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7009 Comanche Ct, Edina, MN 55439
7009 Comanche Ct, Edina, MN 55439
Year Taxes Land Additions Total Assessment 2017 $5,390 Price Not Available + N/A = Price Not Available 2016 $5,467 Price Not Available + N/A = $394,727 2015 $4,831 Price Not Available + N/A = $393,746

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Minnesota GOP lawmakers aim to reorganize Met Council to meet federal standards

ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis on Wednesday, May 2, joined a group of mostly Republican state lawmakers in St. Paul taking aim at the Metropolitan Council, a non-elected regional body that oversees hundreds of millions in spending across the metro.

Lewis, a Republican seeking re-election to Minnesota’s 2nd District, successfully introduced a measure in the U.S. House that would essentially make the Met Council unable to receive federal transportation dollars unless it changes how it operates. The House passed the measure as part of a larger bill taking shape now in the Senate.

Meanwhile, Republicans at the Minnesota Legislature are pushing a bill that would reorganize the Met Council, changing it from a body fully appointed by the governor to one consisting largely of local elected officials from cities and counties.

In response, Gov. Mark Dayton, a group of metro mayors and the Met Council itself fought back, saying Lewis and those state lawmakers have got it all wrong and they’re just trying to attack mass transit. Lewis’ plan, they say, risks shutting off the flow of federal funds critical to mass transit and regional planning.

It’s unclear if any of this will actually become law, or what the effects might be.

Here’s some of what’s going on.

Reasons people hate the Met Council

The Met Council is a frequent punching bag of some. For examples:

• The Met Council levies taxes. If you hate taxes, you might hate the Met Council.

• The Met Council oversees Metro Transit. If you hate mass transit …

• The Met Council board consists of 17 non-elected people, appointed by the governor. If you hate the idea of non-elected people having power …

• The current Met Council is appointed entirely by Dayton, a Democrat. If you hate Dayton …

• The Met Council has influence over future land use and zoning. If you hate people telling you what to do with your land …

• The Met Council is focused entirely on the Twin Cities metro. If you hate the Cities …

So … if you hate the idea of non-elected people having the power to levy taxes to build mass transit and influence land use in the cities … you get the idea.

The Met Council is grandfathered

“We’re not here to beat up on the Met Council,” Lewis said at the outset of Wednesday’s news conference. “We’re here to talk about good governance,” Lewis said. Others joining him Wednesday echoed the point.

What they were getting at is that the Met Council is unlike any other governmental body in Minnesota, or perhaps the nation.

Since 1967, its board has been made up solely of governor-appointed members. It has power not only over mass transit, but also the region’s sewer system, and it doles out grants through its Housing and Redevelopment Authority. In all, it spends about $400 million annually.

In the case of transit, the Met Council has been the area’s designated “Metropolitan Planning Organization” since 1973, when Gov. Wendell Anderson made it such. The following year, the Legislature blessed that move. This MPO designation makes it eligible to be the conduit, for example, of the roughly half a billion dollars in federal funds that helped build the Green Line light-rail line connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Across the nation, many major metropolitan areas have regional entities that handle mass transit like this. Some are elected, some appointed, and some are a mix. Often, how they’re constituted is controversial. But few, if any, are appointed by one person and also have the additional powers of wastewater and regional planning. Lewis said the Met Council is the only such MPO and is allowed only because it’s grandfathered. Federal rules require elected officials on other MPOs, he said.

Lewis’ plan in Washington, D.C., would rescind that grandfather clause.

Love it or hate it

The Met Council’s weirdness is by design: The decision to not have mayors and county commissioners on the board is based on a philosophy that elected officials can be provincial, petty and self-serving, but non-elected citizens can rise above that and plan for the region as a whole. The Met Council board is advised by the Transportation Advisory Board, which includes elected officials. None of the Met Council critics at Wednesday’s event could recall an instance where a TAB recommendation wasn’t followed by the full Met Council board.

Edina Mayor James Hovland, who chairs the TAB, said he was thrown off by the Met Council’s weird design years ago when he first became involved.

“Over time, I’ve come to really appreciate this nuanced model that we have,” he said Wednesday, describing it as having an “exquisite elegance.”

