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 To all my Family and Friends I have out lived by Robert Swetz As a new year comes around and or our birthday rolls around we seem to always think about Family & Friends. For the last several years I have been thinking about all of my Family & Friends that I have out lived. Some were older and some 20 to 30 years younger than me when they passed. I lost my grandmother around 30 years ago, grandfather 20 years ago, my stepmother 8 years ago, my Uncle Donny, Uncle Richard, my best friend Steve Pieper 10 years ago, Jay Comisky 11 years ago, Kent Larson 8 years ago, Joanne Olson, Mike Casey, Mark Shuda 7 years ago, Ben Anderson 6 years ago, Brian Eggert 4 years ago, David Bowie, Prince, Tom Petty, Thor Lindsay in 2017 and the list goes on and on ... and how many more Family & Friends will I...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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HAFA is another one of those terms thrown about in Short Sale discussions and pronounced Hoffa or Halfa. It has not been the most successful of the Short Sale program attempts but is far more successful than the loan modification programs. No matter how you choose to pronounce it, the letters stand for Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative. HAFA sets a structured time frame for the Short Sale process but does not always hit their own goals. None the less, the financial incentive to homeowner's is a powerful carrot to dangle as the journey is long and stressful to a successful closing. But when it does happen, it is sweet!
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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     This video speaks of love, sacrifice and bravery- both for those men and women in our armed forces and those they leave behind. Everyday those serving in our armed forces risk their lives to bring peace and stability to other regions of the world and to ensure that ours is kept here in the USA. They have marketable skills, they have training and educational backgrounds- they are employable- they could pursue an easier job back home, but they sacrifice for you and for me.  It costs them, it costs their families and I am so grateful that they willing go forth no matter what the cost. Their bravery and courage should be an example to us all.      I want to say a thank you from my heart and know that I will do my small part to help the families in my area that bravely wait for their lo...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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     In the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota, buying a home with the intent to fix it up is one of the best investments you can make. Whether you intend to make it your primary residence, a second home or a rental- there are many things that with some hard work you can tackle yourself.  Our current Brainerd Lakes real estate market may allow you to get the home of your dreams without breaking the bank.        I will tell you that buying a fixer-upper can be a big challenge as there may be structural defects or other hidden problems.  For those reasons, I always recommend an inspection. This service with a reliable and thorough home inspector is always worth the expense.        If you are planning to make structural changes to the home as in moving or taking out walls- remember that the...
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Look it's Vegas Bob and we don't like his kind around here ...   I was born and raised in Minnesota and these furry creatures use to be friends of mine but now having lived in Las Vegas for so many years their afraid of me. What happened? I shower & change my clothes every day, brush my teeth, and do what ever I can to smell good. Nu Nu, Sherry and myself pulled up to these furry creatures in northern Minnesota and was able to take this great shot looking at us and then they started running, Nu Nu said they don't like me! I use to talk to the animals and living in Las Vegas so long I have lost my touch!     Post & Pics by Robert Swetz (Vegas Bob) - All rights reserved - 2010
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     Video by Robert Swetz (Vegas Bob) - Crosslake Minnesota - Crowwing County - All rights reserved - 6-16-2010   swetz777 — June 18, 2010 — Commercial Property for sale in Crosslake Minnesota, 4.9 acres with 800 feet of road frontage on Hwy 66 and 1100 feet of road frontage on Hwy 6.Great property for (Gas Station), very heavy traffic coming up from the Twin Cities, Brainard, Breezy Point, Merrifield and surrounding areas. Possible Contract for Deed and price to be determined.Please call Robert Swetz (Vegas Bob) at 702-443-7156Video taken by Robert Swetz (Vegas Bob) 6-16-2010   (Note)  Great Location for (Gas Station)      
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By Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
 Name that photo ......... ?  photograph by Robert Swetz (Vegas Bob) 2009
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 While I was fishing on Crosslake Minnesota last weekend this Blue Herring in the photograph (above) was doing some fishing of it's own.  I captured this beautiful bird in flight with a Nikon D-90 with a 135 mm telephoto lens, it was quite a sight to see and for more information on Crosslake Minnesota with it's chain of over 15 different lakes connected with channels please go to this link ............... City of Crosslake, Minnesota -- Welcome to the City of Crosslake ...  If you look real close at the top left corner of the photo below you can see a blurry (Edina Realty) sign, there are hundreds of Real Estate signs around these chain of lakes in Crosslake Minnesota and very, very little is selling!  Photographs & story by Robert Swetz  www.SearchMyPics.com  www.LakeOwner.com  www.Ve...
