March 2015

There are 20 blog entries for March 2015.

This week we’re offering a roundup of some various news items from Blaine. Read on to be kept up-to-date.

Blaine’s New Athletic Complex

Building began a couple of weeks ago on Blaine’s new 38-acre city park. The build is in response to the demands of the city’s growing population, according to Jerome Krieger, program supervisor for Blaine's Parks and Recreation Department.

The new athletic complex, 4286 121st Ave. N.E., will hold four multipurpose fields, two baseball fields, two tennis courts, a basketball court, four pickleball courts, a picnic area, playground and a building for concessions and for Blaine-ites to hold community meetings.

In the winter, the parking lot will be transformed into a skating rink. Expect completion by

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Finding a great restaurant in Blaine isn't hard, especially if you're after BBQ cuisine. DixieBlue is a great choice for your BBQ and provides plenty of great option. Whether you come in for happy hour, lunch or dinner, you're sure to have a great experience.

The Menu

Some of the items you will find on the menu are quite traditional for a BBQ restaurant. However, some are a bit different. The DixieBlue menu includes:

  • Pig Wings
  • Chicken Wings
  • Rib Tips
  • Shredded Pork
  • Slide Brisket
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Smoked Ham
  • Smokes Sausage
  • St. Louis Ribs
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • And Much More!

They offer plenty of sides, such as sweet potato fries, baked beans, corn bread and other traditional choices. For dessert, you can enjoy

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Moving to a new home

Just the thought of moving can be very stressful. However, in some cases, it must be done. Whether you have accepted a new job, need to be closer to family or need to move to Blaine, MN for any other reason, you can make it less stressful. Here are some ways to eliminate some of the stress of moving.

Get Rid of the Unused

Before you start packing, clean out all the things you don't use or need. If you haven't used it or worn it in the past year, it can be donated, sold or given to someone you know. There's no good reason to pack things you won't need or use in your new home.

Pack a Box of First Day Essentials

When you first move into a new place, there are some things you know you will need immediately. You will need some cleaning

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It's that time again for spring cleaning and doing it the fastest, most effective way possible. You may not like cleaning, but it doesn't have keep you from doing it the right way. Here are some tips to help you with your spring cleaning.

Dealing with Dust

Dust is one of the worst things in your home, but you can keep it a bay by adjusting the humidity in your home. With lower humidity levels comes static electricity, which attracts dust. If you keep your humidity level between 40% and 50%, you won't have to worry about dust mite growth. This will make it easier to dust within your home.

During your spring cleaning, make sure to wash all your vents with mild soap and water. This will help to keep them clean. You can also apply car wax to the

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Homeowners suffer a certain level of discomfort when they finally make the decision to sell their homes. Especially if this is the first time selling, you may wonder where to start. Calling real estate agents to interview for the job of representing you during the sale is a good idea, but it’s not the first step you should take.

 Nope – there are three smaller steps to take before you pick up the phone to call us.

Take Stock

Figure out if you’ll be selling the home as-is or if you’ll be making repairs. Keep in mind that certain lenders and government-backed loan requirements include specific repairs be made by the seller. To be safe, decide to fix anything that has to do with the health and safety of the home’s occupants.

You should also

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The Blaine City Council has looked at the redesign of 105th Avenue again and come up with a potential plan. The portion of the road being redesigned runs from Highway 65 to Radisson Road.

The plans have the middle lane becoming a landscaped median and new light posts going in. The road will remain four lanes, but the plans have changed a bit after receiving a higher cost estimate than expected.

Last year, a rough estimate had the entire project costing $4.5 million. However, WSB & Associates has provided a more thorough estimate at $6 million.

The city hopes the state will pay $3 million of the cost because it owns the National Sports Center campus, which is found on 105th Avenue. However, the city won't know if the state will help until May.

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If you own a home, you are probably aware of the complexity that surrounds tax time. However, there are some benefits offered to homeowners, especially if your home was sold or you moved because of your career.Here are some ways being a home owner can be beneficial during tax time.


Most homeowners have a mortgage in which they make monthly payments to a lender. This payment contains two parts: principal and interest. The principal is a payment you make to lower your loan. The interest is charge you are paying the lender for giving you the loan. Homeowners receive a tax credit for the interest they paid on their mortgage. All the interest that was paid the year before can be used as a write off on your taxes.


When a home is

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Those who reside in the Old Woodland Creek Golf Course area, will begin to see swamps reestablished. It was decided by the Andover City Council that the 64 acres would be preserved. The city has been compensated for the land by the Board of Water and Soil Resources. The address of the property is 3200 South Coon Creek Drive.

It was announced by David Berowitz, the City Engineer and Public Works Superintendent, that the land is being sold at $5,582.50 per acre. The purchase total is slightly under $360,000. The Golf Course was purchased by the city in 2013 for $387,000.

Five acres were bought by Shadow Ponds for $130,000. This purchase was made for Capstone Homes to build six homes where the golf clubhouse, driving range and parking lot were.

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OK, so you’re wearin’ the green on this day set aside for a global celebration of Irish culture. Now, how about you take it a step further and step out this evening for some of the fun stuff that goes along with St. Patrick’s Day? We’ve rounded up a few events for you.

Watch the Parade

Although St. Paul held their parade at noon today, Minneapolis’ is at a more civilized hour on a work day – 6:30 p.m. Head downtown to Nicollet Mall – specifically 12th St. to 5th St.

This year’s grand marshal is Jamie Yuccas from WCCO.

Here’s a tip for you Blainites: take public transportation (light rail and bus routes). It’s free to ride from 6 p.m. this evening to 3 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Get the Celtic Rhythm

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The Green Expo will be held at the National Sports Center on April 25 from 9 am to 2 pm. If you have a love for all things Eco friendly this is an event you won't want to miss. Rather, you have been utilizing green products in your life or just want to learn more about the possibilities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

At the event you will learn about groundwater worries, decreasing waste, buying foods locally, and discovering how to be more green. The Green Expo is all about teaching and inspiring individuals and their families. This expo is free to the public, and will have lots to explore.

Some of the things you will experience at the Green Expo include:

  • Exhibits, presentations, and activities from surrounding green
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