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Condo developers outmaneuver neighbor resistance in Linden Hills (MN)

Developers looking to erect luxury condos in Linden Hills needed a favor from the Minneapolis Planning Commission.   Andrew Commers and John Gross were asking for a few.  “Eight on 44th” is the project. It would include eight glass encased condos.

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Plaintiff group in lake lawsuit thanks its supporters (MN)

Donors, members and guests of the White Bear Lake Restoration Association (WBLRA) heard a panel of attorneys who tried the case and two hydrologists who provided expert testimony at a reception Oct. 4 at White Bear Center for the Arts. 

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White Bear homeowners win suit against DNR over lake levels; ruling could spell big changes (MN)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been violating state law to the detriment of White Bear Lake, a judge has concluded in a ruling that could have broad implications for water use in the north metro.  Wednesday’s ruling by

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Woodbury HOAs impacted by alleged embezzlement case (MN)

A senior executive at Durand & Associates, a property-management firm in South St. Paul, was recently fired after being accused of taking client money.  Members of Woodbury’s Eagle Valley Homeowners Association, Wedgewood Association and Woodbury Crossing received notices telling them

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Condo liability law loosened (MN)

A homeowners association is suing the developer, builder and manager of the Superior Vista condominiums, among others, claiming the Mesaba Avenue complex was not properly built and ought to be repaired under warranty.  “Many areas of the building were not

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Investigators try to gauge extent of alleged condo fraud across Twin Cities (MN)

Investigators are looking at more than 30 condominium and townhouse associations across the Twin Cities to determine the extent of alleged theft by a recently fired executive at a South St. Paul property management firm.  Residents of a property in

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Senior condo complex for U retirees is reeling from suspected embezzlement (mn)

The president of a Twin Cities property asset and management company fired a senior executive amid a criminal investigation into allegations that he stole from at least one of the firm’s many clients, an independent condominium complex where retired University

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Minneapolis condo residents want vibration study before Southwest light rail goes forward (MN)

Two years ago, construction began on a new apartment building on West Lake Street in Minneapolis where the former Tryg’s restaurant once stood, a little more than 150 feet from the Calhoun-Isles condominiums.  Vibrations from construction caused cracks in the

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Bad vibrations: How a fight between the Met Council and a Minneapolis condo association spilled into the state Legislature

Somewhere in the closing days of the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature, a mandatory study of the impacts of light rail construction on a condominium building adjacent to the tracks became something, well, much less.  Offered by DFL Rep.

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Could a bill before the Legislature solve the Twin Cities’ condo crunch? (MN)

Is Minnesota on the verge of figuring out its condo conundrum?  The imbalance in the supply of new condos and new apartments in the Twin Cities is obvious. In the midst of a continuing multifamily housing boom, most — actually,

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Residents Return to Minneapolis Condominium Following Carbon Monoxide Leak (MN)

A Minneapolis condominium was ventilated and residents were allowed to return to their homes Thursday morning after a carbon monoxide leak Wednesday.  According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, the building is located on the 500 block of 2nd Street SE.

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Legislature’s changes to construction-defect laws could help condo developers (MN)

Several much-anticipated changes to Minnesota’s construction-defect laws are closer to the governor’s pen.  The amendments to House File 1538 received bipartisan support and went to a conference committee for House and Senate members to hash out differences.  The current, long-standing

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Residents Return to Minneapolis Condominium Following Carbon Monoxide Leak (MN)

A Minneapolis condominium was ventilated and residents were allowed to return to their homes Thursday morning after a carbon monoxide leak Wednesday.   According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, the building is located on the 500 block of 2nd Street

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In Ramsey, family’s backyard brood raises a squawk and a lawsuit

The Harer family never dreamed that their brood of backyard hens and Peter, the potbellied pig, could one day land them in court, much less place them amid a widespread debate about what animals may live where.  But a pending

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Ramsey grants pig license against association’s objections (MN)

The Ramsey City Council will allow a Ramsey couple to keep a potbelly pig that their homeowners association said they cannot have.

