It pays for sellers to feel right at home with many new marketing techniques

first_imgLeader Newspapers real estate Hot Topic – things to do before you sell – for editions week commencing June 12, 2017 – Peter Koulizos – iStock-157198401 An arrow shaped red “Home For Sale” sign in front of a suburban 2-story home. The green grass and blue sky is visible in the background.MARKETING is an investment you make to promote your property, writes REIQ Townsville zone chairman Wayne Nicholson.When I was a rookie agent in the ’80s, we were told the marketing budget should be about 1 per cent of the sale price. A $250,000 house, therefore, should incur a marketing budget of about $2500. Today, there are far more options for marketing a property and a flexibility that didn’t exist then. A marketing plan can be tailored to suit any budget and every property. Many consumers don’t understand the agent does not make any money, or receive any commission or kickbacks for the marketing spend. The money is paid to the media channel – either the newspaper, online portal, website, magazine or social media platform. Agents don’t receive any benefit. Our motivation is simply to drive buyers to the property. I have seen spectacular $25,000 marketing campaigns for multimillion-dollar homes and I have seen $2000 marketing campaigns that work very effectively. The success is determined by a range of factors and the size of the budget is just one of those factors. It’s not necessarily about how much you spend, but where you spend. It’s about finding the right channel for your property. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Your goal is to get your property in front of that one pair of eyeballs that are attached to the heart that will fall in love with your home.It’s not always easy to find those eyes and that heart, but one thing is certain – if you don’t advertise you won’t find them. It’s like that saying: you miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take. When deciding how to market your property, talk to your REIQ accredited agent. They will be very experienced in this area and will be familiar with all the options for today’s seller. Back in the day when print advertising was the only option, the rule used to be the bigger the ad, the bigger the inquiry. Today there are so many more opportunities to connect with buyers, and a combination of a few different marketing channels can work very successfully. Well-placed ads and well-designed ads are the key to generating good inquiry on your property. REIQ agents will differ on certain marketing techniques, but all will tell you that you can’t sell a secret. Your property needs to be marketed.So in order to encourage the greatest amount of interest in the property, it needs to be promoted far and wide.last_img read more

Rubbish idea launches swimming pool business

first_imgVirginia Pryor had a Skip Pool installed at her Burpengary home. Picture: AAP image, John Gass.ONE rubbish idea has allowed a Sunshine Coast dad to not only give his children a long-wished for swimming pool but also start a successful small business.Accountant Hans Windell was searching fruitlessly for an affordable plunge pool for his family home when the idea struck to fibreglass the inside of a skip bin and turn it into a swimming pool.RELATED: Suburbs where backyards are shrinkingHow’s the serenity of this prime acreage home?What’s inside a $16M penthouse?“We decided to get a pool at our house but the quotes that we were getting were astronomical,” he said.“I explored other options including above ground pools but living on slopey acreage made it even harder and just increased the cost of the pools.”Hans Windell working on the original Skip Pool. Picture: supplied.Mr Windell said his frugal idea was not initially embraced by all members of his family.“My daughter almost started crying when I told her that the skip bin was our pool,” he said.“She was not impressed. But the family loves the pool now, especially come Christmas time.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Who needs one? 00:58It was 18-months between inspiration striking and Mr Windell’s wife and two daughters being able to swim in the bin but in that time Mr Windell also began creating Skip Pools Australia.Mr Windell said the “robust, strong and versatile” nature of skips made them perfect for conversion into plunge pools and easy to transport.Hans Windell working on the original Skip Pool“As far as I am aware, no one is doing this at the moment and we might even be the first to do this in the world,” he said.Mr Windell said the compact dimensions of the pools — 4m long, 1.5m wide and either 1.2m or 1.5m deep — made them perfect for the suburban backyard.Each custom pool includes a filter, lights, steps and engineering drawings.Hans Windell in the original Skip Pool with his daughters. Picture: supplied.“Our company doesn’t install the pools, but we do know very capable pool installers who will assist with the installation, excavation and all the other components needed for our customers to enjoy our pools,” Mr Windell said.Virginia Pryor had a Skip Pool installed in the backyard of her new Burpengary East home in August.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoMORE: Why the trend towards ‘spools’ is heating upInside Michael Jordan’s mountain mansionMedia heiress’ $16 million impulse penthouse buyVirginia has had a skip bin pool installed at her Burpengary home.“I recently built a new house and had a little bit of money left over that I wanted to spend on a plunge pool,” she said.“Everyone still wanted $22,000 plus for a small pool, which was out of my budget. I believe some of the cost is because if the labour and the machines needed to crane a pool in.“I came across Skips Pools on Facebook and went to Hans place to check one out.“It ended up being about half the price.”Ms Pryor said her pool arrived at 7am one morning and was in the ground, filled with water by 6pm that night.“It’s such an easy and fantastic idea. I can’t believe no one has thought of it before,” she said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSustainable 5×4 home01:48last_img read more

