Siouxland gets first Verizon 'Smart Store'

Siouxland gets first Verizon ‘Smart Store’

SIOUX CITY | Mary Frericks stopped by Verizon Wireless’ new “Smart Store’ in Sioux City recently for help with her new iPhone 6. At a smartphone station, she was assisted by the store’s solution specialist, Victor Bustos. “I just got to upgrade my phone. The shop here is so awesome,” Frericks of Remsen, Iowa, said. “Victor was very helpful.” Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, opened its first Smart Store in Siouxland last month. The 4,725-square-foot store, with services …
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SMSU FOOTBALL: Mustangs’ comeback attempt falls just short against USF

MARSHALL – It’s hard enough to stop the No. 5 team in the country with a full field in front of them. Southwest Minnesota State was forced to try and stop the Sioux Falls offense on short fields most of the night in a 34-26 loss on Saturday. Of its 12 drives in the game, five of them started at either midfield or in Southwest Minnesota State territory. Of those five drives, four resulted in Cougar touchdowns. “Sioux Falls is driving 80 or 90 yards every drive,” Sauter said. “When you force them…
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United Real Estate adds agent

United Real Estate adds agent

SIOUX CITY | Beth Ortmann has joined United Real Estate Solutions as a member of the residential sales team. She works out of the company’s  United Center office in Sioux City. After a 10-year career in social service and juvenile justice, Ortmann has returned to her passion for housing. Raised in central Iowa where construction was the family business, she not only watched and learned, but was also involved with several home renovation projects. Ortmann and her husband Chris have two daughter…
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Winning Wegmans took 9 years of patience, flexibility by High Real Estate Group

High Real Estate Group believed Wegmans was right for its Crossings at Conestoga Creek since day one. For Wegmans to believe it was right for the proposed development, though, took nine years. “We identified Wegmans from the very beginning” as the ideal anchor, said High’s Steve Evans, then used “extraordinary patience” to land the retailer. Related: Wegmans is coming to site near Long’s Park Evans, senior vice president and managing director of its retail division, began talking to Wegmans in 2006 when High unveiled the project. “We’ve been aware of this site and this market for a while,” acknowledged Ralph Uttaro, Wegmans senior vice president of real estate. At that time, the Harrisburg Pike development, opposite Long’s Park, was to be an open-air shopping center of about 650,000 square feet. The upscale supermarket chain even appears on the first version of the site plan for The Crossings. But Wegmans declined, since the plan did not “provide all of the those aspects of a layout that worked for them to position their store,” said Evans. High and Wegmans talked at length again in 2010-2011, when High changed The Crossings to a mixed-use project. The mixed-use approach cut the retail space to one-third of the original version while adding apartments and a hotel. “But it just wasn’t the right time for Wegmans,” said Evans, because the retailer was focused on launching stores in major metropolitan areas. Wegmans, explained Uttaro, “only opens a few stores a year” and was busy at that time pursuing “a lot of opportunities in other markets.” The right time High and Wegmans reconnected in September 2014, with the retailer deciding “it was time to take another look,” said Evans. That led to an agreement for Wegmans to anchor The Crossings, subject to Manheim Township approving the mixed-use development. Meanwhile, High is up to version 42 of The Crossings’ site plan, one that’s tailored to the wishes of Wegmans. “We designed the site plan to accommodate all the things that are important to them,” said Evans. All the revisions weren’t due to Wegmans, Evans noted. The site plan also was modified over the years to reflect input from township officials and residents, new stormwater management rules, the site’s physical characteristics and other reasons. And a site plan with 42 versions is not a shocker, given the size, complexity and evolution of The Crossings, he said. “I’ve worked on site plans in my career that went through more than 42 versions.” Wegmans hopes to open its store here sometime in 2018, after a year of construction. The retailer will lease the ground its store covers from High, but will construct the building and own it. Evans sees Wegmans as an ideal anchor for The Crossings because of the kind of company it is and the kind of pull its stores have. As a corporate citizen, Wegmans is a multi-generation, family company that generously supports charities wherever it operates, as is High, said Evans. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this type of company to Lancaster,” he said. As a retailer, Wegmans has been praised by Fortune, Forbes and Consumer Reports for its top-shelf employment practices and its outstanding selection, prices, service and presentation. Lifestyle project “It’s truly an experience (to shop at Wegmans),” said Evans. “That’s what people want today — an experience, not just a commodity.” The presence of Wegmans at The Crossings will make it easier for High to attract other retailers and restaurants, said Evans. “Wegmans is the critical catalyst to enable us to bring to Lancaster and to The Crossings what we said we were going to do back in 2006,” he said. That’s to create a pedestrian friendly, open-air development where there’s numerous things to do, all in a comfortable “Main Street” setting. This is what’s known as a “lifestyle” development. And this “lifestyle” project would be done inside the urban growth boundary while improving traffic flow on a major corridor. “Wegmans will be a big part of driving the environment that we want to achieve…” said Evans. “We’re truly going to have this ‘live, stay, dine, shop and play’ mentality.”
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Danielle Jo Pettis, 39, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Huron

Danielle Jo Pettis, 39, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Huron

SIOUX FALLS — Danielle Jo Pettis, age 39 of Sioux Falls, formerly of Huron, SD, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2015, at her home in Sioux …
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Digest: Stampede win third straight

