Epic, historic April snow storm

Snow in April isn’t unusual but a snowstorm that lasts a couple of days and dumps more than a foot of snow on the Twin Cities is unusual. Most of us spent yesterday shoveling out and it snowed all day. There is more snow on the way this week too, another few inches on Wednesday.

Total of 14.9 inches measured at the MSP airport and 18 inches of snow fell in St. Paul.

Clearing the steps April 15th
Saturday afternoon April 14th
Saturday afternoon April 14th


Quiet real estate

Did you know that in Minnesota a person who sells cemetery plots needs a real estate license? I don’t sell cemetery plots and wrote this post 10 years ago. I found it while I was looking for something else.

We have some beautiful old cemeteries here in St. Paul.  I guess I have always had a fascination with them because of they show the history of the city.  Calvery Cemetery, located on Front Street in St. Paul is the oldest of the Catholic cemeteries.  It was dedicated by Bishop Cretin in 1856, the oldest of The Catholic Cemeteries. Buried almost 101,000 persons since 1856, still currently averaging 290 burials per year.  It is filled with beautiful monuments and old Oak trees.  It is huge and very easy to get lost in.
Oakland Cemetary founded in 1853 is a non-denominational cemetery.  It is smaller the Calvary and there are a lot of civil war veterans and politicians buried in it.  The oak trees are amazing, as are the monuments.



What you always wanted to know about Realtors

REALTOR® isn’t a job title. REALTORS® are members of the National Association of Realtors. (NAR). Every year in about the middle of the year NAR releases a membership report. Here are some statistics from the report:

There are 1.22 million members nationwide.

63% of all members are women.

The median age of members is 53 years old.

82% own their primary residence.

Median years of experience for members is 10 years.

4% of members are under 30.

30% of members are over 60.

In 2016, the typical agent had 12 transactions, which is up from 11 transactions in 2015

The median gross income is $42,500

38% of those who have 16 years or more of experience have median gross incomes of $100,000

More than half of the members who have less than two years of experience earn 10K a year.

51% of member agents are affiliated with independent firms.

82% of REALTORS® are very certain they will remain active as a real estate professional for two more years.

Tomorrow I’ll have some numbers for home sales in St. Paul for the month of February.

Cats kill 500 million birds a year

House cat – in the house

Cats roam free in my neighborhood and they make little cats too. There are people who believe that it is alright to let their cat roam free and that it is a cat’s right to roam free.

The house cat has long been listed among the 100 most dangerous invasive species. They kill millions of birds and other small animals each year to the point of extinction. A cat is a pet when kept inside but once when outside it is a heartless killer.

“If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds. Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline,” said Dr. George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy [wildlife management institute]

There was a study that shows that they only bring home about 25% of what they kill. They eat some of what they kill but they leave a lot of it where they killed it.

Being a free-range cat in St. Paul is not good for the cat either. Here are some statistics:

200 cats are killed annually in traffic

Life expectancy of a cat allowed to roam is only three to four years

Confined cats can live beyond 14 years

Over 1,200 cats are picked up each year by animal control

Roaming cats may be a nuisance by urinating and defecating in sandboxes and gardens

Outdoor cats are susceptible to injury or death from other predatory animals

Outdoor cats are predators to wildlife such as birds

Be a good neighbor and keep your cat inside.

Together we can keep the dream alive

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018, Monday, Jan. 15,  honors the slain civil rights icon on what would have been his 89th birthday.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr 1963

Let’s keep the dream alive and the hope that one day even a black man can drive a car with a burned out tail light and live to tell about it.

The Twin Cities are home to some of the worst racial disparities in the country. In metrics across the board—household income, unemployment rates, poverty rates and educational attainment—the gap between white people and people of color is significantly larger in Minnesota than it is most everywhere else. There is also a large gap in homeownership between people who are white and people of color. Homeowners have a significantly higher net worth than renters have.


Dr. Martin Luther King Speaking at the University of Minnesota
Dr. Martin Luther King Speaking at the University of Minnesota –

Photograph from the Minnesota Historical Society collection