Minnesota State Government and Public Real Estate News

St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell has been reappointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Clean Water Council. Jewell is one of two county commissioners in the state to serve on the Council, and has done so since 2011. His re-appointment is for another four-year term
Today, the first component of one of Governor Mark Dayton’s major legislative priorities will take effect in Minnesota. Beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2015, funding to begin the implementation of the water quality buffer initiative becomes available to local Soil and Water Districts across Minnesota. Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts will begin hiring staff to provide technical assistance for Minnesotans as they implement new buffers, and help eligible landowners enroll in federal funding programs
In this week’s correspondence corner, Adam in Plymouth writes in to Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) with a question about investing in transportation and infrastructure. Paulsen also responds to a call from Lynn in Deephaven who wants to know what Congress is doing to improve our nation’s cybersecurity.
“Our infrastructure is facing a crisis of epic proportion. It is imperative for the security of our nation, the safety of our people and the health of our job-creating economy that Congress move ahead with a long-term bipartisan funding plan for the Highway Trust Fund without further delay,” Nolan told the House Ways & Means Committee.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court affirmed the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling that courts can continue to recognize the disparate impact theory of liability in Fair Housing Act cases.
Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) (“Ashford Trust” or the “Company”) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire two Minneapolis hotels, the 229-room W Minneapolis Hotel - The Foshay, and the 60-room Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis hotel, for total consideration of $101 million in cash ($349,000 per key). As part of the transaction, the Company will assume approximately $56.0 million of mortgage debt on the W Minneapolis Hotel. The assumed debt matures in May 2023 and carries a fixed rate of 5.46%. Post-closing, both properties will continue to be managed by Starwood Hotels.
In an effort to curb alcohol-related boating accidents and deaths, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other public safety agencies around the state will ramp up patrols for intoxicated boaters June 26-28.
Four artists have been selected to create designs for Nicollet Mall artworks as part of the mall redesign project. The artists will work with the mall’s design team to create and integrate new works of art to complement the mall’s current uses and its future look. Their draft design concepts will be presented to the City this fall
The City Council approved goals calling for Minneapolis to recycle and compost 50 percent of its citywide waste by 2020, and 80 percent by 2030. The adopted resolution will help the City meet new recycling goals set by the State and Hennepin County in 2014
The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until July 17.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment during a public review period, June 22 to July 22, on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for a scour repair project on Lock and Dam 1, located on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) again pressed the Obama Administration to invest in rural water projects like the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System in southwest Minnesota. He said that states and local communities have put in their fair share of funds to complete the project and it's time for the federal government to step up to its commitments
This integration with Nextdoor will enable the City of Minneapolis, including the Minneapolis Police Department, the Minneapolis Fire Department, and other City departments to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Minneapolis residents. Specifically, the Minneapolis Police Department and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch
SolarCity aims to tap a potentially big new market: renters. The No. 1 U.S. residential solar installer announced that it will develop a series of community solar installations — that it refers to as "solar gardens" — to enable apartment dwellers, schools and others with shaded roofs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to purchase renewable energy without installing solar panels on their properties.
Seven properties that have been tax forfeited and under the care of the St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department for years are once again privately owned following today’s land auction. The sale brought in a total of $285,000 and, more importantly, returned those properties to the property tax rolls.
Mary Adema with Competitive Edge Real Estate advances his website using IDX Broker Software

EUGENE, OR – March 15, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — With new accounts being set up each day, IDX, Inc. is pleased to welcome real estate agent Mary Adema with Competitive Edge Real Estate in Minneapolis, Missesota to the every growing list of real estate professionals customizing the search function of their website with IDX Broker software. Visitors to Adema’s site can now search the thousands of properties available on the Northstar MLS (Northstar) and create custom searches to help them narrow down their results. Using Internet Data Exchange (IDX) technology, search options and results are displayed on Adema’s website in a seamlessly integrated format. more »

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