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

A Hopkins man engaged in a bitter, long-running dispute with the management of the Meadow Creek condominiums has been vindicated by the state’s second-highest court.  In a decision issued last week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that Mel Pittel

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Burglar flooded three floors of Duluth condo building (MN)

Police said they found severe damage to a sink in the condo, which apparently caused the flooding. Officers also found open food and alcohol containers, indicating that Warren may have been living in the residence for some time. The unit’s

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

From Burnsville to Duluth, cities across Minnesota are grappling with the regulation of short-term rentals — an issue pitting homeowners associations against condo and townhouse residents who get the benefit of mowed lawns but also must deal with restrictions on

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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 Tuesday.   Read the

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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. Some have asked owners to take down online notices advertising their units for rent during Super Bowl week,    

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Loop Calhoun condo claims damage from neighboring project (MN)

Condo owners near Lake Calhoun are claiming a construction project next door isn’t just loud — it’s damaging.  They’ve filed a lawsuit that says vibrations from the neighboring apartment project caused significant damage to their homes.     Read the article…………..

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

US Bank Stadium is still months away from completion and nearly two years away from hosting Super Bowl LII, yet listings for places to stay are already popping up on sites like VRBO and Airbnb.  At least one is asking

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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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Zimmerman Council considers HOA water-repair bills

First, Tom Kolar of the Linden Corporation and the South Side Villas homeowners association asked the city to help pay Big Lake contractor Brenteson Companies for two projects involving utility work. Kolar explained that Linden was now the property manager

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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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Zebra mussel discovered on Green Lake (MN), despite association efforts

Despite lakeshore property owners’ ramped-up investments to keep Green Lake free of zebra mussels, the invasive species has infested the lake near Spicer.   Read more…….

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Condo residents disappointed, but resigning themselves to SWLRT agreement

But among the loudest voices for a different route have been condominium associations, especially the ones located right along the proposed line. Their case wasn’t helped after the Tuesday compromise, as the mayor’s office announced that the proposed tunnel south

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Rain or sleet can’t stop your mail, but a tiny dog can

A post office manager eventually notified residents that they had two options: Get a P.O. box or get rid of Nano. So Patrick either has to move out and lose two months’ rent, or euthanize her dog. (Her agreement with

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Condo group seeks Minneapolis’ help on Southwest LRT

Condominium residents along the planned Southwest Corridor light-rail route in Minneapolis want assurances that a transit tunnel won’t hurt their buildings.   Read more……..

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Minn. Homeowners Combat Insurance Companies over Storm Damage Claims

Wirth is certainly not alone, and a similar case is currently before the Minnesota Supreme Court. In that case, Cedar Bluff Townhome Condominium Association, Inc. vs. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, a condo association is fighting American Family, in the wake

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Neighbors say Interlachen Lake (MN) filling with sediment

So now Hein is asking the city, county, DNR and soil and water conservation to partner with the neighborhood association and fix the rest. “You can’t pollute people’s property and decrease property values in this sort of thing and expect

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Minnesota bill would prevent homeowners associations from banning solar

A bill likely to be voted on today in the Minnesota legislature would establish the right of certain homeowners to put solar panels atop their roofs.    Read more………

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Edina acts to empty a condo unit crammed with possessions

When Edina police got to the condo building at 4100 Parklawn Avenue at 4 a.m. one day last May, they found a woman sleeping in the building’s library    Read more……..

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Homeowners associations: The good, the bad and the puzzling (MN)

Last summer, I was awakened at 3:45 a.m. by the sound of a man and woman shouting obscenities outside my bedroom window. Unfortunately, this was not a novel experience. Since my husband and I had moved into our Eagan townhouse

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Condo, townhouse groups rap Minneapolis stance on Southwest LRT

Resident groups say they’d rather have freight trains than ground-level light rail, and they complain Minneapolis is ignoring their concerns in Southwest fight.    Read more……..

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Condo conundrum (MN)

When Bela Schellenberg waved a sign on Lake Drive with a few other residents of the Marshan Lake Condominiums on Nov. 10 and 11, he wasn’t doing it for his own benefit. Rather, he said, he did it out of

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Justice Department Charges Minn. Condominium Association, Management Company and Property Manager with Discrimination Against Families with Children

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against the homeowner’s association, management company and property manager of a Minnetonka, Minn., condominium complex, alleging that they discriminated against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act.    Read more…….

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50 car windows smashed in Minneapolis condo garage burglary Read more: 50 car windows smashed in Minneapolis condo garage burglary

Thieves smashed out the windows of at least 50 cars in the parking garage of a south Minneapolis condo building overnight.     Read more………

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