Marlene A. Trebesch, 75, formerly of rural Zimmerman

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Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Princeton, MN, for Marlene A. Trebesch, 75, formerly of rural Zimmerman who died peacefully at N. C. Little Hospice, Edina, on April 15, 2018. Family and friends are invited to the visitation on Wednesday from 11 AM to 1 PM at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Princeton (801 South Sixth Street), prior to the service. Interment will be in the Bellwood Cemetery, Zimmerman.

Marlene A. (Herrmann) Trebesch was born on October 29, 1942, to Otto and Andriena (Omundson) Herrmann in Estherville, IA. She married Kenneth F. Trebesch on July 17, 1965, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Princeton. Marlene walked strongly in her faith as a longtime member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Princeton. She volunteered as a ladies aide and was a member of the choir. Marlene was also a member of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary in Zimmerman, a Boy Scout den mother, and a Girl Scout leader. She worked and was very proud of her roles as an EMT driver, physical therapist aide, and a server at the high school cafeteria. Marlene loved painting, birdwatching, and gardening. She was a loving mother and enjoyed taking summer trips with the family in the RV, stopping in each U.S. state and Canada along the way. Marlene especially loved being a grandmother and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Marlene is survived by her children, David (Diana) Dugall of Michigan, Dean (Cathy) Kluge of Mankato, Kurt (Susan) Kluge of Shawano, WI, and Kim (Carl) Iliff of Chanhassen; grandchildren, Adam (Heather), Kjelsey (Nick), Austin, Chad, Nickolas, Evan, Marie, Peter, and Kendra; two great grandchildren, Kalen and Audrey; and siblings, Daniel (Yvonne) Herrmann and Otto (Deborah) Herrmann, Jr.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Andreina and Otto Herrmann; husband, Douglas Kluge in 1963; husband, Kenneth Trebesch in 2009; and siblings, Gloria Papenfuhs and Allan Herrmann.

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Proposal Would Raise MN Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

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The Minnesota Department of Health says about 580,000 people in the state are smokers, a rate of 14.4 percent. (Ida Myrvold/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota could raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases under a proposal in the Legislature.

Five states and nearly 300 cities across the country have raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, including five Minnesota cities. The so-called "Tobacco 21" bill – House File 3532 – would add to that momentum by raising the minimum age statewide.

Laura Smith, communications manager for ClearWay Minnesota – a nonprofit aimed at reducing statewide tobacco use – says it’s a simple change that would go a long way to reduce health problems and health-care costs in the state.

"If we can prevent people under 21 from starting,” says Smith, “then we can really reduce the number of young people who are becoming addicted smokers."

Opponents argue that there’s little evidence raising the purchase age will curb the use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or vaping supplies, and retailers also worry about losing sales. But the bill has bipartisan support, with 14 co-sponsors – five of whom signed on just this week.

The chief sponsor of the measure is state Rep. Dario Anselmo, R-Edina, the first city in the state to raise the tobacco-purchase age. He believes the healthcare savings would more than balance the estimated two to four percent lost annual revenue for retailers.

"Three billion dollars of hard costs to our state of Minnesota, another $4 billion in lost productivity – so, $7 billion,” he says. “If people talk about saving healthcare costs, this seems like a pretty easy target to me."

Anselmo adds it’s about more than just money.

"There’s an economic piece to everything we do,” he says. “We just have to make the better choice."

The Tobacco 21 bill has been assigned to the Health and Human Services Reform Committee in the House.

Elizabeth Braun, Public News Service – MN

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Proposal Would Raise MN Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

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The Minnesota Department of Health says about 580,000 people in the state are smokers, a rate of 14.4 percent. (Ida Myrvold/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota could raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases under a proposal in the Legislature.

Five states and nearly 300 cities across the country have raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, including five Minnesota cities. The so-called "Tobacco 21" bill – House File 3532 – would add to that momentum by raising the minimum age statewide.

Laura Smith, communications manager for ClearWay Minnesota – a nonprofit aimed at reducing statewide tobacco use – says it’s a simple change that would go a long way to reduce health problems and health-care costs in the state.

"If we can prevent people under 21 from starting,” says Smith, “then we can really reduce the number of young people who are becoming addicted smokers."

Opponents argue that there’s little evidence raising the purchase age will curb the use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or vaping supplies, and retailers also worry about losing sales. But the bill has bipartisan support, with 14 co-sponsors – five of whom signed on just this week.

The chief sponsor of the measure is state Rep. Dario Anselmo, R-Edina, the first city in the state to raise the tobacco-purchase age. He believes the healthcare savings would more than balance the estimated two to four percent lost annual revenue for retailers.

