ABC Newspapers http://abcnewspapers.com Local News from The Anoka County Union, Blaine Spring Lake Park Life and The Coon Rapids Herald Fri, 22 May 2015 17:30:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 County to resurface 12 highways this year http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/county-to-resurface-12-highways-this-year/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/county-to-resurface-12-highways-this-year/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 17:30:24 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159432 The Anoka County Board May 14 awarded a contract totaling $5.49 million for the 2015 overlay project on county highways.

North Valley Inc. submitted the lowest of four bids for the work to be done on 12 county highways. The engineer’s estimate was $5.31 million.

According to Doug Fischer, transportation division manager and county highway engineer, work will range from a simple overlay of the existing surface to a mill and overlay, where the top 2 inches of asphalt are removed and replaced with 2 inches of bituminous, and reclamation and overlay, where the existing surface is ground up and a new layer of bituminous placed over it.

Mill and overlay work takes place in the urban areas of the county because the new surface has to match up with existing curb and gutter as well as manholes in the road, Fischer said.

The road segments to be improved under the 2015 program are:

–Reservoir Boulevard (County State-Aid Highway 2) from Highway 65 to Stinson Boulevard in Columbia Heights.

–Osborne Road (CSAH 8) from East River Road to University Avenue in Fridley and from Highway 65 to Old Central Avenue in Fridley and Spring Lake Park.

–Main Street (CSAH 14) from Lake Drive to I-35W in Lino Lakes.

–Crosstown Boulevard (CSAH 18) from Bunker Lake Boulevard to Andover Boulevard in Andover.

–Broadway Avenue (CSAH 18) from Kettle River Boulevard to the east county line in Columbus.

–Lake Drive (CSAH 23) from Hodgson Drive northeast in Lino Lakes.

–Bridge Street (CSAH 24) from Ambassador to Rum River boulevards in St. Francis.

–Pierce Street (CSAH 30) from Fourth to Seventh avenues in Anoka.

–Old Central Avenue (CSAH 35) from Highway 65 to Rice Creek Boulevard in Fridley.

–221st Avenue (CSAH 74) from Highway 65 to East Bethel Boulevard in East Bethel.

–Flamingo Street (CSAH 78) from Viking Boulevard to 181st Avenue in Oak Grove.

–Bunker Lake Boulevard (CSAH 116) at the intersection with Round Lake Boulevard in Anoka and Andover.

In response to a question on timing from Commissioner Mike Gamache, Fischer said priority is given to improvements on roads that impact schools, so the work is completed by Labor Day before school starts for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The highway department also looks at events like parades that might affect the overlay project schedule as well as other road construction in the area, he said.

And by having work continue throughout the 2015 construction season, the county was able to get a better bid, Fischer said.

According to Fischer, the 2015 overlay is comparable in scope and cost with last year, but it’s much more ambitious than 10 years ago. With this $5.49 million contract plus the contract awarded last month totaling more than $2 million for a concrete overlay project on a segment of Viking Boulevard, the county will be spending some $8 million on overlay projects this year, Fischer said.

“Our pavement quality index continues to increase, which is better,” he said. “We are moving in the right direction.”

Funding comes from the county’s road and bridge tax levy.

The board is committed to maintaining quality roads on the county highway system, said Commissioner Matt Look.

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Coon Rapids sixth-graders pitch their inventions http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/coon-rapids-sixth-graders-pitch-their-inventions/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/coon-rapids-sixth-graders-pitch-their-inventions/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159482 An exoskeleton to help the paralyzed walk again. A toothbrush and mouthwash combo tool. A mobile charging station and tray to put in the back seat of a car on a long road trip.

These are just a few of the inventions of Coon Rapids Middle School sixth-graders.

Natalie Schultz and her toothbrush-mouthwash combo tool. Photos by Eric Hagen

Natalie Schultz and her toothbrush-mouthwash combo tool. Photos by Eric Hagen

“They have to solve a problem,” said Carey Chasteen, one of five people who judged the 27 inventions at the May 16 Coon Rapids Middle School Invention Fair. “It’s nice to see kids who maybe don’t enjoy the typical class work but in this they thrive.”

Chasteen said her husband John Chasteen started the invention fair 10 years ago as a way to challenge sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Today, every Coon Rapids Middle School sixth grade student must complete an invention, but displaying it at this Saturday morning fair is optional. Seventh and eighth grade students are encouraged to participate but it is not part of their science curriculum. Chasteen said there is usually at least one seventh or eighth grade student at the invention fair but there were none this year.

Jalen Holland has read that the military is experimenting with exoskeleton body suits. Rather than use these suits for war, Holland hopes scientists use the technology to help the paralyzed walk. He would call it the Hexo Suit.

Natalie Schultz drilled a small hole in a toothbrush and attached a small tube of toothpaste. The toothpaste, once the tube is squeezed, comes from underneath the head of the toothbrush and onto the bristles. She also added a travel-size bottle of mouthwash.

In case others are using chargers in a vehicle and your electronic device is out of battery life, you could use Will Vagle’s Backseat Aid, which includes a tray handy for holding food as well, a battery and place to put your video games.

Put Legos of all sizes in the Lego Brick Organizer, shake it around for a couple of minutes and then open the container up to see how pieces of different sizes are easily separated. The brainchild behind this invention was Hunter Franta.

Franta pointed to a phrase he included on his sales pitch sheet. “It’s easy. Kid tested, mother approved.”

“It’s only $29.95,” he said with a big grin.

Prize winners

School funds and donations, notably from Bob Adams, Simone Simon and the Mat Bandits Wrestling Club, enabled some bigger prizes to be given away this year such as a Bluetooth gaming chair, mini iPod shuffle and Skullcandy headphones, according to Chasteen.

Besides Chasteen, other judges were principal Tom Shaw III, sixth grade social studies teacher John Chasteen, and Coon Rapids High School freshman Ryan Brook and Bradley Chasteen.

Best overall: Hunter Franta (Lego Brick Organizer) and Josh Acker (RP Hockey Net 2000).