UN calls for more attention to environment amid Zika crisis

first_img Tweet NAIROBI, Kenya (CMC) — The United Nations says the outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean has sent a strong signal to the international community that there is a need for increased attention to the linkages between the environment and health.The list of health conditions that can be linked to environmental pollution and degradation is “long and growing”, including skin cancer, lung cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, malaria, Ebola and Zika, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) .“There is a growing awareness that humans, through their intervention in the environment, play a vital role in exacerbating or mitigating health risks,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in an address to the UNEP’s Committee of Permanent Representatives — a group of delegates representing more than 140 countries and major groups. They had gathered at the agency’s Nairobi headquarters to prepare for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, to be held at the end of May.In his remarks, Steiner cited data from the World Health Organization (WHO) which found that 23 per cent of all premature deaths around the world can be attributed to environmental factors. Among children, that figure rises to 36 per cent.“Every year, nearly seven million people die because they are exposed to indoor and outdoor air pollution, from power generation, cook stoves, transportation, industrial furnaces, wildfires, or other causes,” he said. “We are eating into an ecological infrastructure that not only sustains us, but protects us. The fallout from the footprint of human activity in the 21st century seems to grow every year.”The UNEP chief also pointed out that more than two billion people live in water-stressed areas,1,000 children die every day from water-borne diseases, and 42 million life years are lost every year due to natural disasters.Concerning the Zika virus, last week, the World Health Organization launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.The plan also seeks to improve vector control, effectively communicate risks, guidance and protection measures, provide medical care to those affected and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics, according to the WHO.Dr Natela Menabde, the executive director of the WHO office in New York, told UN member-states, during a briefing to the Economic and Social Council that currently 34 countries have reported the Zika virus, mostly in the Americas and Caribbean.She said seven countries in the region have reported an increase in cases of microcephaly with Brazil registering than 4,700 suspected cases. Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint UN calls for more attention to environment amid Zika crisis by: Caribbean Media Corporation – February 24, 2016center_img 104 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

DSWMC commended for the Adopt-A-Block concept

first_imgHis Worship Cecil Joseph. (File photo)An initiative implemented by the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) has been commended by the man at the helm of the Roseau City Council.Mayor of Roseau, His Worship Cecil Joseph who conceptualized the initiative said he is somewhat disappointed that the general public has not praised the programme, which is already making a positive impact in the city, as it relates to garbage disposal.“Interestingly I have not heard anyone complimenting the concept; the adopt-a-bock initiative. We have the concept of the adopt-a-block and the bins that I decided to purchase in 2008 when I wanted to bring out the idea knowing that we are going to have a lot more people in Dominica so they would have their own bins, people didn’t understand the concept but I’m happy that today the second part of the proposal that was brought forward is accomplished. And it is said that when people are quiet, it means that you are doing something good”.Mr. Joseph is admonishing citizens to lend their support to the council and the DSWMC in keeping the city clean, amidst the many festivities.He said that the council has been working feverishly to solve drainage issues within the city, which really exists through no fault of theirs.“I would ask people rather than being arrested or charged for littering and having to go to the court, I would admonish you to really look at the cleanliness of the city. We are trying our best to ensure that the city is clean. People have been saying that there is a stench in the city, I would be the first to agree to with that statement but we do not leave it as that, we have been working morning, noon and night to solve the situation. The situation is the persons who built the Bayfront did not do a really good job in terms of the placement of culverts and gutters meeting each other. The way it is built all of the culverts are higher than the drains so rather than water going into the culverts from the drain, instead it is causing a backing up because the culvert is so high from the drain. At times unless there are heavy rains, the water would not be able to go into the culverts then into the sea”.He said provisions will be made during the carnival season to have the city cleaned regularly.“We flush the streets of Roseau every week through the assistance of the fire department. And I really want to compliment the fire and ambulance department because I know every Monday, Wednesday and Friday when there is little or no activity they flush the streets. And I really want to say thank you to them for assisting us. At our last council meeting, we decided to not only clean Roseau at the end of the activity. We have decided that during the dull periods of carnival which is basically during the lunch time; between 12 and 2pm, we are going to have men in the city, picking up the litter. Even if we have a few litter bins, with the influx of people parading the streets of Roseau, we know that there will still be litter”.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews DSWMC commended for the Adopt-A-Block concept by: – February 4, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 33 Views   2 comments Sharelast_img read more

