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We all remember how we felt on that fateful September day, when we watched the unthinkable happen. It was a day that would change the face of our nation forever. Later on that week President Bush would create Patriot Day as a yearly tribute to those who had fallen.

Please join us on September 11 as we honor those who lost their lives in the attacks. This will be the 15th anniversary of that event. There will be thousands of memorial services around the country. The flag will be flown at half-staff and the names of the victims will be called out at the site of the twin towers memorial.

However, if you can’t attend a service, there are things you can do from home or the office to pay tribute to the memorial.

1. Purchase an American flag and proudly mount it on the outside of your home. Remember to lower it to half-mast if you have one mounted on a tall pole.
2. Pause at 8:46 am to observe a moment of silence along with the rest of the country. This moment is held in observance of when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
3. Turn on the national news and watch the memorial service being broadcast. Each victim’s name will be read as that person is honored by the nation.

In the days after the attacks, the Department of Homeland Security was created. Now, the United States has taken security measures in an effort to prevent further attacks of this magnitude.

The events of September 11, also known as 9/11 have registered deeply with all Americans because anyone over the age of 15 was alive to witness these events firsthand though news accounts, or by being in an area that was hit. Everyone over the age of 15 knows where they were when the events of that day unfolded. It was a day that caused all Americans to stop in their tracks and turn their attention to New York and the nation’s capitol.

Just as we honor national holidays such as the fourth of July, we now as a nation also honor the memory of those who lost it all on that fateful day. We may be a nation in mourning on September 11, but we are a nation who rose from the devastation of that day and dared to build and dream again.
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It's Fair Time! Did you know?

The first Minnesota State Fair was held in 1859 near what became downtown Minneapolis. This was a year after Minnesota was granted statehood.

In 1885, the Minnesota State Fair finally found a permanent home at its present location, mid-way between Minneapolis and St. Paul when the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners donated their 210-acre poor farm to the State Agricultural Society, the governing body of the State Fair.

Secure in its new surroundings, the Minnesota State Fair began to grow. Physically, the fairgrounds blossomed to 320 acres. Architecturally, it is home to many historically-significant structures including the Fine Arts Center, Progress Center, Grandstand and Coliseum (formerly known as the Hippodrome).

An important change in the State Fair over the years has been in the attractions offered to fair visitors. The character of early fairs was dominated by agricultural exhibits and competitions, reflecting its original purpose of encouraging farming in the state. While agriculture is still the primary focus, the scope of activities has broadened to include large-scale entertainment features, technological and industrial exhibits, and scores of education and government institutions.

The 2016 Minnesota State Fair is August 25th- September 5th. The fairgrounds are open from 6am-midnight each night except for Labor Day, when they close at 10pm. The highest record of attendance was in 2014, totaling 1,824,830 people, which outperformed the 2009 record of 1,790,497.

The grandstand will have live entertainment featuring acts such as, Don Henley, the Dixie Chicks, Alabama, and many more. You will find yourself dancing the night away! Bring your family and enjoy the unique variety of fair food and exhibits.

Have fun at Minnesota's Greatest Get Together!
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National Night Out is a local and national event where law enforcement and the community, come together to participate in a fun-filled event, and to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

The event has been held annually ever since it was started in 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The event has gained momentum in certain areas by hosting educational classes, and promoting awareness in our communities and schools, by holding monthly safety meetings at the local town hall or police department.
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Family Pathways selects Gaughan Construction as General Contractor for their new building.
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Gaughan Association Management, a local Minnesota company, would like to welcome our newest client, Woodstock Homeowners!

This Master Planned community is located in Bloomington and Gaughan took over management responsibilities on August 1st, 2016.

We are excited to take this relationship to new heights, by providing outstanding customer service!
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US Bank Stadium Construction Complete
Vikings fans unite in celebration of the completion of the US Bank Stadium! On June 17th, 2016, Mortenson Construction was proud to announce that the stadium had been finalized six weeks prior to the scheduled completion date, and is now ready for business. The US Bank Stadium boasts architectural beauty, as it was designed to reflect a modern day Vikings ship.
The grand opening ceremony is currently scheduled for July 22nd, 2016. The ceremony will be followed by a weekend long festival that will include fun festivities for the whole family!
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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Happy Labor Day!
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Rent By Choice

According to the U.S. News and World Report, more and more Americans are choosing to rent instead of buy. For Millennials, young families with small kids, and Baby Boomers who have reached the retirement and empty nest stage, the idea of renting instead of buying has garnered strong appeal.