Best prototype: Alexis Billey (Hockey Gear Dryer-HGDI), James Boyer (Woofle Maker) and Will Vagel (Backseat Aid)

Most marketable: Isaac Gibson (Basketball Helper 200) and Cassie Ruschmeyer (The Handy Helper)

Best display/presentation: Arianna Sappa (Peanut Butter & Jelly Time) and Tristan LaForte (Coffee My Way: Creamer & Sugar Bags)

Most creative: Jalen Holland (Hexo Suit), Mina Al-Juboori (Quadruple Dude) and Alyssa Torgrimson (Universal Keyless Home Remote)

Most eco-friendly: Kaydance Hinn (Puppy Power)

eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

Nick Yang poses with The Amazing EZ Desk. Will Vagle’s Backseat Aid was one of three inventions recognized in the best prototype category. Evan Konnad invented the Dog Water 2000 for those with multiple pets. Hunter Franta with his Lego Brick Organizer invention, which was recognized as one of the two best inventions at the Coon Rapids Middle School Invention Fair May 16. Elias Abshir came up with the idea of a water gun that would have a fan and light on it so kids could play past dusk. Jalen Holland hopes exoskeleton suits can be used to help paralyzed people walk rather than just for military warfare. His Hexo Suit garnered one of three prizes in the most creative category. ]]>
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Risk of Helping Grown Kids http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/risk-of-helping-grown-kids/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/risk-of-helping-grown-kids/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 16:00:04 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?guid=1c6fca5e27f8916d3592b7d4e16b11aa You saved your entire life for the day you can retire. You brought up your children and you hope that they enjoy productive lives. Unfortunately, one of your children never seems to grow up: dropped out of school, continually got into trouble. You feel you must keep helping this kid – but can you afford to?

The help that you gave so far cost you lots of money, time and energy. It’s good you spent the time and energy. The money, though, might turn into a factor that changes your ideas about life when you retire.

If you have a child in his or her late 20s or early 30s and who just doesn’t seem able to start life, how you handle this dilemma is your choice. There is no right answer. My only suggestion: Make the choice a conscious, informed one.

Sure, your children mean much more to you than just money. But if your child is unable to stand on his or her feet economically, this young person simply becomes a financial drain, especially if you still write the checks.

Granted, some of today’s sprigs carry unprecedented financial burdens. According to The Wall Street Journal, for instance, the class of 2014 entered the big bad world already saddled with the most student debt ever, an average of $33,000 each. Young adults also routinely lug around more credit card debt than they do emergency savings.

You have problems, too. Someday you’re going to get too old to work.

If you spend your retirement money supporting an adult child, you need to realize that the chance of someday receiving support back for your money is slim. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the case in some distant decade, you must count any cash to an adult child as gone forever – and plan accordingly.

You’ve probably read about loans to family and friends, with reason. More than four out of five people would lend money to a family member who’s fallen on hard times, according to a recent poll at ConsumerCredit.com. Almost half the respondents would help family or a friend pay medical bills or even everyday expenses such as rent, utilities or groceries.

I believe these loans often come with a nasty surprise. No repayment.

Maybe a more laborious road to riches works better for everybody. Has your child tried a peer-to-peer lending company like Lending Club or Prosper? At least put the loan agreement in writing.

Just as important: Is your money really doing your child a favor? Sometimes tough love is best; there looms a time when you won’t be able to help anymore. What will happen to your child then?

If you really stepped back and took a good look, discussed this tough issue with your spouse and decided to support your adult child, go for it. Such an arrangement resembles many other parts of parenting: It’s really all about what’s right for you and your family.

Support might be a good thing. Entitlement isn’t. Make sure your choice fits with what you think important and you will truly do the right thing for you and your child.

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Josh Patrick is a founding principal of Stage 2 Planning Partners in South Burlington, Vt. He contributes to the NY Times You’re the Boss blog and works with owners of privately held businesses helping them create business and personal value. You can learn more about his Objective Review process at his website.

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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You saved your entire life for the day you can retire. You brought up your children and you hope that they enjoy productive lives. Unfortunately, one of your children never seems to grow up: dropped out of school, continually got into trouble. You feel you must keep helping this kid – but can you afford to?

The help that you gave so far cost you lots of money, time and energy. It’s good you spent the time and energy. The money, though, might turn into a factor that changes your ideas about life when you retire.

If you have a child in his or her late 20s or early 30s and who just doesn’t seem able to start life, how you handle this dilemma is your choice. There is no right answer. My only suggestion: Make the choice a conscious, informed one.

Sure, your children mean much more to you than just money. But if your child is unable to stand on his or her feet economically, this young person simply becomes a financial drain, especially if you still write the checks.

Granted, some of today’s sprigs carry unprecedented financial burdens. According to The Wall Street Journal, for instance, the class of 2014 entered the big bad world already saddled with the most student debt ever, an average of $33,000 each. Young adults also routinely lug around more credit card debt than they do emergency savings.

You have problems, too. Someday you’re going to get too old to work.

If you spend your retirement money supporting an adult child, you need to realize that the chance of someday receiving support back for your money is slim. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the case in some distant decade, you must count any cash to an adult child as gone forever – and plan accordingly.

You’ve probably read about loans to family and friends, with reason. More than four out of five people would lend money to a family member who’s fallen on hard times, according to a recent poll at ConsumerCredit.com. Almost half the respondents would help family or a friend pay medical bills or even everyday expenses such as rent, utilities or groceries.

I believe these loans often come with a nasty surprise. No repayment.

Maybe a more laborious road to riches works better for everybody. Has your child tried a peer-to-peer lending company like Lending Club or Prosper? At least put the loan agreement in writing.

Just as important: Is your money really doing your child a favor? Sometimes tough love is best; there looms a time when you won’t be able to help anymore. What will happen to your child then?

If you really stepped back and took a good look, discussed this tough issue with your spouse and decided to support your adult child, go for it. Such an arrangement resembles many other parts of parenting: It’s really all about what’s right for you and your family.

Support might be a good thing. Entitlement isn’t. Make sure your choice fits with what you think important and you will truly do the right thing for you and your child.

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Josh Patrick is a founding principal of Stage 2 Planning Partners in South Burlington, Vt. He contributes to the NY Times You’re the Boss blog and works with owners of privately held businesses helping them create business and personal value. You can learn more about his Objective Review process at his website.

