Twin Cities Real Estate Blog

New Vikings Stadium Pairs With U.S. Bank For Naming Rights

The Minnesota Vikings new stadium recently passed the 50% completion mark. 2016 is closer than ever and the Vikings new home is almost ready to host live events. With the stadium really coming together, it was only a matter of time before the naming rights to the new palace were sold to a corporate entity.

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'Sharing and Caring Hands' Will Expand to Help Even More People

Mary Jo Copeland working at Sharing and Caring Hands.

Upon seeing the Sharing and Caring Hands building, an organization that has helped countless lives in the Minneapolis community, demolished by bulldozers, one should frown at the tragic site. But this morning, the destruction comes not with any sort of sadness, but excitement for what is in store for this organization with their huge facility upgrade.

The old builidng's destruciton will make way for an even bigger and brand new facility to help those in need residing in Minneapolis. The $5 million renovation will bring more space for youth centers and even temporay housing to help get families back on their feet. 

Located right next to Target Field, this faith-driven organization has provided the needy in the community with food, clothing, temporary shelter, transportation, and so much more for the past three decades. The old building no longer facilitated the ability to properly serve those coming to their door -- this new facility will pave the way to help more of those who need it. 

“I spent a lot of years there, helping millions of people. Now, I’m going to miss my building” said founder Mary Jo Copeland, 72, who has earned national and local accolades for her charity work. “But I’m happy we’re building.”

The new facility is set to open mid-summer and will have family size housing, new children and teen centers and much more space to accommodate all those coming through their doors. During the construction of the new building, no homeless families were displaced -- all good news. 

The next chapter for this facility will surely be bright as they seek to improve the Minneapolis community one person at a time. ...

Get Ready for '612 Brew Fest'

Besides the beauty of green growth and the warmth that spring brings, for Minnesotans it also means a plethora of great outdoor events to enjoy. On May 15th and 16th, the 612 Brew Art Music and Beer festival will be in full swing as part of the Art-A-Whirl festivities in Northeast Minneapolis. The event is open to the public and best of all, free. 

This event features a ton of live music for visitors to enjoy as well as an open studio which showcases the works of three talented local artists. 

On Friday evening, five bands will be featured with Saturday hosting eight bands -- some of the headlining acts are: Loons in the Attic, July Fighter, Nathan Miller and Ash St. John. 

With all this entertainment, visitors are bound to get hungry -- to remidy that, six tasty food trucks will be on site. And to wash it all down, there is going to be plenty of beer. 612 Brewery will be serving its five most popular beers during the festivities. 

To find more information, check out 612 Brewery's website

Image courtesy of: 612 Brewery 

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MLS Awards Minnesota a Professional Soccer Franchise

The MLS announced today they would be awarding Minnesota with an expansion team in 2018. The young sports league is growing fast, and Minnesota is the latest addition. MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced at a press coference at Target Field in Minneapolis the news that is sure to make Minnesota soccer fans ripe with glee. 

Garber made the announcement alongside Minnesota United (a minor league soccer team) owner Bill McGuire, one of the biggest proponents for the pro soccer franchise. At the announcement, Garber said the Minnesota soccer market had the "perfect recipe for success" for the MLS. 

Now, the team and the state needs to figure out their plan for a stadium. Many residents of this state scoff at the notion of publically funding yet another sports stadium, especiailly in the wake of the Vikings new billion dollar facility.

Governor Mark Dayton spoke on the funding of a potential new stadium: 

“They need to fully realize that this is something they’re going to have to pay for out of their own private resources.”

The new MLS team plans to focus their efforts on a spot in Minneapolis near the Farmer's Market. McGuire has many partners in this MLS venture, including the Minnesota Twins owners, the Pohlad family and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. 

This franchise will slowly come to fruition in the coming years, leaving the thousands and thousands of soccer fans in the state with a smile on their face for what is in store. 

Photo courtesy of: MLS

 

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Turbo Tax Suspension on Minnesota Lifted

On Saturday afternoon Minnesota taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief -- last week, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced they would not accept Turbo Tax prepared returns because of an apparent security breach of the very popular tax software. Over the weekend the MN Department of Revenue stated they would allow residents of the state to again use the software for their 2014 tax returns. 

Two Minnesota residents reported their taxes already being filed on Turbo Tax, leading many to believe the tax software had been breached. But after checking their system, Intuit, the manufacturer of the software Turbo Tax, claimed their system was not breached and they believe the personal data was stolen elsewhere. 

Because Turbo Tax is such an inexpensive and easy method of filing taxes, this news of Turbo Tax's reinstatement in Minnesota means many residents can easily take care of their taxes before the April deadline. Users of the software can take comfort knowing that Turbo Tax is still safe and effective, and that Intuit "implemented new and targeted security measures." 

Tax season is never fun or easy -- but for those who use Turbo Tax, it just got a little easier. 

