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Lake Home and Cabin Kit.

The new Lake Home and Cabin kit from the U of M Extension Service is currently available for $29.99.

Extension info kit offers advice for lake home and cabin owners

Published on April 27, 2005

The University of Minnesota Extension Service unveils its new Lake Home and Cabin Kit at the 2005 Minneapolis Lake Home and Cabin Show.

Lake homes and cabins are a way of life in Minnesota. This land of 10,000 lakes has more than 120,000 seasonal cabin owners and thousands of people who live year-round in a lake home.

On April 29-30 and May 1, the Lake Home and Cabin Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center will feature products, services, activities, and events covering almost every aspect of lake and cabin ownership and the lake and cabin lifestyle. The University of Minnesota Extension Service will have a booth at the show, staffed by experts in forestry, septic, housing, water, and environmental education. So if you have a nagging question related to lake and cabin living, now's your chance to get an answer.

"People in Minnesota care deeply about their state's lakes and forests," says Bob Stine, associate dean of the College of Natural Resources. "They want to do what's right for the environment [and] that's why Extension will be at this show. We want to help people learn what they can do to keep Minnesota's natural areas healthy."

In addition to experts--such as forestry educators who can show you the best way to plant and prune your trees and water resource educators who will show you how to improve the quality of your lake or river--the Extension booth will feature check various interactive displays. Among them are a 3-D map of Minnesota, a DVD show on home ventilation, and a working model of a septic tank.

Kit solutions

To order the Lake Home and Cabin Kit online, see You can also place an order by phone 1-800-876-8636 or visit the U of M Bookstores. Kit sales support natural resources education and research.

Extension will also promote its newest product, The Lake Home and Cabin Kit, at its booth during the show. The kit contains 50 flash cards with information on environmentally responsible practices you can follow to protect your cabin, trees, and the lakes-for example, you'll get answers on how to maintain septic systems and prevent run off from landscaping or construction damage to trees. Blank cards are also included in the kit for you to note pertinent information about the property and important contacts. The kit cost $29.99 during the show; the regular price is $34.99.

The Lake Home and Cabin Show will be held in the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, April 29, from 2 pm to 9 pm; Saturday April 30, from 10 am to 9 pm; and Sunday, May 1, from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets, which are available at the entrance, are $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-15.

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