Whitney: Highway death sheds light on boy's life

Whitney: Highway death sheds light on boy’s life

Jay Lavender was fascinated by trains. For a boy with a roving mind, they symbolized power, movement and freedom. Sometimes Lavender would leave his house at night on the northern fringe of Sioux Falls and walk along the nearby railroad tracks, envisioning where they might lead. No one is quite sure where the 16-year-old O’Gorman High School student was headed the night of Oct. 1, but they know that he never came back. Lavender, who was diagnosed with autism and attention deficit disorder and r…
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Family of student suing school district over welding injury

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The family of a student who says their son suffered permanent vision loss because of a school welding exercise is suing the …
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Tough quarter for real estate sales

Tough quarter for real estate sales

The Ridgefield residential real estate market suffered another bruising season in the third quarter that ended in September, with millions less in home sales, just like the second quarter before it. A total of 91 single-family homes sold, with sales volume of $77 million, down from $95.3 million the third quarter of 2014, according to statistics provided by the Ridgefield Board of Realtors. Condominiums fared better. A total of 15 units were sold, with volume of $8.4 million, up from $5.4 milli…
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Naples portfolio commands $608 per square foot

Brokerage firm Holliday Fenoglio and Fowler L.P. (HFF) announced the sale of seven buildings in Naples for $74.35 million, or about $608 per square foot. HFF represented the seller, Naples Fifth Avenue Holdings, LLC, and got marketing assistance from Miami-based Courtelis Company, which handled leasing and building management for Fifth Avenue. The buyer is Hoffman Commercial Real Estate, based in St. Louis, Missouri. The seven-building portfolio in Naples covers a combined 122,276 square feet, …
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Florida leads in FAA approvals for real estate drones

Florida leads in FAA approvals for real estate drones

Florida is the leading state for federal approvals to use drones in real estate photography. The Federal Aviation Administraion (FAA) has granted 45 exemptions to drone pilots for real estate applications in Florida, more than in any other state, according to a report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems. For example, Carlos Pando, a manager of Orlando Aerial Videos in Central Florida, told the Orlando Sentinel that his company got an FAA exemption about four months ago and uses it …
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Insights from a Tampa Bay real estate instructor

CHERIE DIEZ | Times Deborah Diesing is with the Bob Hogue School of Real Estate. If you’ve ever gone to real estate school in the Tampa Bay area, chances are Deborah Diesing was your instructor. Through boom, bust and boom again, Diesing has taught an estimated 1,200 students of the Bob Hogue School of Real Estate what they need to know to pass the Florida real estate exam. She also teaches continuing education courses, traveling as far as the Panhandle. A Wisconsin native, Diesing, 60, moved t…
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