Hovland was joined by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and several other mayors, and they were armed with letters from the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and Minneapolis Regional Chamber defending the Met Council’s makeup.

But opponents see it as runaway government with little accountability.

“We have an agency of un-elected appointees that have levying authority, taxation authority and a budget that dwarfs … any number of major metropolitan areas, and they report to a constituency of one,” said state Rep. Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake, one of the sponsors of the state bill to remake the board.

Election year heightens controversy

In addition to any philosophical disagreements, all state House members, as well as every member of the U.S. House, including Lewis, will be on the ballot in November. Politicians of all stripes look for ways to score points in election years.

Lewis’ opponent, Democrat Angie Craig, said the following Wednesday: “Jason Lewis apparently believes in local control only when it suits his partisan political beliefs. His recent amendment would create chaos in our transportation planning. The move could cause Minnesota to lose over $2 billion in federal transit funds. He’s playing dangerous games with our federal transit funding.”

Also on the ballot will be the governor’s seat, and Dayton isn’t seeking re-election. If an anti-mass transit governor is elected to succeed Dayton, transit initiatives could be stymied even if nothing else changes.

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Just Sold: Work to start on Eagan Fairfield Inn & Suites

Eagan-based JR Hospitality and its partner, Burlington, Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotel Group are set to start work on this 107-room hotel on a site just south of the Twin Cities Premium Outlets mall in Eagan. The 0.82-acre parcel is next to 3939 Cedar Grove Parkway, where the partners are completing a Home2 Suites by Hilton. (Submitted rendering: Base4 Architects & Engineers)

Editor’s note: “Just Sold” is a Finance & Commerce feature based on certificates of real estate value recently filed for commercial transactions and significant residential transactions in Twin Cities counties. Additional details in the transactions come from Plat Research, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, company documents, online real estate listings, F&C archives, CoStar and other research. Some purchase prices and per-unit calculations have been rounded. Full prices are available on the CRVs posted here.

Eagan-based JR Hospitality and its partner, Coralville, Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotel Group are set to start work this summer on a 107-room Fairfield Inn & Suites, their second hotel on a site just south of the Twin Cities Premium Outlets mall in Eagan.

Kanda City Lodging LLC, a Hawkeye entity, closed April 9 on the nearly $1.02 million purchase of the 0.82-acre site from Eagan Economic Development Authority, according to the certificate of real estate value released April 20. The purchase price works out to nearly $1.24 million per acre or $9,500 per room, the formula the city used to determine the cost.

The parcel is next to 3939 Cedar Grove Parkway, where the partners are wrapping up work on a 119-room Home2 Suites by Hilton, set to open this summer. Hawkeye Hotel paid the city $491,706 for the Home2 Suites site last August. Base4 of Boca Raton, Florida, is the architect for both projects. NGC Group Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska, will be the general contractor.

The hotels are among four the partners have under construction, with another hotel undergoing a major renovation and five more set to break ground within the next 90 days, said Jay Bhakta, managing partner for JR Hospitality. Nine of the company’s 11 current projects are in the Twin Cities, with two in Wisconsin.

How does Bhakta keep all the projects on schedule?

“I have great partners,” Bhakta said.

The site for the two companion hotels is in the center of the city-owned Cedar Grove Parking Garage, a 1,550-stall structure shaped like a crescent. The garage serves the Twin Cities Premium Outlets mall, which opened in 2014 at a site near the intersection of Highways 77 and 13.

Purchase price: $1.017 million (cash)

Price per square acre: $1.24 million

Last sale: N/A

Property ID: 10-16723-01-020

Date of deed: 4-9-18

ECRV released: 4-20-18

Uptown retail building fetches $2.5M

2801 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis (Submitted photo: CoStar)

Description: Two-story, 10,290-square-foot retail building, built in 1970 on 0.24 acres at 2801 Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis

Buyer: 2801 Associates LLC, Eden Prairie

Seller: Namakan Properties LLC Minneapolis

Purchase price: $2.5 million, with a $720,000 down payment and new financing, part of a 1031 exchange

Price per square foot: $242.95

The transaction: A fully leased Uptown Minneapolis building that’s home to a salon, fitness center and fast-food restaurant has sold for $2.5 million in a deal between private investors.

