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MN Blog Cabin Roundup 11/13

The high costs of pets in rentals; building up Moorhead; happy holidays; and the owls of Houston, Minnesota.

Pet fees + pet deposits + pet rent = petposterous

from by Nick Magrino

…I would have to say that it does make sense for a prudent property manager to want some sort of upfront or ongoing mechanism to protect against potential pet damage.

You know what’s ridiculous though is paying all three types of financial penalties associated with pet ownership:

  • A pet deposit
  • An upfront pet fee
  • An ongoing pet rent

In my current lease, I am subject to all three of these things, like a schmuck.

We built this city

from After Thought by Nancy Edmonds Hanson

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My husband and I were taking a spin around our south-side Moorhead, Minn., neighborhood the other night, marveling at the new homes popping up all around us.

For block after block, on street after street, sod had been pushed back and basements were being dug. Earth movers were carving out new streets where corn and sugar beets grew just a year ago. Dragon-like boom pumps were squirting concrete into foundations and new driveways. Piles of roof trusses and lumber were stacked Lego-like on lots where single-family homes had been framed, and apartment skeletons were taking shape, and shingles were being stitched onto acres of brand-new rooftops. Rows of yard signs proclaimed “for sale,” and just as often, “sold.” The curbs were full of cars, while mountains of unpacked boxes peeked out of open garages.

He looked at me and said, “You know, we did that.”

A holiday letter to my Christian friends

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

Dear Christian Friends:

I confess, I say “happy holidays.” Not always, but pretty often.  But I promise, we are not at war.

For the record, these ARE NOT the reasons I say “happy holidays.”

If you love owls, visit Houston

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

I DID NOT HAVE nearly enough time to explore the International Owl Center in Houston. That would be Houston, Minnesota, not Texas. My husband and I were on a tight schedule to reach La Crosse after lunching with friends Doreen and Tom atop the ridge near this southeastern Minnesota community.

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