Realtor giving campaign raises more than $250,000

Realtor associations around Minnesota have collected over a quarter million dollars in donations for businesses that were damaged during civil unrest in Minneapolis and St. Paul last year.

Starting in June 2020, Minnesota Realtors Rebuilding Community spearheaded the effort to engage realtors on housing issues related to racial diversity, equity and inclusion.

A fundraiser was launched in September to support homeownership by and work toward rebuilding businesses that make up the backbone of healthy communities.

The group reached its goal and raised $250,120.

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The funds will be distributed to the following organizations: Upper Northside Business Association, Longfellow Community Council, Minneapolis Foundation Fund for Safe Communities and Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund.

Minnesota Realtors Rebuilding Community’s founding partners are the Minnesota Realtors, Minneapolis Area Realtors and Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors. The group’s mission is to make meaningful changes that address racial injustice by focusing on learning, partnership and action to build a better future.

The Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors was one of 13 associations that participated in the giving campaign across the state. It serves almost 200 realtors in the counties of Douglas, Pope, Todd and surrounding areas. The organization partners with around 40 affiliate businesses that support the real estate industry and is dedicated to promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct in the real estate profession while helping individuals achieve the goal of homeownership.

Minnesota Realtors is the membership organization supporting all 21,000 realtors in the state of Minnesota. Learn more at

Alexandria area realtors awarded

The Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors held its annual meeting to present awards to 2020 recipients:

  • Shawn Reilly with Better Homes and Gardens All Seasons won Realtor of the Year.

  • Lucas Mogenson from Coldwell Banker Crown Realtors received Rookie of the Year.

  • Bob Ruhr of Century 21 First Realty, Inc., was honored for 30 years of service.

  • Dennis Martinson with Glenwood State Bank Real Estate, Cam Loch of Coldwell Banker Crown Realtors, Kelly Kraemer from Counselor Realty Glenwood, Jackie Prahl with Wagner Realty and Mike Roers of Lakes Area Appraisals were all recognized for 25 years of service.