All About North Dakota Real Estate

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Scandinavian heritage is a big think here in Minot North Dakota, so much so that we host the largest celebration of Scandinavian heritage in America. That celebration is a four day event called the Horsk Hostfest and it encompasses the largest and many other building of the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.Because it is a four day event and many visitors what to be present for every minute of it the fair grounds set up facilities to accommodate hundreds of campers and motor homes.It really is great entertainment with free entertainment stages set up and running the entire four days. Here are this years top headliners (not free).Not Scandinavian? Neither am I but I've enjoyed this festival for years. The festival had taken a two year break due to covid but it's sure to make a terrific come...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
After months and months we're in. This was a Million Dollar remodel and worth every penny of it.Yesterday was our "soft opening" , you can imagine how excited we were. It's not quite finished. In this picture you can see that we have not put up the 12' rugged cross we just had received.Prior to the remodel this was a very narrow hall way lined with closets. This will be a fellowship area next to our new kitchen. It will be great for coffee and conversation before and after worship.The kitchen is compact and oped to two areas including the fellowship area pictured above.This was an absolute total remodel taking the building down to the stick walls AND even replacing an exterior wall and adding reinforcing beams that went 6' into the ground on top of cement pads. There are areas that I di...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
... Base Newspaper!Philemon may not know how to dress as an Airman on the Minot Air Force Base but he will be appearing on the base in the NORTHERNSENTRY Minot Air Force Base Newspaper very soon.  This will be an excellent step for Timmothy Timm's career. The MAFB newspaper is distributed through out this area plus many former base service men all across the USA subscribe to the paper giving him national coverage as well.We thank Mr. Ted Bolton, owner of the NorthernSentry, for his executive decision to carry Titus & Philemon in his news paper. 😃👍To learn more about Timmothy N. Timm and Titus & Philemon check out his website HERE.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Our growing season is at it's end and I am going to miss the beautiful colors of summer. Soon we will harvest the last of our garden produce and tilling everything under.Here are a few older videos I had done that you who are new to the area may find useful, especially those who have never lived in a cold climate before. The videos include:Preparing window AC unitsChoosing the right shovelPrepare for a HUGE humidity changeAt the bottom of the post is a word about hoses: leave them on the spigot and you WILL end up with plumbing damage.And finally a word about hose and spigots. You MUST remove your hose from the spigot or I guarantee you that when the weather turns bitter cold your pipes will freeze just inside the outside wall and they usually burst. If that happens you are going to hav...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I can hardly add more to the information on the poster above EXCEPT if you are downtown during the hours we are open then I hope you will stop by and see the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery.We are located at 201 Main Street South, Suite 100 Minot ND 58701. Keep in mind that we are moving to a larger suite in the lower level so please excuse the moving mess.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Today and tomorrow, September 15th & 16th, the "Friends of the Library" are having a book sale at the Minot Public Library. This would be a great time to stock up for your winter reading and videos. Everything is sold by good will offering. In addition to books and videos there are CD's, DVD's, games and puzzles.I was there early this morning and picked up a several books and videos. I am most looking forward to watching my Simpsons and Alfred Hitchcock videos.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I am getting too old for this.I am at that age where I really had hoped to never make another move either at work or at home again. At least this move is an office move within the same building so no packing or shipping will be involved.As you can see from the picture at the top of the post I have some prep work to do painting and filling in holes and cracks. The good news is that I am more than doubling my space and my rent will be a quarter of what it is now.Obviously the down side is the decent DOWN the steps and that there is no elevator available. More GOOD news is that the Art Gallery can use all walls down the steps, in the halls, and of course in the office and the gallery area it self. The feature picture at the top really only shows about half the space of the new Gallery (tha...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The video is 4 minutes long This video was shot from The Downstream Campsite below the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. The Garrison Dam is located near the center of North Dakota on Highway 200 (which runs right over the top of the Garrison Dam) between Riverdale ND and Pick City ND. The trail from which I filmed this is at the very end of Hatchery Road. The Downstream Campground is strewn along Hatchery Road. The Downstream Campground is broken up into three sites. I believe that the first and second sites have power available to most, if not all, of the individual camping spaces. The third site is basically right on the road and camping trailers are NOT allowed off of the road. We had such a site. Our perticular site/space was at the end of the road and we really enjoyed where we ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I'm busy as a beaver after the long Labor Day weekend just trying to catch up. It's all well worth it after several days at the Down Stream Campsite just below the Garrison Dam in North Dakota. The Garrison Dam, built in the 50's, created Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri river. Here are just a few shots I took while camping.On the side of the river that we camped on I was surprised at the beautiful, natural sand beach. While there were many young men and women enjoying the sand beach few were in the water and I didn't see anyone swimming... and for two good reasons. 1) having just gone through the dam the current is extremely strong and 2) this water comes from the very bottom of the lake and even after a very hot summer the water temp is between 50 and 60 degrees. Ca ca ca cold!Besides t...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Hoory! It's Fall Clean Up Weekthis coming Sept 19th - Sept 23rdI am so ready for this! I need to get rid of a couple of large copiers, some furniture, and other odds and ends.The City is VERY specific as to what day they will be at your house. If you put it out a day late it will sit there until YOU remove it. Here is a map/schedule for you:For more information you can click here to go to the City's web page on this matter.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
This is my first trip to the Bison Trail just East of Minot off of Hwy 52 East. This is an extensive set of trails maintained by the Minot Park District. The first I heard of it was probably two years ago when my neighbor, a very active biking enthusiast told me about it. I'm not going to say I was "WOWed" by it but the 2.2 miles of main trail combined with many smaller trails is impressive. We did like that it is pet friendly and has a few pet stations along the way with pet waste bags and trash receptacles as well. The signage for the main, Bison, trail was poor and we had to retrace our steps twice to complete the walk successfully. I've included a few snapshots at my blog at ActiveRain as I forgot how to use my old Panasonic HC-V10 camera. My favorite snapshot is of the old abandone...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The key word in this post and the above poster is "BY" and that it is NOT in the park. The event is held next to (North) of Harley's and across the street (East of) Marketplace Foods in the Arrowhead mall.Eagles Wings Church is just far enough off of the road that it is easy to miss. I have not attended this church but it has a very good reputation in the community.Who doesn't like free food, Daryl's Racing Pigs, bouncy houses & classic cars? I recommend you go and have a GREAT time!
