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Plains A magazine for HBA of F-M members | www.hbafm.com | April 2013

Spring Parade of Homes showcases 74 homes, 41 builders April 27-May 5 See page 8

Thank you sponsor!

Permanent flood protection in jeopardy

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Home Builders Association of F-M 1802 32nd Avenue South Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 232-5846 • (701) 280-1108 fax www.hbafm.com • info@hbafm.com The Plains Builder is published 12 times per year by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, N.D., 58103. The Plains Builder is mailed or emailed to all members of the HBA of F-M. The Home Builders Association does not accept responsibility for or endorse any statements or claims made by advertisers or authors of any articles. The subscription rate of $15 includes 12 issues. This annual subscription rate is included with your membership dues. BRYCE JOHNSON Publisher

KRISTA MUND & MARIAH WENAAS Editing, Photography, Design

HBA of F-M Staff BRYCE JOHNSON JENNY ERICKSON KRISTA MUND MICHAEL OBACH AMANDA OHLSEN ALISON STREYLE ALLISON WECKMAN MARIAH WENAAS

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Executive Vice President Development & Project Coordinator Communications Manager Public Affairs Coordinator Director of Accounting & Records Events Coordinator Membership Coordinator Communications & Office Coordinator

HBA of F-M Executive Committee & Board of Directors DARRICK GUTHMILLER Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. (President and National Director) CARLITA DIETZ Jay Dietz Construction, Inc. (President Elect and National Director) CLAY DIETRICH Dietrich Homes, Inc. (Treasurer) SYLVIA LUNSKI Design Direction, Inc. (Associate Vice President and National Director) TERRY LIPP Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting (Secretary) Showroom TYRONE LESLIE Heritage Homes (Past President and National Director) Directors KEN ANDERSEN STAN BIRKY HARRY GILBERTSON JOHN KOERSELMAN PAUL KRABBENHOFT DAN LINDQUIST (Nat’l Director) NANCY MICHELSEN GARY ORTH TODD RASMUSSEN TOM SPAETH ROBIN SWANSON

KWA Constructors, Inc. Stan Birky Construction, Inc. Harry Gilbertson Construction Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc. Coldwell Banker First Realty Dan Lindquist Construction, Inc. Vivid Interiors, LLC Cornerstone Specialties, Inc. Valley Lights Accent Contracting Superior Insurance

Ex-officios to the board of directors DON DABBERT, JR. Dabbert Custom Homes (Life Director) GERALD EID Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. (Senior Life Director) JASON EID Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. (NDAB President) JOHN GUNKELMAN Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. (Life Director and NDAB State Representative) KEN KRAJSA Bell State Bank & Trust (Life Director and NDAB Associate National Director) JOHN MAHAN Mahan Construction, Inc. (Life Director)

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Features

In Every Issue:

7 Golf Outing sponsorships available 8 Spring Parade of Homes 10 Parade of Homes Celebration, May 9 11 HBA leaders meet with Moorhead leaders about building permit disparity between communities 16 Accent Contracting celebrates 25 years 18 Tour de Habitat raises $11.5K 20 Red River Valley Home & Garden Show recap 24 Member profiles: Carpenter Homes, Frontier Glass and Mirror, Inc. 26 Remodeler’s Council Focus: Dan Beecher, The Foam Doctor’s, LLC 27 Committee Accomplishments, Committee of the Quarter: Parade of Homes Committee 29 Meet Your Committee Chair: Diana Stead, Events Committee 30 Member of the Month: Kenneth Andersen, KWA Constructors, Inc. 31 HBA members build schools in Nicaragua 33 Four reasons to be optimistic 34 Education wrap-up

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4 News Briefs 6 Local President’s Report 11 Local Public Issues Report 12 NDAB State Association Report 14 BAM State Association Report 15 NAHB National Public Issues Report 23 Membership Meeting Update 24 Builder Member Feature 25 Industry Spotlight 26 Remodelers Council Report 28 Home Builders Care Foundation Report 36 Renewals 37 New Member Report

Interested in advertising?