"Three billion dollars of hard costs to our state of Minnesota, another $4 billion in lost productivity – so, $7 billion,” he says. “If people talk about saving healthcare costs, this seems like a pretty easy target to me."

Anselmo adds it’s about more than just money.

"There’s an economic piece to everything we do,” he says. “We just have to make the better choice."

The Tobacco 21 bill has been assigned to the Health and Human Services Reform Committee in the House.

Elizabeth Braun, Public News Service – MN

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Wisconsin divorce camp helps women navigate the split

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EDINA, Minn. (AP) — The life of Barbara Klas seemed perfect — a 21-year marriage, two children, a posh home in Woodbury and a career as an attorney.

Then came the perfect disaster. Her husband announced he was moving to Duluth, buying a company and dating a new girlfriend "half his age," recalled Klas.

It felt like being pushed out of an airplane.

But she was able to find a parachute — Daisy Camp. The Edina nonprofit group runs a series of divorce camps for women enduring one of the worst periods of their lives.

Klas has been to several of the camps, which range from two hours to two days in length. The sessions have different themes, such as child custody, finances or legal rights. But each one addresses the fundamental need for women going through divorce — dealing with their emotions.

"Divorce is 70 percent emotional, 30 percent legal," said Angela Heart, divorce attorney and a presenter at a Daisy Camp in January.

There is a long list of legal concerns for any divorced woman to navigate, she told the group. But those are all secondary.

"The No. 1 thing you need to do," Heart said, "is take care of yourself."

Daisy Camp was formed in 2006 by Jennifer Morris, 48, of Excelsior, who was going through a divorce of her own.

She found herself conducting an autopsy on her marriage, dealing with all the separate pieces — children, money, the house, cars and divorce law. She felt powerless, foolish, depressed.

She designed Daisy Camp to be what she never had — an affordable one-stop shop for women facing divorce. For a low cost, it serves as an ongoing divorce academy and support group for women — whether they or their spouse initiated the divorce.

"They support one another, educate themselves and make wise choices," said Morris. "We aren’t sitting in a circle singing ‘Kumbaya.’"

The cost is $25 for the two-hour evening meetings, and $60 for all-day sessions. Scholarships are available for those who can’t afford the fees.

That’s when she happened to glance at her husband’s computer screen — and instantly knew her marriage was over. Staring back at her was a series of messages from his new girlfriend.

"I was blown away. I was scared. It still makes me emotional," she said, her voice cracking.

At her first Daisy Camp session, she found the information and camaraderie she needed.

Jessica Benson, 37, felt besieged when living in Lino Lakes in 2011. She was going through the death of her sister, and was adopting her niece in a bitter legal battle. On top of it all, her husband began to drift away from her.

"When things got tough, it was too much for him," she said. "I was terrified. I had no job, no income. Part of me felt like a failure. I could not make this work."

"That was super-huge for me," said Benson. "Daisy Camp is the best thing I ever did."

At a meeting Jan. 24 in Woodbury, divorced mom Klas wore a "Warrior" T-shirt as she took a seat at a table laden with Kleenex and cookies.

Attorney Heart patiently explained the legal aspects of divorce — the deadlines, the options, the obligations. She acknowledged their ongoing pain and confusion.

"You might look at this as negative and terrible," Heart told them, "but we are here to reframe it."

Attorney Klas said advice from lawyers was a lifesaver for her. She said that often women are so emotionally paralyzed that they can’t think clearly.

"They sometimes don’t even appreciate the need to get a lawyer," said Klas. "When women are stunned, their spouses can sometimes get them to sign their rights away, just to be done with it. Women need to know their rights. You are responsible for finding your own joy."

As she walked out at the end of the meeting, Klas grabbed Daisy Camp founder Morris by the arm.

"I just want to tell you," said Klas, "there is a huge amount that you have done for me."

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Edina, MN Real Estate: Rentals

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There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

There are a few big perks of renting a home. For starters, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills which are generally lower. Plus, having a landlord look out for general maintenance issues can be a huge load off. Oh, and yard work? Zilch.

Whether you need a pet-friendly space or prefer a pad with a pool, new rentals hit the market everyday. Browse nearby apartments, condos, and houses for rent in Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

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Edina, MN Real Estate: Open Houses

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So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Edina this weekend? Good idea. An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Open houses provide you information on how to list and show your own house and they can give you an idea of the quality of homes in an area before you waste too much time going house to house.

The best open house of all? The open house that you end up owning. Take a look at the open houses in and near Edina listed by our partners at realtor.com.

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Jacob Frey, the new mayor who wants more affordable housing – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

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If you’re a downtown worker or resident, there’s a decent chance you’ve seen Jacob Frey, in a suit, walking, biking or running from meeting to meeting.

