All About North Dakota Real Estate

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
As a proud Dad I have been watching the Newspaper like a hawk to see if Timmothy made the Dean's List for his performance during the Fall semester. Finally, in today's paper, and also a certificate in the mail, there it was. Even better than the Dean's List, Timmothy made the President's Honor Roll.As many of you have seen his cartooning skills have really been improving BUT he also took Economics and English classes as well. His non-cartooning art has also greatly improved, which I will share soon.For those of you who may be asking "How is Tina doing?" I am pretty sure she is either back in the USA or in the air as I write this. I'm sure she will have many deployment stories to share. It's been a long 6 months for Dad but at least with modern technology we were able to keep in touch ne...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Yesterday I changed my oil because it was "Spring Like" at 25 degrees above zero. Today was almost Summer like at 34 degrees above zero. So today was my son Timmothy's turn (that's the cartoonist).It was the 1st oil change on his (new to him) first car. It's a 2011 Nissan Rogue. We are hoping it's a great car for him. The last Nissan I owned was over 30 years ago and it was a Dotson. In fact I owned several Dotson's and they were great cars.One thing I will say about the Toyota oil change yesterday and the Nissan oil change today as the foreign car engineers are sure a lot more "user friendly" then the American cars when it comes to oil changes.As far as when will Spring and Summer really come to Minot ND, probably towards the end of May. Next weekend the projected high for Saturday is ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Filmed on January 17th after several days of heavy fog and temps below freezing. Yes, it is hard to imagine fog in the winter but it is very common in our area. It gives a "flocking" effect to all the trees. It's very beautiful.This is shot in my front yard which faces Historic Corbett Field where Satchel Paige and many negro leagues played a century ago. When I pan to the right you will also see the Roosevelt Park Zoo. This has been a great neighborhood to raise our children in.One more flock shot.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The last couple of dusk's and dawns have been fantastic for viewing the Full Moon from Minot ND. We have been able to enjoy it right on the Eastern Horizon at dawn as well as on the Western horizon in the morning. It is so perfectly placed that it  is the first thing I've seen the last two days when I open the bedroom shades.See it straight above the left corner of Historic Corbett Field's grandstand. Just like God knocked it right outa the ballpark.As you can see from the top picture the moon seemed a whole lot closer then the one with the ball park. Can any photography professional explain to me why that is?
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Well, that's what North Dakota WASOnce upon a time... That's what I like to think about when I see these old abandon buildings out on the prairie. Time passed them by for many reasons. Some good sized towns (by the 1800's standards) were built on speculation that the railroad would bass through them and then almost as quickly as they sprang up they wilted back down to nothing.This old church was in a town called Arena and if you "Google" it you can read all about it. I had taken several pictures of it decades ago as well as the old schoolhouse sitting next to it that is in the same condition.To me, there is something romantic about the past, imaging the pioneers going to worship in beautiful clothing that we now call "vintage". Thanking the Lord for their new home and new church. I love...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
On 12/28/2022 we (the family) drove through Oak Park in Minot ND to see the light displays through the program run by The Sertoma Club of Minot. For just $5.00 you can load up the car with as many people as possible to view lot's and lots of light displays set up in the park. I took a lot of still photos wishing I would have had some video... then I remembered "The Dash Cam". It's pretty low quality but you get the idea. This is a very short video of one or two displays out of what I would guess to be 50 to 75 displays. BTW Sertoma is a strange abbreviation of SERVICE TO MANKIND.Here is the one minute video from the Dash Cam followed by a few stills.  The pic above is a display by a local engineering firm and it depicts the Broadway bridge over the mouse river that separates North and S...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
It can be very frustrating watching new construction of a home you are moving to or even a remodel in the home you are currently in as it most often seems to go as slow as molasses. Maybe if we could see the progress we might think it's a runaway train that we need to get away from like Joe in Timmothy' Timm's cartoon, Titus and Philemon.A side note.My friend Jen (sister in Christ) let's us know that the CP Rail Christmas train IS on track and will (has been) be back in Minot ND this year.Prior to my retirement from Real Estate I worked with a Developer and several Builders as well as contractors. It doesn't take long when working with such people in the industry to get the gist of the time frame it takes to build a quality home. If things are going slow you just may think about it and ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
This 2019 painting by Timmothy N. Timm was painted in 2019. It incorporated silver sprinkles, buttons and beads along with the acrylic paint. (sorry not for sale). It's a great example of this time of year in Minot ND.I am sure no one out there is unaware that this is Winter.For several days the National Weather guessers have been saying we are in for a BIG winter storm starting this evening and pretty much running through the entire work week. By the end of it we will receive a foot of snow in Minot and considering that points South will get much more than us. To add insult to injury it will be accompanied by both high winds and low temps. Here is what that looks like on my phone.Oh Boy! Minus 3 degrees for a high on Saturday.I hope you have a better forecast then we do. I'd bet my fri...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
This is one of Minot North Dakota's Jokes. The leaders of our community coined the phrase "Why Not Minot" for several reasons. Just at it's face value it's a good slogan, Why Not Minot? Second is that everyone mispronounces our name, most wanting to give it a French spin asking: "Are you in Minnow?" Funny thing is that our name is in honor of a big RR man who is not French at all.Anyhow! It did not take the young men and women at The Air Force Base to respond to Why Not Minot with:"Freezin Is The Reason"
