All About North Dakota Real Estate

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Our little group is only 8 years old and we have only been meeting in the facility above for a month but today we carried out our longest running tradition, PIE FEAST. ¬†I am told it was a beautiful sight. As an usher I did not get to bolt out of the door like I wish I could. Believe me I would have loved to have been first in line but duty called so my plate looked like this:Not really ūüėä, I assure you I got my share and it was worth the years anticipation since the 2021 Pie Feast.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I am thankful that I have been entrusted to operate The Noodle Ministry that provides a nutritious snack to those who can not afford it while being detained at the Ward County Detention Center. These of whom I speak of are at their lowest low. Incarcerated just before and during the Holiday season.Yes, they have earned their place in the county jail but they are still human and now more than ever many of them just which someone cared about them. That is what The Noodle Ministry is all about, letting the lowest of the low know that someone cares about them. For just 25 cents that is what The Noodle Ministry does.As my sign above states "The Noodle Ministry is all about ministering to those who have nothing. No money, no dignity, and in most cases a crippling drug addiction.While I know t...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
VILLAGE FESTIVALFor years the little village of Garrison North Dakota has held it's own little creation called The Dickens Festival. This little village of less then 2,000 people has totally "owned" this festival. Every year it gets a little bigger. To the best of my knowledge this is the first year they have had daily "name" entertainment.Garrison ND is a ways off the beaten path, it's even several miles from "The Path" but they have made this work because they have really worked together as a community. If you should find yourself in the area or if you are new to Minot or Bismarck it is worth it to find your way to Garrison ND.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
It's our first REAL snow (Blizzard)and we will most likely be keeping it until May of 2023.I love taking pictures after a fresh snowfall, I just wish this one would have waited another month before blanketing us. I am going to need a blower or air hose to clean off my many bird feeders.No mail today, Veterans Day.It was only 8" so nothing that would slow a North Dakotian down. Even a little Toyota can plow through eight inches of snow.This is my "artsy" picture, shot over a flatbed trailer showing the frozen flowers in the garden and the snow atop the playhouse roof. 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I'm giving a shout out to the Minot Public Library.Several years ago, approximately 20, I met the head librarian of the Minot Public Library and we became good friends. In fact Jerry and I get together once a week for beer and card games. But I digress.Jerry retired about 7 years but in the 30 years he was their he was super progressive in finding ways that the library could serve it's patrons. The good news is that since his retirement the library has stayed the course Jerry set for it.One of the many things the Library is the Live Action Role Playing (LARP) fun. Take a look at their website and you will see all the amazing fun our Library offers.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
If you live in the Minot Area and you want safe Trick or Treating for your kids hope in the car tomorrow and hit these good people up for Trunk or Treating.My kids are to old (although they both would go if they could) but If you are new to town I tell you where we would go.1) Scheels, 2) Marketplace Foods, 3 + 4) Both of the Trinity Health locations above 5) The Optimist Club 6 - 10 any and all that remain. WHAT A DEAL!!!  
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
This video shows the results of us (Timmothy N. Timm and I) moving to the lower level of the building we were already in at 201 Main Street South, Minot North Dakota. The bulk of the video is about the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery but I also give you a glimpse of my office, Ward County Notary Services. We gained considerably more space with this move and the added bonus of lower rent made the move a no-brainer. I assumed that all this new wall space would allow us to invite one or more new artists to join us ... WRONG! With two gifted children who are both professional artists and admittedly I am showing off some of my photography there is little to no wall space left. One challenge I had not considered is that this building was constructed during the cold war and was designed to be THE...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Today is/was The Downtown Haunting. Actually I'm not sure what they call it BUT from all the happy faces and big smiles I'd say it was a very happy day.Here we have one happy girlWe also had Sisters and little BrothersCrowds EVERYWHERE.Sistersand Moms.A lot of fun and a lot of candy for all.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
U.S. CENSUS: North Dakota Only State to Get YoungerNorth Dakota also retained its position as the fourth-youngest state behind Utah at 31, Alaska at 34.6 and Texas at 34.8 years of age.‚ÄĚThis is very encouraging news, reaffirming that our state has a healthy economy, high quality of life and ample job opportunities that young workers find appealing,‚ÄĚ Gov. Doug Burgum said. ‚ÄúAs participation in our Main Street Initiative grows, North Dakota will continue to attract families and young talent by supporting healthy, vibrant communities with smart, efficient infrastructure for a 21st century workforce.‚ÄĚThis is really good news for the State but gee whiz... the whole State is getting younger BUT I keep getting older. How does that work?¬†
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Oh NO! We received snow before Halloween again.It's always kind of a crap shoot as to what kind of weather the kids get for Halloweening up North here. Reflecting back to my childhood and even through the years of my children I'd say it's been pretty 50/50 as to the number of years with and without snow on Halloween. My son Timmothy reflects that he did NOT remember very many with snow.The snow may not be as much of a bummer for the kids, after all they still get a ton of candy, as it is for parents who want everyone to see how cute the kids costumes are (hard to see under a parka, stocking hat, and mittins.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Those of us who call ourselves Christians are often very good at talking the talk but not always so good at walking the walk. I fall short often, daily, but there is a biannual event that I always make time for... even while moving my business and many other life challenging events going on.As I type this I am at the Christian radio station KHRT in Minot answering the phones and occasionally on air asking for pledges to keep the station alive.As a "family friendly" Christian radio station we do not take money from advertisers that promote alcohol, gaming, tobacco and the like. This leaves us a little short in covering operating expenses thus we hold two Sheraton's a year asking for your help to keep us going.As I confessed earlier I fall short every day of being a model Christian but no...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I'll have another post when everything is complete but I wanted everyone to know that The End Is Near!The Gallery is really shaping up.No pictures of my office space yet. It is such a mess that I went into panic mode looking for my notary stamp for a closing tomorrow¬†(remember that I am now making a living as a notary... having my stamp is helpful) ūüėā.¬†
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Timmothy's first cartoon, made specifically for the Northern Sentry newspaper will be in this Friday and every Friday there after.The Northern Sentry is the official newspaper for the Minot Air Force Base and is delivered to every occupant of the base, those serving the base that live in town and to many subscribers all over the USA who have served at the MAFB.As Timmothy's father I have to ask, pretty good for a 20 year old man, don't you think? For those of you who do not know his story, Timmothy was diagnosed with high functioning autism yet he has been on the honor role every year, published two comic strip books, and is now published in two news papers (one daily).