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Back in court: DNR appeals, judge recommends mediation in lake lawsuit (MN)

Both sides in the lake level lawsuit may once again be headed for mediation at the suggestion of the district judge handling the case.  White Bear Lake City Attorney Roger Jensen said the city would certainly participate “if there is

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White Bear Lake wants answers about low water level, despite recent rise (MN)

In 2012, the White Bear Lake Restoration Association sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, alleging that low water levels in White Bear Lake were a result of overuse of an aquifer in the northeast metro area.  The city of

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Court finds Woodbury roadway fee is unlawful (MN)

A Washington County judge ruled last week that a longtime practice of charging developers roadway fees in Woodbury is unlawful.  The city sought to collect roughly $1.3 million for future roadway projects from developer Martin Harstad for a 183-home residential

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White Bear Lake lawsuit: Plaintiffs amend complaint (MN)

Parties on both sides of the lake level lawsuit were back in Judge Margaret Marrinan’s courtroom Oct. 12.  Attorneys representing the plaintiff, the White Bear Lake Restoration Association (WBLRA), and the intervenor association, White Bear Lake Homeowners, presented arguments that

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Fire damages much of northern Minnesota resort condos

Almost 100 firefighters battled a fire early Sunday morning at the Manhattan Beach Villas next to Manhattan Beach Lodge in Crosslake.  Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller said in a news release that 80 percent of the 17 individually owned units

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Court lifts restraint against vocal condo critic in Hopkins (MN)

the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that Mel Pittel would no longer be subject to a restraining order preventing him from attending condo board meetings

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Burglar flooded three floors of Duluth condo building (MN)

A man is accused of causing “tremendous” water damage to three levels of a downtown Duluth condominium building

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Minnetonka lawsuit shows struggle for homeowners associations in Airbnb era (MN)

Many groups don’t have rules to address short-term renting and usually require rentals to be at least for a year.

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MN Court: No expectation of privacy in condo buildings

If a police officer enters your secured condominium building without a warrant and a drug-sniffing dog outside your door detects the presence of drugs, is it an illegal search? No, a divided Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled

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Some condo associations move to block Super Bowl rentals (MN)

Several condo associations have forbidden unit owners from soliciting their condos for rent during the buildup to Super Bowl LII

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Loop Calhoun condo claims damage from neighboring project (MN)

Concrete patios have pulled away from the side of the building. The building’s shift is noticeable on nearly every storage door on the west side.

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Minneapolis condo owners threatened with $5,000 fine for Super Bowl rentals

5th Avenue Lofts took that one step further and sent out a memo last week threatening condo owners with a fine of up to $5,000 if they short-term leased.

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Neighborhood Spat Turns Into Holy War Over Pond Hockey Rink (MN)

Jeff and Jacquelyn Cameron thought they’d bought a piece of heaven in the summer of 2012. Their sparkling 4,000 square foot, five-bedroom home on a quarter acre in Stillwater’s sprawling Millbrook subdivision was fronted by lush sod and backed by

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Court says Hopkins condo critic has the right to be offensive in long feud (MN)

Hennepin County District Court Referee Richard Trachy upholds free speech, even though it may be upsetting to some.  Read the article……….

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Group upset over weeds by golf course (MN)

Leaders of the Riverwood National Homeowners Association in Otsego are voicing frustration with weeds on properties surrounding their homes and with the city’s response to their questions regarding city code.    Read the article……….

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Flying squirrels and indoor snow make life miserable for Edina (MN) condo owner

After living for two years with mold, water, indoor snow and flying squirrels, Tina Nelson doesn’t know where else to turn for help with her Edina condo. Here, Nelson has much of her stairway wrapped in plastic to protect against

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Once again – the ad buyers get the editorial (MN)

(Op/Ed) Thousands of Minnesota empty-nesters would love to downsize into condos or townhouses, but can’t. Thousands of young apartment-­dwellers would love to build equity in condos or townhouses in neighborhoods they love, but can’t.     Read the article………….

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Meet the new service animals: Kangaroos, snakes, monkeys and more

A woman and a kangaroo walk into a McDonald’s, and the woman says: “He’s my service kangaroo.”  No, it’s not the setup for a joke. But it may be a sign of the times.    Read the article………

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Minnesota Woman Fights Back After Being Told She Can’t Fly Her American Flag, but Is She in the Wrong?

