Category: BGS in the Community

BGS Attorney Dave Schaps awarded Roseville Area Optimist Club’s 2019 “Optimist of the Year”

February 17, 2020  |  BGS

On February 14th, 2020, BGS Attorney Dave Schaps was awarded the Roseville Area Optimist Club’s 2019 “Optimist of the Year.” Dave is a charter member and serves as the Club Secretary on the Club’s Board of Directors. The Roseville Area Optimist Club started in January of 2016 with 19 Charter members with the goals of professional development, communication, and serving local youth in the community. It has since grown to approximately 145 members, who participate in a monthly lunch meeting with a speaker. Dave also is responsible for all of the Club’s communications and did pro bono work to launch the Club’s first ever book, “Voices of Optimism,” which features over 65 stories from the membership on optimism. His efforts were celebrated for his professionalism, seriousness, and flare of fun for the last three years in his service to the Club’s Board of Directors. More information on the Roseville Area Optimist Club can be found at: https://www.rosevilleareaoptimistclub.com/

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Rachel Schwankl Selected for Fridley Housing & Redevelopment Authority

October 21, 2019  |  BGS

Rachel Schwankl, Real Estate Paralegal at Barna, Guzy & Steffen, was recently appointed to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (“HRA”) in Fridley, MN. According to the City website, “In 1947, the Minnesota Legislature created the Municipal Housing and Redevelopment Act, which authorized cities to create Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (HRAs) charged with improving “substandard conditions” characterized by “dilapidation, obsolescence, overcrowding and faulty arrangement or design of buildings and improvements.”Fridley’s HRA was established in 1965 and today plays an active role in developing and redeveloping the City. HRA projects are designed to enlarge the tax base, create jobs, and create vital, attractive businesses in blighted or underdeveloped areas of the City. The HRA is empowered to carry out housing rehabilitation programs and redevelopment projects that create new housing opportunities. The HRA also makes use of State and Federal programs to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to those that qualify. Examples of State programs include the First Time Home Buyer Program, the Minnesota Fix-Up Fund, and the Home Energy Fund. Federal programs include the Community Development Block Grant Program and HUD’s HOME program. Housing and Redevelopment Authority Services: Business site selection assistance; Local tax structure and tax increment financing districts data and analysis; Guidance on available City programs and other programs for various types of projects;…

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Estate Planning Attorney Bobbi Hermanson-Albers Joins Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

August 28, 2019  |  BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Bobbi Hermanson-Albers has joined the firm’s Estate Planning department. She will be working closely with estate planning attorney William H. Huefner practicing in the firm’s growing Wills/Estates & Probate/Tax Planning Law area serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve our community. We are happy to welcome Bobbi to BGS from her most recent position practicing in family law at a boutique law firm in Minneapolis. She has also previously worked in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District Court (Stillwater, MN) as a Judicial Law clerk to the Honorable B. William Ekstrum. Bobbi graduated cum laude from Hamline University School of Law in 2014 ranked in the top 15 of her class. In addition to earning her Juris Doctor, she holds a Certificate in Advocacy and Problem Solving from Hamline University which uniquely qualifies her in direct to consumer law, assisting clients to navigate the legal system during challenges and changes in their lives. Bobbi is excited about the opportunity to join BGS as Wills/Estates attorney, “I look forward to working with Bill Huefner to identify practical solutions that best meet the unique, long-term planning needs of each of our BGS clients.” Get help with your legal questions!

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