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B Pa00e 14 Home Stretch homebuyer education Central Minnesota Housing Partnership (CMHP) is providing Home Stretch, a homebuyer edu- cation workshop, in St. Cloud on Tuesday, April 5, as a one-day work- shop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at US Bank (1015 W St. Germain Street). CMHP is also holding a two-day workshop on Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the AmericInn (off of Highway 75). Participants must complete both evenings in order to receive a certificate. Pre-purchase counseling is also available by appointment. This is a free service to anyone who wants to talk with a certified homeown- ership counselor about their per- sonal situation pertaining to buy- ing a home. You have the opportunity to free yourself from some of the compli- cations and stress in buying a home by participating in a Home Stretch Workshop offered by Central Min- nesota Housing Partnership. By participating in this class, you will learn about qualifying for a mortgage and financing a home, budget and credit issues, real estate, the dosing process, basic home maintenance and affordable mortgage products that may be available to first-time homebuyers. Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, a non-profit organi- zation providing affordable hous- ing services to the central region of Minnesota, coordinates the Home Stretch workshop, community lenders, realtors and other hous- ing professionals volunteer their time to bring first-time homebuy- ers the most important and current information about he home-buy- ing process. "It's a great time to be a first-time homebuyer," said Stacy Esboldt, Program Coordinator for CMHP "There are so many opportuni- ties out there for homebuyers at Community Thursday, March 17, 2011 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Flood preparation: move items that could become hazardous wastes the moment and Home Stretch will provide the needed information a first-time homebuyer should know before beginning the process." Some affordable mortgage prod- ucts, first-time homebuyer prod- ucts and government loans may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate. "Home Stretch is the best "first- step" in the homebuying process," said Esboldt. "Buying a home is usu- ally the largest investmem an indi vidual/family will make in their life- time. I find it to be very necessary to take advantage of the market and slow things down a bit by learning more about this investmenL" There is a $25 fee per house- hold to participate in Home Stretch and registration is required. To reg- ister for either the St. Cloud eve- ning workshop or the all-day, one- day workshop, please contact Stacy Esboldt at Central Minnesota Hous- ing Partnership at (320) 259-0393. 00O00PEN,00IOUiE:.M.4RCii,,S. ] ii/ ;ATURY, 112:30 Large 5 Br  w/great charact & great locations! Looking for a #ace where  can go hunting, p below tax value, rm assessme. Hard-to- fishing? 31 acres on Rice Lake. Great setting exceptionally cared for home 28 acres & potential wi 200 ft. of lake frontage! w/endless possibilities. You won't find  for lesst 561 Cedar Ave, WATKINS 62853 385th, WATKINS Take a look & you will fall in love! Great hickory Great property with 28 acres bring the cabinets in kitchen w/open floor plan & breakfast bar. animals & el v this quiet, cou setting. Large corner tot. triple attached ga. deck out back Nice big sh i tot me equipment or toys. for the grill & great neighborh. $149,900 Exceptional value at $4,900 New Listing: exnally nice setting with almost 2 acres. Rambler home with great country setting! Two Great Lot Choices Hard to find 99+ acres on one of the most beautiful seffings around. Older farm house w/triple garage. Acreage is mix of open-land, tree coverage & wet- land. Gorgeous setting near Lake Francis. You can have R all! Go fishing or ride your horse -in this country-setting with 40 acres! Lg shed w/office space, box stalls, storage rm. 2rid shed for equipment. Rambr-styte 1-1eveJ hm. Too new for photo! Call for showing. Two 1 acre lots near Kimball. City sewer already in. $14,500 each Perfect Lot for your Lake Home Kimball Lake lot on Lake Louisa. Perfect for walkout with nice slope to lake. $116,900 .... l IIIIII II II II I I I Your satisfaction is my greatest concern. Randy Meierhofer Office: (320)685-5820 Ext:5829 Celt: 320,290.2870 Voice Mail: 320-685'5829  ..... , ._. :: :: .... J ..... ^  J '-S--  The Minnesota Pollution Con- trol Agency (MPCA/ urges home and business owners to think about potential spring flooding and to walk through the house, garage and sheds to gather up unwanted or expired household products that could become haz- ardous waste if flooded. Take batteries, solvents, paints, paint thinners, pesticides, house- hold cleaners and other chem- icals that you no longer need to your county's household hazard- ous waste facility. Store products Maple syrup demos at Lake Maria S.R Lake Maria State Park will host its annual maple-syruping dem- onstrations Saturday and Sun- day, March 26 and 27 beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on both days at the nature center. Tree-tapping techniques will be described followed by a hike into the woods to identify maple trees, how to tap a tree and how'to col- lect the sap. The cooking process and syrup preparation also can be examined. Sampling is encouraged. "Maple syruping began more than a century ago when Native Americans and later, European pioneers, 'used the same tapping and collection methods to pro- duce maple sugar, maple syrup and candy. It's fascinating and his- torically significant for the whole family," says Park Manager Mark Craw ford. The event is free. However, a $5 vehicle park entry fee will apply for those without an annual permit. Annual permits are for sale at the park office for $25 and apply to all state parks. For more information, call the park office at (763) 878-2325, or visit its website at www.mnstate Lake Maria is located approximately seven miles north- west of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake and 10 miles northeast of&nnandale on Wright County Highway 111. you plan to keep in a place that is not likely to be flooded. After the flood, any products exposed to floodwaters must be considered contaminated and will need to be disposed of properly. Minnesota residents can find their household hazardous waste facilities at www. More information about mini- mizing pollution and health risks from flooding is available on the MPCA's website at www.pca.state. ran. us/hot/floods.html. Foreclosure Property 218 Geanne Ave. E., EDEN VALLEY 3-bedroom 2-bath, 3-level split home with double, attached garage. Very nice condition. MLS #4020169 CALL ART LAHR (320) 333-8862 $194 900 $174,900 $154,900