Friday, October 20, 2017

Fun Weekend Activities

Are you looking for a fun Halloween activity this weekend? Look no further we have two ideas for you. The Zoo is celebrating fall color and things that go bump in the night. They are hosting AllZooWeen where you can enjoy up-close encounters with both cute and creepy critters. From bats and tarantulas to tigers and tapirs. You can also purchase  a pumpkin either to bring home or to give to the animals to enjoy.
HallZooWeen Activities:
  • Creature Features – 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
  • Story Time in the Bee Hive – 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
  • Creepy Crawly Animal Encounters – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – MN Lodge
  • Family Education/Craft Activity – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Tropics Plaza
  • Live Music – 11:30 a.m., 12:330 p.m., & 1:30 p.m. – Penguin Commons
  • Close Encounter Animal Photo Opportunity – 10:30 – 11:30 p.m. – Monk seal stadium
  • Tropical Reef Skeleton Dive Show – 10:30 a.m. – Tropical Reef Tropics Trail
  • Conservation ‘Scarousel’ – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Hay Maze at the Wells Fargo Family Farm
  • #HallZooWeen Photo Challenge
  • HallZooWeen-themed Wings Financial Credit Union World of Birds Show -Target Learning Center

Learn More:

If you or your kids can’t wait to go trick or treating you can

Join 50th & France for the 35th Annual Pumpkin Fest! Trick-or-treating in the area, including Halloween and fall-themed activities for kids will be happening. West 50th Street between France Avenue and Halifax Avenue will be closed with activities. 
  • Starting at 10 a.m. - Trick-or-treating for kids 12 and under at 50th & France businesses. Businesses will have Treaters Welcome Signs. 
  • 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Activities throughout the area including cake walk, petting zoo, balloon twisters, face painting and more.
  • 12:45 p.m. - Costume Contest on West 50th Street. 
There will be complimentary parking in 3 ramps: North, Center and South Ramps along with surface lots off Ewing Avenue and Market Street.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Best Cities for Millenials

We made the list! Minneapolis is number 17 and St. Paul is number 23 on the Best Cities for Millennials. Here are the highlights from the Penny Hoarder:

No. 17 — Minneapolis

Female jogger crossing Minneapolis' famous Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi river.
jimkruger/Getty Images

Affordability Rank: 24

Millennial Happiness Rank: 3
Economy Health Rank: 19
Things to do: When you think of Minnesota, you probably don’t think of the beach. But once the ice and snow thaw, you can find true Minneapolis millennials at their favorite summertime haunt: The Hidden Beach on Cedar Lake. Once you’re done roaming through the trails leading away from the “beach,” find a farmer’s market with local specialties, or join a brewery tasting tour group. The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is the perfect spot to appear culturally literate on a first date.

No. 23 — St. Paul, Minnesota

"Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota, illuminated for the Centennial celebration"
LawrenceSawyer/Getty Images

Affordability Rank: 25

Millennial Happiness Rank: 5
Economy Health Rank: 23
Things to do: Dig into authentic Italian food and goods at the famous Cossetta’s Alimentari, or take a historical tour through the Wabasha Street Caves — as seen on the History Channel — while learning about the infamous history of St. Paul. The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has beautiful gardens to admire. Locals flock to The Bulldog, which serves up both German and local brews. I mean, the city’s official website has a brunch guide…. Just sayin’.

No. 24 — Rochester, Minnesota
Affordability Rank: 10
Millennial Happiness Rank: 25
Economy Health Rank: 22
Things to do: Get your daily dose of caffeine with locally sourced coffee and tea at Kutzky Market, then grab a beer and pizza for lunch from Forager Brewery. For a fancier feel, sip on a custom cocktails at The Doggery — a Prohibition-era speakeasy (no, sadly, I don’t think dogs are allowed). For some exercise, travel along the 12.5-mile Douglas Trail and enjoy the “rural scenery, traversing some of the richest agricultural land in Minnesota.”

To see who else made the list check it here: 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending October 7, 2017

Many potential buyers are simply not on the market during this time of year, as
school-aged children settle into routines and the gainfully employed focus more on
end-of-year goals and holiday planning over taking on a big move. But not all
buyers are equal. Consider instead the first-time buyers with no children, relocated
employees, investment buyers, bargain hunters and those with generally fewer ties
to established routines.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending October 7:
• New Listings decreased 1.3% to 1,395
• Pending Sales increased 4.1% to 1,103
• Inventory decreased 16.6% to 12,378

For the month of September:
• Median Sales Price increased 7.3% to $246,800
• Days on Market decreased 12.3% to 50
• Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.6% to 98.1%
• Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 16.7% to 2.5

Information Gathered from MAAR
Publish Date: October 16, 2017 • All comparisons are to 2016

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th!

