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Turn & Learn 2017

On November 14th & 15th, Thies & Talle Management gathered for our Annual Turn and Learn Conference and Holiday Party. During the conference, we enjoyed some great activities and education sessions! That evening, Service Anniversaries were announced.  Our five-year anniversaries included: Lynn Braegelmann (Hillside Terrace (properties/hillside-terrace-i-monticello.html) ), Jennifer Dobbelaire (Regional Manager (about/our-people/jennifer-dobbelaire.html) ), Danielle Toresdahl (Parkwood Heights (properties/parkwood-heights-burnsville.html) ), Lynn Williams (Canda Manor (properties/canda-manor-ishpeming.html) ), Marty Borchardt (Cutters Grove Estates (properties/cutters-grove-anoka.html) ), Xochilt Cuadro (Sun Cliffe (properties/sun-cliffe-st-paul.html) ), Raisa Startseva (Sterling Ponds (properties/sterlingponds-eden-prairie.html) ), Emelyan Stetsko (Sterling Ponds (properties/sterlingponds-eden-prairie.html) ), & Joseph Ward (The Meadows (properties/meadows.html) ).  Our ten-year anniversaries included: Michelle Hanson (Regional Manager (about/our-people/shelly-hanson.html) ), Gretchen Harnack (Human Resources & Payroll (about/our-people/gretchen-harnack.html) ), Arlene Lemmer (The Bungalows (properties/bungalows-st-peter.html) ), & Denise Seiberlich (Accountant).  Charles Huges (Heritage Park (properties/heritage-park-chanhassen.html) ) was recognized for his 15 years of work at Thies & Talle.  Gary Masloski (Afton View (properties/afton-view-st-paul.html) ), Kent Mortimer (Director of Compliance (about/our-people/kent-mortimer.html) ), & Bradley Nutzman (Woodmount (properties/woodmount-townhomes-cottage-grove.html) ) celebrated 20 years with Thies & Talle.  Carole Hydukovich (Senior Regional Manager (about/our-people/carole-hydukovich.html) ) celebrated 30 years with Thies & Talle.  Kathleen Jones (Chesterwood (properties/chesterwood-duluth.html) ) closed out the anniversary awards by celebrating 35 years with Thies & Talle.…

Coming soon: Clover Run Townhomes

Thies & Talle is excited to announce that Clover Run Townhomes in Chaska is nearing completion.  As of October, all our buildings have windows, doors, roofing, insulation and drywall installed.  Building one, which is the furthest along, has exterior siding, the interior walls have been painted, and the bedroom closet systems, laundry room cabinetry, bathroom vanities, and kitchen cabinets have been installed.  Very soon flooring, lighting, and appliances will be added to bring our first townhomes ready for move-in!  Clover Run Townhomes are our brand new cat and dog friendly townhomes!  All of our luxury townhomes include private entry, a covered deck, three level living, attached garage, in unit washer and dryer, and an eat in kitchen.  Just steps from Chaska Community Park, and numerous walking paths, makes this the perfect place to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Minnesota summers!  Love to golf?  Clover Run Townhomes is located just minutes from the Chaska Town Course, Chaska Par 30, and Hazeltine National Golf Club.  Clover Run Townhomes is also conveniently located near Hwy 212 providing easy access to Minneapolis and the surround metro area.  We are hoping to start leasing in early 2018, if you would like to be notified when the building is open, contact us today (contact-community.html?community=clover-run) !    

Thies & Talle participates in the first annual Travathon

On Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 Thies & Talle staff members volunteered and participated in the first annual Travathon.  The Travathon was put together by the Armadillo Project, which was started by Shelly Hanson (about/our-people/shelly-hanson.html) .  Shelly started the Armadillo Project in honor of her son, Cpl. Travis Nowak, who passed away on November 10, 2016.  The Armadillo Project’s purpose is to bring awareness to suicide prevention (22 veterans a day pass away from suicide), help military veterans and their families during the time a veteran is in the process of military separation from the service and entering civilian life, and to help connect those in need with the resources that are available to them.  The Travathon is a blend of events for every age and ability!  The main race consisted of a 5K run, a 1K kayak trip, a 5k bike ride, and finally an archery shoot.  All times were scored individually with time credits given during the archery section of the course.  For the kids, there was a Little Man Travathon which included a 1K run, 1K bike ride, obstacle course, and archery shoot.  There was also a 1K fun run/walk. The first annual Travathon, which was named after Shelly’s son, and setup with his favorite activities, was a huge success!   With individuals from all areas of Minnesota helping and participating, it was a fantastic way to bring people together for a great cause.  A special thank you goes out to JoAnn Wirkkula (Southview (properties/southview-hibbing.html) ), Connie Havercamp, Lori Broz, and Michael Clement (Birch Court (properties/birch-court-hibbing.html) ), Abby Adams (Birchwood East (properties/birchwood-east-virginia.html) ), Tanner Nowak and Taylor Skalsky (Duluth Hillside (properties/westhillside-duluth.html) ), Ryan Hydukovich (Lakeside (properties/lakeside-manor-chisholm.html) ), Carole Hydukovich (about/our-people/carole-hydukovich.html) , and Kris Clement (Park Villa (properties/park-villa-mountain-iron.html) ).

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 ( ! 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( .  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 ( .  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 ( , 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 (  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 ( , Finishing Touch Plus ( , Sherwin Williams ( , 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 (shamrock) , email us at ( , or call us at 866-792-0088. Almost complete: Our community helping: