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Central Minnesota Builders Association

May 2019

CMBA 2018 Golf Outing Winners two years in a row Edina Realty-Johnathan Brenny—save the date on page 24. 1


33rd annual

CMBA Golf Outing

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Driftwood Golf & Fitness (formerly Eagle Trace)

Registration opens SOON!


CMBA Sporting Clay



August 15, 2019 &

Picnic “in concert with” Michael Shynes

Opening Act: Mill Creek Irish Wed., AUG 21 3

May is National Home Remodeling Month!

730am HomeShow Meeting

12pm Spike Mtg @ Liberty Bank MN

9am Brd Mtg NO MAY Membership Mtg

4pm Golf Committee Meeting @Granite City Brewery

10am Special Events/ Programs Committee Mtg

12pm RC Brd Mtg

730am RC Member Meeting @ A/VX

8am Government Affairs Mtg

View CMBA Online Calendar

Here Calendar subject to change check online emails for updates.





May 2019

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Here are the Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Buying a New Home.

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NAHB: How Do Major Living Spaces Stack Up in New Homes? A new study from NAHB shows that bedrooms and kitchens account for 28% and 11.2%, respectively, of the space in the average new home. The master bedroom alone typically accounts for 10.7% of the home, with other bedrooms comprising 17.3% of the overall square footage.

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According to a new report, about half of potential home buyers are willing to spend more than $20,000 to renovate a purchased home, and 28% said they would spend between $10,000 and $20,000 if they couldn't find a move-in ready home. articles/48792-the-hgtv-effect -60-of-home-shoppers-arewilling-to-renovate … #remodeling


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Things to Remember When Starting Spring Projects

CMBA 2019 Board of Directors OFFICERS/DIRECTORS

President Ron Euteneuer

1st V/P Tony Steinemann

Great Northern ADS Designs LLC Environmental Solutions LLC

2nd V/P/Treas. Nate Moeller

Paramount Construction

CMBA President Ron Euteneuer, Great Northern Environmental Solutions

Greetings to All, Spring is finally here….I hope. I do remember wearing insulated coveralls on the fishing opener as well as swimming trunks…we’re in Minnesota.

money saver….if you are constructing a dwelling similar to one you have constructed before, the building code provides for a reduction in plan review fee and time constraints.

The recent membership meeting featured Casino Night at the Eagles Club. 80 plus members and guests attended... tried their luck at the tables. Over $2000 in prizes were awarded, thanks to the sponsors and donors listed in this magaizine.

Another important part of your contract should contain N.I.C—Not In Contract… spell out in detail what is not in the project. Be realistic with your clients on schedules and completion dates. Seems like everyone is busy this time of year. The CMBA is a valuable resource for sample contracts and specs for projects. Remember, building codes apply statewide…even in areas that do not enforce the code.

I attended the recent Commercial Builders Council Board meeting at the CMBA office. The council has several interesting events and tours coming up… stay tuned. The Tools for Schools committee met in early April. We have an ambitious agenda to encourage area schools to promote the home building industry. More details later.

On April 22nd, Bonnie Moeller, Steve Noble Mike Gohman, Tony Steinemann and I attended the Spring Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) Board meeting at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul. Topics included: State-Wide Building Code Enforcement, Builder Licensing Laws, Duty to Defend, Budget Concerns, and Fees.

A few things to remember when starting your spring construction projects:

Contact the CMBA for details of pending legislation that affect our industry.

Contact the local jurisdiction you plan to be working in to learn regulations for construction. Zoning, administrators and building officials love paperwork. Be sure you have a complete package for application. Building permit fees are based on the value of the project. Earth work, landscaping, parking lots, driveways are not included in the valuation. Another time/

Good Luck for a great Season!

The building season has started and of course the 5th season road construction. 2019 looks to be a good/great year from what I’m hearing.


Ron Euteneuer

“If you do good work, you will have all the work you want.” Henry Ford 8

Secretary Sue Lentner

Tri-County Abstract and Title Guaranty

Associate V/P Robin Gohman

Liberty Bank MN

Past President Chris Froelke

RetroGreen Energy

Jack Brandes

Alex Mastellar

Jeff Millner

Lumber One Avon


Millner Construction

John Muller

Jeremy Salzbrun

Stuart Swenson

SB Restoration Services

H&S Heating & A/C, Residential & Service LLC

Suncom Development, Constr.,Management

David Werschay Werschay Homes Inc.

NAHB DIRECTORS 2019 Tony Steinemann, ADS Designs David Werschay, Werschay Homes Ron Euteneuer, Great Northern Environmental Solutions LLC

BAM DIRECTORS 2019 Steve Noble, Noble Custom Homes Tony Steinemann, ADS Designs Ron Euteneuer, Great Northern Environmental Solutions LLC Marty Czech, Premier Real Estate Services Mike Gohman, W. Gohman Const. Co.


Local, State & National News 3 – Convenience stores Think ‘fast and fresh’, Aldi sharing space at Kohl’s, the bricks and mortar response to online shopping 4 – Workforce and Affordable Housing More people looking to move out and reconnect with nature 5 – Autonomous Vehicles+Electric Vehicles+Rideshare Uber, Lyft success. How do charging stations play CMBA members attended and supout in rural counties? ported the EPIC (Exploring Potential 6 – Branding Local vs. regional vs. state Interests & Careers) event held February 22nd at the St Cloud Tech- 7 – Memorable Experiences Is it Instagram-able? nical College. Over 2200 students from 24 high schools experienced a 8 – Event Space Think ‘dinner on the farm’ high quality career exploration oppor9 – Sustainable Energy Sources tunity bridging education with indusWind and solar try, contributing to the fulfillment of 10 – Reconnecting with Nature the economic and work force needs Access to trails, camping sites plus of our region. EPIC is organized by mobile apps to scan nature signs info partners including Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation. (GSDC). Join us in a ‘Welcome Back from CMBA is a member of GSDC. Retirement’ to Jane DeAustin as


We’re Watching: Benton and Stearns Counties are updating their comprehensive plans. The Benton County draft is available here with a community open house on May 8 from 48 at the Watab Town Hall; presentation at 6pm. Stearns County is beginning its process and can be viewed at Expect the counties to review their development codes once the comprehensive plan is complete.

the CMBA seeks a GA Director.

Jane DeAustin

Lance Bernard, with the consultant HKGi for both Benton and Stearns Counties, recently outlined trends and demands in planning:

Know of someone that may be a good fit? Contact the CMBA for details: Bonnie Moeller, 1 – Rural business / Home tions Goverment Affairs Director Position More shared economics+artisan prodJob Description ucts+expansion; think hops, honey, cider 2 – Communications Broadband in rural areas


STATE: BAM The House and Senate Omnibus jobs bills currently contains BAM’s supported statewide consumer awareness campaigns, business management continuing education, youth career counseling in the construction industry, and increased application of the Department of Labor & Industry’s (DLI) sanction authority to unlicensed individuals. Some not so good things are in bills too. As predicted, the Stretch Code / 2030 Net Zero Energy provision made it into the House Omnibus Energy bill. Business Management Continuing Education on the Horizon Claims against the Contractor Recovery Fund overwhelming are related to companies that are in serious financial trouble or out of business. Last year, BAM’s Board of Directors discussed the importance of the Contractor Recovery fund. At that time, they issued a letter to the Department of Labor and Industry underscoring the need to increase the financial and business management competency of the state’s 13,000 licensed residential contractors. The issue was elevated during this year’s legislative session as lawmakers considered a variety of proposals that affected the integrity of the Contractor Recovery Fund. One outcome is a proposed new law that will alter

the content required for builder continuing education. The Business Management Continuing Ed Credit legislation – HF 2281 (Theis, R – St. Cloud) SF 2182 (Howe, R-Rockville) – will include one hour of business management strategies applicable to residential construction businesses. This will not increase the number of hours required per licensure period. The current 14 hour requirement remains the same as does the inclusion of the one hour of energy code continuing education. Currently, the proposal is included in the House and Senate Omnibus Jobs bills. If the bills pass and signed into law, the business management continuing education requirement will be effective for the next reporting period ending in March 31, 2020. We will know if it becomes law at the end of May. The Contractor Recovery Fund was created in 1994 and is funded by a fee imposed on Licensed Residential Contractors. The law authorizes the Fund to be used to offset claims against licensed contractors when something goes wrong, to reimburse DLI for processing claims, to provide consumer awareness regarding licensure, and implement the purposes of the residential contractor licensing statute.

