Parade of Homes participation unwavering

This Parade of Homes “dream home” at 3590 Mississippi Drive in Coon Rapids, was built by Parent Custom Homes and listed for $1.7 million. The company’s website says the home has been sold. (Submitted rendering) If participation in the Spring Parade of Homes is a sign of things to come in the homebuilding market, builders are poised for another steady — if unspectacular — year of construction. The 2018 Spring Parade of Homes, which begins Saturday and runs through March 25, will showcase 481 new homes to prospective buyers in locations from Minneapolis to Somerset, Wisconsin. That’s exactly the same number of model homes as last year, and just a… Read More

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Jerry Foss

61, of Golden Valley, MN Died on Saturday, September 9 at the N.C. Little Hospice in Edina, MN, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He passed peacefully, with his life partner Howard Dixon at his side. He was born on October 24, 1955, in Lawrenceville, Illinois, to Fred and Mildred Foss. He grew up there in southern Illinois, graduating from Lawrenceville High School, Class of 1973, and spent most of his adult life in Minnesota. For the past 27 years, Jerry was an agent with Edina Realty, where he was known for his high energy and his unwavering integrity. Besides real estate, Jerry’s passion in life was travel. He… Read More

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A for access

Buy Now Randy Peterson A new report has declared that Minnesota is a national leader in efforts to reduce tobacco use, but local officials warn that much work remains in the overall tobacco impacts. Minnesota was one of two states to receive an A grade in "access to cessation services" by the American Lung Association’s "2018 State of Tobacco Control" study, the 16th annual report that was released Wednesday. South Carolina also received an A, while seven other states earned a B. Most of the remaining states received an F. That rare ranking has been deemed an important step forward for Minnesota by Pat McKone, senior regional director of tobacco… Read More

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Affordable housing threatened by federal tax bill

MINNEAPOLIS — The tax reform bill that passed the US House this week would eliminate tax credits that have been essential in building affordable housing projects in Minnesota and elsewhere. Housing advocated sounded the warning call Tuesday at an event at the Upper Post Veterans Community, which is an excellent example of the type of development that would be threatened by the loss of the tax incentives. "Tax policy is housing policy," Deidre Smith, the CEO of CommonBond Communities, told reporters. "Tax policy is housing policy because in the United States we don’t really fund the construction or preservation of affordable housing through the federal budget." She said that $2… Read More

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