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There are 20 blog entries for June 2008.
Monday, June 30th, 2008 at 2:34pm. 583 Views, 0 Comments.
In a case that has been watched by several Minnesota cities, the Hennepin County Board hindered the City of Rockford’s effort to redraw the county line. On June 17, the Board rejected a measure that would have allowed Hennepin County residents to vote on the matter.
The 3,800-resident city straddles Crow River, which is the boundary for the two counties of Wright and Hennepin. Approximately 90% of the city is in Wright County and about 10% of its land parcels are in Hennepin County. City officials say being split between law enforcement and ambulance service jurisdictions and tax rates has caused a multitude of problems. For years, Rockford MN residents have petitioned to bring all of its land under Wright County jurisdiction.
Sunday, June 29th, 2008 at 6:08pm. 408 Views, 0 Comments.
The Northstar Center is undergoing an ambitious makeover. Downtown Minneapolis' first mixed-use property, adding up to 814,000-square-feet of space which includes offices and retail as well as a Crowne Plaza Hotel, is being restored.
The work will include tuck-pointing, replacing stone, and cleaning the exterior of the three-building complex over the course of about three to four yearsWork on the parking ramp, which includes replacing some concrete and waterproofing, began in April and is expected to be completed in September. Renovation of the 222-room hotel is underway and is scheduled to be completed later this month. The over $4 million project has included remodeling guest rooms and the lobby and adding a larger Executive Club lounge.
All of this…
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 12:27pm. 429 Views, 0 Comments.
Dayton's Bluff is a neighborhood located on the east side of the Mississippi in the southeast part of the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The northern border of the neighborhood is Grove Street and the Burlington Northern Railroad. The southern border is Warner Road. To the west is Lafayette Road and Highway 3, and to the east is Highway 61.
Dayton’s Bluff contains one of the widest varieties of history of any Twin Cities’ neighborhood. The history of the area goes back over 1,000 years when the Hopewell Native Americans used the area as a sacred burial ground. On the edge of the southern and highest part of Dayton's Bluff today, a series of seven large aboriginal burial mounds remain in Indian Mounds Park, overlooking the Mississippi River and the…
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 11:26am. 451 Views, 0 Comments.
Northeast community of Minneapolis is composed of 13 smaller neighborhoods. The Northeast community blends old architecture, classic housing, bustling commercial districts, and industrial work centers as well as new residential high-rises, suburban cul-de-sacs, and a popular art scene. The Northeast community is part bedroom neighborhood and part job center for the City of Minneapolis. The prominent features of Northeast include ornate churches and massive grain silos and mills, both of which help to create a unique skyline. Formerly known as the City of Saint Anthony before it was annexed into Minneapolis, Northeast is sometimes referred to as Nordeast, reflecting the history of northern and eastern European immigrants and their language influence.
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 12:00pm. 616 Views, 0 Comments.
One hundred years ago if you wanted to look up any sort of vital records, from births and deaths to marriages and property histories, oversized books filled with information on paper was all the county recorders had. Hennepin County still has its plat books, which are large, awkward, green-bound volumes that measure 31 by 26 inches and weigh 15 to 20 pounds each.
The county didn’t begin microfilming old documents until the 1960s. Electronic recordkeeping began in 1988, and since 1994, all document imaging has been in a digital format.
Now, Hennepin County will spend $2.7 million to digitize more than 24 million pages of records and marriage licenses dating back all the way to the 1850s. The information won’t be available on the internet to just anyone,…
Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 9:30pm. 490 Views, 0 Comments.
Hennepin County commissioners voted last to allocate up to $1.25 million to the City of Minneapolis to speed demolition of at least 50 Twin Cities houses. The actions comes as concerns rise that some Minneapolis neighborhoods may become so scarred by boarded up and vacant houses that they may not bounce back,
For example, northern Minneapolis has 544 of the 925 boarded and vacant houses listed within the city. The effects were cited on streets such as the 2900 block of Dupont Avenue N., where several houses were burned and boarded up after they were foreclosed on or abandoned. Minneapolis commissioners worry that other residents in the area will leave, resulting in even more blighted and vacant homes.
County officials will meet with their…
Sunday, June 22nd, 2008 at 9:48pm. 477 Views, 0 Comments.
Similar to the experience of Minneapolis but more dramatic, new listings for homes fell in Saint Paul, Minnesota, during the month of May, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities. During May of 2008, there were 623 new listings in the City of Saint Paul. In May of 2007, there were 818 new listings, which is a drop of about 23.8%. St. Paul’s Downtown experienced the greatest decline in new listings at -56.3%. The West Side/Cherokee neighborhood was the only location in St. Paul to experience an increase in new listings over last year. Here is a list of May 2008 new listings in Saint Paul by neighborhood and the percentage of change that has occurred compared to May 2007. (To see a…
Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 12:26pm. 409 Views, 0 Comments.
During the month of May this year in Minneapolis, there was once again a decrease in new listings, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities. During May of 2008, there were 1,098 new listings. In May 2007, there were 1,353 new listings. That is a drop of nearly 20%! It’s also much higher than April’s drop of just 6.9%, but it matches March’s 20% decrease. Basically, many sellers seem to be holding off compared to last year. The slowdown in new listings has really helped to ease pressure on the Twin Cities area real estate market.
Unlike March and April, the University community experienced the greatest increase in new listings during May. There were 56 new listings in University, up…
Sunday, June 15th, 2008 at 8:33am. 0 Views, 0 Comments.
The Twin Cities suburb of Edina will soon have the opportunity to present its greatness to the nation. This year, the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open is happening right here in our own Edina, at the Interlachen Country Club. This event, which just happens to be the biggest competition in the world of women’s golf, happens from June 23 to June 29. It is expected to attract 135,000 people to Edina during that period of time. Edina native Hilary Lunke will be competing in the championship this year, giving the city yet another reason to be proud. To top it off, the entire competition will be broadcast nationally on channels ESPN, ESPN2 and NBC.The flood of people will also mean a deluge of business for hotels and restaurants. Because many attendants will be…
Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 12:30pm. 551 Views, 0 Comments.
Every June, the Home Safety Council celebrates Home Safety Month! HSC is an organization which encourages people to take easy steps toward making their homes safer for themselves, their pets, and their families. The theme for this year’s Home Safety Month campaign is Hands on Home Safety. As the name suggests, it suggests some simple hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury: falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking or suffocation, and drowning. Many household accidents like these can be avoided with some precautionary measures! Also, some aspects of a home safety are good to have in place anyway when one is trying to sell a house. If a potential buyer hurts themselves on your property, you may…
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