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
We could use some rain around here (the Minot ND area). It has been a very long time since I remember a real "Thunder Boomer" and frankly I love a good rain storm.Unlike Joe in Timmothy's comic strip, I actually sleep better when a good rain comes in the middle of the night. I wouldn't know if the rain made me go to the bathroom, I get up most nights any way to do that.If there is anything making me walk around like a Zombe these days it's the experience of moving my business. Just like the home owners who list with us or the home buyers trusting in our word I wonder if the move is what is best for me and Timmothy. And then there is the cleaning, painting, and do I need an electrician or not.At the risk of droning on I just want to clarify a couple of things. 1) I am in a commercial bui...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Scandinavian heritage is a big think here in Minot North Dakota, so much so that we host the largest celebration of Scandinavian heritage in America. That celebration is a four day event called the Horsk Hostfest and it encompasses the largest and many other building of the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.Because it is a four day event and many visitors what to be present for every minute of it the fair grounds set up facilities to accommodate hundreds of campers and motor homes.It really is great entertainment with free entertainment stages set up and running the entire four days. Here are this years top headliners (not free).Not Scandinavian? Neither am I but I've enjoyed this festival for years. The festival had taken a two year break due to covid but it's sure to make a terrific come...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
After months and months we're in. This was a Million Dollar remodel and worth every penny of it.Yesterday was our "soft opening" , you can imagine how excited we were. It's not quite finished. In this picture you can see that we have not put up the 12' rugged cross we just had received.Prior to the remodel this was a very narrow hall way lined with closets. This will be a fellowship area next to our new kitchen. It will be great for coffee and conversation before and after worship.The kitchen is compact and oped to two areas including the fellowship area pictured above.This was an absolute total remodel taking the building down to the stick walls AND even replacing an exterior wall and adding reinforcing beams that went 6' into the ground on top of cement pads. There are areas that I di...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
... Base Newspaper!Philemon may not know how to dress as an Airman on the Minot Air Force Base but he will be appearing on the base in the NORTHERNSENTRY Minot Air Force Base Newspaper very soon.¬†¬†This will be an excellent step for Timmothy Timm's career. The MAFB newspaper is distributed through out this area¬†plus many former base service men all across the USA subscribe to the paper giving him national coverage as well.We thank Mr. Ted Bolton, owner of the NorthernSentry, for his executive decision to carry Titus & Philemon in his news paper. ūüėÉūüĎćTo learn more about Timmothy N. Timm and Titus & Philemon check out his website HERE.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Our growing season is at it's end and I am going to miss the beautiful colors of summer. Soon we will harvest the last of our garden produce and tilling everything under.Here are a few older videos I had done that you who are new to the area may find useful, especially those who have never lived in a cold climate before. The videos include:Preparing window AC unitsChoosing the right shovelPrepare for a HUGE humidity changeAt the bottom of the post is a word about hoses: leave them on the spigot and you WILL end up with plumbing damage.And finally a word about hose and spigots. You MUST remove your hose from the spigot or I guarantee you that when the weather turns bitter cold your pipes will freeze just inside the outside wall and they usually burst. If that happens you are going to hav...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I can hardly add more to the information on the poster above EXCEPT if you are downtown during the hours we are open then I hope you will stop by and see the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery.We are located at 201 Main Street South, Suite 100 Minot ND 58701. Keep in mind that we are moving to a larger suite in the lower level so please excuse the moving mess.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Today and tomorrow, September 15th & 16th, the "Friends of the Library" are having a book sale at the Minot Public Library. This would be a great time to stock up for your winter reading and videos. Everything is sold by good will offering. In addition to books and videos there are CD's, DVD's, games and puzzles.I was there early this morning and picked up a several books and videos. I am most looking forward to watching my Simpsons and Alfred Hitchcock videos.
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