NATIONAL: NAHB NAHB’s 2019 federal issues include: 

Government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) reform

National Flood Insurance program

Workforce and labor

Trade and the United State-MexicoCanada Agreement

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

Building energy codes

Look for more detail in upcoming issues. DOL Issues Proposed Overtime Rule The Labor Department has announced a proposed rule to provide a clearer methodology for determining joint employer status. The proposal is meant to provide employers clarity and certainty regarding their responsibility to pay federal minimum wage and overtime for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

Builders' Show. Topics range from cybersecurity to capturing competitive advantage. Take one free webinar—or all four. Register today. Housing Priorities: Addressing ongoing housing affordability concerns is the top issue for home builders in 2019. Factors contributing to the mounting lack of affordable housing include:

 The construction worker shortage

 A lack of buildable lots  Growing mortgage liquidity concerns

Momentum Builds for Housing Finance Reform As Mark Calabria takes the reins at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, momentum is building for housing finance reform. Calabria, whose agency oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has stated that President Donald Trump seeks a constructive path toward mortgage finance reform. NAHB continues to work with the Trump administration and Congress to advance bipartisan housing finance legislation. Make Plans to Attend NAHB's Spring Leadership Meetings Register now for the 2019 Spring Leadership Meetings. The meetings will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park from Tue., June 4 -Sat., June 8. Hotel reservations must be made by May 6. Be sure to also plan on attending NAHB's Legislative Conference on June 5.

 Tariffs on lumber and other building materials

 Stiff zoning restrictions

What Builders Need to Know About OSHA's Use of Drones OSHA has allowed the use of drones at jobsites for limited purposes. But the potential for OSHA to use drones in enforcement activities has raised concerns from home builders and other contractors. "Recommended Best Practices" to be followed by OSHA regions when using drones are spelled out in an OSHA memorandum.

Best of IBS Free Webinar Series During the month of May, NAHB Education is offering a series of free webinars sponsored by LG Electronics. These dynamic webinars represent some of the best educational sessions held at the 2019 International 11

OSHA’s Use of Drones:

Building Permit Report

Jurisdiction Jurisdiction Cold Spring Foley St. Augusta St. Cloud St. Joseph Sartell Sauk Rapids Waite Park Rice Rockville Total

2015 3 1 3 29 2 5 12 0 1 3 59

2016 2 0 4 11 5 14 11 0 0 5 52

2017 2 0 3 9 0 5 2 0 0 1 22

2018 3 3 2 12 0 5 3 0 0 0 28

2019 Mar-18 Mar-19 Cold Spring Foley 1 1 1 0 St. Augusta 0 0 1 1 1 St. Cloud 7 13 11 St. Joseph 0 1 1 Sartell 2 7 5 Sauk Rapids 2 1 0 Waite Park 0 0 0 Rice 0 1 1 Rockville 1 0 0 25 14 20 Total

Building Permit Report comparing Jan.—Mar.

2014 11 3 13 93 6 73

January - December 5 Year History 2015 2016 2017 2018 10 14 20 27 6 6 7 9 13 21 16 14 100 113 109 86 7 18 12 19 61 81 52 61

29 2 8 7

33 2 2 7

45 7 3 11

29 2 8 3

31 4 9 9






Five year building permit report Jan.—Dec.

* As a general rule, 5 to 6 months of inventory is considered to be a normal or balanced market. Over 6 months of inventory and we have buyer's market. Less than 5 months and we have a seller's market.


The Green Deal is a Bad Deal “It

imposes huge upfront costs on our economy, yet only slightly reduces the negative impacts of domestic carbondioxide emissions.” Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. GraphsandLaughs, LLC at

While advocates of the Green New Deal (GND) suggest it will solve a multitude of problems by combating global warming and creating millions of well-paid jobs, the reality is that the GND is a profoundly expensive plan that takes leave of all economic principles. Within only its climate change portion, the GND ignores entirely the fact that CO2 emissions are a global — not local — problem; it fails to reduce carbon emissions most cost effectively; and suggests nonsensical ways of paying for the program.

