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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. ...

'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. 

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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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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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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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Thanksgiving Day Activities

 

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. That day and those following are always filled with events to check out around the Twin Cities. While Thanksgiving is usually about family, food and football, the day can feature less traditional activities. Most are closed on Thanksgiving, but the Twin Cities offers plenty to do on the busy day.

The Depot in Minneapolis has a gorgeous ice skating rink that will host guests on Turkey Day. The rink opens November 23rd if you can't wait that long.

The Mall of America hosts a 5k Walk to End Hunger Thursday morning, before any lavish turkey dinner. The annual Life Time Fitness Turkey Day 5k kicks off from downtown Minneapolis in the morning as well. So, you can't do both, you'd have to pick one marathon or the other.

Phalen Park in St. Paul has over a million Christmas lights and lively displays from November 23rd until January 1st. Thanksgiving Day could finish perfectly, segueing nicely into Christmas.

And of course, you could spend the waning hours of Thanksgiving in line waiting for deals on merchandise early morning Black Friday. Bundle up!

 

 

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Thanksgiving Day Activities

 

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. That day and those following are always filled with events to check out around the Twin Cities. While Thanksgiving is usually about family, food and football, the day can feature less traditional activities. Most are closed on Thanksgiving, but the Twin Cities offers plenty to do on the busy day.

The Depot in Minneapolis has a gorgeous ice skating rink that will host guests on Turkey Day. The rink opens November 23rd if you can't wait that long.

The Mall of America hosts a 5k Walk to End Hunger Thursday morning, before any lavish turkey dinner. The annual Life Time Fitness Turkey Day 5k kicks off from downtown Minneapolis in the morning as well. So, you can't do both, you'd have to pick one marathon or the other.

Phalen Park in St. Paul has over a million Christmas lights and lively displays from November 23rd until January 1st. Thanksgiving Day could finish perfectly, segueing nicely into Christmas.

And of course, you could spend the waning hours of Thanksgiving in line waiting for deals on merchandise early morning Black Friday. Bundle up!

 

 

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Otsego- A Growing River City for Young Families

Otsego is a former agricultural city that has grown into a thriving area for young families in mind just 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is uniquely situated along the Mississppi River bordering the north and east banks of the river. It's easy acess to I-94 and State Highway 10 allows for a quick commute to both Minneapolis and St. Cloud. Otsego conveys a country atmosphere while still having the benefits of a suburban lifestyle.

Otsego is a young city as it was only incorporated from a township to a city just a short 21 years ago in 1990. When Otsego officially became a city back in 1990, the population was 5,218 and there were 1,558 households within the community. The recent 2010 U.S. Census has reflected significant growth since 1990 with a population of 13,571 made up of 4,736 households. The average household size has decreased from 3.27 persons per household in 1990 to 2.86 in 2010, reflecting the overall national trend with a change from agricultural areas to growing communities with young families.

Otsego offers a multitude of affordable housing options throughout its' city limits. Many of the housing subdivisions have been carefully designed with young families in mind. There are many townhomes, twin homes, and single family homes throughout each subdivision that have close proximity to city parks, schools, shopping, golfing, and other recreational amenities. Otsego is also part of the excellent Elk River School District. And the popular Riverwood National Golf Course is one of Otsego's newest courses.

Martin Farms is one of the largest and most unique subdivisions with a community owned swimming pool, basketball court, gazebo, soccer fields, bike/walking trails, playground and picnic area. The development offers several different builders to choose from and the homes are built in harmony to blend with the natural surroundings of the wetlands and woodlands.

For more information on Otsego real estate, please contact ...

Otsego- A Growing River City for Young Families

Otsego is a former agricultural city that has grown into a thriving area for young families in mind just 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is uniquely situated along the Mississppi River bordering the north and east banks of the river. It's easy acess to I-94 and State Highway 10 allows for a quick commute to both Minneapolis and St. Cloud. Otsego conveys a country atmosphere while still having the benefits of a suburban lifestyle.

Otsego is a young city as it was only incorporated from a township to a city just a short 21 years ago in 1990. When Otsego officially became a city back in 1990, the population was 5,218 and there were 1,558 households within the community. The recent 2010 U.S. Census has reflected significant growth since 1990 with a population of 13,571 made up of 4,736 households. The average household size has decreased from 3.27 persons per household in 1990 to 2.86 in 2010, reflecting the overall national trend with a change from agricultural areas to growing communities with young families.

