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Business People: KARE-11 announces receiving 25 regional Emmy awards

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OF NOTE – MEDIA

KARE-11, Golden Valley, a Tegna company that is the NBC-TV network affiliate in the Twin Cities, announced it was honored with 25 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Upper Midwest Region, including in the categories of Overall Excellence, News Excellence and Interactive Media.

ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS

Ciceron, a St. Paul-based digital marketing agency, announced that Kelly Bartell has joined the company as executive creative director.

ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING

TKDA, St. Paul, announced that Peter (Rusty) Steitz has been promoted to vice president of the firm’s Facilities Engineering Division. Steitz previously was corporate and industrial market manager and the mechanical group manager in Facilities Engineering.

EDUCATION

Abdo, Eick & Meyers, an Edina-based business accounting firm, announced Musab Makhtal from Concordia University-St. Paul as its 2021 AICPA PCPS (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Private Company Practice Section) George Willie Scholarship and Internship recipient. The scholarship provides up to $10,000 during the final year of study and an internship opportunity during the 2022 January-to-April tax season. Makhtal will be joining the firm’s tax department. … Lerner Publishing Group, a Minneapolis-based publisher of educational and children’s books, announced the opening of the Lerner Publishing Media Lab in Pillsbury Hall at the University of Minnesota, focused on the role of technology in the literary arts, and established via a gift from the Lerner Foundation in honor of company founder Harry Lerner.

ENVIRONMENT

Ecolab Inc., a St. Paul-based provider of water, hygiene and infection prevention products and services for business, announced it has been named a Global Compact LEAD participant for its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact, a global corporate sustainability initiative.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Golden Valley, announced that Sophia Khan has joined the organization as chief diversity and inclusion officer. … Hiway Credit Union, St. Paul, announced that three associates have been accepted into the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s inaugural Trailblazers Executive Readiness Training program: Brianne Meszaros, vice president of branch operations; Andy Deans, mortgage servicing manager, and Sarah Pedersen, indirect lending underwriter. … Minnesota Bank & Trust, Edina, announced the opening of an office in the Court International Building, 2550 University Ave. West, Suite 259S, St. Paul. … MPowered Capital, an investment firm concentrating on female and other underrepresented entrepreneurial talent, announced its official launch in Minneapolis, founded and led by Marcia Page, who also founded alternative investment firm Värde Partners. … Accounting firm BerganKDV announced Chris Tomas as director of Alliance Management, a BerganKDV company based in Minnetonka.

HEALTH CARE

Ebenezer, an Edina-based operator of senior living facilities, announced that Brendan Bannigan has joined as director of philanthropy.

LAW

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart and Thomson, a Minneapolis firm specializing in construction, real estate and commercial development finance and litigation, announced its 40th anniversary in business. … Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced the additions of attorneys in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group: of counsel Thomas C. Snook and associates Brendan Mochoruk and Zachary M. Sheahan.

NONPROFITS

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a provider of shelter and supportive housing services to single adults, announced that Margaret King has been named the senior director for single adult housing.

ORGANIZATIONS

BOMA Greater Minneapolis, a trade association representing commercial real estate owners and managers, announced that Sarah Anderson will succeed Kevin Lewis as president/CEO. Anderson spent 12 years as a Republican state representative in the Minnesota Legislature, representing a portion of western Hennepin County, and chairing the State Government Finance Committee.

TECHNOLOGY

Arcserve, an Eden Prairie-based data and ransomware protection provider, announced the appointment of Brannon Lacey as CEO.

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Red Bridge Estate outside of Durango hits market for $12.5M

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Red Bridge Estate outside of Durango hits market for $12.5M

Sitting on 40 acres just 25 minutes outside of Durango, a Western-style ranch with modern finishes has been listed for $12.5 million.

Red Bridge Estate, at 10506 County Road 250 in the Animas River Valley, features an 8,251-square-foot main residence with an oversized garage, a court for tennis and pickleball, and a 3,385-square-foot equestrian barn with four stalls and a living quarters.

The ranch is owned by Red Bridge Ranch LLC, managed by Hugh and Donna Scott, according to public records. A Luxe Interiors + Design article previously described the owners as “a Bay Area couple who built their vacation home near the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Colorado’s southwest corner.”

Courtesy of Hall and Hall Partners

The ranch sits on 40 acres about 25 minutes outside of Durango.

“It was very un-Aspen and un-Vail,” the home’s interior designer Julie Massucco Kleiner told Luxe. “The wife was born and raised in the Midwest and wanted to find a less glamorous vacation home that would speak to her sensibilities.”

The current owners purchased the property in 2016 for $3 million, according to La Plata County records, and built the home.

Address: 10506 County Road 250, Durango

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The property has a multi-sport court for pickleball, tennis and basketball.

Listing price: $12.5 million

Stats: Coon Creek borders the property and runs year-round. The ranch has water rights.

The finer things: Guests enter the ranch over a red bridge, hence the name, and down a tree-lined drive opening to the estate.

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There are vaulted ceilings throughout the home up to 27 feet tall.

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Zillow Gone Wild features $3.4M Missouri tourist attraction Jacob’s Cave

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Zillow Gone Wild features $3.4M Missouri tourist attraction Jacob’s Cave

VERSAILLES, Mo. – Zillow Gone Wild showcases a historical cave and tourist destination in central Missouri that is sure to attract avid spelunkers.

