March 2015

Found 10 blog entries for March 2015.

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Known across American as a great place for burgers, Red Robin is a top restaurant near North Oaks. They have created a culture of giving back to the community, providing delicious food and a friendly atmosphere. Here's what you can expect at the location near North Oaks, Minnesota.

Closest Location

North Oaks doesn't have a Red Robin location, but there is one found nearby in Shoreview. It's found at 1090 Gramsie Road in Shoreview, which is about 5 miles away from most areas of North Oaks. This makes it quite convenient for those looking for the taste of a great burger from Red Robin.

This location is open from 11am to 10pm, Sunday through Thursday and from 11am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. There is also a location found about 20 miles

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Papa Murphy's Pizza - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gcfairch/4452236187

A good option for those looking for the convenience of a frozen pizza, but with fresher ingredients and more flavor, Papa Murphy's is a top pizza chain across the nation. They even have some locations in Canada. North Oaks doesn't have a Papa Murphy's location within the city limits, but there are a few locations very nearby.

Papa Murphy's Near North Oaks

Three locations are found near North Oaks for residents to enjoy including locations in Vadnais Heights, Arden Hills and White Bear Lake. These locations are the closest to the North Oaks area and many other locations are found within just 15 miles of the city.

Since Papa Murphy's isn't actually cooked when you pick it up, it's a great option for those in North Oaks. You can pick up your

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When you’re getting ready to move, it’s common to want to lighten the load. Unfortunately, most of your excess belongings, whether they’re waiting to be sold, given away, donated or stored, end up in the garage – with all the other stuff you’ve stuck out there over the years.

It’s like a giant junk drawer and, while your home is on the market, it will be visible to anyone who views the home. It’s unfortunate that with all of the advice out there about staging a home for sale, few of the experts recommend staging the garage.

A few years ago the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) published a study of homebuyers and what they’re seeking in their new home. More than half of them said they want a garage and 86 percent said that a

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With spring finally here, it may be time to do some spring cleaning. This could include organizing your closets and making them much easier to deal with. Here are a few steps to take if you want to create an organized closet fast.

Step #1 - Empty the Closet

Before you do anything else, you want to empty your closet. Sort everything into piles including:

  • A keep pile
  • A give away pile
  • A storage pile
  • A recycle pile
  • A trash pile

This makes it easier to see what you will actually need to organize when it's time to put your closet back together.

Typically, you don't want to bother keeping anything you haven't used in the past year. If the item is in good shape, you can put it in the giveaway or donate pile and let somebody

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Since the Kris Lindahl Team has started offering free staging to our marketing arsenal we’ve noticed a trend among homeowners: they tend to assume only the interior of the home requires staging.

 The buyers’ agents on the team would be quick to tell these folks that neglecting the home’s exterior is a huge mistake. A recent National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB’s) Home Buyer Preferences Survey shows that a major hot button for today’s buyers is outdoor amenities. This includes areas in which to entertain during our amazing North Oaks summers.

 If you plan on putting your house on the market this year, give some attention to the backyard when you’re trying to determine where best to spend those “sprucing up” funds.

 Useable

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With all the information at our fingertips nowadays, it’s surprising that we hear this question so often. But, apparently, there’s a lot of confusion over just how one determines the market value of a home. Since we believe that an educated client helps the transaction go smoother, we are happy to offer an answer to this question.

Who Determines Market Value?

This is the best place to start any discussion of a home’s worth on the current market. Think of the process as that you would undertake if you were selling your car. How will you determine an asking price for it? Do you just pull a figure out of the air because it’s what you’d like to receive?

In reality, it is worth how much other cars similar to it have sold for recently.  It’s the

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Finding the right summer camp for your children isn't easy. Some children love the arts, while others want something more active, like golf. If you want to get your child involved in golf, The Ponds at Battle Creek offers a summer camp program perfect for beginners.

The program is for ages 7 to 17 and all skill levels. It doesn't matter if your child has never hit a ball or has been playing since they could walk, they are welcome at the summer camps.

Camps are held in full and half-day sessions. They include formal instruction and the full-day camps will even include on-course instruction in the afternoon. Both boys and girls are welcome to attend and the camps will feature a maximum of 10 students per instructor.

Kick Off Event and Golf

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Sure, the First-Time Homebuyer tax credit that was so popular a couple of years ago no longer exists, but that doesn’t mean you lack tax savings as a homeowner. Now, we aren’t tax specialists, so speak with your accountant if you have questions about homeowner tax breaks. But here’s a bit of what we know. By the way, most of these were set to expire at the end of 2014 but were extended until the end of 2015 so you can use them when you calculate your 2014 taxes.

PMI Deduction

If you paid less than 20 percent for a down payment on your home the lender tacked on a private mortgage insurance policy. Although the homeowner pays the monthly premium, this insurance only benefits the lender – if you default on the loan.

Aside from those with FHA

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City Projects - Image Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/geralt-9301/With the approval of plans for improvements to the West Recreation area, the NOCF or North Oaks Community Foundation is working on many projects. The NOHOA has committed $550K to improvements and many different items have been proposed. The funds are expected to make a great impact on this recreational area.

The NOHOA and the NOCF are working on raising funds through donation to help with the projects, as well. Currently the pledges from past and present board members total $15,000 and more is certainly needed. Some of the items the Foundation is trying to fund include:

  • Small Playground - $35,000
  • Picnic Shelter - $35,000
  • Ten Picnic Tables - $10,000
  • Ten Benches - $5,000
  • A Stone Grill and Fire Pit

This project will help to make

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Business owners in North Oaks can get a recycling grant to help with the start of or the reinvigoration of a recycling program within their business. This grant is given to any business in Ramsey or Washington County looking to start recycling.

Starter Grants

The starter grans help to fund the start of recycling, which can include food waste/organics recovery within your business. Once approved, the business can use the funds to help purchase equipment, supplies and for training and educating the staff about the program.

Bin Grants

For businesses with a recycling program in place, grants are still available to help with improvement to the program. You can use the funds to add more containers, get the right containers and maximize your

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