CROSSLAKE - Sue Coulter of Edina Realty, Crosslake, recently received the distinguished sales award.
The Realty Alliance, a network of North America's residential real estate brokerages, presented the sales award to Coulter in recognition of exceptional performance as one of the leading residential real estate sales professionals in North America.
Coulter holds designations of Certified Residential Specialist, Graduate Realtor Institute, Certified Distressed Property Specialist and she is a member of the Million Dollar Guild of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Coulter also is a member of the Edina Realty President's Circle, which means she is among the top 9 percent of 3,000 Edina Realty agents.
Alguire to join Edina Realty
Todd Alguire recently joined Edina Realty in the Brainerd office as a sales associate.
Alguire has been licensed in real estate sales for 12 years and has been consistently recognized by the industry as a top sales agent. Prior to his real estate career, Alguire had a background in sales and marketing.
Shoreland buffer expo and tour set Aug. 1
HACKENSACK - A Shoreland Buffer expo and bus tour of shoreland buffer plantings will be Aug. 1 at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, located five miles east of Hackensack.
The event is sponsored by the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, University of Minnesota Extension Service, Cass County Environmental Services and the Cass County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League with funding from a Minnesota DNR Shoreland Restoration grant.
From 9 a.m. to noon, two concurrent workshops will be conducted and exhibitors with examples of many resources for creating a shoreland buffer will be available. The first workshop is called Creating/Restoring a Shoreland Buffer and will focus on property owners who are ready to get started with a new buffer zone project. The basics of buffers will be discussed, including benefits of buffers, preparing the site, designing your project, plant selection and sources and planting.
The second workshop is called Maintaining Your Native Plant Buffer Zone and is for property owners who already have an existing planted or natural shoreland buffer zone and want to learn more about routine care and maintenance, along with recognizing and eliminating non-native and/or invasive plants.
Following lunch, from 1-4 p.m. a bus tour will visit nearby shoreland buffer zone creations and restoration projects in various stages of growth.
Cost of the expo, materials, lunch and bus tour is $15 per person. The tour of plantings is $10. Fees are payable on the day of the event.
Registration deadline is July 24. To register contact Paula West, Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, at (218) 675-5773 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrants will be asked if they plan to participate in the bus tour.
Nisswa Garden Club to present 'Poetry in Nature'
NISSWA - The Nisswa Garden Club's 71st annual Garden Show will be July 29 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
The show, "Poetry in Nature," will be from 2-7 p.m. Club members and others will be displaying "fruits of their labor" in artistic, horticulture, potted plants, fruits, vegetables and herb sections, as well as a Small-Fry, Junior and Teen Invitational Section. New this year will be an educational display, not to be judged, of heritage and unusual plants. In addition to the exhibits, there will be a plant sale, bake sale and seminars by Karl Nordby, a floral designer at Nature's Touch in Nisswa, and Jim Sherwood, owner of The Treehouse in Pequot Lakes, on "My Favorite Plants-2009."
A cookbook featuring favorite recipes of club members will be on sale. Crow Wing County Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. A refreshment table offering coffee, punch, homemade cookies and bars will be available during the show.
Those interested in exhibiting or for more information, call Barbara Bogdanovich at (218) 330-6661. Entries will be received from 5-7 p.m. July 28 and 7-9 p.m. July 29.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Northway earns LEED AP certificate
BAXTER - Ed Northway, vice president of Northway Construction Services, recently passed the U.S. Green Building Council's certification examination to be designated as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.
To earn the credential, Northway was required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices, principles and the LEED Rating System. He passed a comprehensive written examination, where he scored 196 points out of 200 to be designated as a building professional steward of the LEED certification process.
Northway was project manager for the first LEED Certified Home in the state of Minnesota, a Northway Construction Services project. Northway said the company's goal is to incorporate sustainable design into as many projects as possible, even if a client decides not to formally pursue LEED certification.
Hackensack garden tour set July 19
HACKENSACK - Hackensack's Union Congregational Church presents its 2009 Home and Garden Tour set from 12:30-5 p.m. July 19.
Properties on Lower Ten Mile Lake will be featured on the tour, including the homes of Rick and Deb Hughes, Judy and Marty McCleery and Don and Betty Johnson.
Cost of the tour is $12 and tickets are available at Mark's Market and Union Church. Tour sponsors are Mike's Garden Center, Country Garden Center, Merv's Greenhouse and Sunshine Gardens.
For more information on the tour call the church at (218) 675-6300.
MMBA grand opening luncheon set
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association will host its grand opening luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17 at Unity Bank parking lot on Washington Street.
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