Although it would seem that the demographic groups mentioned above would be vastly different in their housing needs, they actually have a lot in common.

The first thing these groups consider is cost. Millennials are just starting out and most are just getting their career off the ground. For them, flexibility and not being assured that their first job will lead to long term stability, drives their interest away from the burden of buying a home, and then being locked in to long-term payments. In addition, a great number of them are just starting to pay back their student loans, and may not actually have the funds or credit score needed to be approved for a long term housing commitment.

For the young families with small children, they tend to be most interested in trying out different neighborhoods and checking out local schools. Several of them may be adding another child or two to their family unit, and may not really understand their long term housing needs until they reach the point where they decide that their family is complete.

If they are still in the same job that they took right after college, many may also now be eyeing promotions and even opportunities in other companies, because they have gained some work experience and want to increase their salary and benefits. Also, this demographic, along with the Millennials, may actually come out ahead financially by investing extra income that they have, instead of chunking it toward actual mortgage payments.

With the housing market prices fluctuating wildly from year to year, waiting until it shows a period of stability can pay off nicely. Also, the more desirable houses tend to go quickly in some markets, and there may not be much available that fits their budget and ideals. However, apartments, condos and town homes are typically readily available in all areas of a major city or suburb and are generally ready for possession within a few days of weeks of making application.

By the time their kids get to elementary school, they along with some of the older Millennials tend to feel more settled, and have generally decided where they want to put down their family roots. By having rented for a season, they have had time to establish their credit, and save for a nice down payment on a home that fits their current lifestyle.

Finally, the Baby Boomers are similar to the other two groups, because they too are adjusting to a major life change. If they are experiencing the empty nest stage, then they may no longer need the large home that they lived in while raising their family.

Retirement and the idea of travel tend to make them not want to be tied down by things such as maintenance and yard work, and they too may want to add to their nest egg so they can enjoy more freedom to pursue their interests.

Whatever stage of life you find yourself in, a good idea is to talk with a financial advisor and list out your personal ideas of renting versus buying. The nice thing about renting is that you can always change your mind and move up or move on, but once you sign on the dotted line of home ownership, you are committed for the long haul.
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Each year, thousands of people like us, show up to support the 3M Championship Golf Tournament, in order to raise money for healthcare programs in Minnesota. Last weekend, Patrick Gaughan, Owner of Gaughan Companies, sponsored caddie Greg Hickman in support of these healthcare programs. David Bruneau, Business Development Executive for Gaughan Associations, stopped by to take a picture with Greg, and professional golfer, Scott Hoch. This event was held at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club in Blaine, MN.

One of the reasons we support these initiatives is the 3M Championship donated the $1.3 million they raised for this tournament, to benefit healthcare programs at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern, Mercy & Unity and United Hospitals. Additionally, the tournament has donated more than $23 million to charity since its inception in 1993.
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Please join us today as we pay tribute to national Purple Heart Day.

Founded on August 7, 1782 by George Washington, this award was created to honor those who had been injured or killed by enemy fire while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Originally known as the “Badge of Military Merit,” the design consisted of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. In addition to receiving this physical award, the honoree’s name and regiment was written in the Book of Merit.

The award was forgotten about until February 22, 1932, which was the 200th birthday celebration for George Washington. On this day, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.” In addition to the criteria mentioned above, the military later decided to also give the award to those who had been mistreated as prisoners of war.

Each year on August 7th, local chapters of the Military Order of the Purple Heart hold services that remember and honor members of their communities who have received this honor. Speeches, prayers, music and memories shared by former award winners are a part of these celebrations, which are held in state capitals, town centers, parks and cemeteries.

Today we celebrate in remembrance of our service men and women who have sacrificed so much for freedom and justice.
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Minnesota Construction Market on the Rise?