Otsego offers a multitude of affordable housing options throughout its' city limits. Many of the housing subdivisions have been carefully designed with young families in mind. There are many townhomes, twin homes, and single family homes throughout each subdivision that have close proximity to city parks, schools, shopping, golfing, and other recreational amenities. Otsego is also part of the excellent Elk River School District. And the popular Riverwood National Golf Course is one of Otsego's newest courses.

Martin Farms is one of the largest and most unique subdivisions with a community owned swimming pool, basketball court, gazebo, soccer fields, bike/walking trails, playground and picnic area. The development offers several different builders to choose from and the homes are built in harmony to blend with the natural surroundings of the wetlands and woodlands.

For more information on Otsego real estate, please contact ...

Otsego- A Growing River City for Young Families

Otsego is a former agricultural city that has grown into a thriving area for young families in mind just 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is uniquely situated along the Mississppi River bordering the north and east banks of the river. It's easy acess to I-94 and State Highway 10 allows for a quick commute to both Minneapolis and St. Cloud. Otsego conveys a country atmosphere while still having the benefits of a suburban lifestyle.

Otsego is a young city as it was only incorporated from a township to a city just a short 21 years ago in 1990. When Otsego officially became a city back in 1990, the population was 5,218 and there were 1,558 households within the community. The recent 2010 U.S. Census has reflected significant growth since 1990 with a population of 13,571 made up of 4,736 households. The average household size has decreased from 3.27 persons per household in 1990 to 2.86 in 2010, reflecting the overall national trend with a change from agricultural areas to growing communities with young families.

Otsego offers a multitude of affordable housing options throughout its' city limits. Many of the housing subdivisions have been carefully designed with young families in mind. There are many townhomes, twin homes, and single family homes throughout each subdivision that have close proximity to city parks, schools, shopping, golfing, and other recreational amenities. Otsego is also part of the excellent Elk River School District. And the popular Riverwood National Golf Course is one of Otsego's newest courses.

Martin Farms is one of the largest and most unique subdivisions with a community owned swimming pool, basketball court, gazebo, soccer fields, bike/walking trails, playground and picnic area. The development offers several different builders to choose from and the homes are built in harmony to blend with the natural surroundings of the wetlands and woodlands.

For more information on Otsego real estate, please contact ...

Otsego- A Growing River City for Young Families

Otsego is a former agricultural city that has grown into a thriving area for young families in mind just 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is uniquely situated along the Mississppi River bordering the north and east banks of the river. It's easy acess to I-94 and State Highway 10 allows for a quick commute to both Minneapolis and St. Cloud. Otsego conveys a country atmosphere while still having the benefits of a suburban lifestyle.

Otsego is a young city as it was only incorporated from a township to a city just a short 21 years ago in 1990. When Otsego officially became a city back in 1990, the population was 5,218 and there were 1,558 households within the community. The recent 2010 U.S. Census has reflected significant growth since 1990 with a population of 13,571 made up of 4,736 households. The average household size has decreased from 3.27 persons per household in 1990 to 2.86 in 2010, reflecting the overall national trend with a change from agricultural areas to growing communities with young families.

Otsego offers a multitude of affordable housing options throughout its' city limits. Many of the housing subdivisions have been carefully designed with young families in mind. There are many townhomes, twin homes, and single family homes throughout each subdivision that have close proximity to city parks, schools, shopping, golfing, and other recreational amenities. Otsego is also part of the excellent Elk River School District. And the popular Riverwood National Golf Course is one of Otsego's newest courses.

Martin Farms is one of the largest and most unique subdivisions with a community owned swimming pool, basketball court, gazebo, soccer fields, bike/walking trails, playground and picnic area. The development offers several different builders to choose from and the homes are built in harmony to blend with the natural surroundings of the wetlands and woodlands.

For more information on Otsego real estate, please contact ...

Otsego- A Growing River City for Young Families

Otsego is a former agricultural city that has grown into a thriving area for young families in mind just 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is uniquely situated along the Mississppi River bordering the north and east banks of the river. It's easy acess to I-94 and State Highway 10 allows for a quick commute to both Minneapolis and St. Cloud. Otsego conveys a country atmosphere while still having the benefits of a suburban lifestyle.

