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How important is the design of my website?


By Michelle Haugerud

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

First impressions are very important. Whether a customer is stopping into your business, calling you on the phone or visiting your website, the design of your website should directly reflect what your business is and offers. Can users access and find important information easily? The layout and website navigation is just as important as the colors, fonts and images used. The first page will either engage visitors to explore more or if they are unsure what your business offers or if the website is unorganized, they will probably hit the back key and look at the next website on the list. Website templates are a quick and cheap way to create a website, but you are very limited on the overall design, colors and content layout. Consider a custom designed website that is built specifically for your business and branding. Many web developers are good at the technical skill needed to create a website, but they may not have much design skill. Make sure you hire someone who is skilled in both. Your website is another form of marketing your business and users can visit anytime.

A landscape design will save you money

By Peggi J. Redalen

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Planning, ingenuity and patience will help keep green in your wallet as well as your yard. Avoid costly mistakes: Really think about how you're going to use your outdoor space for the long run. Know when it is time for a change: Old, overgrown planti ..... 
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What are the benefits of using ICF’s for my basement?

By Lyndon Lee

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Using ICF’s offer many advantages over regular poured concrete or masonry block basement walls. Having thick insulation with built in furring strips that are already attached to a solid concrete core on each side of the wall has many benefits. The ..... 
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To Survey or not to Survey?

By Chad Garteski

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

A very common question I hear from both sellers and buyers of land is whether or not they should have a survey? The quick and easy answer is yes. However, there are a number of things that should be considered before ordering the survey because in mo ..... 
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Is it true that the Fillmore County Journal is networked to nearly all daily and weekly newspapers and shoppers in the Midwest?

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Yes, the Fillmore County Journal is a member of the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA), Minnesota Free Paper Association (MFPA) and Midwest Free Community Papers (MFCP). As benefit of our membership to each of these organizations, we have access ..... 
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Older Cars:

By Scott Brunsvold

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Recently, I have seen an influx of older vehicles being traded in, some of these with low miles. In some instances I am able to give a suprisingly generous trade-in value and in others just salvage value. Why is that? The one thing on older vehicles ..... 
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Is the State of Minnesota increasing their estate tax exemption?

By Jennifer Gumbel

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Yes. For many years the State of Minnesota had an estate tax exemption of $1 million. That sounds like a lot of money, but with the increase in tillable land prices, many farmers are finding themselves land-millionaires. The problem is that the cash ..... 
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Forage Management

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

By Dan Bergin, Dairy Nutritionist 507-313-8844 dvbergin@landolakes.com Those who didn't pass up the good weather and got their first hay cutting in were rewarded with great quality. I've tested a lot ..... 
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Can we get divorced while waiting for our house to sell?

By Matt Kirkpatrick

Tue, May 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

The simple answer is “yes.” However, the attorney answer is “yes, but…” A house bought during the marriage is an asset subject to division. If you and your spouse agree that neither of you will keep the house and the house must be sold, ..... 
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