All About North Dakota Real Estate

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Carol and Timmothy are done decorating the house and it looks excellent. Carol's Christmas mug collection (a very small section shown above) is out. The tree and everything else is in it's place where it will decorate the house until what ever weekend follows New Years Day.I, however have just gotten started at the office. At least I got the tree up.In the interest of full disclosure the tree is always up and the hearts are always on it. Even the mouse is a permanent fixture so all I really did was throw some lights on the tree and add the Christmas mug.  Normally I bring in several totes of stuff but this year I'm a bit concerned about clutter as the art gallery keeps growing with works from our resident artist (Timmothy N. Timm).
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Jacks Back.Grab the scraper!Jack Frost has actually been busy for a couple of days now but today I decided to get the camera out because I'd never seen him do a full wrap around my car like he did today. More typically I only see the windows covered but today his work was very noticeable on the body of the car as well.The awe of Jacks' art will wear off fast after scraping it off our windows day after day for months but it's always fun to see at the beginning of the season.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Don't forget the Downtown Minot HauntsIf you are looking for well decorated properties or for Halloween cards and gifts don't forget about Downtown Minot. Here are a few window scenes I shot just this morning. We don't have much for window display space at the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery but Timmothy did create this 11" X 14" acrylic painting on canvas featuring Titus & Philemon for Halloween. (You can own this original Timmothy N. Timm piece for just $50.00).A special thanks to Kathy Streib for encouraging me to write this by offering a October Challenge- Help Us FALL In Love With Your Area!. Check out the other posts joining in the challenge HERE.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I'm afraid that the BEST show of Fall colors in Minot may be past already, or at least near it's end by now, but I'm sure can still find some remnants if you "get on it" right away. The shot below was taken at the Game and Fish pond a couple of weeks ago in the middle of The ND State Fairgrounds. It's a small spot but if you get out of your car and walk around you will be sure to enjoy it.This next shot was taken a month ago in the center of Oak Park. The bridge in the center of the picture is the bridge that leads to the Girl Scout Camp in the very center of Oak Park.Through out Minot ND are several "dead loops" which were once part of The Mouse River.  They were part of a huge flood control project in the 70's where the Corp of Engineers "straightened" out the river so it would flow t...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The words are flowing freely here, for me, on this Wednesday October 13th. I'm on the air and on the phones as I usually am twice a year to help support keep Christian Radio in Minot ND.This has been a labor of love for me for approximately the last 20 years. I credit Christian radio with my salvation over 40 years ago. Because of that I think nothing of shutting down my business for five days to support my local Christian radio station.Today is a little extra special as it is my sons 20th birthday so I made a special pledge, the stations first pledge of the drive, in honor of his birthday.If you have a Local Christian radio station I hope you support it, even if you prefer to listen to a national station instead. All through out my career as a Real Estate professional I found my best a...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
In the City limits of Minot and in the heart of The North Dakota State Fairgrounds is a little oasis maintained by the ND State Game and Fish Department. They maintain two little ponds that they stock so families can enjoy time together fishing (catch and release).The area around the pond is a wonderful place to have a picnic, meditate, read a book, or anything else that helps you forget about the pressures of the day.This Cormorant was also enjoying the pond as we were.Although this area is, what I would guess, only four acres it's a great place to "lose" yourself from the city. It is open spring, summer, and fall. Bring the family, a picnic basket, and a fishing pole for a time of R&R. 
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
HAPPY ASK A STUPID QUESTION DAY!  "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask is a fool forever." Mark Twain There's always something that appeals to me about Ask A Stupid Question Day! Is it stupid to ask how many people don't know today, September 28th is  Ask A Stupid Question Day? Nonetheless, as it is a day that "gives you permission" to ask a stupid question(s) without fear of ridicule, why not take the opportunity today to ask all those burning questions you've been afraid to ask because you didn't want any one to think you're stupid? "Don't be afraid to ask the dumb question. Everyone else will be relieved you had the guts to ask."... Sheryl Sandberg  Are you thinking it might be stupid to ask just how Ask A Stupid Question Day came about? Here's your not-st...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I'm back into the photo walk mode thanks to my son's new photography class. Timmothy is in his second year of college (majoring in Art) and this semester he has a photo class.Ever since Tina and Timmothy could hold a camera I've made sure they each owned a good one but that spark did not really take off for Timmothy until this year. He rented a Canon EOS7 for the class and it's been a real challenge for him but he is enjoying the challenge.Yesterday we walked through Oak Park in Minot ND and here are a few shots I took along the way. 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I came up with this yesterday and I have yet to ask Timmothy if I could use his characters, Titus & Philemon, so if you don't like what I did please do not hold it against the author of the Titus & Philemon comic strip... it's not his work.This is NOT a political statement. In my office you are free to mask if you want to and free not to if you do not wish to. My personal default is NOT to mask but if anyone entering my office requests that I do while they are here their request WILL be granted.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
With the Great Plains States our predominate winds are from the Northwest but they can blow straight down from the North pole or straight up from the Gulf of Mexico as well. In the Fall of the year we never know what we are going to get. On Monday we set a record high for the day, 104 degrees and yesterday was around 88. Take a look at the high temps for rest of the week coming up.60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, & 104 all in one week.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
A challenge has been put forth by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  to write a book review for all to read on the ActiveRain website. To read more about the challenge and see the many entries CLICK HERE.This would be a nearly impossible task for me as the only book I’ve read in the last 20+ years is the Bible. Of course the Bible is composed of 66 books and I could just choose one of the 66 to do my review on BUT I’m not about to give a review/opinion on the inerrant word of God (I do highly recommend the Bible if you are not familiar with it). When I think about it I have read a couple other books… technical manuals for electronics and programs. NOT fascinating but believe it or not I prefer them over most current authors.I could also write a review on one or both of my son...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
If you have ever strolled along the walking path of Minot's Oak Park you surely have seen the story boards along the way.  The story boards are maintained by The Minot Public Library and typically have a pictorial story by Dr. Seuss or another popular artist. The storyboards have been in place for many years and well maintained. They have never featured a local author/illustrator... until NOW! Timmothy N. Timm, Author of two comic strip books, will be the first with his art being installed this week on the Oak Park story boards. Timmoth's books are about two guinea pigs, Titus and Philemon (fi-lee-man), and their owner Joe. Timmothy created individual panels for this special project as opposed to using the strips in his two published books. Here are some samples. 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The best recipe I know for summer fun and enjoyment is The North Dakota State Fair which starts tomorrow, Friday July 23rd 2021.The North Dakota State Fair serves up a great appitizer that lasts all of Saturday morning with the North Dakota State Fair Parade. Each year the number of entries grows but it's usually around 200 entries.I may not know the specific ingredients in the fair food I do know there are treats that delight my taste buds.While the carnival rides are no longer a key ingedient to my summer fun it is obvious from the long lines at each of them that they are a key ingredient to many.So what are the key ingredients that keep me coming back for more every year? I love the crowds during the hottest time of year. I love the free stages (like the band pictured below), the com...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Every drop of rain is a jewel this year in the State of North Dakota as much of the State is in the highest drought catagory given by the National Weather Service. However these drops actually looked like jewels after a recent sprinkle. You may recognize the plant that used to be in my office.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(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 RE Broker
(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 RE Broker
(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 RE Broker
(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 RE Broker
(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 RE Broker
(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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