CO2 at $50. In New England, you can pay a power producer $6 to reduce CO2 emissions by a ton, $15 in California, and $25 in the European Union, based on emission permit prices in these jurisdictions. What is needed is market mechanisms that incentivize carbon reduction at the lowest possible price regardless of the source.

The biggest problem with the GND is that it targets only US emissions, while extreme weather and rising sea levels come from global ones. Today, the US contributes 15% of global carbon-dioxide emissions, China contributes 30%, and India 7%. Under existing policies and goals, in twenty years, the US share will fall to 12%, China’s will drop to 27% and India’s to 14%. Thus, even if the GND reduces US emissions to zero, we will benefit little unless other nations do the same. One way around this problem would be to invest in innovations that other nations can easily adopt. For example, pressing to invent low cost solutions that reduce carbon emissions in manufacturing and agriculture and then sharing them globally, as Germany has done with solar panels, would make a huge global dent in CO2 emissions.

Finally, defenders of the GND propose paying for this illadvised plan by taxing the rich and having the Federal Reserve finance it. While the Fed could buy GND bonds, it can do so only if it helps it reach its own congressionallymandated goals. While the Fed would return any interest earned on its holdings of GND bonds to the Treasury, it would have to sell an offsetting amount of Treasury bonds in the first place — otherwise it would compromise its control of interest rates. What if the Fed just printed money and used those funds to buy GND bonds, as was the case with Quantitative Easing? If the economy were in a recession, rates would be low, but they would also be low if the bonds were sold to investors, so the savings would be slight. And if the Fed bought the bonds in a healthy economy, when rates are above zero, like they are currently, it would have to pay interest on the reserves it issues to banks, offsetting the income earned on the bonds as it does now.

A second problem is that the GND only focuses on removing certain sources of carbon-dioxide by trying to achieve 100% renewable energy in a decade. The cost to do this would top $4 trillion -- well over a full year of tax revenue. This works out to $110/metric ton of carbon dioxide avoided. The cost of weatherizing every building in the US to “maximum energy efficiency” is projected to cost $400 billion or $285/metric ton. If this sounds expensive, it is! President Obama’s economists put the harm of a ton of

In summary, the GND suffers from several serious flaws. It imposes huge upfront costs on our economy, yet only slightly reduces the negative impacts of domestic carbondioxide emissions. In addition, it substantially overpays for the CO2 reductions it accomplishes by needlessly prioritizing certain CO2 emissions over others. Lastly, having the Fed buy GND bonds essentially works only in a recession, otherwise necessary offsetting maneuvers largely, if not completely, negate the interest savings. 13

Remodelers Council Meeting

Thursday, May 2 7:30 am

Commercial Builders Council Meeting

Thur., June 6 7:30 am

Retrofitting Home Technology Hear from experts on the hottest technology trends for all budgets - Pre-wiring/Retro Wiring Planning for current wants and future needs - The capability of Smart Lighting and the ease of adding it - Audio/Video Distribution with a centralized equipment location - Cameras, Security and Blinds one of the fastest growing sections of home technology - Outdoor Audio and Video options/possibilities - Integration with currently installed technology such as HVAC, security, etc.    

A/VX dba Audio Video Extremes 1131 2nd St. S., Waite Park, MN 56387 map to location RSVP by Monday, April 29 Sponsor: A/VX dba Audio Video Extremes

“Silica dust….are you protecting your employees and meeting the new OSHA standard?” At Liberty Bank MN-2842 2nd St S, St Cloud, MN 56301 map RSVP by Monday, June 3 Presenter: Donny Hines, Safety Specialist | Associated Builders and Contractors of MN/ND Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth's crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. Workers who inhale these very small crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silicarelated diseases, including: To protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, OSHA has issued two respirable crystalline silica standards: one for construction, and the other for general industry and maritime. Be sure to attend this meeting to be in compliance with the new OSHA standard.

