Friday, May 17, 2013
New study used quality of local schools in relation to the price of their local real estate to measure nation's "Best Places for Families to Live."
ZipRealty, a national leader in online residential real estate brokerage and technology provider, has released its inaugural ranking of the "Best Places for Families to Live: Top School Districts with Most Affordable Housing." The public school rankings were compiled by factoring each school district's School Score on ZipRealty.com with median price per square foot in that district. ZipRealty's proprietary School Score ratings measure the performance of each school district, including elementary, middle and high schools on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. ZipRealty calculates the School Score based on test-score data as well as student/teacher ratios, says Jamie Wilson, senior vice president of technology. Westonka …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The bill would change the way Minnesota calculates LGA but won't start money flowing into most Lake Minnetonka city coffers.
Years without getting local government aid will stay that way for Lake Minnetonka cities. Other Minnesota cities could see payments balloon under a new proposal that would inject tens of millions of dollars into the system and change the way those millions are distributed. A bill by state Rep. Ben Lien of Moorhead (DFL-4A) would add $80 million to the $426 million that the state is scheduled to spend on local government aid (LGA) in 2014. One Lake Minnetonka city would get LGA money only under the Lien plan: Mound gets nothing under current law or under the Dayton plan, but it would get more than $300,000 in 2014 local government aid under Lien's bill. Long Lake is the only Lake Minnetonka city to get LGA now, and it would continue to get…
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
One is accused of participating in a home invasion, the other of knocking four officers to the ground.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jay Corn
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A man from Norwood Young America, about 45 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, has been arrested in Mound and charged with felony burglary. Prosecutors believe Jesse Kohman and two other men entered a home on Drummond Drive and assaulted people living there. Kohman is accused of entering through an unlocked door and participating in the attack, during which one man was punched multiple times and another suffered blows to his face. Witnesses told police Kohman and the other two men came looking for a person they said slept with someone’s girlfriend. Minnetrista police found Kohman and brought him back to the home, where he was identified as one of the men involved in the attack. Kohman denied entering the house and told police he didn't …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The American Academy of Pediatrics wants families across the country to "unplug" for one week.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Lisa Buck
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The average American kid today spends more time every week with media or entertainment than in school or with their parents. That's a number that has got the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concerned—prompting the group to designate this week as Screen-Free Week. The steep rise in kids’ use of electronics has West Metro parents concerned. “My kids spend way too much time with electronics,” says Karen Kasner, an Orono mother of three. The Kasners’ gadgetry includes Nintendo DS, Wii, iPad, iPod and personal computer. “They get sucked into a video game and lose track of what is going on in the world around them. My kids have had dreams that they were actually in the video game.” “Electronics stifle their creativity and imagination,” …
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Home buyer tax credit that expired at the end of 2010 contributes to gloomy first quarter numbers in 2011
Mirroring a state-wide trend, the real estate market in communities surrounding Lake Minnetonka continues to struggle through the first quarter of 2011. The news isn’t all bad, however, and a silver lining can be found laced into local data released this week by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR). Virginia Lord, a Wayzata-based real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, said she can already see noticeable signs of a turnaround and that the local real estate market is starting to pick up steam. “I was just able to use a phrase I haven’t been able to use for a while: ‘multiple offers,’” Lord said. “I think there’s a lot of pent up buyers out there who are ready to make a move, and they are starting to do that.” Industry numbers…