Top real estate industry news source Inman News published an article featuring the NorthstarMLS Drive Focused campaign on distracted driving in honor of our Rules & Regulations Administrator, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble), who tragically lost his life in July of 2016 as the result of a motor vehicle crash when he was rear ended while riding his motorcycle. The article is timely, as this past Tuesday (July 11) marked one year since the crash.

You can read the full article by Inman News here.

An Inman News subscription is included for free (normally $228 per year) as part of your Minnesota Association of Realtors member benefit. If you’re not already a subscriber, just log in to your account on the Minnesota Association of Realtors website at, and then in the right sidebar, click on the Inman Select graphic and sign up. It’s a great source for industry related news.

If you haven’t already, please take 30 seconds to take the pledge to #DriveFocused at Together, our efforts could help avoid injury and even loss of life.

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10th Raksha 5K Walk / Run for Distraction-Free Driving

As part of our ongoing Drive Focused campaign, NorthstarMLS has partnered with the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation to sponsor the 10th Annual Raksha 5K Walk and Run for Distracted-Free Driving on August 5, 2017 at Purgatory Creek Recreation Area in Eden Prairie.

NorthstarMLS is sponsoring the event in Hugh Trimble’s name, our former Rules & Regulations Administrator. July 23 will mark one year since Hugh tragically lost his life from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash when he was rear ended while riding his motorcycle on July 11, 2016.

Join Us
The event is open to the public and we’re inviting all NorthstarMLS subscribers to join us. NorthstarMLS will have a team participating on behalf of Hugh and we’d love for you to join us. Or if you prefer, start your own team of co-workers/colleagues to participate. If you know someone else that has been involved in a distracted driving crash, you may walk in their name, too. You’ll find an option to input the name of the person you’re participating for in the registration form.

Proceeds from the 5K Walk/Run benefit the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on safe and distraction-free driving. Shreya Dixit was 19 years old when she was killed in a distracted driving crash while returning home from college for a weekend back in 2007.


Saturday, August 5, 2017
7:30am – Onsite registration begins
8:00am – 5K Run begins
9:00am – Ceremony / Remembering those we’ve lost
10:00am – 5K Walk begins

More information on the run/walk can be found here.

You can Register Here. Note: T-Shirts are only guaranteed for those registrants who register by July 15.

Contact Vijay Dixit with any registration

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We are so sad to report the passing of our colleague and friend, Hugh Trimble. For over 15 years, Hugh administered the NorthstarMLS rules and regulations with expert knowledge and guidance, kindness and humor. He was motivated by a deep and sincere desire to help agents “color inside the lines” so that our real estate market worked better for everyone. We have always known Hugh was popular among our customers but were overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes and support from so many of you on Hugh’s Caring Bridge site and social media. Most of you know how full of life, humor, energy, love, compassion and positivity that he was. He was one-of-a-kind, and we will miss him greatly. Hugh was an extremely loving and devoted family man and is survived by his husband, children, grandchildren, mother, siblings, and so many other family, friends and colleagues.

You may visit Hugh’s Caring Bridge site here, which contains complete, updated information from his family. Once you have registered on the site, you will find him listed as Hubert Skanes-Cady. If you wish to lend financial support, the family has set up a special site where you may contribute (also listed there as Hubert Skanes-Cady).

The family plans to have a memorial/celebration of life service for Hugh in the next few weeks. Information regarding time and location will be posted on the Caring Bridge site and here when available. If you have pictures or stories of Hugh you would like to share for the service, you may send them to his family at

In the words of Hugh’s cousin Shanté Willis, “To anyone who ever got to spend ANY amount of time in the presence of Hugh’s beautiful light…you are blessed. We are blessed.”

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UPDATE: A GoFundMe site has been set up to help Hugh’s family with travel and lodging expenses so that they can be here with him during this crisis. You can access it here. (Search the site for Hubert Skanes-Cady)

If you have communicated with anyone from NorthstarMLS in person, or by phone/email, that was very likely Hugh Trimble. We often call Hugh the face and voice of NorthstarMLS because of his work with everyone on Rules & Regulations compliance. We are extremely sad to report that Hugh was involved in a motor cycle accident this week and is in serious condition. His family is maintaining a web page for him at the CaringBridge site with ongoing updates. You may access Hugh’s page here (you will need to register your name and email address on the site). You will find his page listed under “Hubert Skanes-Cady.” Click the “Journal” link for updates.

Hugh is an exceptionally friendly, funny, gregarious and family-loving man. We have had many calls and emails from MLS subscribers asking about his condition.  His role ensuring rules compliance is not always easy (or popular), but Hugh is always approachable and fair with this function that is critical to the integrity of the data you depend on every day. We have faith in Hugh’s ability to fight his injuries and pray for his recovery and strength for his family.

PLEASE NOTE: The family greatly appreciates everyone’s concern but asks that you not make phone calls to the hospital. All updates are on the CaringBridge link noted above. Thank you.

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