The Plains Builder has ad options to fit every budget and marketing plan. Contact Jenny Erickson at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com.

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News Briefs Hires & Promotions • Matt Ahonen has been hired as a credit officer at Bell State Bank and Trust in Fargo. • Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND has promoted Amber Kienenberger to manager of communications projects, Sara Stolt to manager of human resources planning in the human resources and development division and hired Jacquelyn Walsh as vice president of clinical excellence and quality in health network innovation. • Benjamin “BJ” Lochow has been promoted to senior frontline specialist at Choice Financial, Fargo. • CornerStone Bank has promoted Faye Gronvold to personal banking assistant/customer service representative. • Gate City Bank in Fargo has hired Todd Olson as financial planning manager, Jamey Pesek as a financial planner and Emmett Worth as a financial planner associate. • Northwestern Bank has promoted Saysamone Sandkuai and Heather Kahly to personal bankers. • Doreen Meyer has joined Park Co. Realtors in Fargo as a sales associate, and Gabbie Davis has joined the company as a client services associate. • Dan Hicks has joined the commercial sales and leasing division of Property Resources Group, Fargo. • The RDO Equipment Co. field support office in Fargo has hired Kyle Dahle as an information technology service desk specialist, Colton Hanson as a software developer, Catherine Murray as a warranty administrator and has named Mark Kreps vice president of sales-agriculture. Awards & Accolades • Bergstrom Electric has received the top award in the electrical commercial projects over $1

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million category from the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors for its work on the Cass County Courthouse West Addition project in Fargo. CornerStone Bank and Peter Johnson have been recognized by the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency as Champions of Affordable Housing, along with several other lending partners and housing advocates. Eide Bailly, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, re-elected Fargo partner Mark Martens for a second one-year term as chairman of the board. Nicole Holding, marketing director at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, was selected to participate in United Way of Cass Clay’s 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program. The program provides leadership and networking opportunities for women in the Cass-Clay community. Marvin Windows and Doors has received the 2013 Community Impact Award from Minnesota Business magazine. The company was recognized in the employment category, which honors companies that have brought or kept major employment in a Minnesota community. Agents from RE/MAX Realty 1, Moorhead, have been honored by the RE/MAX North Central regional office for their achievements in 2012. Those honored are: Bruce Johnson, Del Boschee, Gena Syvertson, Angie Sellers, Laurel Mahan, Aaron Greterman, Ryan Frisch and Ron Boe, 100 percent Club; and Curt Winter, Executive Club. Dave Noah was ranked in the top 100 agents in RE/MAX USA. He also achieved the Chariman’s Club award. Noah and Syvertson were also named the No. 1 and No. 2 agents, respectively, in the RE/MAX franchise in North Dakota.

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• U.S. Bank has awarded its annual Pinnacle award to Jackie Ness, business banking relationship manager at the downtown Fargo branch. • Western State Bank has matched the first $4,000 of total funds raised on Giving Hearts Day for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. Total donations received were $12,570 to support Lake Agassiz’s mission of building homes in Cass and Clay counties.

Remodelers Council Picnic April 26

The Remodelers Council celebrates May as National Home Remodeling Month and is hosting a free barbecue at the HBA of F-M, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, April 26. The picnic runs 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Council welcomes employees of all member companies and anyone interested in joining the council. The local Remodelers Council is affiliated with NAHB’s Remodelers Council and has its own dues structure. It represents and serves the interests of its remodeling industry members, providing information, certification, education and recognition of programs geared toward keeping members competitive. Contact Allison Weckman at (701) 232-5846 or allisonw@hbafm.com by 4:30 p.m. April 25 to attend.

Pre-order student-built sheds, support Construction Trades Academy Student-built sheds will be for sale through the 2013 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. Prices start at around $1,750 for an 8’ x 12’ shed. Contact the HBA at (701) 232-5846 or info@hbafm.com before May 20 if you are interested in preordering. Limited customization is possible! Sheds will be completed by July and proceeds will be used to support the Academy in the future.

Sponsorships for Spring Parade of Homes

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Homes starting at $1,500. Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com for more information.