Floyd M. Spurlock

first_imgFloyd M. Spurlock, 79 of Milan passed away Sunday October 23, 2016 at his home.  Floyd was born Sunday August 22, 1937 in Clay County KY, the son of M.C. and Mary bell (Davidson) Spurlock. He married Ruby (Short) Spurlock June 15, 1957 and she survives. Floyd worked as a farmer for many years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, riding his ATV, pitching horse shoes, playing cards, running his foxhounds for over 60 years, but the most important thing to Floyd was spending time with his family.Floyd is survived by wife: Ruby Spurlock of Milan, Son: Curtis (Angie) Spurlock of Osgood, Alex (Lisa) Spurlock of Osgood, Daughters: Geneva (Mike) Hoagland of Madison, Mary Dall of Versailles, Gracie (Rich) McIntosh of Osgood, Brothers: Cecil Spurlock of Milan and Elmer Spurlock of Ohio, Sister: Emily Tichenor of Versailles, 14 Grandchildren, 15 Great-Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter: Leado Jane Lewis, 3 brothers, 2 sisters.Funeral services will be Thursday October 27, 2016 at 10AM at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral home. Burial will follow in Little Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday October 26 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with arrangements 707 South Main Street, Box 243 Milan, In 47031 (812) 654-2141.  Go to to leave an online condolence message.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Split Battle With Lady Pirates

first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Bulldogs lost to the Greensburg  44-4 Thursday night.Josie Meyer led the way with 2 points; followed by Sarah and Rachel Lamping with 1 point each.The Lady Bulldogs fall to 4-7 on the season and will be back in action Tuesday at home.  Come out and support the Bulldogs!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Weiler.The 8th Grade Batesville Lady Bulldogs upped their seasonal record to 8 wins against 3 loses by defeating the Greensburg Lady Pirates last night 43-17.The Bulldogs used an aggressive man-to-man defense to produce a 20 point lead at halftime. After a slow third quarter the Bulldogs secured the victory with a fourth quarter defense that held the Lady Pirates to just 6 points.  It was a great defensive effort by the entire team.  Offensively the Lady Bulldogs were lead by Makayla Granger with 17 points.  Other scorers for the Lady Bulldogs were Emma Weiler with 8, Ava Hanson added 6, Sophie Myers, Jadyn Harrington, Lizzy Nobbe, Lil Tinker and Timbrè Davies all scored 2.The Lady Pirates were lead by Lydia Basler, Sarah Stapp, Jenna Foster and Whitney Huber all scoring 4 points.  Josie Nobbe added 3 points.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jack Smith.last_img read more

NorthEast United FC Prove A Point In Kerala Stalemate

first_imgKochi: Ten-man NorthEast United FC stood firm and stayed resilient to play out a goalless draw and deny Kerala Blasters FC a chance to end their Hero Indian Super League campaign with a win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.Having already secured a spot in the playoff, NorthEast confirmed the fourth place in the standings with 29 points from 18 games and will now face Bengaluru FC in the semi-final. FC Goa will face Mumbai City FC in the other semi-final.Blasters ended their league season in the ninth spot with just two wins and 15 points after 18 matches.After a tentative first few minutes, a powerful shot from Courage Pekuson got Kerala going. Twelve minutes into the game, Matej Poplatnik dribbled forward down the left and chipped the ball to Pekuson at the edge of the box. The Ghanaian midfielder chested it down before hitting a fine volley that flew inches wide.NorthEast coach Eelco Schattorie was forced to field a weakened side and his woes were compounded when centre-back Gurwinder Singh was sent off in the 23rd minute. Pekuson dashed forward on a counter-attack and fed Poplatnik through on goal. The Slovenian striker was brought down on the edge of the box by Gurwinder, who happened to be NorthEast’s last man in defence, and promptly received the marching orders. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Lara and Tendulkar roll back the years as bushfire relief fundraiser brings in millions

