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The coronavirus ground game gamble hits the homestretch

MILWAUKEE — Nowhere else may the pandemic-year ground game contrast between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden be more apparent than in Wisconsin’s Waukesha County, part of the trio of suburban counties surrounding Milwaukee.

Trump won this part of the state in 2016, but his margin was significantly below that of 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. It is in counties like Waukesha — which has itself become a notorious catchword in some quarters for any potentially contest-defining bellwether area — where Biden hopes to cut into Trump’s previous margin and reclaim the state.

In late September, the Trump campaign’s website advertised a “MAGA Meet-Up” at the Republican Party of Waukesha County office to “connect with other supporters in the area and recruit new volunteers.”

Although the online description nodded to a virtual event option, it was unclear how to take advantage of it. When NBC News arrived at the office,

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Chesmar Homes to break ground on Benefit home in Lago Mar

Chesmar Homes will be breaking ground on Nov. 5 in the Texas City community of Lago Mar as it begins construction of its seventh Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Home. Land Tejas donated the homesite, which is their 18th lot donation to the Benefit Homes Project, a 40-year-old charity fundraiser of the GHBA.

Their team of vendors and suppliers have already begun committing donations of materials and services to construct the home. These donations will ensure that, when the house sells at market value, proceeds will go to two local charities, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Since the fundraiser began 40 years ago, nearly 12 million dollars has been raised.

Vendors and suppliers who are committed include: Builders Post Tension, Crossville, DataSmart, Boan-NuTone, Houston Window Fashions, Templar Electric, Houston Hurricane, The Ark Cast Stone, Austin Windstorm Construction and Stewart Door Company.

“Our vendors and suppliers are one of the

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Timon’s Ministries breaks ground on center improvements

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Timon’s Ministries is located in Flour Bluff and offers services including lunch meals, food pantry, showers, laundry and basic health services to people in need.

Timon’s Ministries held a groundbreaking ceremony in Flour Bluff on Wednesday, marking the start of construction to the building made possible by a grant from the Corpus Christi Charity League. 

Since 2000, the Timon’s Ministries resource center has offered food, clothing, medical and financial aid to low- and no-income, uninsured individuals in the Coastal Bend.

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Timon’s Ministries holds a groundbreaking for their building addition and renovation on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

The center’s resources include hot meals five days a week, a crisis pantry, a grocery delivery program, a dental clinic, a medical clinic, an eye clinic, school supply distributions, clothing and household supplies, and laundry and shower facilities.

The Charity League raised a record-breaking $350,000 to extend the

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Le Sueur breaks ground on downtown renovation project



a man holding a gun: Walls were smashed Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, symbolizing the beginning of the downtown Le Sueur renovation project in Le Sueur, Minn.


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Walls were smashed Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, symbolizing the beginning of the downtown Le Sueur renovation project in Le Sueur, Minn.

LE SUEUR, Minn. (KEYC) — Tuesday marked the groundbreaking celebration for Le Sueur’s downtown renovation project.

The project will partially demolish the Valley Green Square Mall and redevelop that space into 47,900 square feet of retail space and 15,000 square feet of 14-second floor apartments.

In addition, the redevelopment will allow for the reopening of Main Street that was disrupted by the construction of the mall in 1975.

“So, our team is not unfamiliar to small downtown renovation projects. We’ve done a lot of work in Old Town Mankato and also in St. Peter on the [Highway] 169 Corridor, so we are really looking forward to entering the Le Sueur market and helping businesses thrive,” explained Cate DeBates, director of business development at Coldwell Banker Commercial

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City breaks ground on Roberto Clemente Park improvements

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On Thursday, the City of Grand Rapids celebrated a groundbreaking at Roberto Clemente Park, which is the latest park that will see a host of improvements.

According to a press release from the city, Roberto Clemente Park will undergo significant upgrades and renovations with funding from a $242,000 Michigan DNR Trust Fund grant, approximately $951,000 from the city’s 2013 parks millage and $300,000 Environmental Services Department.

The grant will support the following renovations and developments:

  • New outdoor discovery area featuring a play area, seating and stage that will provide recreation and outdoor classroom space for children. The play area will offer universal access and be made with natural materials such as logs and boulders.
  • Universally accessible 6-foot-wide and 8-foot-wide concrete walking trails that will connect park amenities and new energy efficient lighting for safety.
  • Demolition of current restroom, shelter building and parking lot. Amenities will be
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Home buyers gain no ground despite record low rates | Business

North Texas home prices were still on a tear last month as the median price of a Dallas-Fort Worth home rose 8.6%. The average price of a North Texas home was up 11.2% compared to August 2019. Within the City of Denton, prices were more muted as the unusual jump in luxury home sales skewing the July numbers disappeared. As a result, the median price of Denton home was up only 1.9% year-over-year. The average price of a Denton home rose 3% to $296,801.

The big monthly drop in average Denton home prices brings them closer to trend, but still elevated considering the backdrop of the economy and the employment sector. The numbers for Denton County in August show median home prices jumping 6.3%, with average prices up 7.4% compared to a year ago. Sales of Denton County homes rose 10%, while pending sales (contracts) for Denton County homes rose

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