of Minnesota Extension.

Is Your Lawn Fertilizer Killing Your Trees?


 

Tree Damage on a Norway spruce

Last year there was an outbreak of dying spruce trees in the upper mid-west. It appears that the culprit is a new herbicide that is being used mostly by commercial lawn care services called Imprelis. Imprelis is manufactured by Dupont Inc. (Here’s a  link to Dupont’s Imprelis damage claims webpage)  It does a fantastic job of killing dandelions and other broadleaf weeds as well as other hard to kill weeds such as creeping charlie. However, there was an unfortunate side effect in which trees were also absorbing the weed killer and  for some varieties of trees it was doing severe damage to the tree. The trees that seem to be affected the most are Norway spruce and white pine trees. Other varieties of conifers are also effected as well. There are tell tale signs of injury that include twisting of new growth shoots and browning of needles especially towards the tops of the affected trees. The pictures above  and below are taken from the University of Minnesota Extension’s web page.

Imprelis Damage: Twisting Shoots

If you have damage to a tree there isn’t much you can do. The only advice given at this point is to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible and keep the tree from any additional stress. Because of the browning needles the first instinct of many home owner is to assume that the tree needs water. This can lead to over-watering and cause additional stress leading to additional damage to the tree. Water the tree when it’s dry but make sure not to over-water.  Dupont also suggests avoiding fertilizing the tree for at least one year. Be sure not to compost or spread grass clippings treated with Imprelis anywhere that they could do harm to additional trees.  Lastly, you should contact your lawn care company and ask them what they are using for fertilizer and report to them the suspected damage.  Unfortunately, it appears that at this point it is a wait and see approach. Trees may be able to correct the damage themselves or they may suffer long-term effects from the damage or even die.

At this point it does not appear that there is any link to the harm of the trees and fertilizer (like Scotts) sold at retail stores. You may also want to consider using a more natural fertilizer that is less chemically based. You can also help your lawn naturally by not bagging your grass clippings. By leaving the clippings on the lawn the decaying clippings will naturally feed nutrients back into the lawn. Everything I’ve read so far states that Imprelis is only found in commercial herbicides. You can still use granular or liquid fertilizers and herbicides found at retail outlets such as our hardware store in Maple Grove.

Additional helpful links for more information about Imprelis:

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Dupont’s page for care of stressed trees treated with Imprelis

Michigan State Extension’s page for A homeowner’s guide to Imprelis herbicide injury to landscape tree

University Of Minnesota Extensions page for Imprelis:

New Turfgrass Herbicide Linked to Injury on Some Spruces, Pines and Other Landscape Plants : Yard and Garden News : University of Minnesota Extension.

LeVahn Bros Hardware and Plumbing can be found in the Bass Lake Shopping Center at 12700 Bass Lake Rd. in Maple Grove, Minnesota

For more information we can be contacted at 763-553-1222

We can be found online at levahnbros.com and on Facebook as well at http://www.facebook.com/levahnbrothers

Appliance Parts Now Available Through LeVahn Bros. INC


Order parts online

LeVahn Brothers Plumbing and Hardware in Maple Grove is proud to announce the availability of parts for appliance, home electronics, outdoor equipment, barbecue, and hearth parts. Contact us or go straight to the website by clicking this link: Partscription. We now have over 8 million parts available to us that cover hundreds of makes and models.

For more Information contact us at 763-553-1222

Stop in and see us at 12700 Bass Lake Road Maple Grove, Mn 55369

Find us on the web at levahnbros.com and at http://www.facebook.com/levahnbrothers

We have appliance parts available to us for the following manufacturers:

A Acros, Admiral, Alliance, Amana, Arkla, Avanti

B- Bertazzoni, Bissel, Bosch, Broan Nutone, Broil King

C Cadet, Caloric, Char-Broil, Comfort Aire, Conquest, Coolerator, Cornelious, Crosley, Crystal Tips

D Dacor, Dormont, Ducane, Dundas-Jafine, Dynasty

E Electrolux, Elenco, Embraco, Estate, Ez-Flo

F Fiesta, Fisher & Paykel, Fridiaire

G Gaffers & Sattler, Gaggenau, General, General Electric, Gibson, Glenwood, Grand, Greenwald Industries

H Haier, Hampton Bay, Hardwick, Holiday, Hoover, Hot Point, Huebsch

I International

J Jade, Jenn-Air, Jordan, Julien

K Kelvinator, Kenmore, Kirkland, KitchenAid, Koblenz

L

M Magic Chef, Maytag, Menu, Master, Modern, Maid, Monogram

N Napoleon, Norcold, NuTone

O OKeefe & Merritt

P Philco

Q

R Rainfresh, RCA, Revco, Robinair, Roper, Royal

S Samsung, Shepherd, Siemens, Speed Queen, Speedqueen, Sterling, Sub Zero, Sunbeam, Sunray