Namakan Properties LLC closed April 19 on the sale of the 10,290-square-foot, fully leased building at 2801 Hennepin Ave. to 2801 Associates LLC, based in Eden Prairie.

The purchase price works out to $242.95 per square foot.

One of the investors in the buyer group confirmed the sale but declined to identify the investors or comment on the acquisition. He confirmed that the building had been renovated in recent years, and identified the tenants as Potbelly Sandwich Shop and IM=X Pilates and Fitness, on the first floor, and Salon Concepts on the second floor.

Before the renovation, the upper floor housed offices for several small businesses, according to CoStar.

The Secretary of State’s records show the selling entity is managed by William Bailey, the owner of Minneapolis-based Carpet King. He couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

CoStar shows that one of the former tenants was Flooring Expo, a company related to Carpet King. Flooring Expo still operates stores in Woodbury, Edina and Maplewood, according to the Carpet King website.

Last sale: $1.76 million in 2013

Property ID: 33-029-24-43-0033

Date of deed: 4-19-18

ECRV released: 4-20-18

Olympus pays $2.1M for Whittier apartments

2109 Blaisdell Ave., Minneapolis (Submitted photo: CoStar)

Description: 16-unit low-rise apartment building, built in 1905 on 0.36 acres at 2109 Blaisdell Ave. in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis

Buyer: Olympus Properties LLC, Minneapolis

Seller: Vlatrix LP by Blue Heeler Inc., Its General Partner, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Purchase price: $2.1 million, with a $425,000 down payment and new financing

Price per unit: $131,250

The transaction: Minneapolis-based Olympus Properties LLC has paid $2.1 million for a 16-unit vintage apartment at 2109 Blaisdell Ave. in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. The property is the 12th acquisition in the company’s apartment portfolio, according to information on the company’s website.

The property last sold in 2013 for $1.34 million but ended up with its lender, Anchor Bank. Vlatrix acquired the property through a quit claim last month, then sold it to the current owner.

The property includes 16 two-bedroom units averaging 1,000 square feet of space each. Rents weren’t available.

The price for the property works out to $131,250 per unit. The average sales price per unit for apartments in the Twin Cities metro area is $124,967, according to the Finance & Commerce Apartment Sales Tracker at finance-commerce.com. The tracker has recorded the sale of 42,815 apartment units since Aug. 31, 2011.

The parties couldn’t be reached for comment.

Last sale: Seller paid $854,000 in a quit claim transaction in March 2018

Property ID: 34-029-24-21-0098

Date of deed: 4-24-18

ECRV released: 4-25-18

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West metro news briefs: Edina City Council sets affordable housing buy-in fee

The Edina City Council has set a fee of $100,000 per unit for housing developers who decide to bypass affordability requirements set down in the city’s housing policy, with plans to use fee revenue for future affordable-housing projects.

Council members unanimously approved the fee at their meeting Tuesday. The fee, which would be paid to the city, was recommended last month by city staffers.

For any large-scale development that requires rezoning, Edina requires that either at least 10 percent of the units be affordable to families making 50 percent of the area median income, or that 20 percent of the units be affordable to those making 60 percent of the area median income.

The so-called “buy in” fee would allow developers to skip the affordability requirements, according to city documents. The city would issue a building permit once the entire fee has been paid, according to city documents.

Edina has required a buy-in fee only once before, for construction of The Loden apartments on the city’s west side. That fee was about $81,000 per unit.

The Hennepin County Board has reappointed two managers to another term on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District board.

They are Sherry White of Orono, president of the board, and Kurt Rogness of Minneapolis, the board’s secretary. The board has seven members, each of whom serve three-year terms.

White, who lives on Lake Minnetonka, has worked to save her shoreline from polluted runoff. Rogness, a retired architect, has lived near Minnehaha Creek and Lake Harriet for more than four decades.

White said that she looked forward to continued service on the board “which, together with the organization’s committed staff, has forged strong relationships with its partners to make lasting water resource improvements.”

Rogness said he was grateful to have the chance “to help the district and its partners align investments and identify mutually beneficial goals that protect and improve the quality of water and the quality of life in this beautiful watershed.”

From Minneapolis to Maple Plain, the watershed district covers parts of 27 cities and contains 129 lakes, and manages everything from flooding to the spread of invasive species. Six of the seven board managers are appointed by Hennepin County and one is appointed by Carver County.