It’s that spooky time of year! Here are a couple of fun things to get up to this weekend.

The Trail of Terror opens today. It is the largest Halloween event in the Midwest. With 8 different “Spine Chilling” attractions you can find the perfect scare for you. If you enjoy paintball you can come play End of Days Zombie Paintball. They’ll also have a fun running dead 5K next weekend that you can prepare for. To see everything or buy tickets check out their website:

For those of you looking for a less scary option you can check out Sever’s Fall Festival. It is celebrating it’s 21st year.  Come enjoy the corn maze, obstacle course, corn pit, petting zoo, and magic show all for the price of admission. This year’s them is Sever’s Down Under and will have you searching for 6 pictures of “Sever Dundee” while looking through the maze. To buy tickets or see a schedule of activities check here:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

5 Ways to Light Up Your Walkway for Halloween

Welcome trick-or-treaters to your home with a lighted walkway on Halloween!  There are many commercial holiday lighting products you can buy, but Halloween is about kids—making decorations and making memories. So I’m suggesting some fun walkway lighting crafts to create with your kids.
Each of these calls for adding a candle for light. You can choose real candles, but the flickering, flameless type that are battery powered are very safe and won’t blow out.
Halloween Luminaria

You can make beautiful outdoor lanterns starting with a simple brown paper bag. The rest of the supplies for these lighted decorations are easy to find, and the process is simple. Make one finished luminaria in advance to show your kids and get their imaginations flowing to come up with their own designs. Click here to find all the instructions! In addition to walkway lighting, another idea is to spell out a Halloween-themed word or short phrase with the luminaria on your front lawn. Think along the lines of “Boo!” or “Magic” or “Scary Night.”
Mason Jar Luminaria
Another luminaria lantern uses mason jars or other similarly sized food jars. Gather enough for both sides of your walkway, add sand, candles or glow sticks. You can also cut small tissue paper pieces in light yellow, orange and darker orange. Lightly glue them to the outside of the mason jar. When lit, this produces a multi-colored, dimensional glow. Click here for instructions and several designs for mason jar luminaria.
Mini Jack O’ Lanterns
Make a pumpkin path! Buy enough small pumpkins to line your walkway. Carve each with a simple design and add a flickering candle. Roast the seeds and enjoy a delicious snack!  Click here for a simple recipe.
Cemetery Pathway
Create multiple tombstones to line your walkway. Decorate with “Rest in Peace” signage and spooky epitaphs. Prop each against a small brick pile or large rock. Set a flickering candle at the base to light the tombstone stone. Click here for needed supplies and instructions.
Ghost Lights
Glowing “gallon” ghosts welcome guests along your walkway on Halloween! Create different expressions on each milk jug ghost and light inside.  Click here for “ghostly” directions!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending September 30, 2017

Few cities and neighborhoods – around the nation and locally – are turning heads
as hotbeds of new housing inventory. Residential real estate markets that have had
a hard time dealing with a reduction in the number of homes available for sale are
now also struggling to keep up with new listings levels from last year. While it's true
that builder confidence is up, it will take time before any sort of new development
spawns a significant change in trend direction.

In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending September 30:
 • New Listings decreased 4.9% to 1,382
 • Pending Sales decreased 0.9% to 1,160
 • Inventory decreased 16.0% to 12,728

For the month of August:
 • Median Sales Price increased 6.8% to $252,000
 • Days on Market decreased 14.3% to 48
 • Percent of Original List Price Received increased 0.6% to 98.5%
 • Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 16.7% to 2.5

Publish Date: October 9, 2017 • All comparisons are to 2016
Information gathered from MAAR

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Waterfront Home Tour

It’s the Coldwell Banker Burnet Waterfront Home Tour weekend. 
This Sunday, October 8th from 1 -4pm come tour homes with Lakeshore, River Frontage or Deeded Access.

One home that you can see is 2864 Pelican Point Circle, Mound, MN 55364:
3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 4,011 sq. ft. | 3 Car Garage | $689,000

Right down the road is 2890 Pelican Point Court, Mound, MN 55364:
3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 3,372 sq. ft. | 2 Car Garage | $635,000

Come see these and all the other homes that are on tour.