This year, for Lent: Less chai, more homes

Each year for Lent I put a lot of thought into what I can do to better focus on my relationship with God. That's what Lent is about really...refocusing ourselves in a new way. This Lent I wanted to shift my focus from the negative thoughts that creep into my head to a place of gratitude. So I began asking myself what is that makes me feel fortunate, blessed, and grateful on a daily basis.

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South Minneapolis Housing Fair: It's time to get those home improvement projects started!

Walk through the MRES Tiny Solar Home to see amazing energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. The Tiny Solar Home will be open in the parking lot at 22nd Ave and East Lake Street from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on April 5 in conjunction with the South Minneapolis Housing Fair.

The 20th annual South Minneapolis Housing Fair is being held April 5th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Minneapolis Sports Center, Midtown YWCA at 2121 East Lake Street. The Fair is produced to provide home improvement information to Minneapolis residents and to support local community resources.

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Cold winter: Corcoran weatherizes

You’ve probably noticed the higher gas costs this winter. This is partly the deep cold. Most Corcoran homes are using more natural gas and high demand has sent prices soaring nationwide. Centerpoint has also raised rates to pay for repairs to an aging gas system.

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Legal advice now offered free to tenants

Beginning April 1, 2014, tenants in Minneapolis that are interested in their rights as renters can receive free legal advice. Tenants may email the attorneys of HOME Line at www.homelinemn.org/e-mail-an-attorney/ or call the free Tenant Hotline: (612) 728-5767.

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Free testing for lead-based paint hazards

Peeling paint is not only a housing code violation in the City of Minneapolis, but could pose a serious risk to children under the age of 6. Recent research from the Minnesota Department of Health states that there is no safe level of exposure to lead.

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Is 'redlining' alive in the Twin Cities? New report finds racial, neighborhood-based disparities in mortgage lending

An analysis of loan data conducted at the University of Minnesota Law School has found that minorities are more likely than whites to be turned down for a mortgage or refinancing in the Twin Cities.

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Victims of violence could gain more protections in rental housing agreements

It may become easier for victims of domestic abuse to break a rental housing lease.

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Minnesota termites - they're not unheard of!

Many states require termite inspections before real estate can change hands. None are required in Minnesota because there are no termites here. That is why I was astounded a few years ago when I sold a home that was infested with termites. The buyer had an inspection and we all saw the mud tubes, but since none of us had ever seen a termite or a mud tube it just did not register.

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Occupy Homes demands Minneapolis cops follow protocols

Occupy Homes is calling for the Minneapolis Police Department to follow its own foreclosure protest protocol, which requires a number of steps before people can be arrested. The demand that police follow their own rules came after seven people occupying vacant houses were arrested within 10 days in March. On April 1st, Occupy held a rally in downtown Minneapolis and marched on the offices of Police Chief and City Attorney Susan Segal, where protesters placed the boards the police had used to board homes reclaimed by Occupy Houses.

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House tax bill boosts property tax refunds for renters and homeowners

The second major tax bill of the session is moving through the Minnesota House of Representatives this week, and it takes an important step forward for low- and moderate-income taxpayers.

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