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KaBoom! New Highwood Hills Playground

Across the street from Afton View (properties/afton-view-st-paul.html) and Shamrock Court Apartments (properties/shamrock-court-st-paul.html) , in St. Paul there is a public park and playground called Highwood Hills.  Over the past few years there had been a lot of talk about the future of the playground, as parents had growing concerns about the condition and safety of the playground equipment.  The condition and safety of the playground had also not gone unnoticed by the City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation and Highwood Hills Elementary School.  Everyone agreed that something had to be done, but with limited resources and other pressing priorities, no decisive action had been set in motion until it was decided to apply for a “Build it with KaBOOM!” playground grant. KaBOOM (https://kaboom.org/) ! is a national nonprofit that believes all children deserve well balanced and active play. They focus on areas of poverty and work to inspire communities, and create great places for the benefit of the overall health of children.  KaBOOM! accepts applications from child serving non-profit organizations, schools and municipalities who are dedicated to ensuring that all kids—particularly the 16 million in poverty—get balanced and active play so they can thrive.  The “Build it with KaBOOM!” grant gave Highwood Hills Elementary School the opportunity to apply for funding with a national partner to remove the existing playground and rebuild a new one with the help of the Saint Paul Public Schools, City of St. Paul, community partners and volunteers. As Highwood Hills moved through the application and grant process, the Highwood Hills Elementary School reached out to Thies & Talle Management (https://kaboom.org/) to join the effort as a community representative and partner to assist during the application process.  Several other applications were being considered and when it was announced that Highwood Hills had been awarded the grant, it was due to the hard work of…

Training at the Lake

On June 13th, 2017, Thies & Talle held a regional training meeting for Regional Property Managers and Property Managers from areas such as Duluth, Hibbing, Mountain Iron, Grand Rapids, Fergus Falls, and Moorhead, MN as well as Fargo, ND.  Team members attending this training event traveled to the beautiful Chase on the Lake Resort (https://www.chaseonthelake.com/) and conference center, located in Walker, MN. The day started out with an overview of new updates and improvements that have been made to RealPage’s Mobile Facilities Maintenance application (https://www.realpage.com/property-management-software/facilities-maintenance/) .  Updates to Facilities Plus include; new buttons to initiate, or complete service requests and inspections, an enhanced navigation interface, and a new workflow process on how to flag issues and assess damages.  Next up, the group reviewed the best practices when posting to Craigslist and Craigslist headline brainstorming!  Then before lunch, the group role played different phone and in person sales techniques.  The afternoon brought a great presentation about best practices when dealing with difficult situations.  To end the day, each property highlighted the different resident events that they have held at their property.  These events included root beer float day, outdoor movie night, ice cream truck Tuesdays, resident parties, gardening events, and many more!  Thank you to everyone who was part of making this another great Thies & Talle training event! Are you interested in a career in the property management field?  Then check out www.thiestallecareers.com (https://www.thiestallecareers.com) .  There you can find job descriptions, benefits, training, and available positions.  Get started with your new career today!  

Turn & Learn 2016

On Tuesday, December 6th, over 150 Thies & Talle Management employees gathered together for our annual Turn & Learn Conference and Holiday Party.  Our annual gathering is a two-day event that features a variety of different training sessions, a keynote speaker, awards dinner, and concludes with a show at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. This year’s training sessions included four comprehensive maintenance sessions which offered hands on training on topics such as; plumbing, electrical, boilers and furnaces.  For our property management and leasing staff, topics included Yammer, Mobile Facilities Plus, best practices of customer service, managing people & yourself and an overview of our monthly preliminary accounting month end review process.  Our keynote speaker this year was Donna Hanbery, of Hanbery & Turner (https://hnclaw.com/) , P.A.  Donna gave us a great presentation that covered a Fair Housing review and applicant screening updates. Our awards dinner celebration was kicked off by our own Kent Mortimer (about/our-people/kent-mortimer.html) and his band Bossa Soul!  Thank you Kent and Bossa Soul for a fabulous performance during our social hour!  This year’s Service Awards included: 5 Year Award Andreea Grochowski     Afton View Matthew Haggerty          Chanhassen Office Shannon Hamilton           Sterling Ponds Ernest Ingram                    Afton View Candice King                      Pelican River Lissa Johanson                  Colonial Village Jack Koski                            Julia Manor Tammi Lucking                  River South Larry Meyer                       Woodview Linda Patterson                 Birch Court 10 Year Award Emily Cheesebrow          Chanhassen Office Barbara Swiger                  Ramsey Townhomes Kaye Waller                        Sterling Ponds 15 Year Award Mildred Troup                   Cutters Grove 20 Year Award Gary Maslowski                 Afton View Sandra Olson                     Chanhassen Office…

Onsite Pet Clinic at Cutters Grove

Advanced Veterinary Care (https://www.avetcare.com/)  has one main goal—to offer the best care for your best friend.  Residents of Cutters Grove Apartments (properties/cutters-grove-anoka.html)  were treated to a sample of their dedicated, personalized service and board certified veterinarians. Advanced Veterinary care hosted the event on Saturday October 29th from 3-6:30 PM with appointments running every 10 minutes in the Cutter Grove Community Room. With over a decade of experience, Advanced Veterinary Care provides exceptional care to the four legged patients of Cutters Grove and were fully booked up!  Advanced Veterinary Care also handed out cards for a free first exam and consultation for any pets that needed an office visit.  We look forward to hosting another one in the spring of 2017!   