As Frey moves from the City Council to the mayor’s office, he’s required to hire a police officer as his body guard. As he screens candidates, he’s looking for someone who can keep up with him, which won’t be an easy task considering Frey is a former competitive marathon runner.

If his first week was any indication, Frey will be a busy mayor. He held two listening sessions broadcast on Facebook, rode on the back of a garbage truck and zipped across town to attend St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s swearing-in ceremony.

He took some time during his transition to mayor in late December to speak with the Business Journal. This has been edited for length and clarity.

Affordable housing is a huge issue in Minneapolis. What do you want to do in year one to tackle the affordable housing problem?

If I had to select one issue most important to me, both personally and in terms of the administration, it’s affordable housing. This is my passion. It’s a large reason I got into politics to begin with and continues to be a personal mission.

We have a crisis right now. The number of affordable units we’ve lost in the last 10 years exceeds 10,000 and it’s not like things were rosy 10 or 15 years ago.

We need subsidized housing throughout the city. We have a long history of concentrating affordable, Section 8 and low-income housing in one or two areas of the city, mainly North Minneapolis. I believe affordable housing should be throughout. You should be able to live in a neighborhood of your choosing.

Minneapolis is one of the most segregated cities in the entire country, racially and socio-economically. There is good reason to want diverse neighborhoods in every sense of the word. It encourages entrepreneurship when you have thousands of ideas and mentalities and backgrounds at the table.

How do you go about getting affordable housing into every neighborhood?

There are reasons why affordable housing has been predominantly concentrated in North Minneapolis and the East Phillips area. It’s cheaper per unit to locate it in a less expensive neighborhood. The land is cheaper.

The larger reason is there is less political pushback in those neighborhoods. But simply having a lack of political pushback does not make something a good policy decision. Another aspect is ensuring we have enough subsidy to bridge that gap between market rate an affordable rate.

One thing developers say is that there isn’t enough federal and state money for affordable housing. So should the city step up?

Yes, it has to be a partnership. Low-income tax credits and community development block grants from the federal government are important, but there’s a risk of losing some of it. We do get funding from the state and I think we need to be lobbying for more. This is a crisis and it needs to be dealt with swiftly.

I believe Minneapolis, hopefully working with surrounding jurisdictions — Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Edina, Brooklyn Park, Bloomington — is going to have to step up and put our money where our mouth is. If we really do care about affordable housing and we really do want to live amongst people who don’t look like ourselves and are from differing backgrounds, we need to provide subsidy. I have my ideas of what could work, but I am open to others.

I talked extensively during the campaign of using some form of a value-capture model where you take a percentage of the tax revenue generated from certain parcels. You pool it and say it’s for affordable housing.

Where do you stand on business subsidies? If there’s an opportunity in the next four years, where there’s a big employer looking to relocate, would you consider offering a subsidy package to come here?

As a general rule, no. I don’t like corporate subsidy, period. The state of Minnesota does have mechanisms through DEED to incentivize employers to remain and relocate to Minneapolis or Minnesota.

I do believe Minneapolis sells itself in many respects and a big part of the mayor’s job is to positively sell the city. So I will be going on recruiting trips if there are entities looking at where to go or move, whether that’s a small pizza joint or Amazon. This is part of what my job is.

There’s a perception — real or not — that downtown is not safe. How are you going to combat the real safety issues, but also the perception it’s not safe?

There has been a significant increase in violent crime and shootings over the last several years. It’s a statistic. A fact. We have an issue in portions of downtown, especially in an 8-block radius on Hennepin Avenue and First Avenue, between Washington Avenue and Ninth Street. It’s concentrated around Hennepin and Fifth, It’s a issue that needs to be recognized and acknowledged. You’re not going to have a world-class city without a world-class downtown, and you won’t have a world-class downtown unless it’s safe and people feel that way. Right now we’re a ways off. We will be doing some work there.

More cops?

That will obviously be part of it. It’s not my budget until next year. A year from now, my budget will start to get implemented. I still think there are some changes we can make before then.

You’re good friends with Brent Webb, an M.A. Mortenson developer. I understand he was the best man in your wedding. Mortenson is going to be bidding on city contracts and responding to RFPs. How do you make sure you are being fair to construction companies and developers?

I had a best woman, my sister. But Brent was in my wedding. Good friend. I was friends with Brent before my political career and before I even knew he was a developer.

The companies he worked for have both been selected and denied. At 800 Washington, Mortenson won the bid, but Brent was working for Sherman Associates at the time. For 205 Park he was working for Mortenson and Sherman won.