A major reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard, also known as County Road 112, between Long Lake and Orono, will resume this month.

The multiyear project led by Hennepin County is repairing deteriorating pavement, updating utilities and making drainage and stormwater management improvements.

Officials hope that the work between Lake Street and Wolf Pointe Trail will be finished in the next several months. Costs will be covered by funding from the state, county and respective cities.

The first phase of the project, budgeted at $19.1 million, includes restoration of the Long Lake shoreline, new sidewalks on Lake Street, new trails along the north side of Wayzata Boulevard, crosswalks with raised medians connecting area trails, ornamental railings on retaining walls in downtown Long Lake, and Long Lake city monuments at Brown Road (County Road 146) and Martha Lane.

The second phase, between Wolf Pointe Trail and Hwy. 12 and budgeted at $12.4 million, will include the replacement of pavement and underground utilities, and improvement of curbs and gutters for better stormwater management.

While access to businesses will remain during construction, Wayzata Boulevard will be closed three times for short periods during the year.

Minnetonka officials are considering building mountain bike trails and invite residents next month to offer their views on trail designs.

The off-road biking trails would go in Lone Lake Park, 5624 Shady Oak Road. City staffers will decide where they would be built and how long they would run.

City officials conducted a resident survey in 2016 in which many voiced an interest in mountain bike trails. Lone Lake Park was considered most feasible for the trails, according to the city’s website.

Three open houses are planned for May 17 to give residents a chance to provide feedback on the trails, starting at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Minnetonka Park Board commissioners will review concept plans on June 6. If they approve, the plans will go to the City Council for a final vote.

Carl Anderson, an Anoka City Council member for 13 years, announced at the March 19 meeting that he will resign his seat later this month because he is moving to Champlin.

And he already shared some ideas about the kind of person he’d like to see fill his shoes on the council.

“Let me just give you a hint,” Anderson said at the council meeting. “One thing we need on this council is somebody of the other gender.”

He told the five-member council that it could also benefit from a younger person.

City leaders plan to discuss the vacancy at an upcoming workshop. The person they appoint to the seat will fill out Anderson’s term, which ends Dec. 31. Anderson’s seat is one of several City Council spots on the November ballot.

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Winona earns Minnesota Clean Energy Community Award

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From left to right: Jessica Looman (Commerce Commissioner), John Howard (City of Winona), Yvonne Pfeifer (Xcel Energy), Elena Foshay (Center for Energy and Environment), Chris Meyer (Winona volunteer & Clean Energy Resource Teams), Camille Morse Nicholson (Jefferson Center), Tami Gunderzik (Xcel Energy), Bill Grant (Commerce Deputy Commissioner).

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The work of the City of Winona and Sustain Winona received a 2018 Clean Energy Community Award at the Community Driven Clean Energy Conference in St. Cloud. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

The awards recognize communities that contribute to the state’s clean energy goals by planning and implementing programs, policies, and technologies that encourage energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy generation.

Sustain Winona and the City’s Energy Action Team earned the award for a project called the Moving Winona Forward Energy Collaboration. Together they increased community-wide adoption of energy efficiency and conservation by bringing together a wide variety of community partners throughout Winona County. The resulting connections and projects advance the state’s energy goals by greatly expanding the local capacity to serve stakeholders, residents, and the broader community.

“The collaboration that took place as part of this project was amazing. The energy savings and dollar savings of this work put the City well on its way to meeting its energy goals, and also helps the State meet their energy goals,” said John Howard, the City’s Natural Resources Sustainability Coordinator.

One of many capstones of the project was the successful endeavor of working with Xcel Energy as well as the Winona Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). This combination of partnerships provided free energy audits and installations of energy saving measures to 191 low to moderate income households in the city of Winona.

Nick Larson, Community Development Specialist with the City of Winona added, “The tremendous amount of effort and heart everyone put into the project was astonishing, but an aspect of the project I found to be especially proud of being part of was the work done with the HRA. The energy audits and direct installations will have a continual impact by lowering utility bills, thus allowing the families to conserve their earned income, which when one has some financial freedom—it allows for additional financial choices.”