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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Achieve Services, Bridges team up for live concert http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/achieve-services-bridges-team-up-for-live-concert/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/achieve-services-bridges-team-up-for-live-concert/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 14:30:04 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159448 Performers’ joy was contagious at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage May 12.

Achieve Services clients and Bridges students teamed up to put on a half-hour concert for friends and family over the lunch hour.

Jon Franzen, a Bridges student, pumps up an audience of approximately 80 at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Photos by Olivia Alveshere

Jon Franzen, a Bridges student, pumps up an audience of approximately 80 at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Photos by Olivia Alveshere

“We’re very excited and probably a little bit nervous,” music director Joe Loskota said before kicking off performers’ very first live show.

Clients from Achieve Services, a Blaine-based nonprofit that helps adults with developmental disabilities train for and find employment, showcased original music with students from Bridges, an Anoka-Hennepin program serving 18- to 21-year-old students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities.

With the help of a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Loskota, a training specialist with Achieve Services, began working with Bridges students and continued practicing with a group of Achieve Services clients who call themselves Dance at Your Own Risk.

New iPads, instruments for Achieve Services and Bridges musicians, were purchased with grant money and made a live show feasible.

Loskota met with Bridges students about twice a week for a month to prepare for the show and typically meets as frequently with Dance at Your Own Risk.

Students primarily worked with the Garage Band program to write the original songs that they performed last week.

Arriving at Lyric Arts, “it was a little overwhelming,” Bridges fine arts teacher Lisa Vogel said. “But everybody did a great job.”

Student Laura Harvey engaged with the audience, encouraging those present to clap along to groups’ songs.

“Come on, everybody!” she shouted as fellow classmates performed.

The audience obliged, infected by the enthusiasm in the room.

“It was a lot of fun dancing,” Laura’s mom Carol Harvey said, congratulating her after the show.

After three groups of Bridges students performed, Scott Brauch and Matt Grieser, two members of Dance at Your Own Risk, took the stage.

Dance at Your Own Risk has recorded two CDs since 2013, but has never performed in front of a live audience.

Brauch and Grieser played original songs “Boots and Cats” and “Romeo and Juliette” to whoops and hollers from the assembled crowd.

“It was really, really nice to finally get out an play live,” Loskota said, adding that he hopes the group will continue to perform live periodically at a variety of venues.

Friends and family stormed the stage area to congratulate their loved ones, newly minted rock stars, after the show.

olivia.alveshere@ecm-inc.com

Dance at Your Own Risk band members Scott Brauch, right, and Matt Grieser rock out during the group’s first live performance May 12. Audience members clap along as adults with developmental disabilities perform original music at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Approximately 80 gathered at noon May 12 to hear Bridges students and Achieve Services clients present original songs. Bridges student Taylor Michurski helps fellow student Anna Hardel make music with the iPad during students’ first live concert with Achieve Services. Kiili Eide and Eric Syria, Bridges students, play a soothing song on iPads with Anna Hardel, not pictured. ]]>
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Two Worries: Rates & Stocks http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/two-worries-rates-stocks/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/two-worries-rates-stocks/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:02 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?guid=58db0162c752767c88bf61e0d208b803 What happens when interest rates rise? Or worse yet, when the markets decide the current bull run is over? A lot of people worry about these two questions. They shouldn’t.

We recently celebrated the sixth anniversary of the bottom of the financial crisis. Much has changed in the past six years: the Standard & Poor’s 500 returned over 200%, unemployment fell from 10% to 5.4%, and average housing prices have almost recovered to pre-crisis levels. But many investors are hesitant to celebrate for fear that the good times may be coming to an end. 

These investors include those on Wall Street, who nervously wait for the Federal Reserve to signal that it may begin raising interest rates. Just days after the current bull market turned six, in fact, Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated that rate hikes were on the way.

What is the likely result once rates rise?

Some associate rising interest rates with bad news for bond owners. It’s true that as rates rise, the price of a bond decreases. However, this ignores the fact that the return of a bond depends upon price as well as income. Interest rates may rise and fall, causing the price of the bond to fluctuate, but a bond’s interest payments won’t change.

Total return considers both the change in price as well as income received from a bond. The chart below shows that there is rarely a negative total return for bonds in one-year periods (orange line). A negative return is even less likely when you consider rolling three-year periods (blue line). In other words, history suggests that as long-term investors, we have a good chance of protecting principal.

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Also note that bonds’ primary purpose in a well-constructed portfolio is to be a source of stability. Because the past six years have been largely positive ones for the stock market, it may be easy to forget the crucial role bonds played during the financial crisis. Not only were bond returns positive during the downturn, but their stability meant they were a ready source of cash to opportunistically rebalance into stocks.

What if the current bull market ends?

Previously, we wrote about how valuations are not a good way to time markets. In fact, there is no good measure that tells us when the optimal time is to buy or to sell. There is, however, a foolproof way to ensure that you avoid the long-term investor's worst nightmare of buying high and selling low: Maintain the originally targeted balance of stocks and bonds in your portfolio whether the market is up or down.

It can be so tempting to react to current events, especially when the news is frightening. But despite some very scary events, the global market has ultimately marched onward and upward.

Below is the growth of one dollar (green line) invested in a diverse basket of U.S. and international stocks. In the background are geopolitical events (in blue). When the worst happens, we stay committed to our plan by rebalancing from bonds into stocks – which is the best market timing strategy available to us as investors.

Macintosh HD:Users:aiqinc:Desktop:Timeline.png

As Warren Buffett told Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in 1994:

“We will continue to ignore political and economic forecasts, which are an expensive distraction for many investors and businessmen … Imagine the cost to us, then, if we had let a fear of unknowns cause us to defer or alter the deployment of capital. Indeed, we have usually made our best purchases when apprehensions about some macro event were at a peak.”

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Scott Keller, CFA, CAIA, is an investment specialist and principal at Truepoint Wealth Counsel in Cincinnati.

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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What happens when interest rates rise? Or worse yet, when the markets decide the current bull run is over? A lot of people worry about these two questions. They shouldn’t.