For 90 years, people have congregated just north of Lake of the Ozarks to walk through a mile-long cave system known as Jacob’s Cave.

The cave—believed to have been used by indigenous peoples before European settlement, and by troops during the American Civil War—was rediscovered in 1875 by lead and tiff miner Jacob Craycraft.

According to the historiography on JacobsCave.com, Craycraft moved to Missouri as a young boy with his father and brother from Kentucky.

As the story goes, Craycraft, now an adult, was mining one August day with two other men and a young boy. During a lunch break, they took turns throwing rocks toward what they believed to be a shallow hole. One of the larger rocks went in the hole but made an odd sound upon landing. Craycraft and the men dug around the hole and discovered an entrance to the massive cave system.

Craycraft would explore part of the cave the following day and made note of the discovery on the cave walls. “Jacob Craycraft, the man who discovered this cave, 1875 August 9th,” he wrote. Visitors can see the note on the current tour of the cave.

The cave is being sold along with a 4-bed and 2.5-bath residence, as well as the large workshed and gift shop located on the property. The sprawling 223 acres includes a large open space with well-kept dirt roads, which has been used as a gathering place for swap meets for several years.

You can see more pictures of the cave and the property by visiting the Zillow listing.

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Opinion: Myth busting Colorado’s crime-wave lore

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Pundits across Colorado have begun pushing their pro-incarceration agenda using misleading statistics to exploit our fear of crime for political purposes while trying to drive a wedge in our communities.

With elections coming up, the political motivations are clear. They blame declining incarceration and justice reform policies for causing a “Colorado crime wave.”  While crime has increased in Colorado, and across many other states as well, the pundits are wrong about both the causes and the solutions.

If more incarceration makes us safer, why isn’t the U.S. the safest country in the world? We imprison four to six times more people per capita than almost any other country, even dictatorships like China and Russia.

As an elected official, I am acutely aware that public safety is my primary responsibility. As a lawyer, community non-profit board member, and restorative justice volunteer, I have seen the impact of crime on victims and their families. My heart goes out to them.

As a legislator, my responsibility is to study, analyze and seek to understand complex societal problems and to formulate targeted, responsive and evidence-based policy solutions. Rarely have I found such problems linked to a single cause. As journalist H.L. Mencken famously said, “For every complex problem, there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong.”

It is notable that most criminal justice reform policies have received significant bipartisan support in the Colorado legislature, including measures requiring counsel at first court appearances, eliminating cash bond for petty offenses, requiring bond hearing within 48 hours and prompt release following bail, misdemeanor sentencing reform and the major law enforcement transparency and accountability measure, which passed the Senate almost unanimously. It is also notable that the major contributors to declining incarceration in Colorado were county Sheriff’s and Department of Corrections policies enacted to enhance safety in congregate care facilities in response to COVID-19, not to legislative enactments.

Nevertheless, the pundits and their allies cite a cavalcade of statistics in an attempt to link rising crime and falling incarceration rates with justice reform. While they conclude, without evidence, that there is an inextricable connection, they ignore other factors that might be worthy of consideration as we look for the contributors to violence and increased crime; homelessness up 9%, first-time homelessness up 100%, gun sales up 43%, overdose deaths up 32%. There is also potentially a correlation with crime arising out of increased social isolation related to COVID-19, deteriorating mental health, substance use disorder and the despair and insecurity arising from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

The closing of local institutions like schools, churches, synagogues, neighborhood centers, community-based organizations and local programs that had served as community resources has left a void that could also have contributed to crime. Some also cite Colorado’s underfunding K-12 schools, nationally last-place ranking in teacher’s pay per cost-of-living, and suspension/expulsion policies as failing to provide educational opportunities and pathways out of poverty.

A Colorado newspaper collaborative just completed a multi-part series investigating mental health in Colorado. They reported we have the highest rate of mental illness and lowest access to care in the country, and that our system is broken, serving thousands fewer patients now than before the pandemic while turning away the most vulnerable leaving them with no place to go. Colorado Department of Corrections Director Dean Williams says the prison system is the largest institution housing folks struggling with their mental health in the state. Is lack of treatment for behavioral health a contributor to crime — or is rising crime solely attributable to criminal justice reform and too little incarceration as urged by some?

With the notable exception of some Colorado prosecutors and law enforcement, there is broad agreement that mass incarceration has been a huge mistake. Our draconian and mandatory sentences are unjustly severe, ineffective at preventing crime and costing taxpayers millions. DOC’s budget has exploded 1,288% over thirty-five years and now is almost a billion dollars. At the same time, DOC has been notably unsuccessful in correcting or rehabilitating; fully half of the people released from prison are reincarcerated within three years of release.

What I learned at the Wharton Business School is that if your business model is unsuccessful 50% of the time, you should change that model. Mass incarceration is not the solution. I suggest we strive to be smart, nuanced and targeted rather than doubling down on failed policies that simply haven’t worked.

With that in mind, I look forward to working with advocates and colleagues on both sides of the aisle to look at the data, determine the actual causes of crime, and equally importantly, to join them in implementing preventive, deterrence strategies and criminal justice policies that are victim-focused, promote offender accountability, and ensure that our jails are reserved for dangerous, violent and repeat offenders.

I have a holistic vision of public safety in which thriving communities have fully funded schools, robust public services, affordable housing, healthcare and racial, social and economic justice for all. We have a lot of work to do during the 2022 legislative session.

Pete Lee is a Colorado state senator from Colorado Springs.

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