Monthly Archives: December 2009

State trooper injured in Minnetonka

A Minnesota State trooper was injured after a motorist hit her squad car. It happened Wednesday at 1:30pm on Interstate 494 at Highway 7 in Minnetonka.

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Appeals court upholds hedge fund’s judgment

Former Minnesota Vikings co-owner James Jundt of Wayzata lost another round Tuesday in a $1.8 million legal dispute when the state Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a former money manager at Jundt Associates Inc.

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Stores Hope For After-Christmas Shopping Surge

Share + Dec 27, 2009 11:28 pm US/Central MINNETONKA, Minn. 1 of 1 The week after Christmas can account for 10 to 15 percent of the season’s sales.

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Tips for Surviving a Power Outage

Few of us like to think about disaster striking or preparing for power outages.



Yet, power can go out at any time, especially if you live in a populated area such as any major city in California. While a storm is a likely culprit to cause a power outage, sometimes power outages happen because too many people are using energy at the same time. California has more than 35 million people and not enough energy sources to adequately service its population.

Don’t wait for the power to go out before you stock up on supplies because you could find the store shelves raided and empty during a power outage. Moreover, put all your emergency supplies in one place where they will be easy to locate. Otherwise, you could be stumbling around in the dark searching for stuff. You also have no control over how long power will be out, so make sure you double up on back-up supplies.

Of course, to make the wait easier, you can always call your public utility company and be assured that a bazillion other people are without power. My utility company records messages that say things like, “We estimate power will be restored by o-dark-thirty, and by the way, there are 18,000 other households without power.” Then o-dark-thirty comes and goes, and we still have no power. But the message is then changed to say, “There are 500 other households without power.” Misery loves company, I guess

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Tips for Surviving a Power Outage originally appeared on About.com Home Buying / Selling on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 05:00:53.

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes / When you’re playing with your toys, and…

Reports Wicki-Yah: “Our children’s sermon was about repentance. Jane gave the kids three examples of when a child says or does something the ‘wrong way’ and then asked what they should do instead that would be good.

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Head into new year with these wise money tips

For my final column of 2008, I asked several Minnesota money experts for their No.

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Weintraub’s 2010 Real Estate Predictions

I was a little late this year in putting together my 2010 Real Estate Predictions.



Usually, I try to write my annual real estate predictions at the end of November, but this November I was in Viet Nam. Trying to cover my blogs and postdate articles before I left was a major accomplishment in itself, and time just ran away. But it really doesn’t make any difference because I’m predicting the same things I thought of last November now.

You see, I had already put together my list of real estate predictions; just didn’t actually write it until I returned from vacation . . . read more about 2010 Real Estate Predictions.

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Weintraub’s 2010 Real Estate Predictions originally appeared on About.com Home Buying / Selling on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 05:00:39.

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Fannie Mae & Homepath Renovation Mortgages



Whether you’re a real estate professional trying to help buyers, or a real estate investor looking for a foreclosure deal, Fannie Mae wants to help. At least they do if you’ll buy one of their foreclosed properties approved for the Homepath Renovation Mortgage program.

I’ve summarized the major benefits for your buyer clients here, and the incentives for real estate investors here. Take a look, as some of the features, like borrowed down payments and light renovation financing, make this program pretty appealing if you’re looking for a foreclosure deal.

Fannie Mae & Homepath Renovation Mortgages originally appeared on About.com Real Estate Business on Sunday, December 27th, 2009 at 12:36:36.

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What will it take to get us to spend in 2010?

Santa hasn’t come down the chimney yet, but retail observers already are gauging what’s to come in 2010.

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Top Transactions – December 24

In November, Wayzata Bay Redevelopment Company, a subsidiary of Roseville-based Presbyterian Homes & Services, transferred a portion of the property at , to an affiliated company called Wayzata Senior Housing for $4.22 million.

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