We recently celebrated the sixth anniversary of the bottom of the financial crisis. Much has changed in the past six years: the Standard & Poor’s 500 returned over 200%, unemployment fell from 10% to 5.4%, and average housing prices have almost recovered to pre-crisis levels. But many investors are hesitant to celebrate for fear that the good times may be coming to an end. 

These investors include those on Wall Street, who nervously wait for the Federal Reserve to signal that it may begin raising interest rates. Just days after the current bull market turned six, in fact, Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated that rate hikes were on the way.

What is the likely result once rates rise?

Some associate rising interest rates with bad news for bond owners. It’s true that as rates rise, the price of a bond decreases. However, this ignores the fact that the return of a bond depends upon price as well as income. Interest rates may rise and fall, causing the price of the bond to fluctuate, but a bond’s interest payments won’t change.

Total return considers both the change in price as well as income received from a bond. The chart below shows that there is rarely a negative total return for bonds in one-year periods (orange line). A negative return is even less likely when you consider rolling three-year periods (blue line). In other words, history suggests that as long-term investors, we have a good chance of protecting principal.

Macintosh HD:Users:aiqinc:Desktop:Barclays_final.png

Also note that bonds’ primary purpose in a well-constructed portfolio is to be a source of stability. Because the past six years have been largely positive ones for the stock market, it may be easy to forget the crucial role bonds played during the financial crisis. Not only were bond returns positive during the downturn, but their stability meant they were a ready source of cash to opportunistically rebalance into stocks.

What if the current bull market ends?

Previously, we wrote about how valuations are not a good way to time markets. In fact, there is no good measure that tells us when the optimal time is to buy or to sell. There is, however, a foolproof way to ensure that you avoid the long-term investor's worst nightmare of buying high and selling low: Maintain the originally targeted balance of stocks and bonds in your portfolio whether the market is up or down.

It can be so tempting to react to current events, especially when the news is frightening. But despite some very scary events, the global market has ultimately marched onward and upward.

Below is the growth of one dollar (green line) invested in a diverse basket of U.S. and international stocks. In the background are geopolitical events (in blue). When the worst happens, we stay committed to our plan by rebalancing from bonds into stocks – which is the best market timing strategy available to us as investors.

Macintosh HD:Users:aiqinc:Desktop:Timeline.png

As Warren Buffett told Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in 1994:

“We will continue to ignore political and economic forecasts, which are an expensive distraction for many investors and businessmen … Imagine the cost to us, then, if we had let a fear of unknowns cause us to defer or alter the deployment of capital. Indeed, we have usually made our best purchases when apprehensions about some macro event were at a peak.”

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Scott Keller, CFA, CAIA, is an investment specialist and principal at Truepoint Wealth Counsel in Cincinnati.

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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Writer’s Block: Baseball stats can go on and on but is that a bad thing? http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/writers-block-baseball-stats-can-go-on-and-on-but-is-that-a-bad-thing/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/writers-block-baseball-stats-can-go-on-and-on-but-is-that-a-bad-thing/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:06:29 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159470 On my way into the office last Thursday morning I had the rare opportunity to catch the first segment of Paul Allen’s show on FM 100.3 KFAN.

On my way into the office last Thursday morning I had the rare opportunity to catch the first segment of Paul Allen’s show on FM 100.3 KFAN.

On my way into the office last Thursday morning I had the rare opportunity to catch the first segment of Paul Allen’s show on FM 100.3 KFAN.

He had Aaron Gleeman to discuss the Minnesota Twins and other happenings surrounding Major League Baseball.

The discussion either came to a grinding halt or took an interesting turn, depending on your thoughts about statistics, when an assistant producer asked a question related to what’s known as SABERmetrics. In general, the term groups the lesser-known stats around the game like WAR (Wins Above Replacement), BABIP (Batting Average of Balls In Play) which give fans a more concrete or black and white perspective instead of relying on a gut-feeling about how or why a player or team is doing well or poorly.

Allen stopped the question in what he admitted was a knee-jerk response to say talking about baseball stats would hurt ratings and therefore needed to get back into the general themes on the game.

Allen seemed genuinely put off that someone would want to ask such a deep question that he perceived as only a niche audience would want to hear, in favor of even more Vikings off-season perspectives. I enjoy a good rehashing of the merits of a 3-4 defense instead of cover-2 or discussion about the Wild lineup as much as the average fan but the switch to deeper baseball discussion was great, albeit for a brief moment.

I totally understand that he wants to control the conversation and keep it moving in a direction that would behoove advertising buyers and the broader audience but to shutdown talk about numbers took a different turn than that what I’ve grown to love about Allen since the late 90s.

Getting back to baseball: I’m not sure Allen was thinking clearly since the in-depth stats is what was behind Moneyball and is giving fans a more objective view of why the Twins have been miserable, losing at least 90 games over the last four seasons or why the Houston Astros are playing so well.

I’m not sure if baseball purists are afraid that the mystique from simply see-ball, hit-ball will fade if we know why Joe Mauer can have the highest batting average in the league yet hit so few home runs or that there is more to the game than simple explanations.

I think the balance lies somewhere in between where statistics help illustrate a trend or help explain why the infield shifts to the right side for former Twin and Boston Red Sox slugger David Oritz.

Obviously a team can put all seven field players to the right of second base and Oritz will still swing for the short porch at Fenway. I don’t need a stat to tell me that.

The stats come into play to answer the question of why the defense would switch like that in favor or staying put to cover the entire field of play.

Many folks have made a career out of second guessing the manager or front office for moves and these new statistics shed light on those opinions, either right or wrong.

Statistics geeks have also found a niche in baseball fans to give them something different than the usual perspective and for one, I hope the addition of some of these stats continue to make it into the box scores and baseball stories of the future to help give a more full perspective of a team’s current situation.

jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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Higher rental licensing fees start June 1 in Blaine http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/higher-rental-licensing-fees-start-june-1-in-blaine/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/higher-rental-licensing-fees-start-june-1-in-blaine/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:33 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159426 People and companies renting homes in Blaine will be paying a much higher fee starting June 1 so that the city can do more inspections.

Every apartment building, duplex, townhome and single-family home that is rented out gets a knock on the door from an inspector every three years so that the city makes sure the homes are being well-maintained.