Otsego is a young city as it was only incorporated from a township to a city just a short 21 years ago in 1990. When Otsego officially became a city back in 1990, the population was 5,218 and there were 1,558 households within the community. The recent 2010 U.S. Census has reflected significant growth since 1990 with a population of 13,571 made up of 4,736 households. The average household size has decreased from 3.27 persons per household in 1990 to 2.86 in 2010, reflecting the overall national trend with a change from agricultural areas to growing communities with young families.

Otsego offers a multitude of affordable housing options throughout its' city limits. Many of the housing subdivisions have been carefully designed with young families in mind. There are many townhomes, twin homes, and single family homes throughout each subdivision that have close proximity to city parks, schools, shopping, golfing, and other recreational amenities. Otsego is also part of the excellent Elk River School District. And the popular Riverwood National Golf Course is one of Otsego's newest courses.

Martin Farms is one of the largest and most unique subdivisions with a community owned swimming pool, basketball court, gazebo, soccer fields, bike/walking trails, playground and picnic area. The development offers several different builders to choose from and the homes are built in harmony to blend with the natural surroundings of the wetlands and woodlands.

For more information on Otsego real estate, please contact ...

City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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City of Delano a Great Place to Call Home

 

When purchasing a home, not only do you look for a home that fits your needs and wants, but you're also looking for a neighborhood and community you can enjoy and sustain a great quality of life. The residents in Delano feel they have found just that in a recent 2010 survey conducted by Delano city officials.

In fact, in the recent 2010 survey, 66% of residents feel the "quality of life" in Delano is good and another 25% feel it is excellent. When surveyed what residents "perception of community" is for Delano, 85% call it home while only 9% call it just a place to live. And 77% feel the city is "heading in the right direction" with their award winning school district, park systems, and steady growth.  Another positive to living in Delano is that 54% feel property taxes are about average in comparison to other cities in the area.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, an empty nester looking to down size, or any buyer in between, Delano has housing options for every type of home buyer.Neighborhoods such as Woods Creek, Clover Springs, and West Ridge have a great mix of single family home options for both the first time home buyer and move up buyer. The 55+ townhome community is strategically located adjacent to the pharmacy, clinic, and grocery store in Delano for easy proximity and convenience. And for the buyer who is looking for a more urban feel, the downtown area of Delano boast contemporary styled condos that are within walking distance of local bars, restuarants, and a coffee shop.

Delano is located 25 miles west of downtown Minneapolis just off Highway 12 (394) making it an easy commute into the city while still maintaining the small town feel. If you'd like more information about Delano and the surrounding area please contact The Homes of Minnesota Team.

 

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Forbes Ranks Minneapolis/ St. Paul #1 as America's "Most Relaxed City"

 

Feeling stressed all the time? It may be because you are living in the wrong city. Cities with high unemployment, snarling traffic, and long working hours can have a major impact on your physical health and well being. Stressful environments can take its toll on your health causing everything from headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

So where can you escape from stress and live in a more relaxed environment? A recent Forbes study suggests the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro area. This metro area of roughly 3.2 Million people boasts lower unemployment at 7% compared to the current national unemployment average of 9.6%. Less than 5% of commuters spend their morning in traffic and 84% of the population reported recent exercise- the best workout rate of any city surveyed. The Twin Cities also ranks high with access to quality health care.

So are you ready to break free from stress and move to a more relaxed, healthy environment? Contact Shannon Sand with the Homes of Minnesota team to help you relocate to America's "Most Relaxed" metro area.

 

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Forbes Ranks Minneapolis/ St. Paul #1 as America's "Most Relaxed City"

 

Feeling stressed all the time? It may be because you are living in the wrong city. Cities with high unemployment, snarling traffic, and long working hours can have a major impact on your physical health and well being. Stressful environments can take its toll on your health causing everything from headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

So where can you escape from stress and live in a more relaxed environment? A recent Forbes study suggests the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro area. This metro area of roughly 3.2 Million people boasts lower unemployment at 7% compared to the current national unemployment average of 9.6%. Less than 5% of commuters spend their morning in traffic and 84% of the population reported recent exercise- the best workout rate of any city surveyed. The Twin Cities also ranks high with access to quality health care.

So are you ready to break free from stress and move to a more relaxed, healthy environment? Contact Shannon Sand with the Homes of Minnesota team to help you relocate to America's "Most Relaxed" metro area.