Resident Support Specialist

Thies & Talle Management takes pride in providing the highest quality of housing. The pride we take includes outstanding service to all residents. We believe that offering residents opportunities in all aspects of their lives will improve our communities and resident lifestyles as a whole.  This is our mission and to ensure this mission we created the Resident Support Program (residents/resident-support-program.html) and the position of Resident Support Specialist (residents/resident-support-program/meet-your-specialist.html) . We sat down with our Resident Support Specialist, Emily Cheesebrow to discuss her role and how it has made an impact on our resident’s lives and the communities they call home. What is your background in property management? I have always had a connection with housing, and wanted to work in the field in some fashion ever since I started thinking about my career path. I worked for Ramsey County HouseCalls as an On-Call Child Advocate from 2005–2013 until the program was cut from the county budget. In 2006, I was in the Social Services field working at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and saw an ad in the paper for the Leasing Specialist position at Afton View Apartments and thought I would go for it. I began working there as soon as I could and loved it! I was later promoted to Property Manager at Shamrock Court Apartments and stayed there for two years during the transition from the 236 affordable program to market rate. I regretfully left Thies & Talle Management for two years and was the property manager at Oakdale Village Apartments. I did stay in contact with some of my prior Thies & Talle coworkers who referred me to this position when it opened. I was very excited for an opportunity to mix both of my passions for housing and services into one place. When did the Resident Services position start? I started in December 2015 before the Turn & Learn. What is your goal as Resident Support Specialist? My goal is to…

Shamrock Court Mural Project 2016

DIYers, take a look at this project!  Shamrock Court Apartments (properties/shamrock-court-st-paul.html) , located in St. Paul, MN, recently completed a mural, 4-square game area, & hopscotch spot in their community’s playground area.  With the help of the District 1 Community Council, a local artist, amazing vendors, and the Shamrock Court Community this project was a huge success.  To celebrate the completion of this project Shamrock Court held a mural celebration on Saturday, October 8th, 2016.  There was a great turn out for the celebration which included music, games, prizes, and free food! A very special thanks to everyone involved including, the District 1 Community Council (https://www.district1council.org/) , Finishing Touch Plus (https://finishingtouchplus.com/) , Sherwin Williams (https://www.sherwin-williams.com/) , and our great residents at Shamrock Court Apartments (properties/shamrock-court-st-paul.html) . Are you looking for an apartment in St. Paul, MN?  Shamrock Court Apartments (properties/shamrock-court-st-paul.html) offer 1, 2, & 3-bedroom apartment homes.  Shamrock Court is located on a bus line with easy access to Hwy 10, 494, & 94. There are also restaurants, grocery stores & shopping centers within just a few miles.  To find out more information, feel free to check out our website at thiestalle.com/shamrock (shamrock) , email us at shamrock@thiestalle.com (mailto:shamrock@thiestalle.com) , or call us at 866-792-0088. Almost complete: Our community helping:

Southview Movie Night

On August 24 Southview Terrace Apartments (southview) , located in Hibbing, held an outdoor movie night! The feature presentation was Zootopia (https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zootopia/) , a Disney animated movie that follows Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on the Zootopia Police force. Just like at the movie theater, snacks were an essential item! A variety of candy, chips and soda were served. As night approached, about 30 residents made themselves comfy in lawn chairs and on blankets, and settled in for Southview’s first-ever movie night. Did your community have an event that you would like featured? Let us know about it! Email newsletter@thiestalle.com (mailto:newsletter@thiestalle.com) with the details about the event and include photos!

MADACS

We are pleased to announce that Thies & Talle Management had 10 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 23, is the most popular, prestigious event on the Minnesota Multi Housing Association's calendar and celebrates positive, innovative, community and industry-enhancing accomplishments. We would like to congratulate all of our nominees! Very special congratulations goes out to Shannon Hamilton at Sterling Ponds for her Community Manager MADACS win!   Nominees: Mike Clement Birch Court (Hibbing) and River South (Grand Rapids) Maintenance: Multiple Sites Shannon Hamilton Sterling Ponds (Eden Prairie) Community Manager: Senior Lissa Johanson Colonial Village (Fergus Falls) Leasing Consultant Kris Nelson Thies & Talle Management Support Staff (Corporate Office) Juanita Sealy Thies & Talle Management Portfolio Manager Heather Smith Sahlman East & West (Cloquet) Community Manager: Multiple Sites JoAnn Wirkkuila Southview Terrace (Hibbing) Community Manager: Affordable Sun Cliffe (St. Paul) Tina Kirchoff, Property Manager Kelly Heiderscheid, Maintenance Xochilt Cuadros, Leasing Specialist Kati Cartier, Caretaker Kim Nutzman, Regional Property Manager Property Excellence: Built Prior to 1996 Best Overall Marketing Campaign – Lead Generation Landing Pages Outreach Marketing Piece – Lake Hazeltine Woods Builders Flyer  

Night to Unite

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, many Thies & Talle Management communities celebrated Night to Unite 2016. Despite the temperature nearing 90 degrees and it being so humid you could swim without ever putting your toe in the pool, all of our communities had great turnouts! Night to Unite is an effective and fun way to get to know neighbors and prevent crime. Each neighborhood decides how they want to celebrate Night to Unite. Gatherings can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. We would like to thank all of our team members who worked hard putting these events together. Here are some of the highlights from Night to Unite 2016. Cutters Grove Apartments (cutters) , located in Anoka, had a live DJ spinning tunes all evening, a visit from the Anoka Police K-9 unit, a clown and tons of food! Maple Ridge Apartments (maplerigdge) , located in Maplewood, had raffle prize giveaways, a caricature booth, games, food and a hula dancing competition! Plymouth Ponds Apartments (plymouthponds) , located in Plymouth, had a mini petting zoo, pony rides, a bouncy house, food drive and they got a visit from the Plymouth Police! Somerset Oaks Apartments and Townhomes (somerset) , located in St. Louis Park, had games, contests, food, trivia and raffle prize drawings!