The Blaine City Council wants an inspector to visit all rental properties every year. On the two off years when a rental is not scheduled for an interior inspection, an inspector would walk on the yard around the property to get a 360-degree view of the exterior of the home. This is not trespassing because the city’s rental licensing agreement allows the inspectors to walk on properties at any time. The only time a landlord must be notified is when an inspector must get inside a home, according to Bob Fiske, Blaine’s community standards director and fire marshal who oversees the rental inspection program.

“We just want to make sure property is being maintained and not having a negative impact on owner-occupied property,” Fiske said.

Under the old annual fee structure, someone renting a home or apartment units in Blaine would pay $100 for the building itself and $10 per unit.

The new annual fee the Blaine City Council approved April 16 is for the building fee to be $180 while the per-unit price remains at $10.

The renewal fee will still be cheaper after three years if there are no inspection issues, but the building renewal fee is increasing from $50 to $130. The per-unit fee is still $10 for renewals.

The increase revenue will cover the costs of a rental license technician who would oversee the approximately 1,400 rental licenses Blaine currently has, Fiske said. One license equals one building, regardless of the number of units, so a single family home rental pays the same base fee as the 140-unit Stonegate Apartments. But they pay a higher rate because of the additional units.

The main day-to-day work for this technician would be to schedule inspections and remind landlords that their license is about to expire or if their dues are late. But they would also be the ones to follow-up on neighborhood complaints including tips that someone may be renting their home without a license.

These are duties that Blaine’s inspectors used to handle since Blaine started licensing single family home and townhome rentals in 2007. That was in addition to the multi-family homes it was already overseeing.

In 2007, Blaine issued 468 rental licenses and charged a $50 per building and $10 per-unit fee. When the council doubled the per-building fee in 2010, Blaine had 717 licenses. When last year’s license cycle began in June 2014, there were 1,362 rental licenses.

Although the number of rentals and people paying fees has skyrocketed, staffing the program costs money. Blaine started with just one inspector, but soon began involving inspectors from the building and fire departments whose work on new construction lessened during the recession. As new building picked up, Blaine hired a second inspector.

However, about half of the community standards division secretary’s time was being spent managing the rental licensing program which impacted the amount of time they can spend on code enforcement.

Blaine does drive-by inspections of owner-occupied properties in addition to following up on complaints with regards to issues such as too many vehicles in the driveway or on the lawn, deteriorating siding or roofs or tall grass and weeds. With the backload of work in rentals, Blaine has been falling behind on these owner-occupied home exterior inspections, Fiske said.

Council Member Jason King said being able to seperate the rental and owner-occupied inspection work from each other and catching up on all city code inspections is a big reason why he supported the new records technician.

When the council last fall said it was interested in more inspections of rentals, the idea was to hire a third inspector, but Fiske found it would be better to have a records technician instead.

“It’s better to have this person than another inspector,” Fiske said. “It’s a lower pay grade and not as much equipment is needed. The inspectors should be spending time in the field inspecting, not in the office doing clerical work.”

Finance Director Joe Huss said the city’s rental license program has a deficit right now. Had the council not approved the fee increase, the city in 2016 would have had a funding deficit of around $35,500 in its rental licensing program. With higher fees being charged to approximately 1,400 rental licenses and the new clerical staff member added in, the city will be around the break-even point. Specifically, Huss is budgeting for about $110,500 more in revenue and an additional expense of $75,000 to pay the salary and benefits for the new employee. This would equal $1,500 above the break-even point, he said.

“I just want to make sure we’re covering costs with a little bit of buffer,” Council Member Russ Herbst said.

There are nine groups or individuals that own and rent out more than four buildings in Blaine. Fiske listed the top three during a 2014 October presentation he made to the council: Invitation Homes owns 40 single family homes, Centennial Square leases out 33 mobile homes and the Metropolitan Council owns and rents 15 homes.

Typically, the landlords are individuals, Fiske said. Rentals are found in all residential areas of the community old and new, according to a map he created for the council.

Mayor Tom Ryan understands there are times when people need to rent out their homes if they are having financial difficulties.

“The goal is to not take away the ability for someone to rent their home,” Council Member Dave Clark said.

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Wayne Jeffrey http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/wayne-jeffrey/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/wayne-jeffrey/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:26:06 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159683 Wayne Jeffrey, former owner of Ramsey Pharmacy in Ramsey, MN, has announced his retirement from his current job at Coborn's Pharmacy in Ramsey, MN. Wayne has thoroughly enjoyed serving his patients for nearly 42 years. He and his wife, Vivian, plan to travel and to be more involved in their church, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Ramsey, MN. Stop in at Coborn's on June 16, 2015 to wish Wayne well and to enjoy a treat.

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Bertha “Betty” Szyperski http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/bertha-betty-szyperski/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/bertha-betty-szyperski/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:44 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159680 Bertha

Bertha "Betty" Szyperski, age 92, formerly of Coon Rapids, passed away May 3, 2015 in Sun City, CA.
Preceded in death by her husband Jerome; son Roger Verwers; sister Margaret; brothers Fred, Earl and Edwin.
Survived by daughters Priscilla Verwers (Gerald) McNeely, Carol (Michael) Torgeson, Linda (Jerry) Buchholz and Pamela (Angelo) Koutras; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters Beverly Walker, Jennie Swanson and Marie Harmon.
Betty was a homemaker and caregiver. She enjoyed needlework, was a master seamstress, bread baker and famous for baked beans!
Visitation and memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Anoka, 850 South St., Anoka, MN on June 13, 2015. Visitation 10 a.m., service 11 a.m. Luncheon to follow.
In Lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Hospice Care Network.