Nigel Mendez, an associate with Carlson & Associates, the firm representing the condominium association, told TheBlaze that Hildebrandt knew she was breaking the rules from the very beginning. He said that she initially asked for permission to install the flag,

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Renting and the Law: Condo owner concerned about rental limits (MN)

Q: For the past eight years I have been renting out my condominium. When I purchased my condo, there was no mention of not being able to rent it out in the future. I have a rental license with the

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Ottertail condominium fire is estimated to be up to an $800,000 loss (MN)

Families are sifting through the rubble and looking for new homes Thursday after a massive fire destroyed an Ottertail, Minnesota condominium complex.  The blaze started around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon at at a seven unit building near Highway 78. Four fire

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Timber Oaks (MN) residents cry foul over golf course drainage plan

Seventy-year-old Larry Dahlquist bought his home in the Timber Oaks neighborhood in 2006 and moved there permanently from Minnesota six years later, attracted by the peace and quiet of the 55-and-older community, and by his home’s location away from the

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Fire heavily damages Bloomington (MN) condo complex

Bloomington fire crews had a busy morning trying to save a condo complex that was discovered ablaze early Monday.  By the time first responders arrived at the complex on the 8700 block of Aldrich Ave. S flames were jumping from

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Minnetonka (MN) condo association will pay $10,000 over treatment of families with children

Minnetonka residents of a condo complex have won a settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit contending that a ban on playing in the grass illegally discriminated against families with children.  The settlement agreement, announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger,

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Person killed in Lowry Hill (MN) condo fire

Firefighters were summoned about 4:15 a.m. to Groveland Terrace Condos, 48 Groveland Terrace, for a report of a fire in a first-floor unit. While battling the blaze they discovered the victim, whose identity hasn’t been released, Assistant Fire Chief Chérie

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Settlement gives cities subterranean pumping blues

That’s one of the questions city leaders in Forest Lake and Columbus have been asking for a few months, ever since the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources by the White Bear Lake Homeowners

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St. Paul, condo owners reach settlement over lost parking

The city of St. Paul is paying $800,000 to downtown condo owners whose parking spaces were taken by the city two years ago to make room for the new Saints ballpark in the Lowertown neighborhood.     Read more……..

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Sewage problem to cost St. Cloud (MN) condo owners thousands

Homeowners in one St. Cloud condo community said their kids are playing is sewage-filled yards.  It’s all because of a sewage burst that happened months ago and now homeowners are being asked to foot the repair bill.     Read more……..

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Hard feelings on both sides in long-running feud at Hopkins condo complex (MN)

It started with a complaint about late-night noise. Now, more than five years later, a feud at Minnesota’s largest condo complex shows no sign of ending.    Read more……….

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Minn. Supreme Court Rules Against Insurance Company in Key Storm Damage Dispute

A small Eagan condo association took a Fortune 500 insurance company all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court — and won. And the ruling could impact every Minnesotan with a homeowners insurance policy.     Read more……..

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DNR (MN) agrees to protect lake and aquifer

The White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowner’s Association announced that they have settled a two-year lawsuit with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and DNR Commissioner Thomas Landwehr over the historic water level decline in

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Brockway (MN) residents await resolution to sewer stalemate

For residents like Joshua and Jacqueline Stang, it’s the long-awaited solution that could allow them finally to move.  A tentative deal to resolve a legal quagmire over a faulty community sewer system in their Brockway Township development seems tantalizingly close.

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Judge’s lake lawsuit ruling no surprise

Calling it a “Mexican standoff,” White Bear Lake’s city attorney said he was not surprised District Court Judge Margaret Marrinan denied summary judgment motions from both sides in the lake level lawsuit.   Motions from the plaintiff, the White Bear Lake

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Lake lawsuit order filed

On Friday, Aug. 29, District Court Judge Margaret Marrinan issued an order in the lake level lawsuit denying all of the parties’ requests for summary judgment with one exception. Intervenor White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association’s motion on whether the public

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Shorewood (MN) is buzzing with bee supporters

Only weeks after the City Council approveded a resolution to plant bee-friendly plants and ban neonicotinoid pesticides on city property, a Shorewood homeowners association decided to do its part in helping the bees.    Read more……..

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