Lawton Courtnall scored twice and Stefanos Lekkas had another strong performance in goal with 26 saves as the Sioux Falls Stampede topped the Waterloo Black Hawks 4-2 before 5,787 fans at the PREMIER Center. The win was the Herd’s third straight and completed a weekend home sweep of the Black Hawks. Sioux Falls improved to 4-3-0 on the season with the win and 4-1-0 on home ice this season. The Stampede knew heading into the second game of the weekend they would need to come out with more ener…
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CAREER IN REAL ESTATE

CAREER IN REAL ESTATE

Many fear proposed exemptions would limit the bill’s impact in a state where nearly any nonnative creature can be kept as a pet. A year ago, the University of Wisconsin football team went off in October, blowing out opponent after opponent as it rolled through the soft m… SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points and Julius Randle had 14 to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to an 85-70 win over the Golden Stat… CAREER IN REAL ESTATE When you work with the most recognized nam…
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Presto change-o

The house stands on a corner lot and the backyard borders the 4th green of Linwood Country Club The public will get its chance to weigh in on the controversial South Jersey Gas pipeline Monday. Erica Skroski and Jenna Seddon don’t seem to have a problem being teammates with one another. The locally based creators of the comic SUPER! are getting ready to make issue 6 of their series, but they need your help. ATLANTIC CITY — The city’s bartenders are slinging far fewer drinks this year compa…
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Empire Mall holds job fair

Empire Mall holds job fair

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Looking to make a little money this holiday season? The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls is hoping to hire 400 employees to take seasonal and even some permanent positions. The mall held a job fair today to recruit people looking for work. More than 20 businesses set hiring tables out in front of their stores, giving job seekers several different options for employment. “The holiday season is a tremendous time for Hyvee, but we’re opening up five new restaurants in our stores so w…
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Editorial: Better distracted driving law would make streets safer

There is a simple test for whether the Sioux Falls City Council should ban the use of handheld electronics while driving. Does it make the streets of our city safer? The answer is yes. The council is set to have a first reading on the proposal on Monday with a full discussion on Nov. 10. Between now and then you will hear a litany of reasons why this regulation on cell phone use in cars is not needed. There are degrees of reasonableness in this pending community debate. It begins with the fact …
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Real estate transactions Oct. 19, 2015

Real estate transactions Oct. 19, 2015

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS $3,200,000 Toehold on Sandcastle LLC to Hoschak Properties LLC, Lot 9 Blk 47 Ilexhurst, O.R. Book 02590 Page 1840, Oct. 8. $2,615,000 Avena LLC to Hansen Douglas A, Hansen Joanna R, Lot 4 Lake Club, O.R. Book 02589 Page 7584, Oct. 6. $2,600,000 Walker Philip A, Walker Gia T to Thirteen 109 LLC, Blk 26 Cortez Beach Wyman and Greens, O.R. Book 02589 Page 6550, Oct. 6. $2,020,000 Anchor Builders Lake Club 23 LLC to Winsler Robert J Jr, Winsler Peggy S, Lot 23 Lake Club, O….
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Weichert Real Estate Affiliates adds 38 offices

Weichert, Realtors: Martin J. Rueter. (Photo: ~Jon Roemer, Courtesy of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates) To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs MORRIS PLAINS Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., the franchise division of Weichert, Realtors, continues to raise its profile throughout the country with the year-to-date addition of 38 franchise offices to its rapidly growing nationwide network. “Because of our cutting-edge technology and wide v…
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Fresh data Crain's publishes commercial real estate list package

Fresh data Crain’s publishes commercial real estate list package

Crain’s has just published its annual lists of the largest real estate brokers and largest office leases for the 12 months ended June 30. Brokers are …
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Prosecutors claim former state assembly speaker used official action on behalf of Glenwood …

This week a federal judge delivered a blow to former speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver, ruling that prosecutors may introduce evidence that he took official action on behalf of Glenwood Management. The evidence allegedly links Silver to official action taken on behalf of real estate developer Glenwood Management that blocked a methadone clinic from relocating near one of its buildings in Lower Manhattan, according to the New York Times. The evidence involving the clinic was …
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Insider Buying: Morguard Real Estate Inv. Director Purchases C$562522.40 in Stock (MRT.UN)

Insider Buying: Morguard Real Estate Inv. Director Purchases C$562522.40 in Stock (MRT.UN)

Morguard Real Estate Inv. (TSE:MRT.UN) Director Kuldip (Rai) Sahi purchased 38,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 15th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of C$14.50 per share, with a total value of C$562,522.40. Kuldip (Rai) Sahi also recently made the following trade(s): On Wednesday, October 14th, Kuldip (Rai) Sahi acquired 17,500 shares of Morguard Real Estate Inv. stock. The shares were acquired at an average price of C$14.13 p…
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Sunday Q&A with Robert Taylor of VCU’s Kornblau Real Estate Program

Robert Taylor is the executive director of the Kornblau Real Estate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University Robert Taylor, who teaches undergraduate real estate and financial courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, is one of the forces behind the annual VCU Real Estate Trends Conference. The year’s event, which is Thursday, marks the 25th consecutive year for the program. The conference draws more than a thousand people throughout the region in the real estate and related industries…
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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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