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Minneapolis Selected by IGC to Host the IRWA Education Conference in 2020!

At the IRWA Board of Directors Meeting in June this year in Hartford, Connecticut, the IRWA Board of Directors selected Portland, Oregon as the host location for IRWA’s 2019 Annual International Education Conference. The final selection came after four rounds of dead heat voting where Portland and Minneapolis each received 50 percent of the vote. On the fifth vote, the IRWA Board of Directors selected Portland as the 2019 site by a margin of seven votes.

Given that half of IRWA’s Board Members selected Minneapolis during four rounds of voting, the International Governing Council (IGC) received many comments from Board Members that they would like the IGC to consider naming Minneapolis as the 2020 host location. In light of the timely nature of the request, and due to the immediacy created because the Minneapolis proposal’s pricing and dates were only valid until July 31, 2014, the IGC met on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 to take up this single issue item, in accordance with IRWA Bylaws. Following full discussion and a number of actions, the IGC approved a motion to make Minneapolis, Minnesota the 2020 host location for the IRWA Annual International Education Conference by a vote of 14 to 1.

Because of this action, there will be no chapter bids presented at the 2015 Board of Directors meeting. Bidding will resume at the 2016 Board of Directors meeting.

IRWA Chapter 20 is BEYOND excited with this decision and thanks our members, region, and supporters! Without the support or our sponsors, our efforts would not have been possible. A special thanks to these companies for their sponsorship and continued support within our great Region.

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.Midwest Right of Way Services, Inc.
Enbridge EnergProSource Technologies, Inc.
Evergreen Land ServicesSRF Consulting Group
HDR, Inc.Stern & Anderson PA
JCG Land Services, Inc.Twin Peaks Field Services, Inc.
L.D. Martin & Associates, Ltd.Wilson Development Services
LHB, Inc.WSB & Associates, Inc.
Melissa WurtzXcel Energy

Chapter 20 looks forward to hosting the Annual Education Conference in 2020!

November Board & Member Meeting

IRWA Chapter 20 November Board Meeting & Member Luncheon Brought to you by our Silver Sponsor SRF!

When: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Board Meeting - 10:00am – 11:30am
Member Meeting - 11:30am – 1:00pm

21 W Superior St #500
Duluth, MN 55802

RSVP by Wednesday, November 12th, if you plan to attend.

The cost is $13 for members and $18 for non-members.

Register by Wednesday, November 12, 2014th.

Member Registration $13

Non-Member Registration $18

Presenter: Leigh Lenzmeier
Topic: The Northstar Corridor Development
The Northstar Corridor Development Authority (NCDA) consists of Stearns, Sherburne, Anoka, and Hennepin Counties. It was formed to develop and operate the Northstar Commuter Rail line. Leigh Lenzmeier is a commercial real estate appraiser in St Cloud and a Stearns County Commissioner. Leigh chairs the NCFA and is a past IRWA Chapter 20 member.

Northstar has two parts; the Link, a bus system owned and operated by St Cloud Metro Bus under contract with NCDA that connects St Cloud to Big Lake, and the train line running from Big Lake to Target Field. The arrivals/departures of the two parts are coordinated. The NCDA owns the Northstar equipment and the stations in Big Lake, Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids, and Fridley. The station cities have changed their respective comprehensive plans to take advantage of Northstar and development is happening around the stations. Metro Transit operates Northstar under contract with NCDA.

The system is now in the sixth year of operation. For both parts, 2013 was the best year ever for Northstar ridership. 2014 has been a disaster. NCDA leases the right of way from BNSF. Bad weather in January & February resulted in delayed arrivals/departures for BNSF and Northstar. BNSF was unable to keep trackage operational. The huge increase in crude shipments from the western North Dakota oil fields, improved agricultural productivity in Montana & the Dakotas, and improving economy has continued the problem because of the competition now from track time. Northstar has a reliability problem in the short run at the cost of decreased ridership. The presentation will be short on excuses. Short, medium, and long-term possible remedies will be discussed.

Guest Speaker:
Leigh Lenzmeier

Leigh Lenzmeier’s real estate career began in 1980. In 1984, he started Lenzmeier Real Estate Services after completing an M.B.A. at St. Cloud University and earning a brokers license. Leigh’s major emphasis is commercial and agricultural real estate appraisal in greater Minnesota. He taught real estate courses part time during the 80’s, became a licensed appraiser, completed the SR/WA designation of the IRWA in 1991, and had been an associate of the Appraisal Institute for several years. Since the later 80’s, Leigh developed a specialty working for and against entities with the power of eminent domain, including testimony at commissioner’s hearings and trials. In 2012, Leigh was named to the Board of Directors, Minnesota Real Estate Foundation. On 2/26/13, Governor Dayton appointed him to a second term on the Public Employees Retirement Association board. Leigh is also licensed in North Dakota.

Upcoming Education:

Course 209 - Negotiating Effectively with a Diverse Clientele

Course 400 - Principles of Real Estate Appraisal

Questions Regarding Education:

Mindy J. Leadholm

651-430-4361 (office)
651-470-7754 (cell)
651-430-4350 (fax)

Professional Development Corner:

Chris Rogers – R/W-AC

Patrick Lambert – RWA
Jill Unterberger - RWA
Tony Derrick - RWA

John Foster – R/W-AC

Aimie Mims - SR/WA

Ric Ahern – RWA

Jill Unterberger – RWA
Sean Lawler - RWA
Debbie Johnson - SR/WA

Aimie Mims – RWP

Debbie Tyler – R/W-NAC

Charles Mayers – RWP

Chuck Mayers – SR/WA

Greg Cooley – SR/WA

Anthony Derrick – RWA
Aimie Mims - RWP

Matthew Hagelin – RWA
Cassie Fulda – RWA

Corrine Sullivan – RWA
Patrick Lambert – RWA
Matthew Hagelin - RWP

Lisa Beckman – R/W NAC

Cassie Fulda – RWA
Charles Mayers - RWP

Chuck Mayers - ARWP

Darryl Sayler – SR/WA

Matthew Hagelin - RWA

Questions Regarding Certification:

Greg Cooley, PDC Chair
320-250-2665 (office)