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Proft Jim http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/proft-jim/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/proft-jim/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:39 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159677 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
IN PROCEEDINGS SUBSEQUENT TO INITIAL REGISTRATION OF LAND
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
COURT FILE NO.: 02-CV-15-2019
In the Matter of the Petition of:
U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee of Mortgage Equity Conversion Asset Trust 2011-1,
In Relation to Certificate of Title No. 94877 issued for Land in the County of Anoka and State of Minnesota and legally described as:
Lot 21, Block 1, SULLIVAN SHORES
TO: Jim Proft and Pat Proft, the known heirs of Marguerite Proft, deceased, and the unknown heirs of Marguerite Proft, deceased, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Bank National Association, on behalf of Mortgage Equity Conversion Asset Trust 2011-1 and Sullivan Shores Townhouses Association, Inc., a Minnesota non-profit corporation
Upon receiving and filing the Report of the Examiner of Titles in the above entitled matter:
IT IS ORDERED, that you, and all persons interested, appear before this Court on the 23rd day of July, 2015, at 1:00 pm, Room 715 of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Avenue, in the City of Anoka, State of Minnesota, and then, or as soon thereafter as said matter can be heard, show cause, if any there be, why this Court should not enter an Order as follows:
That the Assignment of Sheriffs Certificate of Sale recorded as Document No. 522718.003 is hereby reformed to show the assignee to be: U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee of Mortgage Equity Conversion Asset Trust 2011-1.
AND
That the Registrar of Titles, upon the filing of a certified copy of this order, cancel Certificate of Title No. 94877 and enter a new certificate of title for Lot 21, Block 1, SULLIVAN SHORES, in favor of U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee of Mortgage Equity Conversion Asset Trust 2011-1, c/o Champion Mortgage, LLC, 350 Highland Dr, Lewisville, TX 75067, subject to the existing recitals and subject to the memorials of Document Nos. 176027, 483532.001 and 497725.001, but free from all other memorials appearing on the present certificate through the memorial of Document No. 522992.004, and also free from the memorial of this Order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, That this Order be served: (a) at least 10 days before the hearing upon the above-named parties residing in this State in the manner provided by law for the service of Summons in a civil action; (b) at least 14 days before the hearing upon each of the above-named non-residents by sending a copy of this Order to the non-residents post office address, by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested; (c) upon each of the above-named parties who cannot be found by two weeks published notice and by sending a copy of this Order at least 14 days before the hearing by first class mail to the last known address of the party and by sending another copy of this Order at least 14 days before the hearing by first class mail to the address of such party as stated on the Certificate of Title if an address is so stated, (d) upon a dissolved, withdrawn, or revoked business entity governed by Minn. Stat. Chp. 302A, 303, 317A, 322A, 322B, or 323 in the manner provided by Minn. Stat. 5.25.
Attendance is not required at said time except to object to the entry of the above-described Order.
Dated: May 11, 2015
BY THE COURT:
/s/ Barry A. Sullivan
Judge of District Court
By: /s/ Dulcie M. Brand
Examiner of Titles
Christina M. Snow
Michael R. Sauer
Wilford, Geske & Cook P.A.
7616 Currell Blvd Ste 200
Woodbury, MN 55125-2296
(651) 209-3300 (Phone)
(651) 209-3339 (Fax)
File ID No. 027636F02
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May 22, 29, 2015
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Stafne Stefhen OTSC http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/stafne-stefhen-otsc/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/stafne-stefhen-otsc/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:35 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159675 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
In the Matter of the Petition of
CitiMortgage, Inc., a New York corporation, in relation to Certificate of Title No. 114351 issued for land in the County of Anoka and State of Minnesota and legally described as follows:
Lot 11, Block 5, NORTHGLEN 2ND ADDITION
TO: Stefhen T. Stafne
Upon receiving and filing the Report of Examiner of Titles in the above-entitled matter,
IT IS ORDERED, that you, and all persons interested, appear before this Court on June 25, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 715 of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Avenue, in the City of Anoka, County of Anoka, State of Minnesota, and then, or as soon thereafter as the above-entitled matter can be heard, show cause, if any there be, why this Court should not enter an Order as follows:
That the Registrar of Titles, upon the filing of a certified copy of this order, cancel Certificate of Title No. 114351 and enter a new Certificate of Title for Lot 11, Block 5, NORTHGLEN 2ND ADDTION, in favor of CitiMortgage, Inc., a New York corporation, whose address is 1000 Technology Drive, 0Fallon, MO 63368, subject to the existing recital, but free from all memorials appearing on the present certificate through the memorial of Document No. 529584.007, and free also from the memorial of this order.
Attendance is required only by those who wish to object to the entry of the above-described Order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that this Order be served: (a) at least 10 days prior to such hearing upon the above-named parties residing in this State in the manner provided by law for the service of Summons in a civil action; (b) it shall be served at least 14 days before the hearing upon each of the above-named non-residents by sending a copy of this Order to the nonresidents post office address, by registered or certified mail, return receipt; (c) it shall be served upon each of the above-named parties who cannot be found by two weeks publication and by sending a copy of this Order at least 14 days prior to the hearing by first class mail to the last known address of such party and by sending another copy of this Order at least 14 days prior to the hearing by first class mail to the address of such party as stated on the Certificate of Title if an address is so stated.
Dated: April 22, 2015
Approved:
By: /s/ Dulcie M. Brand,
Examiner of Titles
By: /s/ Bethany A. Fountain Lindberg,
Judge of District Court
USSET, WEINGARDEN & LIEBO P.L.L.P
David J. Usset, #111892
Attorney for Petitioner
4500 Park Glen Road, Suite 300
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416
(952) 925-3644 Telephone
(952) 925-5879 Facsimile
Published in the
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May 22, 29, 2015
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Thoen http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/thoen/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/thoen/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:30 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159673 NOTICE OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS (INTESTATE)
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 02-PR-15-270
Estate of
June Margaret Thoen,
Decedent.
Notice is given that an application for informal appointment of personal representative has been filed with the registrar. No will has been presented for probate. The application has been granted.
Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Misty Lee Thoen whose address is: Misty Lee Thoen, 4515 224th Ave. N.E., East Bethel, MN 55011 as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has lull power to administer the Estate including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate.
Any objections to the probate of the will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing.
Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: May 12, 2015
/s/ Peggy Zdon, Registrar
/s/ Lori Meyer, Court Administrator
Attorney for Personal Representative
James C. Skoog
Attorney at Law
151 Silver Lake Rd., Suite 210
