All About North Dakota Real Estate

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Like most cities, big and small, Minot is always doing little things to create tourist photo ops hoping those photos will end up on social media. Well we (the Timm family) took the bait with the new "Magic Minot" sculpture at the end of Main Street and here it is on social media.Two out of Three stands for the members of my family that I love. Tina is in Japan for two weeks with her Guard unit. You notice Carol is wearing a jacket, that was a week ago, over the last two days we have set record high temps in the 90's.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
I have had amazing luck with my Google for business page (a free service) receiving about 500 views a week so I decided to set one up for my son Timmothy's art gallery. It seemed like a piece of cake when I set mine up but for some reason or another this one has been a royal pain in the ass. Here is what it looks like so far:I have not been able to post the text about the gallery and comic strip I've uploaded, that's what kills me. I will get it figured out so that is not what I'm asking you for help with today.What we (Timmothy and I) need help with is that if you Google search "Titus and Philemon" he doesn't even show up. Not even on page 8! If you search "Titus and Philemon Art" he shows up in 5th place after some nice articles written about him.If you could help us out and do a sear...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Pretty easy trivia but just in case you need a hint hereis a video to help you out.Roosevelt Park has a lot to offer and it holds a lot of good memories for me personally. First I will do my best to discribe all that Roosevelt Park offers.Let's start at the South entrance because it's where I enter most often (my house is just a block away). When you enter the parking lot The Roosevelt Park Zoo is right there and they share the same parking lot.You have several choices to make as soon as you step out of your car. You can head to the Zoo, relax under a beautiful gazeebo, or on the bridge over the pond, or on one of the benches overlooking the pond. Also, right at the enterance is the North Dakota Medal of Honor Memorial.The park is a beautiful place for the whole family to walk, picnic, ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Minot's Downtown is Pretty Uptown!I'm sure there are a million reasons as to why Minot's downtown is as vibrant as it has been for years but all indicators are showing that this summer may be its biggest growth year since it's inception 135 years ago.Maybe it's the clever marketing through Visit Minot or maybe it's the popularity brought on by the new trendy restaurants and shops like The Titus & Philemon Art Gallery. Maybe it even has something to do with shops and services like Ward County Notary Service who give YOU the freedom to choose if you want to mask or not mask.The last two times I've been to the mall (twice in 3 months) I came away with two major impressions... 1) How dead the mall was... 2) How many vacant store fronts there were.Don't misunderstand, I do not take pleasure ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Minot ND is a city of constant change. While our population has remained faily stable by the numbers (aside from the oil boom and the flood of 2011) we do see a larger than average number of people come and go every year due to our association with the Minot Air Force Base. The population of the MAFB varies from 5,500 to over 7,000 and when you consider troops (men and women) often get reassigned every 3 years that is a lot of people coming and going.It may seem silly to locals that I am going to tell you about Oak Park, Minot ND's largest and most popular park, but as someone who deals with newly relocated troops every day I know some of these young men, women, and families have no clue what is available in Minot.Oak Park is Minot's largest and most popular park. It offers some great w...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
When it comes to signs of Spring on the North Coast you take what you can get. Here are three signs I saw this week.Carol received this buld for Christmas. We followed directions and nothing appeared to be happening for about 6 weeks. Then BOOM! It grow at a rate of about 2 inches a day until it reached 24". This week it fully bloomed.Cattle on the road means that they are not cooped up in the barn or in a feed area. It also means they are going to find a path to the "greener grass" on the other side of the fence. I encountered this bag of beef on my way home from an assignment yesterday.Last of all the Boys of Summer made their first appearance across the street from my home at historic Corbett Field. It was just a practice but it was great to see them. Before the artificial turf was i...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Lillian A. Vannett, North Dakota's 1st female RE Brokerpassed on February 6th 2021.Lillian started her Real Estate career at Watne Realtors in Minot. She sold RE for many years and served as the first female President of the ND Realtors Association in 1972 and again in 1976. She was named Woman of the Year in 1976 by The Minot Business & Professional Club and in 2013 Lillian was named as a charter member of the ND RE Education Foundation and SCORE Outstanding Member of the Year.You can read her full obituary HERE.   