Plains Builder advertising space available

The HBA’s monthly publication, the Plains Builder, is distributed to HBA membership, local government officials as well as state and federal legislators. This publication is a great way to market your company to the construction industry. Advertising space for 2013 is available now. We have a variety of size options open, including a business card ad size. The Plains Builder also offers an insert option. Inserts are placed in the front of the magazine every month and are a great way to advertise specific monthly events, sales or promotions. If you are interested in advertising to members of the construction industry, contact Jenny Erickson at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com.

Adopt-A-Student Challenge

Adopt one of the HBA of F-M’s 2013 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades students for the low price of $75. Adopting a student will help us defray the cost of the materials, registration fees, instructor fee and tools. Contact Jenny Erickson at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com to contribute. See page 28 for a list of current contributors.

Win a free year of membership

Get in the running for a free year of membership in the HBA of F-M! The Association tracks those members who pay their dues before the month of their renewal. All those members get in a drawing for a free year of dues. For example, if your membership is paid through May 31, 2013, you would pay your dues before May 1, 2013, to be entered. Contact Amanda Ohlsen at (701) 232-5846 or amanda@hbafm.com with any questions.

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Dakota Supply Group offers scholarships for trades students

Dakota Supply Group is offering scholarhips for students interested in pursuing a career in the trade industries (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, automation, etc.) throughout DSG’s service area. The deadline to apply is April 30. Visit www.dsgfund. com for details.

Moorhead, Minnesota Housing offer class on new mortgage, down payment options

The city of Moorhead and Minnesota Housing will offer a free continuing education class for real estate professionals providing information on the new Minnesota mortgage and down payment options, Start Up and Step Up; these programs are available to home buyers at household income levels up to almost $85,000. Presenters will also provide information on the “Make Moorhead Home” Property Tax Rebate for new home construction and substantial remodeling of existing homes. Lending partners are also welcome. Details: • 8:30 - 11 a.m. • May 1 • Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead • Cost is free! Register by April 26. To receive real estate continuing education credit, please include your Minnesota real estate license number upon registration.

CHALLENGE

GuessWho! Each month we will run a childhood photo of an HBA board member, HBC trustee, Health Plan trustee, committee chairperson or staff member. It’s your task to figure out who it is and call the office at (701) 232-5846. The first correct caller will receive $10 off any HBA event or product. The answer and winner will be revealed in the next Plains Builder.

Hints:

• He and his daughter climbed a fourteener. • His grandfather started the Valley City Winter Show. • He was born in Minneapolis but grew up in Jamestown. Note: Co-workers and relatives of the featured member/staff person are not eligible to win. Readers are eligible to win once per calendar year.

Don’t leave money on the table: check out member rebate program www.hbarebates.com/ndab.html

Important information on HB 1020 enclosed

See insert for important information on North Dakota House Bill 1020 amendments that jeopardize permanent flood protection.

On the cover..

This month’s cover features a home built by Eid-Co Homes. It is the same photo used on the Parade of Homes magazine available April 22 at all Hornbacher’s. Jason Eid, Eid-Co Homes, was awarded the HBA of F-M’s 2011 “Builder of the Year” award. This award is presented to one Builder member each year that has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the Association, the industry and the community. He went on to also win the North Dakota Association of Builders’ “Builder of the Year” award in 2011. Photo credit: Overflow Photo

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HBA of F-M President’s Message HBA works on your behalf... Permanent flood protection, home building in Moorhead, 2012 I Codes adoption