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Our little group is only 8 years old and we have only been meeting in the facility above for a month but today we carried out our longest running tradition, PIE FEAST.  I am told it was a beautiful sight. As an usher I did not get to bolt out of the door like I wish I could. Believe me I would have loved to have been first in line but duty called so my plate looked like this:Not really 😊, I assure you I got my share and it was worth the years anticipation since the 2021 Pie Feast.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I am thankful that I have been entrusted to operate The Noodle Ministry that provides a nutritious snack to those who can not afford it while being detained at the Ward County Detention Center. These of whom I speak of are at their lowest low. Incarcerated just before and during the Holiday season.Yes, they have earned their place in the county jail but they are still human and now more than ever many of them just which someone cared about them. That is what The Noodle Ministry is all about, letting the lowest of the low know that someone cares about them. For just 25 cents that is what The Noodle Ministry does.As my sign above states "The Noodle Ministry is all about ministering to those who have nothing. No money, no dignity, and in most cases a crippling drug addiction.While I know t...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
VILLAGE FESTIVALFor years the little village of Garrison North Dakota has held it's own little creation called The Dickens Festival. This little village of less then 2,000 people has totally "owned" this festival. Every year it gets a little bigger. To the best of my knowledge this is the first year they have had daily "name" entertainment.Garrison ND is a ways off the beaten path, it's even several miles from "The Path" but they have made this work because they have really worked together as a community. If you should find yourself in the area or if you are new to Minot or Bismarck it is worth it to find your way to Garrison ND.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
It's our first REAL snow (Blizzard)and we will most likely be keeping it until May of 2023.I love taking pictures after a fresh snowfall, I just wish this one would have waited another month before blanketing us. I am going to need a blower or air hose to clean off my many bird feeders.No mail today, Veterans Day.It was only 8" so nothing that would slow a North Dakotian down. Even a little Toyota can plow through eight inches of snow.This is my "artsy" picture, shot over a flatbed trailer showing the frozen flowers in the garden and the snow atop the playhouse roof. 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I'm giving a shout out to the Minot Public Library.Several years ago, approximately 20, I met the head librarian of the Minot Public Library and we became good friends. In fact Jerry and I get together once a week for beer and card games. But I digress.Jerry retired about 7 years but in the 30 years he was their he was super progressive in finding ways that the library could serve it's patrons. The good news is that since his retirement the library has stayed the course Jerry set for it.One of the many things the Library is the Live Action Role Playing (LARP) fun. Take a look at their website and you will see all the amazing fun our Library offers.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
If you live in the Minot Area and you want safe Trick or Treating for your kids hope in the car tomorrow and hit these good people up for Trunk or Treating.My kids are to old (although they both would go if they could) but If you are new to town I tell you where we would go.1) Scheels, 2) Marketplace Foods, 3 + 4) Both of the Trinity Health locations above 5) The Optimist Club 6 - 10 any and all that remain. WHAT A DEAL!!!  
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
This video shows the results of us (Timmothy N. Timm and I) moving to the lower level of the building we were already in at 201 Main Street South, Minot North Dakota. The bulk of the video is about the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery but I also give you a glimpse of my office, Ward County Notary Services. We gained considerably more space with this move and the added bonus of lower rent made the move a no-brainer. I assumed that all this new wall space would allow us to invite one or more new artists to join us ... WRONG! With two gifted children who are both professional artists and admittedly I am showing off some of my photography there is little to no wall space left. One challenge I had not considered is that this building was constructed during the cold war and was designed to be THE...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Today is/was The Downtown Haunting. Actually I'm not sure what they call it BUT from all the happy faces and big smiles I'd say it was a very happy day.Here we have one happy girlWe also had Sisters and little BrothersCrowds EVERYWHERE.Sistersand Moms.A lot of fun and a lot of candy for all.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
U.S. CENSUS: North Dakota Only State to Get YoungerNorth Dakota also retained its position as the fourth-youngest state behind Utah at 31, Alaska at 34.6 and Texas at 34.8 years of age.”This is very encouraging news, reaffirming that our state has a healthy economy, high quality of life and ample job opportunities that young workers find appealing,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. “As participation in our Main Street Initiative grows, North Dakota will continue to attract families and young talent by supporting healthy, vibrant communities with smart, efficient infrastructure for a 21st century workforce.”This is really good news for the State but gee whiz... the whole State is getting younger BUT I keep getting older. How does that work? 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Oh NO! We received snow before Halloween again.It's always kind of a crap shoot as to what kind of weather the kids get for Halloweening up North here. Reflecting back to my childhood and even through the years of my children I'd say it's been pretty 50/50 as to the number of years with and without snow on Halloween. My son Timmothy reflects that he did NOT remember very many with snow.The snow may not be as much of a bummer for the kids, after all they still get a ton of candy, as it is for parents who want everyone to see how cute the kids costumes are (hard to see under a parka, stocking hat, and mittins.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Those of us who call ourselves Christians are often very good at talking the talk but not always so good at walking the walk. I fall short often, daily, but there is a biannual event that I always make time for... even while moving my business and many other life challenging events going on.As I type this I am at the Christian radio station KHRT in Minot answering the phones and occasionally on air asking for pledges to keep the station alive.As a "family friendly" Christian radio station we do not take money from advertisers that promote alcohol, gaming, tobacco and the like. This leaves us a little short in covering operating expenses thus we hold two Sheraton's a year asking for your help to keep us going.As I confessed earlier I fall short every day of being a model Christian but no...
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