Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Seventy Six Trombones Lead The Big Parade!

The city of Prior Lake is holding its Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28th 2012. It is FREE entertainment for everyone! Come and bring the kids! Enjoy the day with some fun! The Prior Lake VFW, at16306 Main Avenue South East, Prior Lake, will be sponsoring this event. The parade begins at 9:00am at the Prior Lake VFW and proceeds north on Main Ave., along County Road 44, and concludes at Memorial Park with a program that includes flag raising, the National Anthem, invocation and remarks, roll call,  and a 21 gun salute.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rosemount Park and Ride

Do you work Downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul? Would you like to relax on your way to work? The Park and Ride located in Rosemount is a great way to go! It is located at the Rosemount Community Center, 1355 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068. Buses: 476, 478 and 420 by reservation. The cost is less expensive than the parking ramps downtown. Some of the prices are: Adult (13-64) non-rush hour $1.75 local & $2.25 Express and rush hour $2.25 Local & $3.00 Express while it can be $25.00 a day in ramps and lots downtown. Other locations of park and rides are as follows: Apple Valley Transit Station, 155th Street and Cedar Avenue; 157th Street Station, 155th Street and Pilot Knob Road; Blackhawk Park and Ride, Cliff Road and Blackhawk Road and Palomino Hills Park and Ride, Pennock Avenue south of Palomino Drive. For more information go to

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Holz Farm

Have you ever wondered how a farm is run? Find out for yourself! The Holz Farm in Eagan is doing just that! Holz Farm is located at 4665 Manor Drive. It is an 80 acre parcel from the 1870’s. The property remained in the family until 1993 with the passing of Otto and Ella Holz. In 1995 Eagan City Council Members purchased the land for residential developments in Eagan. The farm bridges Eagan’s past and present, old and young and rural and urban communities. The farm shows family life from the Great Depression through World War II. This farm provides educational, cultural and historic resources. This is a beautiful picturesque farm which offers a unique opportunity to experience rural life as it once existed in Eagan! For people who want to learn more about the Holz Farm there has been a booklet created called “A Walking Tour of Holz Farm” to read.

Holz Farm Events

Garden Plant Sale, May 12

Spring Festival, May 20

Lone Oak Days, September 22 & 23

Old Fashioned Holiday, December 2

Holz Farm Camp and A Day at the Farm experiences for youth are available during the summer months.

Friends of the Farm

Friends of the Farm, a non-profit land stewardship organization staffed by volunteers, is dedicated to cultivating an appreciation of farm life at Holz Farm. This non-profit organization plans and conducts a wide variety of events that provide educational, entertaining, historical and cultural perspectives appealing to a wide range of interests and ages.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Staging 101

We have all heard the word “staging.”  In fact, you can turn on your television to almost any channel and see multiple shows dedicated to “selling your house.”  But why is staging important, and how do you know if you need to stage your home?

Staging helps depersonalize your home.  It allows buyers to envision themselves in the home.  Staging is more than just taking down personal photographs.  In many instances updating fixtures and accessories (lamps, artwork, even side tables and throw pillows) will help modernize a home and appeal to more buyers.  Next, you want to work with the natural features of your home, and neutralize paint colors, which will create the feel of larger space.  Don’t forget about the outside, which is a key component to grabbing buyer’s attention.

You might need a professional stager if:  You LOVE your antique end tables, or brass lamps.  The rug in your entry way may be something you have had in the family for generations.  Your home is in a desirable area and will “sell itself”.  These are just a few statements that will lead your home to sitting on the market for months. 

I have toured hundreds of homes with hundreds of buyers.  Staged homes appeal to more potential buyers.  The neutrality they offer creates a more inviting feeling for the buyer.  You trust your home to a realtor, they know the business, ask for their expert opinion on whether or a not you should hire a stager.