Cabin Conspiracy: “Getting Away to the Lake for the Weekend”

Stretch of +90º Temps in the Twin Cities? Time to Head (Even Further) North This will no doubt come as sacrilege to many Minnesotans — and isn’t going to endear me to my colleagues who specialize in selling 2nd homes up north — but here goes: my theory about why so many of my fellow...
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“Now You DON’T See It . . . Now You Do”

Smart Landscaping, or, “What a Difference Two Months Make!” The “it” in question would be the home ” make that homes ” at 2545 Huntington in St. Louis Park’s Fern Hill neighborhood, sitting at the northeast corner of Huntington and 26th St. In the top photo, the row of deciduous trees (vs. evergreen) provide a...
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Pro Rata Property Taxes and End of Year Closings

Debits & Credits, Credits & Debits In the vast majority of real estate closings in Minnesota ” 99.45%**, to be exact ” the title companies doing the closing have to calculate a pro rata property tax adjustment between the Buyer and Seller That’s because Minnesota homeowners pay property taxes twice a year (May 15 and...
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“So, Where IS Everyone?!?”

Election Eve 2020 I suppose it’s possible that, eight months into the Pandemic, I’ve finally alienated everyone I know. 🙂 But, I actually think that’s not why it seems harder to reach people the last few days — myself included (and I don’t think it has anything to do with Halloween — not this year)....
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John Roberts Was Wrong — Now There ARE “Republican Judges” and “Democrat(ic) Judges”

“Twelfth Hour Decision!?!”: Federal Court Retroactively Makes Minnesota Mail-in Voting Deadline  . . . the Day Before(!) Its Ruling “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Mr. Roberts said . “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to...
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Bike Portaging (Huh?!?) on the Mississippi River

The Twin Cities’ Most Valuable Free (Public) Real Estate When Minnesotans think of portaging, they usually have in mind carrying a canoe between two lakes somewhere in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. So, what’s bike portaging? When the quickest way to get from one paved road to another is to carry your...
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