February 2015

Found 4 blog entries for February 2015.

So, what are your plans for the weekend and the week to come? Looking for things to do in Bloomington? Check out our selections, below.

Get Your Taxes Done – For Free!

If you have a simple tax return you may just want to take that shoebox full of receipts to the City of Bloomington. Well, not literally, but the city is teaming up with AARP to provide free tax prep for folks with simple returns that make less than $30,000 ($53,000 for families).

To learn more call 952-563-4944.

Go Shopping

Homeland Security came out a few days ago saying there is no credible terrorist threat against any shopping mall in the U.S., including the Mall of America, so don’t be deterred from shopping ‘til you drop this weekend.

The U.S. Homeland Security

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Bloomington is home to three new houses in this year’s Spring Parade of Homes. The event starts on February 28 and wraps up March 29th. You can visit the homes on Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m.

The Summit at Chelsea Ridge

Gonyea Homes built this entry (number 251) in this spring’s Parade of Homes. The two-story home features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 5,580 square feet of living space. Four of the bedrooms (including the master suite) are located on the home’s upper level.

This home also boasts a gourmet kitchen, a great room and a formal dining room. On the main floor you’ll find a family room and a game area. This home is listed at $971,900. You can view the model during the hours listed above, at 8301 West 110th Street.

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It seems as if everyone in Bloomington is talking about the frigid temperatures, to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. From car trunks frozen in place to broken water mains, the cold temperatures are wreaking havoc across the state.

There is, however, more to Bloomington than our current Arctic blast. Let’s take a look at some of the news you may have missed over the past week or so.

Kids back to school earlier this year

The Bloomington Board of Education has changed the back-to-school date by moving it up to September 1 -- the Tuesday before Labor Day. In the past, kids didn’t return from summer break until the day after Labor Day.

There is some good news in this, however. Because of the change, the first trimester will end

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Sure, it’s over a week away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about how you’ll spend Valentine’s Day this year. If you’re short on ideas but long on wanting to show your love, here are a few ideas.

A Valentine’s Day Staycation

Bloomington is home to 38 hotels – how many have you stayed in? Valentine’s Day weekend might be the best time for a staycation, whether you choose one of the city’s budget hotels or go for the elegance.

Radisson Blu at Mall of America has a Valentine’s Day special this year and it includes breakfast in bed, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Rooms start at $195 that night. They also offer a spa package for a step-up in price that includes two 1-hour massages.

If you’ll be bringing the

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