first_imgSACHIN Tendulkar and Brian Lara rolled back the years as Cricket Australia raised over 7.7 million Australian dollars (£3.9million) in the fundraising Bushfire Cricket Bash on Sunday.At Melbourne’s Junction Oval, a Ricky Ponting XI beat an Adam Gilchrist XI by one run, with superstar line-ups turning out in support of the relief effort.Former Australia captain Ponting made 26 from 14 balls and West Indies great Lara plundered 30 in the 10-overs-a-side match, as the Ponting XI made 104-5 from their allocation.In the reply, Gilchrist scored 17 before he was bowled by former Australian rules star Luke Hodge, before Shane Watson cracked three sixes in a nine-ball 30 and Andrew Symonds added 29.Ponting, Lara, Watson and Symonds all retired to give others a chance to shine in the charity contest, which saw bowlers including Peter Siddle, Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram and Dan Christian come in for some uncharitable treatment from batsmen.Brett Lee’s 2-11 from two overs bucked the trend, as the former Baggy Green paceman took the wickets of Gilchrist XI stars Brad Hodge and Yuvraj Singh.Tendulkar, who was named coach of the Ponting XI, made a crowd-pleasing cameo between innings when he faced an over shared by Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland.The Gilchrist XI then needed five from the final ball of their 10 overs, but ex-Aussie rules footballer Nick Riewoldt, attempting to club a six, could only scramble a three to leave his team just short on 103-6.Cricket Australia centred the match around its Big Appeal campaign, with television coverage taking the match to a large audience, and its fundraising was boosted by an online auction.At least 33 people died in Australia’s bushfire crisis, with wildlife taking the brunt and homes and large areas of land being destroyed.last_img read more

F-M, CBA football join ESM, J-D in Class A in 2020

first_imgWhat was announced earlier this year – the addition of Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy to Class A football and the return of Jamesville-DeWitt – was confirmed by Thursday’s announcement of the Section III schedules for the 2020 season.F-M, CBA and J-D all join long-time member East Syracuse Minoa in the Class A ranks, while Bishop Grimes remains firmly entrenched in eight-man football for its fourth season.Among the many changes in Section III for the upcoming autumn was a longer regular season for large-school teams. Instead of seven games, Class AA, down to nine teams with the departures of F-M and CBA, will go with a nine-game schedule and just four teams will make the November playoffs. The realigned Class A includes 10 teams in two divisions. J-D, who is back after a season in the Developmental division (now Independent League), is in the American division with ESM and CBA, plus Auburn and Indian River.F-M, meanwhile, got put in the National division with Carthage, Central Square, Fulton and Whitesboro and will have just seven regular-season contests, the Hornets opening Sept. 11 against Auburn, the first of three straight home games with Central Square and Fulton to follow.A week earlier, on Sept. 4, ESM opens at Waverly and CBA takes on Rome Free Academy. The Spartans and Brothers will have eight regular-season games, but J-D will stick with seven and start its season a week later at South Jefferson. Tags: Bishop Grimes footballCBAESMF-MJ-Dcenter_img Due to the varying lengths of their respective seasons, Class A will continue to utilize an eight-team playoff format, with opening-round games Oct. 30, semifinals a week later and the finals on the second weekend in November under the new roof at the Carrier Dome.As for Bishop Grimes, it will play eight regular-season games as part of a nine-team league in eight-man football. The Cobras begin Sept. 12 against visiting Cooperstown and will meet defending sectional champion Weedsport two weeks later, also taking on New York Mills, Adirondack, Elmira Notre Dame, Morrisville-Eaton, West Canada and Tupper Lake, from Section X.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

After buying into Eaves’ message as rookies, special senior class can skate away knowing they turned