 

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Forbes Ranks Minneapolis/ St. Paul #1 as America's "Most Relaxed City"

 

Feeling stressed all the time? It may be because you are living in the wrong city. Cities with high unemployment, snarling traffic, and long working hours can have a major impact on your physical health and well being. Stressful environments can take its toll on your health causing everything from headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

So where can you escape from stress and live in a more relaxed environment? A recent Forbes study suggests the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro area. This metro area of roughly 3.2 Million people boasts lower unemployment at 7% compared to the current national unemployment average of 9.6%. Less than 5% of commuters spend their morning in traffic and 84% of the population reported recent exercise- the best workout rate of any city surveyed. The Twin Cities also ranks high with access to quality health care.

So are you ready to break free from stress and move to a more relaxed, healthy environment? Contact Shannon Sand with the Homes of Minnesota team to help you relocate to America's "Most Relaxed" metro area.

 

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Forbes Ranks Minneapolis/ St. Paul #1 as America's "Most Relaxed City"

 

Feeling stressed all the time? It may be because you are living in the wrong city. Cities with high unemployment, snarling traffic, and long working hours can have a major impact on your physical health and well being. Stressful environments can take its toll on your health causing everything from headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

So where can you escape from stress and live in a more relaxed environment? A recent Forbes study suggests the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro area. This metro area of roughly 3.2 Million people boasts lower unemployment at 7% compared to the current national unemployment average of 9.6%. Less than 5% of commuters spend their morning in traffic and 84% of the population reported recent exercise- the best workout rate of any city surveyed. The Twin Cities also ranks high with access to quality health care.

So are you ready to break free from stress and move to a more relaxed, healthy environment? Contact Shannon Sand with the Homes of Minnesota team to help you relocate to America's "Most Relaxed" metro area.

 

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Forbes Ranks Minneapolis/ St. Paul #1 as America's "Most Relaxed City"

 

Feeling stressed all the time? It may be because you are living in the wrong city. Cities with high unemployment, snarling traffic, and long working hours can have a major impact on your physical health and well being. Stressful environments can take its toll on your health causing everything from headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

So where can you escape from stress and live in a more relaxed environment? A recent Forbes study suggests the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro area. This metro area of roughly 3.2 Million people boasts lower unemployment at 7% compared to the current national unemployment average of 9.6%. Less than 5% of commuters spend their morning in traffic and 84% of the population reported recent exercise- the best workout rate of any city surveyed. The Twin Cities also ranks high with access to quality health care.

So are you ready to break free from stress and move to a more relaxed, healthy environment? Contact Shannon Sand with the Homes of Minnesota team to help you relocate to America's "Most Relaxed" metro area.

 

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Zero Down Payment option for Minneapolis and St Paul First Time Home Buyers

Affordable Advantage - Zero Down Payment Loan 

Can’t Save the 3.5% for an FHA Loan?  Can You Save ZERO? 


It’s back and in style, the true Minneapolis and St Paul MN zero down payment program.  For a few years now, the most minimum down payment you can do is 3.5% with FHA.  And FHA has had its fair share of hurdles, from appraisal issues to a pretty major upfront mortgage insurance premium that you finance over the term of your loan.  I am not bashing FHA.  It’s a great program.  I am here to say that there just may be a better one now!


Thanks to MN Housing putting their collective brains together with US Bank, we have Affordable Advantage ! CONVENTIONAL alternative to FHA and one that will benefit you way more!  It is true; minimum down is available on a conventional loan which is 3% down.  Big downside – private mortgage insurance is WAY higher than a FHA loan which would normally make FHA a better option for most.  Now it doesn’t have to be that way.  Check out the difference between FHA and the new zero-down conventional financing in this scenario

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Okay, so the difference isn’t eye-popping, BUT, your payment IS lower, out-of-pocket for down payment IS lower and you could actually bump up your buying power by about $4000.  And yes, this WILL make a difference.  So what’s the skinny on this new, better-than-sliced-bread program?  See below!


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Zero Down Payment option for Minneapolis and St Paul First Time Home Buyers

Affordable Advantage - Zero Down Payment Loan 

Can’t Save the 3.5% for an FHA Loan?  Can You Save ZERO? 


It’s back and in style, the true Minneapolis and St Paul MN zero down payment program.  For a few years now, the most minimum down payment you can do is 3.5% with FHA.  And FHA has had its fair share of hurdles, from appraisal issues to a pretty major upfront mortgage insurance premium that you finance over the term of your loan.  I am not bashing FHA.  It’s a great program.  I am here to say that there just may be a better one now!