Brent has a ton of integrity and he would be pissed off at me if I chose Mortenson for any other reason than it was the best project. Mayors throughout history have had close relationships with business. The nature of Minneapolis activism, business and community organization is tight knit and if you don’t have close relationships with people that are involved in all of them, you are probably not going to be a very good mayor.

Ae you going to meet with the big business leaders in downtown, like Target CEO Brian Cornell and Ben Fowke of Xcel Energy? Are you going to talk to them on a regular basis?

Yeah, we have a meeting already scheduled in the next couple weeks. I’m not sure who all is going to be there, but it’s that crew. I think it’s important to have liaisons from small businesses, large entities and workers.

Is the Nicollet-Central streetcar idea dead?

Good question. It could potentially be dead. Five years ago I was a proponent of the streetcar, not because of the transportation value. It’s a glorified bus. But I was in favor of it because of the economic development it could trigger along those corridors. The concept of investing $250 million and getting $1.4 billion in investment in return is a good thing.

There are portions of the corridor further in Northeast that would benefit. However, downtown is developing and there is tons of growth, and East Hennepin is developing at an extraordinary rate, so are the North Loop and Uptown. There are areas that would benefit from economic development and there are areas where it is already happening. If the streetcar doesn’t go substantially up Central to capture the unused parcels, what is the point? Right now, the plans don’t have it going up very far. My stance is it ain’t worth it.

Jacob Frey

Mayor of Minneapolis

Age: 36

Family: Wife, Sarah Clarke

Education: College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., with a degree in government; law degree from Villanova University

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Do You Want To Rent From Edina Apartments MN Options?

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Are there a lot of Edina apartments MN can offer? Generally there are a few to look into, so you want to get advice on avoiding the bad places to live. That’s what you’ll get here, so you should read on.

See if the apartment has a good reputation or not. One way to do so would be to search for the name of it on a local new site. If you find that there are a lot of reports of crimes in that area or in that complex, then you know not to live there if you want to be safe with you and your family. There are a lot of places that have bad reputations and you have to be careful because they are generally the places that have the best prices on the apartments they offer.

You’re going to need to find out if your neighbors are going to be okay to live around. One thing to do is to go visit the apartments and to hang around looking at them for a while. Walk around the grounds and see if you notice anyone being loud and when you look at the apartment you’re renting make note of whether there are a lot of sounds going on or not up there. Sometimes you’ll find that an apartment gets noisy because people have pets, kids, and there are some people that like to have parties all the time.

See if you can find a social media page for the local area where locals can talk to one another. Ask in the group if people have heard of an apartment complex and what they think of it. You may even be able to talk to people that live there now that can tell you if you’re about to get a good deal or if you should try to steer clear of the place. There are a lot of forums online you can ask your questions on too, if you want to see what locals think about certain places.

Anyone that rents should do their research. Edina apartments MN can offer to you are going to have to be carefully looked into. You want to always have the best options in place for yourself and your family so you don’t move into a place that you start to despise right away.

Tips For Finding Reasonably Priced Condos For Sale In Edina, Minnesota

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For decades, Americans have worked hard to realize the dream of homeownership. As real estate prices continue to climb, however, that dream is becoming less and less accessible to the average person. Even if traditional single-family homes are priced out of your budget, that doesn’t mean that homeownership is impossible. Instead, you just need to change the way that you think about what qualifies as a home.

Owning a condo is a great alternative to owning a single-family property. For instance, if you are looking at property in Edina, Minnesota, you can find plenty of reasonably priced condos for sale that cost far less than individual homes.

If you aren’t familiar with how condos work, the concept is relatively simple. Much like apartments, condos are usually located in multiunit buildings. The condos often share walls with units that are located next to them.

Unlike an apartment, however, when you purchase a condo, you actually own it. That means that you don’t need to pay rent and you don’t have to worry about having a landlord breathing down your neck. You can make any changes to the interior of your property that you want without having to get approval.

Each month, you pay a condo association fee that covers the cost of exterior upkeep and maintenance. Typically, the condo association will take care of everything from maintaining the landscaping to keeping the building itself in great shape.

In essence, when you buy a condo, you get the best of both worlds. You own your own property and have a chance to build equity as its value increases over time. You also have the freedom to decorate or modify it however you see fit.

At the same time, however, you don’t have to worry about dealing with a massive mortgage like you would with a single-family home. You also don’t have to deal with doing yard work or maintaining the outside of your home.

Finding affordable condos in Edina, Minnesota is a lot easier than you might think. Take a minute to browse the local real estate listings to see just how many condos there are available. You may be surprised by how low the prices are when compared to single-family homes.

If you have never visited a condo in person, consider attending an open house or two. This will give you a chance to decide whether or not condo living is the right type of lifestyle for you.