2019 CBC Board of Directors

ALL MEMBERS are invited to attend council meetings Breakfast cost: $12 with RSVP | $15 walk-in price Find council registration links here (l-r) Bonnie Moeller, CMBA ED; Steve Nelson, Rice Building Companies; Dale Gruber, Dale Gruber Construction; Ron Euteneuer, Great Northern Environmental Solutions; Dustin Vaverek, BCI and Eric Paulson, Mid Central Door. (not pictured Mark Gresser, Arthur J. Gallagher)

RC Mtg at Liberty Bank MN - March 28

Call CMBA 320.251.4382 or email

CBC Tour of McDowall Co. - April 4


KIDS CAN BUILD Remodelers Council is Building a Work Force with Community Ed at Apollo CMBA Remodelers Council and Heartland Security Services sponsored a Community Education class in St. Cloud for K-6 students to build a farmhouse coat rack in March.

Kids learning building techniques at the CMBA Remodelers Council Community Ed program at Apollo.

This is the fourth success story for CMBA members, who support the program. Each class sold out with a waiting list of interested families. The price is only $10 for the materials , class and lunch thanks to the generous sponsors. Innovative CMBA builders are constructing a work force. Area youth with the support of their parents are introduced to building tools and learn basic skills which opens their eyes to a career in the trades. Chris Hensel, Dovetail Kitchen Designs LLC along with the Remodelers Council started “Kids Can Build” program in Feb. 2018 with sponsors Dovetail Kitchen Design LLC and Dale Gruber Construction, Inc. The October class was sponsored by Allied Building Products and Quad City Contracting, followed by sponsors H&S Heating & A/C Residential & Service LLC in February 2019 and Heartland Security Services in March. Contact CMBA if interested in sponsoring—the fee is just $250 per class, which offsets the schools admin fees of $150, materials and lunch.

H&S Heating & A/C, Residential & Service LLC sponsored the class on February 9th.

The students building a Washer Toss Game.

Apollo High School Tech Ed instructor Mark Weimer shows the finished project while giving safety instructions to the students and their parents.

The students with their finished coat racks!


It was great to see the parents helping their kids rather than doing it for them.

April Casino Night Sponsor

Mark Traut, Daryl Karasch, Joe Traut, Kyle Meyer, Kenny Huckenpoehler, Jamie Holmstrom and Dave Traut.

Sponsor Eric Heipel, Fresh Coat Painters, Pres. Ron Euteneuer, Matt Cecko, Matt Cecko Remodeling LLC

Pit Boss Mark Traut

Sponsor Liz Shultz, Unique Designs by Liz, left, Brian Schultz, Schultz Engineering and Site Design, PLLC right

Thanks Sponsors! Jenifer Odette, Brandl Motors left and Greg Roberts, American Door Works right

American National Bank Traut Companies Bayer Built Woodworks Tri-County Abstract and Title Guaranty Builders FirstSource Xcel Energy Liberty Bank MN 16


April Casino Night

B.D. Exteriors Bergan KDV Birchwood Electric Inc. Builders FirstSource Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity Dale Gruber Construction Goodin Company Great Northern Environmental Solutions Great River Federal Credit Union H&S Heating & A/C Residential & Service Heartland Glass Co.

Heartland Title Hennen Floor Covering HomeTown Title Keen Construction Inc. Kelm & Reuter, P.A. Klein Landscaping & Nursery Knife River Liberty Bank Minnesota Mid-Country Bank Mike Torborg Homes Miller Architects & Builders MN Home Improvements/ LeafGuard Gutters Minnwest Bank


Over $2000 in Prizes! Multiple Concepts InteriorsCarpet One Progressive Builders Quad City Contracting Quarry Title & Closing Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. Radco Truck Accessory Center Rajkowski Hansmeier RE/MAX Results Amy Legatt Reliable Door Service Restore 24

Rice Companies Rinke-Noonan Royal Treatment Landscape Saldana Concrete Inc. SB Restoration Services Thomas Tool & Supply Tradesmen International Tri-County Abstract and Title Guaranty Westwind Woodworkers Worth Construction Xcel Energy Zablocki Roofing