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
When I saw this camper set up in the park I was curious as to where they came from. Even though the park closes at 10PM and they will have to leave I thought it was great that they totally set up with their gas powered generator, awning out, and even bringing the canoe. Once I got close enough I could see they were not from out of State... they were from right here in Minot.I thought, that is a pretty good idea, to get the most out of your new camper. Made me wonder where I/we could set up in town for the day.Some other pics from our walk yesterday.Just a note: I had to walk from park bench to park bench and take about a 10 minute break at each bench due to my current medical situation. It was hot out (90 degrees) Baby doesn't always have her tongue out that far. It was a perfect day. T...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Route 316Our church, Grace Lutheran, is a small "new" church in town with limited volunteers so when we hold Vacation Bible School it is BIG, One Day event (and just half a day at that).The theme this year, Route 315, is a take-off of Route 66 but of course it's Route John 3:16. Just like last year Timmothy and I volunteered to be the food and snack masters.The church was very well decorated (hard to do when we are in a complete remodel of the church building, inside and out) with all the hallways made out to look like highways with signs and scenery.Everyone had a great time.Timmothy and I got to be the first ones to every use the new, almost completed, kitchen (during the remodel). I wanted to note that a couple of things from my RE career came in very handy. For open houses I had pur...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
As far as the picture above, wonder where all those thistles come from, well, here is THE thistle factory.Now here is what is REALLY disgusting.Come on! Graffiti on the Woodland Trail. If anyone should be nailed to a tree it would be the clown who does graffiti on trails made for us to enjoy a little bit of wilderness in the midst of the city.BTW check out these weeds behind Timmothy and Baby. Keep in mind Timmothy is 6' tall.Last of all here are some pretty weeds. As long as they are not in my yard they are pretty. 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The Minot Lions Club Slothalon is back.For most of my life the thought of being slothful appalled me. Not so much these days as I've aged and mellowed.I am well beyond the days of needing to prove what a magnificent competitor I am (or never was 🙃).The Lions Club Slothalon is a fun way to help the Lions promote their focus of helping others with eyesight issues. To learn more head to their website www.minotlions.com/tryslothalon 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Well, I can show you what happened to the stinky dog.As far as that "free" dog I guess I could show you receipts for the dog bed, the tie out cable, the two toys, treats and more that all added up to nearly $100.00.Considering Baby came with a kennel (living room type to sleep in), water & food bowl, a collar, and some towels I guess we got off pretty cheap over all.That being said I want to once again reiterate that if you rescue a dog from Minot's local animal shelter keep in mind your total cost will more likely be $300.00 or more when you consider the $100.00 adoption fee and just the sparse list above if you were also to buy the things we got free from Babies previous owner.If you have children and you are just scrapping by financially consider the costs of owning a dog before you ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
We had lots of fun yesterday at the 2022 North Dakota State Fair. We arrived around 1:00PM and stayed till 8:00PM. I would have loved to stay longer however I am still suffering sever leg pain and just couldn't do it. Your continued prayers are appreciated.The good old fashion Merry-Go-Round.Tea Time. Look at the smile on that childs face.Lots of rides with "G" force.and MORE "G" force.Long lines. This was Military Day and the rides were free.Lots of critters. We love the Bunny Barn but we also went through all the livestock barns which is a BIG part of the 4H shows that hundreds of youth participate in hoping to "show" a State Fair champion.We also walked through the "Old Settlers" display (live reenactment) which was fun. Just so you know the following display was NOT a live critter.O...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Today was the day of the BIG parade!It was a grand parade with approximately 200 entries. There were marching men, cars, girls, horses, Big equipment and much much more.Lots of marchingLots of Cars. New and  vintage.Lots of pretty girls.Lots of horses. Not pictured but present were the Budweiser Clydesdales.Farm equipment big and small. 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I am always showing pictures and videos of Minot ND during a blizzard, I thought it may be a good idea to let you know that no blizzards are predicted during the North Dakota State Fair that will be starting this Friday 07/22/2022. So come to Minot this weekend or coming week and I will give you my personal guarantee that you will NOT experience one of our North Dakota blizzards while you are here.
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