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 Take a look at this funny boy with his brother and sister!  I just spent 3 days back in Minnesota with my family and friends fishing and taking photographs af just about everything and anything.  Take a look at this little guy in the photo (above) hanging onto this tree branch, and his brother in the photo (below)!      And the photo of their sister in the photo (below), well let's just say she's holding her nose for one reason!  I will be posting different photographs of silly creatures like the ones above, lake photographs, from sunsets to fish and from flowers to the leaves changing into fall colors!  For anyone that enjoys taking photographs please feel free to join one of my favorite groups at Activerain.......  EXPRESS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AT ACTIVERAIN  Robert Swetz  www.SearchMyPi...
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 The "Memories at Activerain" Contest Ends Tuesday and I hope everyone entered their posts, and if you didn't please get them in ASAP!  Here is the (Link) to the Contest for anyone that missed it, good luck and I wish everyone could be winners!  (New Contest at Activerain) Bringing back Great "Memories at Activerain"  This beautiful photograph above was taken yesterday on "Rush Lake" in Cross Lake Minnesota. The sunset that evening was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen in a long time.  I had two Nikon Digital cameras with two different type lens, shot around 100 photographs of this sunset alone from many different angles because we were in a boat.  I have many, many beautiful photos with colors of Reds, Pinks, Purples, Blues and more!  I will be sharing them through different ...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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  To my C-21 friends ~ my apologies! Summer is winding down but the number of stinging insects, such as yellow jackets and wasps, flying through the air, have not. In my case getting stung results in a big ouch, temporary redness, swelling and itching at the site of the sting. Hoewever for a small number of people with severe venom allergy,  these stings may be life-threatening. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) urge people who suffer from a stinging insect allergy to take extra precautions and to carry epinephrine with them at all times. "September through October is prime sting season; a nest that had a few dozen yellow jackets in July may have thousands in late September" said David B.K. Golden, MD, Fello...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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When the former President Boris Yeltsin of Russia was buried, he had a Russian Orthodox service.  This is the first time in over a century that in Russia a deceased head of state was bid a religious farewell. The memorial service was held in central Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral and was attended by our former U.S. Presidents George H.W.Bush and Clinton along with dignitaries from many countries. Was the name of Christ spoken-was the plan of Salvation talked through- did those in charge of the religious parts of this service speak truth to the living? Funerals are for the living. At a funeral there is a somewhat captive audience that normally ,at least a few of which , wouldn't set foot in church on a Sunday. Don't waste this opportunity. Speak life to the living!         Photo by...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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 This is the first in the series of quotes to start out your New Year with wit.                                    The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.      -Winston Churchill                  The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.     -Mark  Twain                         The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.    -Herbert Spencer, English  Philosopher (1820-1903)                There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress.   -Mark  Twain                                     What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.     -Edward Langley...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   SANTA BEAR     After 23 years of bringing Christmas joy into the lives of many shoppers at Dayton's and the gift recipients of the aforementioned group, Santa Bear will be put into hibernation on a permanent basis. It used to be that  shoppers would wait in line  the day after Thanksgiving to get that year's dated Santa Bear. Dayton's Department stores later became Marshall Field's and are now part of the Macy's chain. My family used to visit the downtown Minneapolis Dayton's every year to see their fabulous  display window and floor Christmas decor.     I have several  Santa Bears and Miss Bear...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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       Those who fly out of Minneapolis - St Paul Airport in Minnesota and leave pets behind may have an new option for where to leave Fido or Fiona.  