Strength in Numbers Renewals

Thank you to the following members, who renewed their membership in March

40-46 YEARS Wells Fargo Home Mortgage............. 1971 Basement Water Controlled .............. 1976 30-39 YEARS Torborg Builders................................ 1981 25-29 YEARS Edina Realty Home Services - Greg Wojtowicz .......................................... 1990 Minnesota Home Improvements/ Leafguard Gutters Inc. ................... 1991 Schimnich Construction Inc. .............. 1993 Leighton Broadcasting....................... 1994 20-24 YEARS Stearns County Abstract & Title Co. .. 1995 Hirshfield's Paint ............................... 1996 15-19 YEARS Krippner Trucking & Excavating Inc. .. 2000 Bravo Homes by Dean Croat Construction Inc. ......... 2004 10-14 YEARS Design Tile & Flooring, Inc. ............... 2005 Land Concepts Inc. ........................... 2006 A/VX Inc. dba Audio Video Extremes 2007 SB Restoration Services, Inc. ............ 2008 DG Homes & Remodeling, Inc. ......... 2009 Summit Stone Interiors ...................... 2009 5-9 YEARS DJP Properties .................................. 2010 Floor To Ceiling ................................. 2010 Schmidt Industries, Inc. ..................... 2012 Thompson Lawn Care ....................... 2012 H&S Heating & A/C Residential & Service LLC .............. 2013 American National Bank of MN ......... 2014 Infinity Homes, Inc............................. 2014 Tri-County Foam Insulation, LLC ....... 2014 2-4 YEARS Boundary Fence & Design, LLC ........ 2015 Geyer Rental DBA A & N Convention Services Inc....... 2015 Zablocki Roofing ............................... 2015 FIRST YEAR Federated Mutual Insurance.............. 2018 No Longer Members

A-1 Concrete Leveling Arvola Builders, Inc. Premier Real Estate Services-Doug Seanger Schreiner Appraisal, LLC Tim Janssen Masonry Inc. Window Depot of MN

Welcome Back

Benson Construction and Remodeling Watab Inc.

Member Changes New Address Birchwood Electric 8551 County Rd 75 St. Joseph, MN 56374 (320) 363-8228 Finken Water Treatment, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling 3423 County Road 74 St. Cloud, MN 56301-8833

Applying for Membership Dynamic Homes LLC Rep: Mike Ernster 525 Roosevelt Avenue Detroit Lakes, MN 56502 (218) 846-3106 Sponsor: Ron Euteneuer, Great Northern Environmental Solutions LLC Modular Construction Modern Barnyard Rep: Jim Beck 7285 County Road 75 St. Cloud, MN 56301 (320) 253-8033 Sponsor: Tony Steinemann, ADS Designs Paint Supplier Trimmers Inc. Rep: Benjamin Kockler 706 Martin Court Sartell, MN 56377 (320) 420-1058 Sponsor: Matt Cecko, Matt Cecko Remodeling Carpentry Work/Floor Laying

Earn Triple Spike Credits In May 20

New Members

AF Corp dba Mosquito Squad Rep: Ryan Fisher 4985 Quail Road NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 (320) 229-2847 Sponsor: Dale Gruber, Dale Gruber Construction Pest Control

Barntiques Custom Wood & Designs Rep: Dan & Tracy Hanes 45 Highway 23 W Foley, MN 56329 (320) 293-1237 Sponsor: LeRoy Ludwig, Nature’s View Landscape Building Materials/Salvage

Schultz Engineering and Site Design, PLLC Rep: Brian Schultz 18 S. Riverside Avenue Ste. 230 Sartell, MN 56377 (320) 339-0669 Sponsor: Liz Schultz, Unique Design by Liz Engineering

Wensmann Contractors LLC Rep: Greg Wensmann 31126 163rd Avenue Avon, MN 56310 (320) 248-7300 Sponsor: Jack Brandes, Lumber One Avon Builder/Remodeler/residential


BAM The BAM Spring Board meeting was held on Monday, April 22 at the James Hill House in St. Paul. A tour of the James Hill House, BAM Board meeting, and presentation from former FBI Agent Deborah Pierce.