Thanks to MN Housing putting their collective brains together with US Bank, we have Affordable Advantage ! CONVENTIONAL alternative to FHA and one that will benefit you way more!  It is true; minimum down is available on a conventional loan which is 3% down.  Big downside – private mortgage insurance is WAY higher than a FHA loan which would normally make FHA a better option for most.  Now it doesn’t have to be that way.  Check out the difference between FHA and the new zero-down conventional financing in this scenario

:

fhavsodown_321


 
Okay, so the difference isn’t eye-popping, BUT, your payment IS lower, out-of-pocket for down payment IS lower and you could actually bump up your buying power by about $4000.  And yes, this WILL make a difference.  So what’s the skinny on this new, better-than-sliced-bread program?  See below!


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Ike's Food & Cocktails

Sticky Buns the Size of Your Head!

This may not be news to some...but Ike's at 50 South 6th Street downtown Minneapolis has a great brunch! I definitely would not consider myself a foodie, but I had heard great things about Ike's and wanted to try it. My family and I were greeted with a smile, promptly seated, and delivered a sticky bun the size of my head upon being seated. The brunch itself was also good and the check came with chocolate chip cookies! If you are ever downtown Minneapolis and the brunch mood hits....Ike's will deliver!

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Ike's Food & Cocktails

Sticky Buns the Size of Your Head!

This may not be news to some...but Ike's at 50 South 6th Street downtown Minneapolis has a great brunch! I definitely would not consider myself a foodie, but I had heard great things about Ike's and wanted to try it. My family and I were greeted with a smile, promptly seated, and delivered a sticky bun the size of my head upon being seated. The brunch itself was also good and the check came with chocolate chip cookies! If you are ever downtown Minneapolis and the brunch mood hits....Ike's will deliver!

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Twin Cities Marathon 2009!

The Best Way to See the Twin Cities

twin_cities_marathon_2009_mile_21I often drive my out-of-town clients through the various neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis on their first home-shopping trip to the Twin Cities. I generally start in Minneapolis, and work my way east through St. Paul. I take them on a rambling drive through the center of both towns. It would take many hours to give them a true feel for the area, but I show them the basics and try to fill the rest in with my scintillating (or as scintillating as a former accountant can be) commentary. I think many relocation clients who are interested in living in the city appreciate the abbreviated tour. It gives them a real feel for the look of different neighborhoods as well as culture of both cities.

After finishing my third Twin Cities Marathon, I think I have a new plan. I think anyone who wants a real feel for Minneapolis and St. Paul, whether they are from Minnesota or are relocating, should run the Twin Cities Marathon! I really took it all in this year, and I think it might be better than my driving tour?

It always starts at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The course then heads straight toward Uptown and the Kenwood area where the tree-lined streets are vibrant with all the fall colors. It then winds around to one of my favorite running locations in the Twin Cities, the Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet and Lake of the Isles). Continuing on, it heads down Minnehaha Parkway so that we don't miss Lake Nokomis. The route then points us toward the Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side, and then crosses over to the St. Paul side. This is where it really gets tough...but still gorgeous with beautiful homes and natural scenery. The route has a huge hill here, but you know that...

Twin Cities Marathon 2009!

The Best Way to See the Twin Cities

twin_cities_marathon_2009_mile_21I often drive my out-of-town clients through the various neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis on their first home-shopping trip to the Twin Cities. I generally start in Minneapolis, and work my way east through St. Paul. I take them on a rambling drive through the center of both towns. It would take many hours to give them a true feel for the area, but I show them the basics and try to fill the rest in with my scintillating (or as scintillating as a former accountant can be) commentary. I think many relocation clients who are interested in living in the city appreciate the abbreviated tour. It gives them a real feel for the look of different neighborhoods as well as culture of both cities.

After finishing my third Twin Cities Marathon, I think I have a new plan. I think anyone who wants a real feel for Minneapolis and St. Paul, whether they are from Minnesota or are relocating, should run the Twin Cities Marathon! I really took it all in this year, and I think it might be better than my driving tour?

