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Thurlow joins Crosslake Edina Realty office

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Thurlow joins Crosslake Edina Realty

CROSSLAKE — Stephanie Thurlow is now a real estate sales associate in the Edina Realty Crosslake office.

She is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School and Saint Cloud State University with a degree in marketing. Thurlow joined the Crosslake office in June.

Grand View Lodge named ‘Best Honeymoon’ in


NISSWA — isswa-based Grand View Lodge was recently recognized by Minnesota Bride Magazine as the Best Honeymoon location in Minnesota; voted by more than 10,000 readers for the publication’s Best of 2012 list, which features the year’s best wedding vendors, from dressmakers to custom cakes.

Earning it the top spot for a honeymoon retreat, customers cited, was the Lodge’s seclusion, spa, customer service, cabins, ambiance and amenities.

“We’re thrilled that so many of our honeymooners considered their stay exceptional and memorable,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager at Grand View Lodge, in a news release. “We are delighted to help couples celebrate with a relaxing and romantic retreat after an eventful occasion like a wedding. We are honored that couples choose to start their life together with us, and want to provide an experience that brings them back with each anniversary.”

Coulter receives

distinguished sales award

CROSSLAKE — Sue Coulter of Edina Realty, Crosslake received the distinguished sales award for service and production for 2011.

The Realty Alliance, a network of North America’s elite 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 also has certificates for Short Sale Foreclosure Resource (SSFR) from the National Association of Realtors, Certified Distressed Property Specialist (CDPE), Short Sale Resource (SSR), and is a member

of Edina Realty’s Presidents Circle for the top realtors within the company.

New program aimed

at repairing homes

A new program, Thrivent Builds Repairs, is helping low-income homeowners spruce up their homes and neighborhoods.

The program, which Thirvent is working on through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, is launching across the country in July and will concentrate on upgrading existing homes in partnership with low-income homeowners. Examples of projects the program will undertake are: exterior painting and weatherization, porch repair, and construction of accessibility ramps and light landscaping. The program supports neighborhood development by making homes more attractive, safer or more energy-efficient. It will encourage homeowners and communities to use a more holistic approach to maintenance, improvement and upkeep which seeks to involve more than a single home but encourages an entire community to get involved in improvement efforts.

The program aims to complete 160 repair projects in 2012 with more than 3,200 volunteers engaged in supporting the program and giving back to their communities. The projects will typically call for a one or two day commitment from volunteers, providing opportunities to those unable to make longer time commitments or those preferring to volunteer for light construction work.

For more information about the program or to volunteer, visit

Pascale named franchise sales director for Weichert affiliates

Jim Pascale, Minneapolis-based franchise and sales management veteran, was named franchise sales director/Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, and West Wisconsin for Weichert Real Estate Affiliates.

Pascale supports the franchise organization’s National Vice President of Business Development Kevin Hill in developing franchise opportunities throughout Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, and West Wisconsin. Pascale will talk to independent brokerage owners who are seeking the kind of support and opportunities that are part of the franchise organization experience. Just prior to joining Weichert, he was vice president franchise systems for Buff & Coat Hardwood Floor Renewal, Inc. in Eagan, responsible for expanding franchise recruitment and designing training programs. Pascale has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Winona State University.

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