T Tappan, Thermador, Thermos

U Universal

V Vermont Casting, Vesta

W Waste King, Weber, Welbilt, West Bend, WhirlPool, White Westinghouse, Wilshire, Wolf

XYZ

We have home electronics parts available for the following manufactures:

A- ADC, Advent, Acer, Aiphone, AIM, Aiwa, Akai, Akro-Mils, Alpine, Altec Lansing, Ambico, Antenna Craft, APC, Apex Digital, Apple, Audiovox

B- B & K, Bazooka, Belden, Bogen, Bosch, Bose, Boston, Brady, Broksonic, Brother, Bussman, ButtKicker

C- Cambridge, Canare, Cannon, Casio, Channel Master, Chemtronics, Chipquick, Clarion, Compaq, Computer, Connex, Crescent Tools

D- Daewoo, Delkin, Devices, Dell, Denon Electronics, Discwasher, Duracell

E Eazypower, Eclipse tools, Edsyn, E-Machine, Emerson, energizer, Epson, Eveready

F- Fisher, Fluke, Fuji, Funai

G- GC, Gateway, General Electric, Goldstar

H- Hakko, Harman/Kardon, HiCapacity, Hisense, Hitachi, Howard Sams, Hewlett Packard

I- IBM, Ideal, Infinity, InFocus, Insignia

J- JBL, Jensen, JTT, JVC

K- Kenwood, Kester, Kings, Kodak, Konica, Minolta

L- LeadeKossr, Lexmark, LG, Linksys, Lufkin Tools, Luxo

M- Madison Cable, MagLite, Magnavox, Master, Maxent, Metro/DataVac, Middle Atlantic,  Miracle Remote, Monster Cable, Motorola, Mueller, Multicore

N- NEC, Neutrik, Nite-Ize, NTE

O- Okidata, Olympus, Onkyo, Orion

P- Paladin Tools, Pan, Pacific, Panasonic  Panavise, Panduit, Philip, Philmore, Pioneer, Platt Luggage, Polaroid, Products/Datatel  Progressive Electronics

Proscan, Protek, Proview, Polk Audio

Q- Quasar, Quest Technology

R- Radio Design Labs, Razor, RCA, Recoton, RTS

S- Samsung, Sanyo/Fisher, Sector, Sencore, Sennheiser, Sharp, Shure, SimpleTech, Sony Parts & Accessories, Sony Pro Audio, Sony Recording Media, Switchcraft

T- Tech Spray, Techwood, Technics, Telex, Test-Um Inc, Toshiba, Thomson Exact Semiconductors, Toshiba America Imaging Systems, TPI, Tripplite

U- Ungar

V- Velleman, VeriFone, VDC, Video Mount Products, ViewSonic, Viore, Vivitek, Vizio

W- Wavetek, Weller, Wiha, Winegard

XYZ-  XCelite, Yamaha, Zenith

We  have Lawn & Garden equipment parts available for the following manufacturers:

A- Agri-Fab, Aircap, Atlas,  AutoSock, AYP/EHP/Electrolux

B- Bobcat/Bunton/Ryan, Briggs & Stratton, Brown Manufacturing

C- Champion, Classen

D- Dana (Foote)

E- ESA, Engine Service Association, E3

F- 

G- Gardenway, General Power, Generac

H- Honda Engines, Husqvarna, Hydro Gear, Hy-Pro

I- 

J-

K- Kohler

L- Little Wonder

M- Mantis, Maruyama, McCulloch, MTD/Yardman, Murray

N- N2, NGK, Noma

O- Oregon, OEP Parts

P- Peerless, Poulan, Poulan, Pro

Q- 

R- Robin Subaru, Ryobi (IDC)

S- SnowSport, Stanley, Swisher

T- Tecumseh, Thermoid, Troy-Bilt

U- Walbro

V-

W- Weedeater, Windsor, Whit

XYZ-

Kitchen Remodel: Zen Meditation Center


LeVahn Plumbing

Another Kitchen Remodel that was done along with Sawdust Memories for the Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN

Via Sawdust Memories

Kitchen Remodel, MN Zen Meditation Center, Minneapolis, MN

Working with volunteers in the demo stage. The Zen Center kitchen is getting a facelift. New cabinets, ceiling, floor, counter tops and a custom-made large sink.

via Interiors.

Kitchen Remodel: Zen Meditation Center Minneapolis

Kitchen Remodel: Custom sink at the Zen Meditation Center Minneapolis

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