It always starts at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The course then heads straight toward Uptown and the Kenwood area where the tree-lined streets are vibrant with all the fall colors. It then winds around to one of my favorite running locations in the Twin Cities, the Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet and Lake of the Isles). Continuing on, it heads down Minnehaha Parkway so that we don't miss Lake Nokomis. The route then points us toward the Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side, and then crosses over to the St. Paul side. This is where it really gets tough...but still gorgeous with beautiful homes and natural scenery. The route has a huge hill here, but you know that you...

Twin Cities Marathon 2009!

The Best Way to See the Twin Cities

twin_cities_marathon_2009_mile_21I often drive my out-of-town clients through the various neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis on their first home-shopping trip to the Twin Cities. I generally start in Minneapolis, and work my way east through St. Paul. I take them on a rambling drive through the center of both towns. It would take many hours to give them a true feel for the area, but I show them the basics and try to fill the rest in with my scintillating (or as scintillating as a former accountant can be) commentary. I think many relocation clients who are interested in living in the city appreciate the abbreviated tour. It gives them a real feel for the look of different neighborhoods as well as culture of both cities.

After finishing my third Twin Cities Marathon, I think I have a new plan. I think anyone who wants a real feel for Minneapolis and St. Paul, whether they are from Minnesota or are relocating, should run the Twin Cities Marathon! I really took it all in this year, and I think it might be better than my driving tour?

It always starts at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The course then heads straight toward Uptown and the Kenwood area where the tree-lined streets are vibrant with all the fall colors. It then winds around to one of my favorite running locations in the Twin Cities, the Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet and Lake of the Isles). Continuing on, it heads down Minnehaha Parkway so that we don't miss Lake Nokomis. The route then points us toward the Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side, and then crosses over to the St. Paul side. This is where it really gets tough...but still gorgeous with beautiful homes and natural scenery. The route has a huge hill here, but you know that you will...

Twin Cities Marathon 2009!

The Best Way to See the Twin Cities

twin_cities_marathon_2009_mile_21I often drive my out-of-town clients through the various neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis on their first home-shopping trip to the Twin Cities. I generally start in Minneapolis, and work my way east through St. Paul. I take them on a rambling drive through the center of both towns. It would take many hours to give them a true feel for the area, but I show them the basics and try to fill the rest in with my scintillating (or as scintillating as a former accountant can be) commentary. I think many relocation clients who are interested in living in the city appreciate the abbreviated tour. It gives them a real feel for the look of different neighborhoods as well as culture of both cities.

After finishing my third Twin Cities Marathon, I think I have a new plan. I think anyone who wants a real feel for Minneapolis and St. Paul, whether they are from Minnesota or are relocating, should run the Twin Cities Marathon! I really took it all in this year, and I think it might be better than my driving tour?

It always starts at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The course then heads straight toward Uptown and the Kenwood area where the tree-lined streets are vibrant with all the fall colors. It then winds around to one of my favorite running locations in the Twin Cities, the Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet and Lake of the Isles). Continuing on, it heads down Minnehaha Parkway so that we don't miss Lake Nokomis. The route then points us toward the Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side, and then crosses over to the St. Paul side. This is where it really gets tough...but still gorgeous with beautiful homes and natural scenery. The route has a huge hill here, but you know that you will be...

Twin Cities Marathon 2009!

The Best Way to See the Twin Cities

twin_cities_marathon_2009_mile_21I often drive my out-of-town clients through the various neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis on their first home-shopping trip to the Twin Cities. I generally start in Minneapolis, and work my way east through St. Paul. I take them on a rambling drive through the center of both towns. It would take many hours to give them a true feel for the area, but I show them the basics and try to fill the rest in with my scintillating (or as scintillating as a former accountant can be) commentary. I think many relocation clients who are interested in living in the city appreciate the abbreviated tour. It gives them a real feel for the look of different neighborhoods as well as culture of both cities.

After finishing my third Twin Cities Marathon, I think I have a new plan. I think anyone who wants a real feel for Minneapolis and St. Paul, whether they are from Minnesota or are relocating, should run the Twin Cities Marathon! I really took it all in this year, and I think it might be better than my driving tour?

It always starts at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The course then heads straight toward Uptown and the Kenwood area where the tree-lined streets are vibrant with all the fall colors. It then winds around to one of my favorite running locations in the Twin Cities, the Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet and Lake of the Isles). Continuing on, it heads down Minnehaha Parkway so that we don't miss Lake Nokomis. The route then points us toward the Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side, and then crosses over to the St. Paul side. This is where it really gets tough...but still gorgeous with beautiful homes and natural scenery. The route has a huge hill here, but you know that you will be rewarded...

