Not all flood insurance requirements are cast in stone; know where you stand with a flood elevation survey

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If you are considering purchasing or refinancing property, you may want to check to see if the property is located in a floodplain area. Mortgage lenders use Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maps and flood insurance studies to determine whether or not flood insurance is required and, if it is, what the premiums would be. Learn the facts about your property now and save yourself from a surprise later — and perhaps save some time and money, as well.  Continue reading “Not all flood insurance requirements are cast in stone; know where you stand with a flood elevation survey”

BIR Luxury Garages virtual tour — check it out!

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I’ve been waiting for this….

That’s exactly what your cherry-red Corvette will think the first time it cruises through the new Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) Luxury Garages development. Located just north of the track, the private community is a racing enthusiast’s dream and consists of 10 luxury garages, six garage lofts, and 44 distinctive garages.  Continue reading “BIR Luxury Garages virtual tour — check it out!”

Spring is bustin’ out all over – and so are the WSN yellow safety vests

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What a gorgeous time of year! Tree buds emerging, birds waking us up with their morning song, visions of yellow safety vests along the side of the road . . .

Perhaps the last one doesn’t bespeak of spring’s arrival for most, but it should.

April is designated by the National Safety Council as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Widseth Smith Nolting wants to remind you to watch for those fluorescent vests on the side of the road.  Continue reading “Spring is bustin’ out all over – and so are the WSN yellow safety vests”

May’s featured project on your WSN calendar: Hydrographic Surveying on Goose Lake

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Nestled in the backwaters of the Mississippi River, Goose Lake was the subject of an enhancement and restoration project managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To restore the habitat and improve boat access, three to four feet of sediment was dredged from the lake. Widseth Smith Nolting conducted hydrographic surveys before dredging began and periodic quantity surveys to monitor the amount of accumulated sediment being removed.

Mills Fleet Farm Monticello Groundbreaking

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Mills Fleet Farm broke ground on November 9th at their new Monticello, MN, location. In attendance were representatives from the City of Monticello, the Monticello Chamber of Commerce, Mills Fleet Farm, Baratto Brothers, and Widseth Smith Nolting. The 165,000-square-foot store is slated to open Fall 2017. We’re proud to be part of another Fleet Farm store, and wish our clients well as they continue to expand.

WSN’s hydrographic surveys measure dredging operation on Goose Lake

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Ever seen a backhoe on a lake? If you were near Kellogg, MN, and tried to access Goose Lake recently, you would have witnessed some interesting activity.

The Minnesota DNR chose to dredge three to four feet of sediment from eight acres of Goose Lake this past summer. The removal of this material will improve fish habitat and boat access. WSN was hired to provide a pre-dredge survey and periodic quantity surveys to measure the progress of the dredging operation. Continue reading “WSN’s hydrographic surveys measure dredging operation on Goose Lake”