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2020 Turn & Learn Awards Banquet

Every year, Thies & Talle Management (http://www.thiestalle.com) hosts a Turn & Learn Event where team members from all of our properties can get together to expand their knowledge, network and celebrate their achievements.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were unable to do that this year.  Instead, we held our Turn & Learn Awards Banquet virtually.  During this banquet our Property of the Year nominees and winners were announced. This year, our Affordable nominees were:  Abbey Field Townhomes (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/abbey-st-francis.html) – St. Francis, MN, Circle Pines Apartments (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/circle-pines-apts--brainerd.html) – Brainerd, MN and The Meadows Senior Apartments (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/meadows.html) – Lewistown, MT.  Congratulations to The Meadows team led by Property Manager Micki Phillips, for being awarded Affordable Property of the Year! The Market Rate Property of the Year Nominees were:  The Bungalows Townhomes (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/bungalows-st-peter.html) – St. Peter, MN, Park Villa Apartments (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/park-villa-mountain-iron.html) – Mountain Iron, MN and West Hillside Group (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/westhillside-duluth.html) – Duluth, MN.  Congratulations to the Park Villa team, led by Property Manager Karen Kniefel, for being awarded Market Rate Property of the Year! We would like to thank all team members company-wide for contributing to a very successful year!

MADACS 2020

Thies & Talle Management is pleased to announce that we had four MADACS nominations this year! The purpose of the MADACS awards is to recognize property management professionals who have made significant contributions to multi-housing, marketing and management through exemplary achievements.  The annual MADACS awards gala, held Friday, October 23, is the most popular, prestigious event on the Minnesota Multi Housing Association’s (https://www.mmha.com/) calendar and celebrates positive, innovative, community and industry-enhancing accomplishments.  This year has changed the way we do most things.  The MADACS awards were no different.  This year’s ceremony was held virtually, which allowed everyone to watch from the comfort of their own home.  We would like to thank the Minnesota Multi Housing Association for all of their efforts in making this year’s virtual event possible! If you missed the event, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/JmQ-6xKqEwI (https://youtu.be/JmQ-6xKqEwI) We would like to congratulate all of our nominees and thank them for their hard work! A very special Congratulations goes out to Amy Berger for her MADACS win! Nominees: Amy Berger Afton View Apartments (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/afton-view-st-paul.html) (St. Paul, MN) Community Manager – Affordable  Ramona Beam Plymouth Ponds Apartments (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/plymouthponds-plymouth.html) (Plymouth, MN) Caretaker Stefani Dobbelaire Thies & Talle Management (https://www.thiestalle.com/index.html)   Support Staff – Corporate office Woodcrest Manor Senior Apartments (https://www.thiestalle.com/properties/woodcrest-manor-mora.html) (Mora, MN) Partial/Project Remodel: Unit

Marja Nelson – Regional Property Manager

We believe in promoting from within at Thies & Talle Management (index.html) .  Many of our team members have worked with us for years.  Our Regional Manager, Marja Nelson, is a great example of a long-term team member that has worked her way up in this industry.  Marja has worked for Thies & Talle for 11 years.  She started as a Leasing Specialist and was eventually promoted to Property Manager at our Fargo, ND properties, Prairiewood Estates (properties/prairiewood-fargo.html) & South Meadows (properties/southmeadows-fargo.html) .  During her Property Manager role, Marja began helping at other properties within her Regional Manager’s portfolio.  This gave her additional experience working with Rural Development and Section 8 programs. When a Regional Manager position became available, there was no question that Marja would be a great fit.  She now oversees 21 total properties with 580 total units.  Her portfolio is a mix of Market-Rate, Rural Development and Section 8 properties.  Her home office is now based out of Prairiewood Estates (properties/prairiewood-fargo.html) in Fargo, ND. When asked what a typical work week looks like for Marja, she says there is never a typical week.  With as many properties as she oversees, things come up and plans change.  There is never a dull moment.  That being said, Marja says that organization and prioritization are the keys to success. When asked what Marja loves the most about working at Thies & Talle, she says “I think what I appreciate most is how Thies & Talle does a great job of training and providing for their employees.  I also love all the people I work with!” We are very lucky to have such a dedicated individual on our team.  Thanks for all you do, Marja!