Twin Cities Marathon 2009!

The Best Way to See the Twin Cities

twin_cities_marathon_2009_mile_21I often drive my out-of-town clients through the various neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis on their first home-shopping trip to the Twin Cities. I generally start in Minneapolis, and work my way east through St. Paul. I take them on a rambling drive through the center of both towns. It would take many hours to give them a true feel for the area, but I show them the basics and try to fill the rest in with my scintillating (or as scintillating as a former accountant can be) commentary. I think many relocation clients who are interested in living in the city appreciate the abbreviated tour. It gives them a real feel for the look of different neighborhoods as well as culture of both cities.

After finishing my third Twin Cities Marathon, I think I have a new plan. I think anyone who wants a real feel for Minneapolis and St. Paul, whether they are from Minnesota or are relocating, should run the Twin Cities Marathon! I really took it all in this year, and I think it might be better than my driving tour?

It always starts at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The course then heads straight toward Uptown and the Kenwood area where the tree-lined streets are vibrant with all the fall colors. It then winds around to one of my favorite running locations in the Twin Cities, the Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet and Lake of the Isles). Continuing on, it heads down Minnehaha Parkway so that we don't miss Lake Nokomis. The route then points us toward the Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side, and then crosses over to the St. Paul side. This is where it really gets tough...but still gorgeous with beautiful homes and natural scenery. The route has a huge hill here, but you know that you will be rewarded with...

Twin Cities Marathon 2009!

The Best Way to See the Twin Cities

twin_cities_marathon_2009_mile_21I often drive my out-of-town clients through the various neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis on their first home-shopping trip to the Twin Cities. I generally start in Minneapolis, and work my way east through St. Paul. I take them on a rambling drive through the center of both towns. It would take many hours to give them a true feel for the area, but I show them the basics and try to fill the rest in with my scintillating (or as scintillating as a former accountant can be) commentary. I think many relocation clients who are interested in living in the city appreciate the abbreviated tour. It gives them a real feel for the look of different neighborhoods as well as culture of both cities.

After finishing my third Twin Cities Marathon, I think I have a new plan. I think anyone who wants a real feel for Minneapolis and St. Paul, whether they are from Minnesota or are relocating, should run the Twin Cities Marathon! I really took it all in this year, and I think it might be better than my driving tour?

It always starts at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The course then heads straight toward Uptown and the Kenwood area where the tree-lined streets are vibrant with all the fall colors. It then winds around to one of my favorite running locations in the Twin Cities, the Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet and Lake of the Isles). Continuing on, it heads down Minnehaha Parkway so that we don't miss Lake Nokomis. The route then points us toward the Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side, and then crosses over to the St. Paul side. This is where it really gets tough...but still gorgeous with beautiful homes and natural scenery. The route has a huge hill here, but you know that you will be rewarded with the...

Twin Cities Marathon 2009!

The Best Way to See the Twin Cities

twin_cities_marathon_2009_mile_21I often drive my out-of-town clients through the various neighborhoods of St. Paul and Minneapolis on their first home-shopping trip to the Twin Cities. I generally start in Minneapolis, and work my way east through St. Paul. I take them on a rambling drive through the center of both towns. It would take many hours to give them a true feel for the area, but I show them the basics and try to fill the rest in with my scintillating (or as scintillating as a former accountant can be) commentary. I think many relocation clients who are interested in living in the city appreciate the abbreviated tour. It gives them a real feel for the look of different neighborhoods as well as culture of both cities.

After finishing my third Twin Cities Marathon, I think I have a new plan. I think anyone who wants a real feel for Minneapolis and St. Paul, whether they are from Minnesota or are relocating, should run the Twin Cities Marathon! I really took it all in this year, and I think it might be better than my driving tour?

It always starts at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The course then heads straight toward Uptown and the Kenwood area where the tree-lined streets are vibrant with all the fall colors. It then winds around to one of my favorite running locations in the Twin Cities, the Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet and Lake of the Isles). Continuing on, it heads down Minnehaha Parkway so that we don't miss Lake Nokomis. The route then points us toward the Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side, and then crosses over to the St. Paul side. This is where it really gets tough...but still gorgeous with beautiful homes and natural scenery. The route has a huge hill here, but you know that you will be rewarded with the mansions...