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76-Year-Old Woman Looks Back on Two Months Living in a Storage Unit

By John Egan   August 21, 2014

Minne Fire

Winter isn’t kind to Minnesota. So imagine what 76-year-old Minne’ Fire was coping with when she lived in a storage unit for a couple of months last winter in the Minneapolis area.

In an interview, she told Minnesota Public Radio that during a period of homelessness, she made her home in a storage unit that she’d rented. She put her $721 a month in supplemental income toward storage rent, food and other expenses. → Keep Reading

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Investigation Into LEGO Thefts Leads to Storage Facility

By Alexander Harris   August 20, 2014

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A stash of allegedly stolen LEGOs valued at $200,000 was recovered from a suspect’s garage and storage units in Phoenix as part of an investigation into a local crime ring accused of swiping the plastic building blocks from several Toys “R” Us stores.

The LEGOs were discovered in three 10×10 self-storage units in Phoenix, as well as in the home of local real estate agent Troy Koehler. Police have arrested Koehler and three other people in connection with the alleged scheme, according to azcentral.com. → Keep Reading

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Police: Man Lived at Storage Facility With Nine Malnourished Dogs

By John Egan   August 11, 2014

Tommy Lee

A man who police say had been living at a West Virginia storage facility for about a week with his wife and nine malnourished dogs now faces criminal charges.

Tommy “Ninja” Lee, 44, of South Charleston, WV (pictured above), has been charged with nine counts of cruelty to animals, along with property destruction and reckless driving, according to WCHS-TV. → Keep Reading

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More Issues of ‘Unit 44’ Comic Book Series on the Way

By Alexander Harris   August 1, 2014

Unit 44

What happens when “Storage Wars” meets “Men in Black”?

That’s the premise of Wes Locher’s comic book series, “Unit 44.” Locher is raising money through a Kickstarter campaign to pay for issues 2, 3 and 4 of the series. As of Aug. 4, Locher had collected about $1,600 of the targeted $2,400 through the crowdfunding site. → Keep Reading

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Stolen Tillamook Minibuses Found in Storage Unit

By Alexander Harris   July 15, 2014

Tillamook Cheese buses

Three vintage Volkswagen minibuses promoting Tillamook Cheese were stolen while on tour and later found stashed in a storage facility more than 80 miles away. → Keep Reading

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Enter SpareFoot’s Clean & Green Portland Giveaway!

By John Egan   June 27, 2014

SpareFoot Portland giveaway

A lot of cities are green with envy when it comes to Portland, OR. Why? Portland regularly pops up on lists of the greenest cities in America. → Keep Reading

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We’re a Winner: SpareFoot Earns Award for Blog Covering Self-Storage Industry

By John Egan   June 24, 2014

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Charlie “Winning” Sheen would be proud of us.

At SpareFoot, we really love to win. In January, we won the Austin Startup Games. Last year, we won recognition as the best place to work in the Austin area in two programs: one sponsored by the Austin Business Journal and the other by the Austin American-Statesman.

Now, we have another win to add to our virtual trophy case. In the 2014 Ragan’s PR Daily Awards program, SpareFoot picked up first place in the “Best Online Newsroom” category for The Storage Facilitator blog. SpareFoot oversees the blog, which is published on SelfStorage.com. → Keep Reading

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Office Space: SpareFoot Nearly Doubling Size of Headquarters

By John Egan   June 3, 2014

Perry Brooks Building

SpareFoot’s headquarters soon will become somewhat of a construction zone.

To accommodate SpareFoot’s continued growth, we are nearly doubling the amount of space we occupy at the Perry Brooks Building in downtown Austin. → Keep Reading

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Cat Survives 28 Days in Colorado Storage Unit

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Loui the cat

Loui the cat has exhausted at least one of his nine lives.

According to Denver TV station KUSA, the cat was trapped in a box spring inside a Golden, CO, storage unit for 28 days—without food or water. → Keep Reading

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Great 8: Top Cities for Cyclists in the U.S.

By Jenny Zhang   May 15, 2014

cyclists in austin

Austin repeatedly has been named one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. by everyone from CNN to The Huffington Post, and for good reason. With a vibrant bike culture, huge student population, and citywide dedication to health and fitness, it’s hard for the average Austinite to resist the hundreds of spinning wheels that pass them by every day. → Keep Reading

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