2019 Sioux Falls Wreath Donation

For the last 16 years, Helen Ganske, Property Manager in Sioux Falls, SD, has been visiting the local VA hospital to give away holiday wreaths.  On December 12, 2019, Helen and the rest of the staff at our Sioux Falls properties joined her in handing out the wreaths.  They received donations from their vendors to give away 210 wreaths, worth $2,879 to the local veterans.  The wreaths were decorated by the residents at Canterbury Apartments (properties/canterbury-sioux-falls.html) and Beadle Plaza Apartments (properties/beadle-plaza-sioux-falls.html) in Sioux Falls, SD with some help from the staff members.  Our staff and residents spent approximately 80 hours decorating the wreaths.  Thank you to our residents and staff who took the time to help! Kristin Hendrickson of the VA in Sioux Falls says, “Thank you for coming out and spreading cheer to Veterans!  They love your wreaths.  In fact, we start getting calls at the beginning of December to see when you will be coming!” We would like to thank our Sioux Falls team for their hard work, dedication and giving hearts to their community.  Also, thank you to our amazing vendors who made this event possible. Thank you to: Johnston Painting, Thornton Flooring (https://www.thorntoncarpets.com/) , Servicemaster (https://www.servicemastersf.com/) , Advanced Pest Solutions (https://www.pestsolutionssd.com/) , J&S Construction, Karl’s TV (https://www.karlsonline.com/) , Kut and Kill (https://www.kutandkill.com/) , Mops to Brooms Cleaning.

Turn & Learn 2019

On November 12th & 13th, Thies & Talle Management gathered for our annual Turn & Learn Conference and Holiday Party. During the conference, our Market Rate Leasing, Property Manager and Regional Manager teams enjoyed sessions led by Lisa Trosien (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-trosien/) .  Lisa gave us inside tips and tricks on leasing apartments, customer service and marketing.  Lisa had us on our feet, laughing like crazy and left us feeling empowered with more knowledge than we ever thought was possible.  Thank you, Lisa! Our Maintenance team spent the day with Gordy & Tom of Park Supply of America (https://www.parksupplyofamerica.com/) .  Our Maintenance Technicians were able to learn the ins and outs of boilers, furnaces and plumbing.  They are all geared up for the winter season and the heat issues that could arise.  Thank you, Gordy & Tom! Our Affordable Property & Regional Managers spent the day with our Compliance Team Members, Kent Mortimer, Kris Nelson, Candi King & Stefani Dobbelaire.  They learned about new procedures for submitting paperwork and how to maximize their workflow.  Thank you, Kent, Kris, Candi & Stefani! That evening we were pleased to honor our team members who had service anniversaries, MADACS (https://www.mmha.com/Networking/MADACS) nominees and winners, Safety Award winners and Property of the Year nominees and winners! The nominees for Property of the Year: Affordable were Afton View (properties/afton-view-st-paul.html) , Cedar Terrace (properties/cedar-terrace-st-cloud.html) , Circle Pines (properties/circle-pines-apts--brainerd.html) and York Manor (properties/york-manor-senior-breckenridge.html) .  Congratulations to the York Manor (properties/york-manor-senior-breckenridge.html) team, led by Janelle Meslow, for being awarded Property of the Year! The nominees for Property of the Year: Market Rate were Parkwood Heights (properties/parkwood-heights-burnsville.html) , Riva Ridge…