The award winners were honored as part of the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) clean energy conference at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Elizabeth Dunbar, who reports on energy and the environment for Minnesota Public Radio, emceed the awards ceremony, while Jessica Looman, Commerce Commissioner, and Bill Grant, Deputy Commissioner of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources, presented the awards. A panel discussion to highlight the work of the award winners took place at the conference.

The seven Clean Energy Community Award winners include the Town of Crystal Bay, the City of Edina, Hennepin County, Minnesota State Mankato, City of Red Wing, Sustain Winona, and the City of Warren.

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Harry Gustafson

Harry Gustafson

Gustafson, Harry Age 100 of Eden Prairie passed away peacefully at home January 23rd surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar & Hilda Gustafson, beloved wife of 55 years Doris, son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Ethel Gustafson. He loved his family and is survived by children Greg (Jeanne) Gustafson, Heidi (Brian) Wiessner, Kevin (Mary) Gustafson, and Dori (Jim) Herman; grandchildren David (Jackie), Erik (Robin), Andy (Elizabeth), Sven (Anna), Peder (Sage), Hans (Audrey), Mara (Rob), Kari, Brent (Lauren), Blake (Lindsay), Paul (Megan), Scott (Rachel), Anne (Joe), Robbie (Hailey), Lauren (Kyle) and Maddie; 25 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and special friend Marian Flakne. Harry’s amazing memory remained sharp until the end, providing first-hand details about Edina where he lived most of his employed and child-rearing life, serving for years on the Edina Planning Commission and seemingly always "in the room where it happened" for many decades. He attended law school in Mpls at age 18 and, as was only done in those days, followed his law degree by attending the U of MN as an undergrad. After serving in W W II he married and began a full and long life as an attorney with a passion for taking part in developing real estate: homes, bowling alleys, hotels, office buildings, restaurants and Sanibel Seaview on Sanibel Island where he and his wife lived for more than 20 years. He loved family, work, bridge, golf and books and managed to live independently and unassisted in his apartment until his last few months when he lived with his children. "Grandpa Harry" will be greatly missed. Memorial service at 3 pm February 8th at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie. Visitation at church one hour prior to service. Memorials preferred to medical foundations that support research for treatment of Pancreatic Cancer, ALS, Familial Amyloidosis, or a charity of your choice.

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Lorraine V. Brown

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Lorraine V. Brown

Lorraine V. Brown, 93, Moose Lake, died on March 16, 2018 at Mercy Hospital with her family by her side. Lorraine was born in Moose Lake, MN on January 22, 1925. She graduated from Moose Lake High School in 1942. Lorraine worked as a legal secretary for 17 years for Dodge-Warp attorneys.

Lorraine is survived by her children: sons: Rick (Jill) Brown of Baxter, MN and Jon (Kathy) Brown of Edina, MN; and her daughter: Deb (Ted) Shaw of Moose Lake.

Grandchildren: Tami (Ahmed Mohamed) Brown, Missy (Chris) Gamst, Beth (Todd) Neigum, Jeff (Angela) Shaw, Brooke (Eric) Palkie, Farrah (Tom) Fisher, Britt (Brandon) Brown, and Meg (Louie) Vandermay.

Great Grandchildren: Nora Mohamed, Maddy & Savannah Gamst, Mason Naus, Tommy Fisher, Hayden Palkie, Parker, Maddox, and Hudson Vandermay, Inga and Greta Neigum, Marley and Jake Shaw, and Ben Hines.

She was preceded in death by husband, Robert "Bob" Brown; parents: Ernie & Ina Newbloom, brothers: Bud and Tom; sisters: Marian, Scotty, Tinny, Nita, and survived by sisters: Tootie and Dolly.

G.G. loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. There will be private family graveside services at Fort Snelling National Cemetery where her beloved husband, Bob, is buried.

To sign the guestbook online, go to www.hhkfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.

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Edina, MN Real Estate: Open Houses

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

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Community solar garden will be latest economic addition to West Broadway corridor on North Side

The first community solar garden on the Near North Side of Minneapolis will rise this spring on a flat-roofed church along W. Broadway Avenue, thanks to an emerging coalition of faith partners, clean-energy advocates, industry experts, job trainers and community members.