New Brighton, MN 55112
Attorney License No.: 161688
Telephone: 651-746-0406
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DeVange http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/devange-2/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/devange-2/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:17 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159671 NOTICE OF AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No.: 02-PR-15-236
In Re: Estate of
Kenneth Albert DeVange,
a/k/a Kenneth A. DeVange,
Decedent.
It is Ordered and Notice is given that June 16, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at 325 East Main Street, Anoka, Minnesota 55303-2489, on a petition for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the decedents Will dated February 24, 2015, and for the appointment of Thomas A. DeVange, whose address is 2616 Trophy Club Drive, Trophy Club, TX 76262 as personal representative of the decedents estate in an unsupervised administration.
Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and no objections are filed or raised, the personal representative will be appointed with the full power to administer the decedents estate, including the power to collect all assets; pay all legal debts, claims, taxes, and expenses; sell real and personal property; and do all necessary acts for the decedents estate.
Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the decedents estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: April 29, 2015
BY THE COURT
/s/ John P. Dehen,
Judge of District Court
/s/ Lori Meyer, Court Administrator
MONTZKA LEGAL SERVICES
Bennett J. Montzka
MN# 184652
P.O. Box 307
Wyoming, MN 55092
Telephone: (651) 462-4200
Facsimile: (651) 462-4444
e-mail: montzka@aol.com
Published in the
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May 22, 29, 2015
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Westergren http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/westergren/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/westergren/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:13 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159669 NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
PROBATE DIVISION
DISTRICT COURT
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No.: 02-CV-15-1862
In the Matter of the Trust Created Under Agreement By and Between Merrill E. Westergren and Joan I. Westergren, Settlors, and Merrill E. Westergren and Joan I. Westergren, Trustees, as Amended and Restated on October 28, 2009.
IT IS ORDERED AND NOTICE IS GIVEN that a Petition signed by George E. Westergren, dated April 13, 2015, has been filed with the Court. The Petition requests an order for the following relief:
1. Approving the Final Account of the Trustee.
2. Construing the language of the Trust Agreement and determining the persons entitled to the Trust Estate and their interests therein, as set forth in the Petition.
3. Approving of the distribution of the remaining trust property as set forth in the Petition.
4. Approving payment from the Trust of the Trustees reasonable attorneys fees and expenses incurred in connection with the trust administration and this proceeding.
5. Granting such other relief as may be proper.
Any objections to the Petition must be filed with the Court prior to or at the hearing. If no objections are filed the Petition may be granted.
IT IS ORDERED, that the Petition will be heard on June 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. by this Court at 325 E. Main Street, Anoka, Minnesota 55303.
1. Notice shall be given to all persons named in the Petition as having or as claiming an interest in the Trust.
2. Notice shall be given by:
a. Mailing a copy of this Notice and Order for Hearing to all persons named in the Petition as having or who may claim to have an interest in the Trust, at their last known addresses by U.S. Postal Service at least 15 days prior to the hearing date, and
b. Publishing this Notice and Order for Hearing one time at least 20 days prior to the hearing date in a legal newspaper of Anoka County, Minnesota.
Dated: May 14, 2015
/s/ Kristin C. Larson
Judge
Attorneys for Petitioner
David M. Jacobs, #49311
Grant R. J. Lindquist, #230224
DAVID M. JACOBS, P.A.
247 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(763) 533-5337 (office)
(612) 341-0116 (fax)
Published in the
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May 22, 2015
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Anderson http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/anderson-4/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/anderson-4/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:10 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159667 NOTICE OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No.:02-PR-15-276
In Re: Estate of Heidi Jo Anderson,
Decedent.
Notice is given that an Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative was filed with the Registrar. The Registrar accepted the application and appointed Brandon M. Waters, whose address is 3163 Lake-Johanna Blvd., Arden Hills, MN 55112, to serve as the personal representative of the decedents estate.
Any heir or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Any objection to the appointment of the personal representative must be filed with the Court, and any properly filed objection will be heard by the Court after notice is provided to interested persons of the date of hearing on the objection.
Unless objections are filed, and unless the Court orders otherwise, the personal representative has the full power to administer the estate, including, after thirty (30) days from the issuance of letters of general administration, the power to sell, encumber, lease, or distribute any interest in real estate owned by the decedent.
Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the decedents estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative, or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: May 13, 2015
By: /s/ Peggy Zdon
Registrar
By: Lori Meyer
Court Administrator
ROBINS KAPLAN LLP
Matthew J. Frerichs (#0336592)
and Steve A. Brand (#10790)
800 LaSalle Avenue, #2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402-2015
Telephone: (612) 349-8500
Facsimile: (612) 339-4181
e-mail:
mfrerichs@robinskaplan.com
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May 22, 29, 2015
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Dunsmore http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/dunsmore/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/dunsmore/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:06 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159665 NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No.: 02-PR-15-281
In Re: Estate of
Irvin Frank Dunsmore,
Decedent.
Notice is given that an Application for Informal Probate of Will and Informal Appointment of Personal Representative was filed with the Registrar, along with a Will dated December 7, 2010. The Registrar accepted the application and appointed Mary L. Dunsmore, whose address is 3653 Interlachen Drive, Ham Lake, Minnesota 55304-4513, to serve as the personal representative of the decedents estate.
Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Any objection to the appointment of the personal representative must be filed with the Court, and any properly filed objection will be heard by the Court after notice is provided to interested persons of the date of hearing on the objection.
Unless objections are filed, and unless the Court orders otherwise, the personal representative has the full power to administer the estate, including, after thirty (30) days from the issuance of letters testamentary, the power to sell, encumber, lease, or distribute any interest in real estate owned by the decedent.
Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the decedents estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: May 13, 2015
/s/ Peggy Zdon
Registrar
Lori Meyer
Court Administrator
Ronald M. Otten, Atty. ID# 146821
Kalina Wills Gisvold & Clark PLLP
6160 Summit Drive N., Suite 560
Minneapolis, MN 55430
763-259-3442
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Sorsen http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/sorsen/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/sorsen/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:03 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159663 AMENDED NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION OF INTESTACY, DETERMINATION OF HEIRSHIP, AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 02-PR-15-93
