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Gun Owner Sean Blakley Says Landlord Is Evicting Him Over Firearms

A renter in St. Louis Park, Minn., claims that his landlord is giving him the boot over his lawful right to bear arms. Sean Blakley legally owns and stores several firearms in the room that he rents at a house with other tenants, but he keeps one of them loaded "for my protection," he told KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. That's... Continue Reading »

Rob Olson of Lake Elmo, Minn., Destroys His Entire Lawn With Weed Killer

The annual Cystic Fibrosis fundraising event that Rob Olson holds at his Lake Elmo, Minn., home tends to rake in big bucks. But this year, it'll score nothing: Olson (pictured above) had to cancel the fete because he accidentally killed his entire lawn, a TV station reported. Olson, who founded a fundraiser for the... Continue Reading »

10 Best Housing Markets for First-Time Homebuyers

By Andrea V. Brambila As a group, first-time homebuyers are a bellwether of the real estate industry and the economy as a whole. "What helps a first-time homebuyer is having a job and a good income to buy a home -- having hope for the future," said Mark Fleming, chief economist for data aggregator CoreLogic. In order to... Continue Reading »

Improve Your Quality of Life in Minnesota

Want to take better care of your heart and keep it healthy? Consider moving to Albert Lea, Minn. Residents decided that the best way to prevent heart disease was to pursue public policies to prevent it. People living in this city 90 miles south of Minneapolis, became the first in the nation to sign on to the AARP/Blue... Continue Reading »

Buy This Michigan Bungalow for a Buck

A single dollar can buy you this two-story, four bedroom 1926 Arts and Crafts-styled bungalow in Michigan. There's just one catch: it must be moved from its Detroit suburb to make room for a local park. Moving this one-buck, fixer-upper is estimated to cost about $20,000. Add in renovations on the 2,110 square foot home,... Continue Reading »

Five Tips for Selling a Home, Fast.

Anyone's lucky to be able to sell a home in this economy, especially when you consider tight-fisted banks and appraisal snafus. Gone are the days when a "quick sale" meant you had an offer in under a week. These days, anything less than six months on the market could be counted as "quick." So, when after a mere four... Continue Reading »

Your Very Own Skyway

Psst. Want to buy a bridge? A pedestrian bridge, that is. A Minneapolis architectural firm is selling a used skyway on Craigslist. The ad suggests some possible uses for the 1,380 square foot rectangular space, including a cabin, office, yoga studio or vendor booth at the State Fair. As a cabin, the glass-encased... Continue Reading »

Twin Cities Home Sales Resurge

The Twin Cities appear to be no longer fumbling - at least if you put aside the bungled chance to send the Vikings to the Super Bowl. On the bright side, by year end 2009, the 13-county metro area had 52,167 total pending home sales, its highest number since 2005, according to recently released monthly data from the... Continue Reading »

Will F2F Save You From Foreclosure?

Abandoned homes are still a lingering problem for many states as foreclosed homeowners continue to be pushed out in record numbers. When they go, they leave in their wake unkempt yards, dilapidated homes and squatters, all causing unnecessary blight on formerly tidy neighborhoods. Yet, when these struggling homeowners... Continue Reading »

Obama: We Need a National Plan

A stark prediction issued this morning from The New York Times: "More Foreclosures to Come." Three culprits are to blame. First, some lenders have intentionally delayed the loan-modification process during the administration's antiforeclosure plan. Second, a backlog of bad loans exist from people who do not qualify for... Continue Reading »

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