A plan has been approved for a 24-hour pet  spa care, boarding  kennel and grooming facility right at the airport.  Travelers can drop their cat or dog off anytime of the day or night and then take a shuttle to their  designated terminal.  Whenever their flight arrives back at MSP their pet will be available to be picked up and go home. Unlike you, they will be looking and smelling even better than when they came. Having made new friends and had a relaxing massage, your pet will be  able to quickly forget that you went somewhere without them.     Other such facilities are located in New Orleans, Seattle, Denver, and San Diego.  38 Billion...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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                                                                                    photo by Fusko- Flickr                                                                                        Creative Commons   What is Hippology? Hippology is a Greek word, with the word root "hippo" meaning horse and "ology" meaning the study of. Hippology was first presented in Washington State in 1997 when Pierce County sponsored an exhibition at State Fair in Puyallup. Objectives The primary objectives of the Hippology Contest are to provide, in a friendly but competitive setting: the opportunity to blend equine science and husbandry with horse judging and public speaking into one activity where 4-Hers can apply their acquired knowledge and skill; to encourage youth to continue expanding their hors...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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         With the upcoming school year closing in quickly - plans need to be made  in the case of student illness or days off from school for working parents that have younger children in the school system. Arrangements will need to be made in advance for a day care situation ,  transportation, or Mom or Dad taking days off of work.  Here is the Brainerd School district schedule, so that you have plenty of time to make those arrangements ahead . Of course, snow days give us no time to prepare, so make sure you have a back up plan for those as well. Some times grandparents in the area, an at home mother,  or a  well known and trusted neighbor will fill in for those days. In the event of an early school closing, the younger child should have someone waiting at home to let them in and care...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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           At 10:00 AM, the gates open and the expected  over 100,000 visitors start coming in.   They eat, they catch up with old friends and take in the sights.  Some are here to stock up on free office supplies and candy and hit every booth that has something to give away.     We have Monster ears, OOfda Tacos, Honey sundaes, and Shooster burgers,  pony rides and a Carnival, and entries of anything and everything.  There is an educational building for the K-12 entrants and Fine Arts covering all ages , with a special division for nursing home residents.     Tuesday was Senior Day and the buses from all the area nursing and group homes brought in their residents.   They got corsages, special fair treats and a tour.  This is the first year that my family has not brought a Senior to the...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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    On Saturday, August 4th at 8:00 AM, the race will begin.,  The starting area and registration are all located just North of the business district of Crosslake, MN in the Town Square.     The top 3 males and the top 3 females in age divisions will receive prizes.  All participants will get T-shirts.  The first male and the first female to finish will be awarded special prizes.       Crosslake is located 30 miles North of  Brainerd, Minnesota where Re$ale Design is located in the beautiful lakes area.  Come and enjoy the scenery  Call Re$ale Design and Home Staging -  your home will  be dressed to impress.     Whether selling or staying our talented staff can make your home a show home.      Stop by our booth at the Crow Wing County Fair to register for a free staging consultation. a ...
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By Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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    James Munsch of Brainerd was preparing to start his freshman year at ND State in just 4 days when instead he took off on a bicycle tour alone to raise money for cancer  research for children  With a noble goal of $5 Million, he is now back in Brainerd with the $500 he raised and priceless memories and experiences.     The bike trek started in Seattle and ended in Manchester, NH where he ran out of his money and took the bus home.  He made it across 22 states and 6000 miles.     He slept in a "scout tent" which was a 9 x 12 plastic tarp attached to his bike leaning against a tree and a ground support.  Meals weren't much better.  February was spent in ND helping the homeless and gaining a new perspective on being a responsible adult.  He tells those holding a public office or those i...
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