"The ‘Just Solar Garden’ at Shiloh Temple underscores the need for solar energy equality and equal-employment opportunities in communities of color, like the North Side of Minneapolis," said Julia Nerbonne, executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL). "This project [and a related March 10 conference] will demonstrate how access to clean energy, workforce development and public policy solutions can bring about authentic equity in the quickly developing solar arena."

The Just Solar Garden project atop Shiloh Temple is being driven by the MNIPL coalition and its technical and job-training partners.

The Just Solar Coalition also plans installations this year in Edina, at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie and a downtown city parking ramp, as well as in rural Minnesota.

The $500,000 Shiloh project, to be formally announced Friday, is the first of several faith-based solar installations and will precede a Saturday conference at Metro State University’s Great Hall in St. Paul on building a "Just Solar" model that spreads clean energy and jobs into diverse and low-income communities. That will feature Jacqui Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program in Washington, D.C.

The Shiloh solar array will host 630 panels, and generate enough juice to power the neighboring Masjid An-Nur mosque and 26 households. It is a small, but significant, start and brings Near North — with its historic concentration of minority residents, low-income households and high unemployment rates — into the local solar surge.

Marcus Owens, a North Side native and business veteran who is CEO of the Northside Economic Opportunity Network, said the solar garden is "a fantastic opportunity for the community; particularly opening pathways for job creation; building technological and economical environmental infrastructure."

The North Side also has experienced rising property values amid increased housing demand in recent years. And there’s been a modest surge in new apartment buildings along the West Broadway corridor that is the main commercial artery of north Minneapolis, as well as small business expansion in refurbished buildings that center on health, art, apparel and food. Other recent developments include construction of a $36 million project to build a headquarters for Thor Cos., along with office space that will include nonprofit minority business counselor and lender Meda, and other related developments at the nearby intersection of Penn and Plymouth avenues.

Three popular microbreweries have sprouted in the neighborhood that commercial real estate analysts say is a sign of rejuvenation in once-dilapidated industrial buildings.

Solar and wind energy jobs are among the fastest-growing employment categories in Minnesota. A number of churches, schools and commercial buildings already feature solar arrays in south Minneapolis and elsewhere in the Twin Cities. And MNIPL also is working to cut more minorities into such work through training partners.

Minnesota posted the second highest solar-energy job growth in the country last year, 48 percent, to 4,256 jobs, according to the Solar Foundation. There are more than 250,271 U.S. solar jobs, the majority in installation.

That compares to under 75,000 coal industry jobs. And renewable sources, including wind and solar, have surpassed nuclear power as the second-largest generator of electricity in Minnesota.

Minnesota’s soaring solar employment stems somewhat from the state-mandated Community Solar Garden program, created in 2013. There were 58 community solar projects in December, compared to 10 a year earlier. So far, they can generate at peak up to 211 megawatts compared to 400 megawatts for a midsize coal plant.

Xcel Energy administers the solar garden program, which is aimed at residents, businesses and governments that want solar energy without setting up their own rooftop arrays. Instead, they subscribe to larger arrays operated by independent companies and organizations that connect to Xcel’s grid. Most have been built outside the Twin Cities.

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas of Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis, the developer of the Shiloh project, said it will be financed 40 percent by a local equity investor, which will benefit from federal tax credits, 40 percent from bank debt and 20 percent by subscribing community members.

"There’s a lot of other inner-city stuff in the hopper," Nerbonne said.

Ralph Jacobsen, founder of IPS Solar, Minnesota’s oldest solar installer, said his firm is working with Jamez Staples, a North Sider and CEO of Renewable Energy Partners, to train minority workers for this and future solar projects.

"This is a job our crew has really been looking forward to," Jacobson said.

Neal St. Anthony has been a Star Tribune business columnist and reporter since 1984. He can be contacted at nstanthony@startribune.com.

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Massive Bathroom, Chef’s Kitchen, More: West Metro Wow! House

EDINA, MN – Step into a pristine and private estate in the heart of Edina. Open and new feeling grand spaces surround. The serenity of floor to ceiling windows overlooking views of nature creates a tranquility like no other.

An entertainer’s dream with a chef’s kitchen, butler pantry, formal and informal spaces. A place for family – with five en-suite bedrooms.

The entire home is finished with classic hardwood floors. The lower-level walks out to spacious and private setting.

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