In April of 2016, Minnesota had the opportunity to add 7,400 employment opportunities with great thanks to the development and construction industries. Statistics indicate a solid increase in development projects throughout Minnesota over the past several months. The construction industry is currently booming with this month having the largest increase in production within the past 25 years. These factors attribute to Minnesota’s lowering unemployment rate which is now approximately 3.7%, and a 1.7% increase in job growth over the past year. Specifically in the Minneapolis and St. Paul region, employment growth increased by 1.8%.
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Gaughan Construction to break ground on Family Pathways Store in North Branch.

Forest Lake based company Gaughan Construction has been selected to construct a new Family Pathways Thrift Store in North Branch, MN. The project consists of a new 17,000 SF rock face block masonry building. The space includes retail area, goods storage/receiving area and an enclosed donation drop off area. Construction is scheduled to begin mid July 2016 and be completed in December 2016. The project was designed by DSGW Architects of Lake Elmo, MN.

Family Pathways’ thrift stores make a huge impact in our communities by transforming donated items into an important revenue stream for four vital programs—Hunger Relief, Aging Services, Youth Programs and Refuge Network Domestic Violence Prevention and Support.
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Ed Golebiowski
a week ago
Disgusting! You attack a single mother, a nurse, who is trying to work out a payment plan because she is three months behind on her association dues because of a medical setback. You've decided to take her to court, even though she has contacted you numerous times for help. You are now trying to collect 4x the deliquent amount. This is the only debt she owes, but yet you will force her into bankruptcy. Shame on you!
Response from the owner - a week ago
Hello Mr. Golebiowski, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have received your message on social media, and we have sent the contact information that you provided to the appropriate party. They should reach out to you soon to discuss this further. Thank you, Gaughan Companies 651-464-5700
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Pat Dutta
3 months ago
Unprofessional people -- does not respond to emails. Awful customer service, rude, Overall rating C--, Will file case with BBB
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Hello Again Pat, I wanted to follow up again after our phone conversation last week just to make sure you did not have any further concerns or recommendations for us. I did follow up with our team and they are reviewing the verbiage of their notices as you recommended. Again, I do apologize that we did not meet your expectations in the past and hope that we have the opportunity in the future to exceed your expectations. Please let me know if there are any further concerns or recommendations. Have a wonderful upcoming holiday weekend. Christina
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Mark Caruso
3 months ago
Most apartment complexes this company owns are just complete trash
Response from the owner - a week ago
Hello Mr. Caruso, We apologize if we have presented our properties with this type of perception. We would like to speak with you personally to understand what it is that requires immediate attention at your apartment complex so we can resolve this issue. Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience. Gaughan Companies 651-464-5700
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teepat sutabutra
8 months ago
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thank you for your review! We appreciate your business and strive to continuously exceed your expectations.
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Christine Collins
a week ago
I have lived in the Gentry Place Apartments in Oakdale for little over a year now. It was okay at first, but now management is lacking very badly. Not only do I not receive a phone call back when I call or when i send a text to the managers phone about any issues. I try to give the company a call, given the run around. No one seems to have it together. It is getting very ridiculous.
Response from the owner - a week ago
Hello Ms. Collins, We apologize for the frustrations you have experienced. We strive to provide our residents with exceptional customer service and communication. We would like to speak with you personally to understand what it is that requires immediate attention at your apartment complex so we can resolve this issue. Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience. Gaughan Companies 651-464-5700
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nancy r
6 months ago
I have never lived in a condo community so screwed up. WE have had 4 managers in 8 years. They think they can do what they want. They hire the worst contractors, cleaning crew, and staff. I need to move.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Hello Nancy, I want to follow up to make sure you did not have any further concerns or recommendations for us. Again, I do apologize that we did not meet your expectations in the past and hope that we have the opportunity in the future to exceed your expectations. Please let me know if there are any further concerns or recommendations. Christina
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Matt Faschingbauer
2 months ago
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thank you for your review. We appreciate your business and strive to continuously meet your expectations.
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Clayton Johnson
10 months ago
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thank you for your review! We appreciate your business and strive to continuously exceed your expectations.