MADACS 2019

Thies & Talle Management (https://www.thiestalle.com) is pleased to announce that we had six MADACS nominations this year! The purpose of the MADACS awards is to recognize property management professionals who have made significant contributions to multi-housing marketing and management through exemplary achievements. The annual MADACS awards gala, held Friday, September 6, is the most popular, prestigious event on the Minnesota Multi Housing Association’s (https://www.mmha.com/) calendar and celebrates positive, innovative, community and industry-enhancing accomplishments. We would like to congratulate all of our nominees and thank them for their hard work! A very special Congratulations goes out to Kati Cartier and Curtis Krone for their MADACS wins! Nominees: Kati Cartier Sun Cliffe Apartments (properties/sun-cliffe-st-paul.html) (St. Paul, MN) Caretaker Curtis Krone Elk Ridge Manor (properties/elk-ridge-manor-elk-river.html) (Elk River, MN) Abbey Field Townhomes (properties/abbey-st-francis.html) (St. Francis, MN) Riverside Apartments (properties/riverside-princeton.html) (Princeton, MN) Woodview Apartments (properties/woodview-zimmerman.html) (Zimmerman, MN) Maintenance: Multiple Sites Salisha Mohammed Cutters Grove Apartments (properties/cutters-grove-anoka.html) (Anoka, MN) Leasing Consultant Tanya Reed Woodcrest Manor Senior Apartments (properties/woodcrest-manor-mora.html) (Mora, MN) Community Manager: Senior Danielle Toresdahl Parkwood Heights Apartments (properties/parkwood-heights-burnsville.html) (Burnsville, MN) Rustic Lodge Apartments (properties/rustic-lodge-apartments.html) (Minneapolis, MN) Community Manager: Multiple Sites Kelly Wark Ramsey Village Townhomes (properties/ramsey-duluth.html) (Duluth, MN) Community Manager: Market Rate

National Night Out 2019

On August 6, 2019, Thies & Talle communities participated in National Night Out by hosting block party style events for their residents.  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes and enhances police and community partnerships to make our neighborhoods great places to live.  This event promotes strong relationships between neighbors, law enforcement and property staff. Our communities had parties with cotton candy machines, bouncy houses, food drives, live music, prizes and great food.  Many properties also had visits from police officers, firefighters and other local emergency personnel. Office staff start planning their National Night Out events months in advance, as there are many details to work out and reservations of equipment to be made.  We would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and GREAT parties that they planned!  We can’t wait for National Night Out 2020!

Highwood Hills Recreation Center Re-opens

After being closed for more than 10 years, the Highwood Hills Recreation Center has finally re-opened its doors.  In 2008, St. Paul, MN mayor, Chris Coleman, closed the doors to 8 rec centers due to budget cuts.  Our residents at Afton View and Shamrock Court have been asking for a gathering space for years.  A resident of Afton View, Amin Omar, worked hard to get the doors back open.  He worked with Councilmember Jane Prince, The Police Athletic League and now Mayor Melvin Carter to make this dream a reality. On April 1st, 2019, the Highwood Hills Recreation Center re-opened its doors to the community.  The community’s youth can now participate in many activities that are ongoing at the rec center including, cooking classes, dodge ball, arts & crafts, karaoke and many others.  We hope to use the space with other organizations in the future to provide services to our residents and community members. 

Annual Sioux Falls Wreath Donation

For the last 15 years, Helen Ganske, Regional Property Manager in Sioux Falls, SD, has been visiting the local VA hospital to give away holiday wreaths.  On December 13, 2018, Santa Claus and the staff at our Sioux Falls properties joined her in handing out the wreaths.  They received donations from their vendors to give away 225 wreaths to the local veterans.  The wreaths were decorated by the residents at Canterbury Apartments in Sioux Falls, SD with some help from the staff members.  Thank you to our residents and staff who took the time to decorate these beautiful wreaths! Helen says, “I feel like it is so important to give back to our Veterans in any way possible.  Believe me, it is very rewarding for us just to see the joy in their faces when we give them the wreath.” We would like to thank our Sioux Falls team for their hard work, dedication and giving hearts to their community.  Also, thank you to our amazing vendors who made this event possible. Thank you to: PPG Paint, Best Choice Cleaning, S&B Painting, Thornton Flooring, Servicemaster, Advanced Pest Solutions and J&S Concrete. [