first_imgEvery senior class that comes through Wisconsin’s men’s hockey program wants to put its stamp on history. But while this year’s group could still leave its final mark with a national championship to end their careers, they have already etched their place in the history books — and they did it three years ago when they were just freshmen.Sure, every group of seniors has the moments they will remember. This one will remember three-straight trips to the NCAA tournament, and more specifically, Nick Licari might remember being tied up with a Minnesota State player in December 2003 when the Kohl Center lights went out during the third period.And every class has the games it will never forget — a thrilling overtime win against North Dakota their sophomore year, a game at Lambeau Field and sweeping Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado College — all on the road — early in their senior year.And there are those they wish they could forget. For this crew, an embarrassing loss to Michigan in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament and being brutally outplayed last weekend at Minnesota State.But for defenseman Tom Gilbert and forwards Adam Burish, Ryan MacMurchy, A.J. Degenhardt and Licari, their four years have been about much more than specific games and moments.Most people know of the story of Bear Bryant’s “Junction Boys” from the book or movie. It’s the story that chronicles a Texas A&M football team enduring a hellish training camp only to become a championship team.Though they could put the icing on the cake with a championship at the end of this year, the Badgers’ senior class already all too closely resembles that plotline. And that’s why UW head coach Mike Eaves isn’t shy about calling them his “Junction Boys.””We felt that way,” Burish said. “There would be times when we’d come back to the dorms together, and somebody would turn the shower on and say ‘if I don’t come out just leave me drowned in there, just joking around because you’re so sore. It was wild.'””I remember Eaves came to the locker room and said ‘I’m going to demand perfection out here, and if you miss a pass or miss the net, you’re going to do it again,'” Burish said. “Whoever completes a pass perfectly every drill and especially that year when it was such a mess out there. Guys were just kind of losing it, but he demanded we do it the proper way.”This year’s seniors were mere freshmen when Eaves took the reins in 2002. It’s safe to say they had no idea what they were getting themselves into.”I could write a book about it,” Licari said.What they were getting themselves into was a firestorm of pain and trials and tribulations due to a rigorous training schedule and general rockiness that is characteristic of a team under a first-year head coach.”One thing that really sticks out was the five-mile run,” Licari said, trying to pinpoint one of the hardest times of his freshman year. “It was like 95 degrees on an August afternoon, and we just ran around the track, 20 laps. Hockey players aren’t supposed to run like that.”But the five roommates bought into the program. They went to work every day planning to work harder than the veterans.”We didn’t know anything else. When they said get up at 6 o’clock and wrestle on the astro-turf and try to pin a guy, sure, we’re going to do it,” Burish said. “When they said go run five miles, we’re freshmen, we’re going to do what we have to do to get in the lineup.”And it paid off in the form of playing time — MacMurchy, Licari, Gilbert and Degenhardt combined to miss just six games.They continued to work despite a season that saw tension in the locker room, a situation off the ice involving Eaves and former Badger Alex Leavitt, and a win-loss record that made fans cringe. They were just 13-23-4 in that first year.”You could say it was the season from hell,” Burish said. “Every weekend we lost it felt like — you’re hanging your head, you’re embarrassed. We’re up twice a week at 6 a.m. doing ridiculous workouts.”They even lost three of their fellow classmates as Joey McElroy, Brent Gibson and Tom Sawatske chose to go their separate ways over the coming years.But the five current seniors never threw in the towel.”They survived … they stayed with it. They bought in, and they carried the torch,” Eaves said. “Look at them now. They’re a big reason we are where we are. They are truly the Junction Boys of the University of Wisconsin.””It was tough, and there were days when you didn’t want to come to the rink,” Licari said. “You were sore, and you were like ‘Why am I doing this?'”But it was the dedication and open-mindedness of the five to stick with a schedule that beat them up physically, mentally and emotionally that paid off in the long run for the Wisconsin program.The Badgers are 66-36-15 in the three years since that dreadful first season, have made runs to the top ranking nationally in each of the past two seasons and set the record this year for most sellouts in a season at the Kohl Center.”[Freshman year] was a character building year,” MacMurchy said. “[Now] it’s very satisfying. Our class helped turn it around and get through that transition period. All we care about is the program at Wisconsin, so getting that in the right direction now is a big thing for us.”Though they are not Eaves’ recruits officially, they basically have become his over the last four years.They will be able to take a special meaning into this weekend’s senior festivities because they are the first class that has played for four years under Eaves.And like the team that they led this year, the five have become more than just best friends — they are like family.”Us five seniors have pretty much spent every day together for the last four years,” MacMurchy said. “We’re pretty much brothers now. It’s crazy to think it’s almost done. We’re going to be lifelong friends together, and that’s what it’s all about.”This weekend, the close-knit group of five will take to the Kohl Center ice against St. Cloud State for their last regular season series knowing they can say they were a big part of turning the program around.But they are still focused on a time, a little more than a month from now, when they are hoping to put their final major stamp on their class with a national championship in Milwaukee.last_img read more