Estate of
Betty Ruth Sorsen,
Decedent.
It is Ordered and Notice is given that on June 9th, 2015 at 9:05 a.m., a hearing will be held in Anoka County Courthouse, 325 East Main Street, Anoka, Minnesota, for the adjudication of intestacy and determination of heirship of the Decedent, and for the appointment of Steve Charles Sorsen, whose address is 2084 127th lane NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55448 as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent in an UNSUPERVISED administration. Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the personal representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate.
Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: April 24, 2015
/s/ Bethany A. Fountain Lindberg,
District Court Judge,
Probate Division
/s/ Bethany A. Fountain Lindberg,
Court Administrator
Attorney for Applicant
Mark F. Novak
Novak Law Office
7362 University Avenue NE,
Suite 104
Fridley, MN 55432
Attorney License No.: 304827
Telephone: 763-574-9300
FAX: 763-574-9303
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May 22, 29, 2015
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Hoglund http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/hoglund/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/hoglund/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:00 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159661 NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 02-PR-15-277
Estate of
Fern Mary Hoglund,
Decedent.
Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedents will dated February 28, 1989 has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted.
Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Mary Fern Cooper, whose address is 365 Ojibway Path, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate.
Any objections to the probate of the will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing.
Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: May 13, 2015
/s/ Peggy Zdon
Registrar
/s/ Lori Meyer,
Deputy Court Administrator
Attorney for Applicant:
Roger K. Schurke
555 177th Ave NW
Andover, MN 55304
Attorney License No.: 98012
Email: rmschurke@hotmail.com
Telephone: 763-434-9004
Fax: 763-434-9004
Published in the
Anoka County UnionHerald
May 22, 29, 2015
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Pederson http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/pederson/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/pederson/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:24:56 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159659 NOTICE OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE COURT DIVISION
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 02-PR-15-260
In Re: Estate of
CAROL JOANN PEDERSEN
Deceased
TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND CREDITORS:
Notice is hereby given that informal appointment of Craig Allen Pedersen, whose address is 118 South Drive, Circle Pines, Minnesota 55014, as a personal representative of the estate of the above named decedent, has been made. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative, and the personal representative is empowered to fully administer the estate including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of his letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate, unless objections thereto are filed with the Court (pursuant to Section 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders.
Notice is further given that ALL CREDITORS having claims against said estate are required to present the same to said personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this notice or said claims will be barred.
Dated: May 4, 2015
/s/ Peggy Zdon,
Registrar
/s/ Lori Meyer,
Court Administrator
Richard M. Schultz
Attorney at Law
9201 Lexington Avenue North
Suite 1B
Circle Pines, MN 55014
(763) 784-7644
MN Atty ID #222215
Published in the
Anoka County UnionHerald
May 22, 29, 2015
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Gross Scott http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/gross-scott/ http://abcnewspapers.com/2015/05/22/gross-scott/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:24:45 +0000 http://abcnewspapers.com/?p=159657 SUMMONS
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ANOKA
DISTRICT COURT
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No.: 02-CV-15-2181
Case Type:
Civil Other: Judicial Foreclosure
U.S. Bank National Association,
Plaintiff,
vs.
Scott R. Gross,
Defendant.
THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT:
1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. The Plaintiffs Complaint against you is attached to this Summons. Do not throw these papers away. They are official papers that affect your rights. You must respond to this lawsuit even though it may not yet be filed with the Court and there may be no court file number on this Summons.
2. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 20 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail to the person who signed this Summons a written response called an Answer within 20 days of the date on which you received this Summons. You must send a copy of your Answer to the person who signed this Summons located at:
7616 Currell Boulevard, Suite 200, Woodbury, Minnesota 55125.
3. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiffs Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer.
4. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT SEND A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT TO THE PERSON WHO SIGNED THIS SUMMONS. If you do not Answer within 20 days, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the Complaint. If you do not want to contest the claims stated in the Complaint, you do not need to respond. A default judgment can then be entered against you for the relief requested in the Complaint.
5. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, the Court Administrator may have information about places where you can get legal assistance. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still provide a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case.
6. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint even if you expect to use alternative means of resolving this dispute.
7. THIS LAWSUIT MAY AFFECT OR BRING INTO QUESTION TITLE TO REAL PROPERTY located in Anoka County, State of Minnesota, and legally described as follows:
Parcel 1:
The West 149.5 feet of Lot 11, EXCEPT the South 115 fee thereof, Block 2, Spring Lake Park Lakeside, according to the recorded plat thereof, and situate in Anoka County, Minnesota.
Parcel 2:
The South One Hundred Fifteen Feet (115) of the West Seventy-five feet (75) of Lot Eleven (11), Block Two (2), Spring Lake Park Lakeside, according to the recorded plat thereof, and situate in Anoka County, Minnesota.
8. THE OBJECT OF THIS ACTION IS TO:
a. Foreclose the Mortgage dated June 17, 2009, and filed of record with the Anoka County Registrar of Titles on June 29, 2009, as Document No. 498627.010 with respect to the property described above; and
b. Seek all other relief as described in the Complaint.
9. HOMESTEAD DESIGNATION NOTICE: For purposes of 582.041 of the Minnesota statutes, if applicable, Plaintiff provides the following Homestead Designation Notice to any persons in possession of the Property by including the Notice in this Complaint, and additionally, by serving a separate copy of the Notice with the Complaint on any persons in possession of the Property:
IF PART OF THE PROPERTY TO BE SOLD CONTAINS YOUR HOUSE, YOU MAY DESIGNATE AN AREA AS A HOMESTEAD TO BE SOLD AND REDEEMED SEPARATELY.
YOU MAY DESIGNATE THE HOUSE YOU OCCUPY AND ANY AMOUNT OF THE PROPERTY AS A HOMESTEAD. THE DESIGNATED HOMESTEAD PROPERTY MUST CONFORM TO THE LOCAL ZONING ORDINANCES AND BE COMPACT SO THAT IT DOES NOT UNREASONABLY REDUCE THE VALUE OF THE REMAINING PROPERTY.
YOU MUST PROVIDE THE COURT WITH A LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE HOMESTEAD YOU HAVE DESIGNATED.
Dated: May 1, 2015
WILFORD GESKE & COOK, P.A.
By: /s/ David H. Mortensen
#032906X
Attorney for Plaintiff
7616 Currell Blvd., Suite 200
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651)209-3300
Published in the
Anoka County UnionHerald
May 22, 29, June 5, 2015
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