Habitat for Humanity: Building Hope Together

October 15, 2014  |  Scott M. Lepak

On October 3, 2014 BGS helped build its most recent Habitat for Humanity house. This house was a single story house specially constructed to meet the needs of a disabled family member. Another great thing about this house was that it is located in Columbia Heights, a City where we have been honored to serve as City Attorneys for the past 23 years. Our work crew arrived expecting to put on siding but the wet weather from the previous day had put the project slightly behind schedule. We spent the morning disassembling scaffolding and hauling it through the mud before we could get to our main jobs of putting up a center post on the porch and installing fascia and trim. The work crew of Tracie Davis, Lynn Geistfeld and Liz Schading turned out to be the best fascia installation crew with flawless teamwork and attention to detail. The work crew led by our best carpenter (who is our IT pro in his regular job) Brian Harvison showed flashes of productivity but work periodically slowed as the lawyers on the crew, Dan Ganter, Scott Lepak and Jon Erickson, periodically paused to engage in spirited debate and instruction to each other on the proper way to perform simple tasks. The Habitat for Humanity job…

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Happy Retirement Doug Dehn!

September 30, 2014  |  BGS

Attorneys and staff at Barna, Guzy and Steffen gathered this afternoon to celebrate BGS Attorney/Shareholder Doug Dehn who is officially retiring. Doug graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1976 and was admitted to the bar on October 1st, 1976 almost 38 years ago to this day. He joined BGS in 2004 with the knowledge that he could leave his clients in good hands when it came time to retire. Doug is grateful for the many years of successful practice and says, “I wish to thank all of my clients and professional contacts who have had the trust in me to make referrals to me over the years.” Doug’s thriving practice will be taken over by his partners at BGS.  If you would like to contact the firm for existing or new work, please feel free to contact us at info@bgs.com, or call the firm directly at 763-780-8500.      

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Starry Starry Success for Stable Pathways

September 25, 2014  |  BGS

Sarah Thies & Patti Franz, the program director of Stable Pathways The stars were dimmed early in the evening by an unexpected fall thunderstorm, but as the clouds rolled away Stable Pathways’ second annual fall fundraiser event went off without a hitch. Sarah Thies, Board Member of Stable Pathways and BGS Legal Administrative Assistant said, “It was amazing. Everyone worked so hard to prepare for this night and in the end, it all just fell into place.” The evening included a silent auction, live band appearance by Gravel Roads , dinner and information about the Stable Pathways mission. The event helped raise necessary funds for this important program helping to provide therapeutic horse activities for people living with physical and cognitive challenges. “Stable Pathways’ horses will need both veterinary care and feeding over the coming winter months. The funds raised will go a long way to offset these expenses and necessary costs,” said Sarah, “We are grateful that the event was so successful.” Stable Pathways is a 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about Stable Pathways and the Starry, Starry Night Barn Dance, visit stablepathways.org

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