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
If you saw the bombers fly over the Super Bowl then you saw a piece of Minot North Dakota fly overhead. The B52 you saw came from Minot, one of two of the nations B52 bases. Minot hosts two of the nuclear triad legs with the B52's and a nuclear missle base.  We are very proud of our base and personel here in Minot. These are some of the finest young men and women you can possibily meet. One of the B52 pilots is a personal friend and because of that friendship I've meet several of the B52 pilots (there are not many people qualified to fly that big bird).Hope you enjoyed the fly over and think of Minot ND next time you see one of those big biys fly overhead.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
To date we (North Dakota) have had the warmest winter on record... until now. The Arctic BLAST has hit us and is predicted to last at least a week. I woke up this morning to -17 degrees and a 20 mile per hour wind. That gives us a wind chill factor of about -45 degrees.YES that IS cold! However one can easily dress for it whereas one can not undress enough for 100 degree weather that lasts weeks or months. There is also that famous saying: "30 below keeps the riff-raff out". There is a lot of truth to that saying as proven by the fact that we are one of the "reddest" States in the nation 😉.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Jack "Flocking" Frost was on it last night. No one flocks like Jack Frost!  We have had two nights in a row of heavy fog. Jack loves those working conditions and it shows. This morning I had a job about 20 miles out of town and I knew I needed to bring my camera so I could show the world what a good flocker Jack Frost is. 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Yes, I am using the proper "Buy" in this case.In my post immediately prior to this one I had let you know about Timmothy's book signing today and tomorrow but I forgot that many people reading the post may not have a clue as to what books I was talking about.My son, Timmothy N. Timm, is a 19 year old published Author, Illustrator. Most of Timmothy's work is his comic strip about two guinea pigs named Titus & Philemon and their lives with Joe, their friend and owner.Each book is 50 pages of comic strips and we are sitting on enough material to publish at least another six books. Titus and Philemon is also published daily In the Minot Daily News.Timmothy and I office together at 201 Main Street South in the heart of Minot ND's business district. I have my area where I work as a Notary Pub...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
THETitus & PhilemonArt Gallery And TheTimmothy TimmArt Studio Will be open on Black Friday (11/27/2020) with the author/illustrator signing and personalizing books from 2:00 to 4:30 PM. AS WELL AS Small Business Saturday (11/28/2020) from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Is an unknown monument Monumental?The Minot Daily News puts out a yearly publication that highlights local towns and one thing interesting about them. It's not real often I spot something new in it from year to year but I don't remember seeing this article so it really peaked my interest. I hope you can read what it says in the picture above but if you can not the main point is that this monument was dedicated back in 1925. As you can see it looks as if it's new yet today. That's the beauty of granite.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Drastic times call for drastic measures.  The key word here is drastic. We have all learned in the last year how important it is to protect our health and we all have been taking measures we would have thought were drastic in January of this year. The measures that many of us are taking are to protect our physical health. The measure I am taking these days is to protect my mental health.  The current pandemic is effecting everyone mentally one way or another and for one reason or another. Believe it or not the problem it is causing me is TOO MUCH BUSINESS! I retired from Real Estate two years ago in an effort to slow down and enjoy life. My choice of semi-retirement occupations is to be a Notary Public/Signing Agent. I have been a licensed Notary Public for about 20 years and I enjoyed ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Richard (Dick) Leavittwas such a man. He only stood about 5'6 but his footprint covered much of North Central North Dakota and a bit of Canada as well.Dick left a successful career in sales in order to spread God's word. He purchase a secular radio station and turned it into a Christian radio station... the only one in a very large rural area.After a year of ownership it looked as if it may have been all for not as the expence of operating the radio station was to much.Dick knew he could keep the station alive if he allowed the advertising of products that went across the gains of his Christian principals but that was not an option for Dick.In a last ditch effort to save Christian radio in the area Dick went to the people, asking them to donate to the station to keep it on the air. The ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
 Meet Helen McCormack, Author and regular contributor to the Minot Daily News. Helen was a delight to interview.Here is a book for everyone including those with attention deficit orders like myself. ORDINARY LIFE - EXTRAORDINARY GOD!is a collection of short stories that will keep you reading from cover to cover. I like short stories and none of these are more than a couple of pages. Each story will leave you wanting more. It was nice to visit with Helen "live" as I have been reading here column in the Minot Daily News for many years.          
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
I would like to add "dammit" after that.   Last night the Minot City Council and the Mayor made it official that we have a mask mandate in Minot North Dakota effective immediately. Obviously some people are deliriously happy with this decision. I am not and I know that I am not in the minority. I believe that they should also mandate safety glasses so those who don't wear them can see what a pain in the butt wearing a mask is when you wear glasses. That being said I will comply.The good news is that they have publicly stated that there will be no enforcement of this new mandate. It makes you wonder why they would make the mandate in the first place.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
When I read in the paper last week that our local zoo was getting a sloth and in the process of building a display for it it just reminded me of the application of the animals mannerism as it applies to human beings... slothful.Two weeks ago I mailed a "care package" to my daughter, Tina, 900 miles away in Milwaukee. The package was sent Priority Mail. She received it 8 days later. To me that was totally unacceptable. I checked the USPS tracking record every day and it seemed to have stalled somewhere between Bismark ND and ??? At least with the tracking record I kinda-sorta had some idea where the slothfulness was taking place.Also 10 days ago I ordered something on eBay. Still have not received it. I inquired about it and the seller responded this morning blaming the USPS. Believable ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
Time for a Change My last over the air broadcast! From Broadcast to Podcast. I've decided that the riggers of a broadcast is more then I care to handle these days. It's been a fun run for the last six years but I'm tired of it so it's time to move on to many other things as I describe here in my final over the air radio broadcast.I always post the broadcast as a Podcast here as well as my Podcast site at Pod-O-Matic.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
The State of North Dakota Game and Fish Department operate two small pounds on the ND State Fair site. These little pounds are well stocked with fish each year and are open for catch and release as long as the ponds are not frozen. Sorry, no ice fishing on these little ponds. It's fun to see families with small children come and use the site. I don't know for sure but I believe that even though it is catch and release you still need to have a fishing license to fish in these ponds. How cool is it to have this available right inside the city.
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