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DOJ files suit against MN city for rejecting mosque proposal in 2012

Freedom of religion is an important aspect of American culture, especially in the area of land use and zoning. Faith communities interested in establishing centers of congregation have certain access rights that cannot be ignored without limiting their ability to practice their faith. A good example of how such issues can play out is a Department of Justice lawsuit filed against the City of St. Anthony Village in connection with the rejection of a proposal to build an Islamic center back in 2012.

Deal or no deal? The mechanics of a mechanic's lien p2

We are talking about mechanic's liens and what a homeowner can do about a mechanic's lien against his property. As we said, the liens are for construction work completed but not paid for. The construction firm or the subcontractor can put a lien -- a legal "hold" -- on the property until the debt is paid.

Deal or no deal? The mechanics of a mechanic's lien

We saw an episode of a home renovation show on HGTV recently that had an unusual twist. Usually, the contractor finds mold or asbestos in the fixer-upper, or the electrical panel needs to be upgraded to support the modern family's electronics habits. In this episode, though, the contractor receives a call from someone who had worked on the house before, someone who had not been paid for the work.

Condos and co-ops and boards, oh my! p2

We are talking about the difference between condominiums and cooperatives. As we said in our last post, buying a condominium is very similar to buying a single-family house. There is a purchase agreement, a mortgage, a deed, property taxes -- all the trappings of owning real estate.

Condos and co-ops and boards, oh my!

Minnesota winters are legend, and this past winter was a prime example of just how bad things can be. The sub-zero temperatures and wind chills kept most of us inside for weeks on end. The second the mercury rose to 20, we emerged from our lairs, ready for outside seating and full of information from HGTV home renovation and residential real estate search and sale shows.

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