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Minnesota Couple's Epic Christmas Tree Goes Viral

Around the holiday season, there are definitely those who get into the Christmas spirit more than any of us can imagine -- Jon and Brittni Wawra from Greenfield, MN, are two of those type of people. The not only set up a massive, 10 foot Christmas tree in their living room, but they decorated it with over 7,000 lights and then set up a system to control all the lights electronically to coordinate with popular music from 2014. 

They posted their tree flashing to music on YouTube and now it has over two million views -- this will definitley put them on Santa's "nice" list for spreading so much Christmas cheer! 

Jon has a computer engineering background which set him up to make such a marvelous tree. He is a modern day Clark Griswold, but with a lot more flare. Their video is gaining steam across the country and bringing a bit of noteriety to Minnesota's celebration of Christmas. 

Photo via: YouTube Screenshot 

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Two Minnesota Teens Honored For Saving Fishermen

In Minnesota, ice fishing is a huge deal. For those who partake in the recreational activity, falling through thin ice is always a fear. For fishermen Bruce Halvorson and Paul Monahan, that fear became a reality on Long Lake when the pair broke through the ice and were unable to pull themselves out of the water. 

Thankfully, two Minnesota teenagers, Cody Clements and Alex Stark, both 16-year-olds, heard the fishermen's cries for help and promotly ran to the source of the pleas for help. Stark used a shovel to help one man out of the freezing water, while Clements used a rope from his portable ice house to save the other. 

For their heroic efforts, both teens were presented with citizens' awards for bravery by Long Lake Fire Chief James Van Elyll. 

Without these two teens acting fast, this story would have definitely ended tragically. 

Photo courtesy of: Petritap 

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Carrie Underwood Set for the 2015 State Fair

The 2015 Minnesota State Fair is shaping up to be magical for country music fans, specifically those who love country music superstar Carrie Underwood. The beautiful singer with the powerful voice will play a concert at the famous Grandstand come next fall. 

Who is Carrie Underwood? Come on, seriously? She is only one of the most successful musicians of the past decade, after winning American Idol in 2005. Since then she has won six Grammys, has more than 64 million worldwide record sales and 18 number one singles. Her accolades don't stop there -- and come August 2015 Minnesotans will be able to soak in all this superstar has to offer. 

Even though us Minnesotans can hardly fathom the warmth of an August evening, fans of Underwood will need to be ready to get their tickets for her 2015 State Fair concert (set for Saturday, August 29th) in the coming week -- tickets go on sale December 15th and are priced from $50-$65. Fans can buy tickets at the fairgrounds themselves, visit http://www.mnstatefair.org/, etix.com, or call (800) 514-3849.

Even though I myself won't be attending the concert, just the fact that I will be in the same state as the wondrous Carrie Underwood, even if for just one day, I consider that a win. 

Photo by: MrHairyKnuckles 

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Minnesota Named Top Ten For Business in U.S.

Minnesota was ranked the ninth best overall state in the union by Forbes magazine. The ranking only means good things for Minnesota, which was put in the top ten for the second year in a row (though in 2013, the state was ranked eighth overall). 

The gross state product for 2013 was $312 billion, something that factored into the 2014 top ten ranking. The magazine ranked the states on a total of 36 factors, from economic climate to business costs to labor supply. 

Forbes cites Minnesota's great quality of life and strong economic climate as the main reasons for the excellent ranking. The quality of life in the state is measured by the health of the state's citizens, the low poverty rate and the well regarded schools. Though, quality of life surely doesn't measure the frigid temperatues in December and February as a factor. 

The state is home to the headquarters of companies like Target, General Mills, 3M and Medtronic. With a 92.4% percentage of adults with a high school degree, the state has has the fourth highest in the country. 

Minnesota continues to be a strong economic hub for the midwest region which bodes well for all the citizens of this great state. 

Photo by: Matthew Deery 

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Mall of America Set to Double in Size

Did you know the Mall of America is drastically expanding? In the coming years, the MOA will more than double in size. Yes, you heard that correctly, the massive mall is going to double!

With the latest addition, Radisson Blu, the top-notch hotel connected to the mega mall, the MOA is set to expand by leaps and bounds in the coming decade.

A ‘Class-A’ office building will soon be connected to the MOA's north entrance, making a fantastic location for businesses who want to be near the airport, close to plenty of amenities, and be set up in brand new office space.

The first phase of the coming expansion will add on another hotel, more mall space by adding another mammoth atrium, and even an expansion to “Underwater World.” The sea life aquarium will see a $2 million addition, a 15,000 gallon sting ray exhibit which allows visitors to touch the many creatures of the sea.

All this growth plays in tandem with the upcoming Super Bowl that will be hosted in the state in 2018 – though the MOA’s expansion isn’t tied directly to the world event, with the media spotlight on the Twin Cities, having an even larger mall that will amaze all the visitors seems like a worthwhile upgrade. 

Photo courtesy of: DLR Group 

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