May 2015

There are 20 blog entries for May 2015.

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The Blaine City Council met on May 7th and approved plans for a new apartment complex development. This project will be completed in three phases and will provide 112 new units to the Blaine area. The new complex will be located on the corner of 126th Avenue and Central Avenue.

The city has been working with Kason, Incorporated of Forest Lake for nearly a year to get the project finalized. In March of last year, the Blaine Planning Commission actually recommended that the City Council deny the project. However, they never took action and Kason revised the plan before it was approved.

Originally, the plan was for 147 units, but the revisions dropped the number to 112 and the building materials were upgraded. The council was looking for a higher

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Known as a good place for lunch and dinner, Bricks Kitchen & Pub provides plenty of options. The restaurant provides a casual atmosphere with menu options for just about everybody. Here's a look at what you can expect when you dine at Bricks.

The Menu

There are plenty of items to choose form on the menu from starters to desserts. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Bourbon Shrimp
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Spicy Beef Salad
  • Margherita Flatbread
  • Mediterranean Flatbread
  • Lasagna
  • Pappardelle Bolognese
  • House Made Cheese Ravioli
  • Pub Burger
  • Filet Mignon
  • Chimichurri Chicken
  • Alaskan Cod
  • Tuna Melt
  • Bulgogi Tacos
  • Duck Confit Spring Rolls
  • Truffle Parmesan Fries
  • And More!

They also provide a kids menu with

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Bonfire is a Minnesota based restaurant and family owned. They have multiple locations throughout the state with plenty to offer from the wood fire ovens. From seafood to pizzas and so much more, this neighborhood restaurant and bar provides plenty of things to enjoy.

The restaurant has been open since 1996 and serves groups of all different sizes. Whether you come in for lunch, dinner or a late night happy hour, you will find something to enjoy at Bonfire.

The Menu

You will find all types of favorites on the menu including:

  • Chicken Wings
  • Bontons
  • Cowboy Poutine
  • Walleye Bites
  • Mesquite-Grilled Salmon Salad
  • Fiesta Salad
  • Buffalo Chicken Flatbread
  • Spicy Pepperoni Flatbread
  • Arizona Wrap
  • Salmon BLT
  • Grilled Philly
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Our local MLS produces market statistics every month, based on last month’s real estate market activities. As you can see, the spring home sale market is definitely underway. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.

 Here’s the market, in a nutshell:

  • Fewer homeowners listed their homes for sale than they did during this same period last year.
  •  We also closed 2 percent fewer sales in Blaine than we did last year.
  •  The median sales price of a Blaine home increased 4.5 percent to stand at $237,000.
  •  Blaine homeowners are realizing 99 percent of their original list prices, a figure that represents an almost 3 percent increase over last year at this time.

Homes are selling very quickly, spending 63 days on the market, on average,

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GS Land, LLC has proposed at 44 single-family home development with a two phase construction process near Nowthen Boulevard and Alpine Drive. The development received a preliminary approval on May 12th from the Ramsey City council.

The Construction Phases

The first phase of the development will include 32 homes, which will be constructed later this year. After these homes are constructed, the second phase won't come until 2016. The second phase will include 12 more homes after a new Fire Station has been constructed in place of the current station, which will be demolished.

The 21.5-acre site has been up for sale by the city for a few years now. They have wanted to sell it since 2006, when the Ramsey Municipal Center was relocated. The

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Plenty of great events will be happening in the Anoka County area to kick off the summer in June. Whether you love the theater or you enjoy a classic car show, there's something for just about everybody. Here are some of the top events coming to the area this June.

Peter Pan, The Musical - June 5th, 6th and 12th to 14th

Northern Starz Children’s Theatre will present Peter Pan, the Musical at the beginning of June. This fun story will be put on for all to enjoy at the Northgate Performing Arts Center, which is found at 7295 Sunwood Drive in Ramsey. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

2015 Anoka Classic Car Show - June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 5pm to Dusk

This family friendly event will provide plenty of fun for all to enjoy. It will

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Sites found just off Lexington Avenue and Interstate 35W have been the target of both Goodwill and Aldi. These Blaine sites may see a new location for both chains open in the near future.

The area they are targeting already has a Fleet Farm store within it and it's only about a quarter-mile from the Wal-Mart, which is currently under construction.

Aldi is looking at a site where they would build near the Fleet Farm on Lexington Avenue, while Goodwill is looking at a site closer to Ball Road.


The Blaine City Council addressed proposals at the May 7th meeting and the Blaine Planning Commission has already made unanimous recommendations for approval of conditional use permits and preliminary plans for both sites. The plans do have

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Eddy's Resort has been transformed into something quite different than before. It's found on the western shores of Lake Mille Lacs and provides a resort atmosphere with a new dining experience and much more.

The Launch Bar & Grill provides plenty of great menu options with a peaceful atmosphere for dining. This is just one of the great features of the new resort. Here’s what you will find at Eddy's Resort this summer.

Eddy's Resort provides 64 guest rooms, four private cabins and one Parlour suite. It has been designed with contemporary decor and provides a great experience for those looking to escape everyday life.

Recreation and Activities

The resort has put an emphasis on recreation with plenty of activities for families and outdoor

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If you’re one of our home buying clients you already know this ― Blaine homes are selling like crazy, getting multiple offers from the minute they hit the market.

It’s frustrating to find the perfect home for you only to learn that several other homebuyers feel the same way about it. Then, the battle ensues in a heated bidding war. If you aren’t fully prepared for this battle, you’ll lose.

I thought today I’d let you in on a few “secrets” to winning the war.

Prepare for Victory

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win,” or so says Sun Tzu in “The Art of War.”

Preparation is the key to winning a bidding war. This means going in fully armed and ready to do battle.

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Listed as the top restaurant in Blaine, MN on TripAdvisor, Kintaro Japanese Sushi and Steak House is a great choice for your next meal out. If you love sushi, you will love this restaurant and even those not enjoying sushi can find something from the menu they will enjoy. Here's what you can expect when dining at Kintaro.

The Menu

The menu includes both a lunch and a dinner menu with plenty of great choices. The lunch menu has sushi bar specials, along with classic rolls and a hibachi menu. You can even order on line for pick up or express dine in. Some of the lunch options include:

  • Hibachi Steak
  • Hibachi Scallop
  • Sushi & Sashimi Lunch
  • Classic 2 or 3 Roll Lunch
  • Hibachi Chicken & Shrimp
  • Mango Sauce Lunch Box
  • Thai Curry Lunch
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