NAHB BAM Directors Mike Gohman, W. Gohman Construction, Steve Noble, Noble Custom Homes, Tony Steinemann, ADS Designs LLC and Ron Euteneuer, Great Northern Environmental Solutions LLC

What Have We Done For You Lately Hosted a Remodelers Council membership meeting at Liberty Bank MN on Financing Options for Remodeling projects large and small, with 11 members in attendance. Held a Commercial Builders Council meeting where 24 members toured the McDowall Co. The Remodelers Council reported 56 kids participated at the kids build Saturday & Sunday at the Home and Lifestyle Show to build a tool box. Casino Night: 80 folks attended the Wed., April 10 Casino Night, with 8 table sponsors. Thank you Traut Companies for sponsoring the meeting, providing the cards and chips, and running the event. Thanks to the Spikes for soliciting over $2000 in door prizes from our members. GA met with Chelle Benson, Community Development Director Stearns County to discuss their comp plan review. Go to for a project overview, and to participate in the process. Discussion with Chelle on adoption of building code enforcement. Provided youth Community Ed program for 15 K – 6 students on March 30th, woodworking program to build a farmhouse coat rack at Apollo High School. Program subsidized by sponsor

Heartland Security and CMBA. Feb 9th H&S Heating & A/C, Residential & Service LLC sponsored building a Washer Toss Game.

Sign up a new member in May and October and receive triple the Spike credits. New Homes Month in April. CMBA used the opportunity to highlight benefits of purchasing a new home on Facebook, a blog, and in emails to members.

Created an “on-line only” On The Level flip book magazine. April 2019 was the first issue: stats: 

350 reads, 578 impressions

Average read time 5:23 minutes

9 advertisers for April

8 advertisers for May

8 advertisers for July

2 advertisers committed for year

Contains live links for both advertisers, event registration and additional story content. To advertise in the On The Level contact CMBA. 2020 Home & LifeStyle Show Forever House We are looking for a company or companies to coordinate the Home Show Forever House for 2020. Many exterior products and vendors are in place, and components are in storage. A special thank you to Chris Hensel, Dovetail Kitchen Designs and Tony Steinemann, ADS Designs, for coordinating the project the past three years. They will be stepping back from the commitment to allow other interested individuals the opportunity. If you are interested, please contact CMBA by May 31.

April 2019 On The Level

BAM Board Meeting April 22nd



Save the Date 33rd ANNUAL


GOLF OUTING THURSDAY July 18, 2019 Driftwood Golf & Fitness (formerly Eagle Trace)

Watch for registration opening soon.

Gold Tee Sponsor



Members in the News The Design Team has moved to a new location on the mezzanine level of Mathew Hall Lumber downtown. Mathew Hall Lumber

Lifetime Achievement Award winners, John, Dan and the late Loran Hall of Mathew Hall Lumber are being recognized as members of a downtown business who, during their lifetimes, have make creative and consistent contributions of outstanding significance and who have contributed to the community of over a century. Mathew Hall Lumber has been serving Central Minnesota for 129 years. It was sold in January to Simonson Lumber. The company will remain at its location and continue to be involved in the community programs.

Loran, John and Dan Hall

Gray Plant Mooty announced its shareholders elected five individuals to serve on the firm’s Board of Directors. Three were newly elected board members and two were re-elected. New board member Scott Larison, principal attorney in Commercial Financial Services, fills the board’s St. Cloud seat.

Weichert, Realtors - Tower Properties named Jason Jacobs its 2018 Office Award Winner. Jacobs was honored by the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., based on achieving specified production requirements in gross commission income or units earned in 2018. William Rau

Jason Jacobs, Weichert , Realtors—Tower Properties



Great River Federal Credit Union Our condolences to the family and friends of Robin Rau, Great River Federal Credit Union. Robin’s father, William Rau, a US Army veteran passed away on March 25th at the age of 82. We appreciate his service. Bill was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Sartell American Legion Post #277, and the Retired Fireman's Association.

Unique Design by Liz was created out of a deep de-

sire to use our creative ability to bring beauty to other people's homes and everyday living. We recently celebrated 5 years in business on April 4th. Serving Central Minnesota, we specialize in assisting home owners in a variety of ways: staging for re-sale, color consultations, home furnishing and accessory shopping, home styling, as well as "design dilemma" solving. We love to help our clients by creating spaces that feel comfortable, cozy, beautiful and overall, a place they love coming home to!

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