Last month, your HBA of F-M hosted “City Night,” welcoming Darrick Guthmiller leaders from our four cities. This event Kochmann Brothers is a chance for members to mingle Homes, Inc. with officials in a casual environment, discuss important issues and thank them for their assistance and teamwork over the years. Two issues were hot topics at the meeting: • N.D. House Bill 1020 - This bill includes the State Water Commission budget and was amended to include provisions jeopardizing permanent flood protection for the metro area. The restrictive amendments prohibit Fargo and Cass County from building the F-M Diversion Project. As of press time, this bill had passed the N.D. House and was being reviewed by a N.D. Senate subcommittee before a vote of the full Senate. Your HBA sent a call to action by email to all members in mid-March asking you to contact Senators. We provided talking points and background information. Watch for updates by email, or if you have questions about this issue and want an update on its current status, contact Public Affairs Coordinator Mike Obach: (701) 232-5846 or mike@ hbafm.com. See insert for more information. • Home building in Moorhead – The HBA’s 2012 year-end building permit report showed quite a disparity between the number of home building permits in Moorhead versus Fargo and West Fargo. HBA members Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction, and Toby Christensen, Camrud-Foss Concrete Constr., Inc., presented information to the Moorhead City Council in late February relaying problems the home building industry currently faces and gave suggestions for Moorhead to regain competitiveness with neighboring cities in North Dakota. Turn to page 11 for more information and watch for additional details coming soon.

2012 International Codes

Your HBA Codes Subcommittee has been meeting

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since last fall regarding Fargo’s adoption of the 2012 International Codes. Members have worked with Fargo’s Inspections Department to ensure applicable amendments have been carried over from the 2009 to the 2012 code, and have identified some problem areas with guardrails, piping support and opening protection. In addition, the committee appeared at the March 21 Fargo Board of Appeals hearing to request that the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code and 2012 International Residential Code Chapter 11 (dealing with energy provisions) be omitted. The proposed amendment asked the board to replace the 2012 IECC and IRC Chapter 11 with current provisions of the 2009 IRC Chapter 11. Codes Subcommittee members feel that building stipulations found in the 2012 IRC would increase building costs for homeowners, while at the same time offering little (if any) eventual savings. The energy changes in the 2012 IRC could even create health and/or safety issues. Watch for more details on this soon.

Back your PAC

You have probably seen promotions for fundraising for the North Dakota Association of Builders political action committee (NDAB-PAC). If you haven’t already sent in your contribution, I urge you to do so. It is our goal to get as many of our members engaged in supporting PAC as possible. No amount is too small. Club 2012, launched by the National Association of Home Builders last year, asks members to contribute just $20.12 to make housing “one voice stronger.” BUILD-PAC, which is NAHB’s PAC, could easily be one of the largest in the nation if all members participated by contributing. Remember, your contribution is divided amongst NAHB’s BUILD-PAC, NDAB and your local HBA when you contribute to NDABPAC. Your dollars have helped us keep building industry issues on the forefront of the minds of lawmakers.

May 9: Parade of Homes Celebration

The Parade of Homes runs April 27 – May 5, with the Parade of Homes Celebration on May 9. Mark your calendar now for a great evening recognizing our Parade builders, celebrating the Home Builders Care Foundation’s 20th anniversary and recognizing the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter team from the North Dakota State College of Science – Wahpeton that took first place in the student competition at the International Builders Show. It’s going to be a fun night!

Parade of Homes Celebration: May 9 Social: 6 p.m. • Program: 7 p.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites of Fargo Business attire requested

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Cost: $30 pre-registered; $33 walk-ins... Two free meals for each Parade of Homes Builder company! Registration Deadline: 4 p.m. May 8

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Big expectations, opportunities: Fall Home Show at Scheels Arena by Alison Streyle, Events Coordinator

HBA of F-M leaders are excited to be starting a new life for the Fall Home Show as it moves to the Scheels Arena this September. Scheels Arena will offer the opportunity for growth and a new face for the event. It also provides new advertising and promotional avenues for exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers. The Scheels Arena offers a fluid area for exhibit space, like a mini-Fargodome - no more walking through hallways to find where the other exhibits are located - allowing all exhibitors the same, great opportunity to showcase their products and services. Plus, FREE wi-fi during the show! New opportunities include the ability to advertise through Scheels Arena e-blasts (6,000-plus subscribers), poster space in the Arena, listing on upcoming events/sponsor roll at other events, plus listings on the arena’s website and Facebook page. Remodelers Council members are hoping to making this event fun and enjoyable for all ages! There will be more details to come as brainstorming progresses. Contact Alison Streyle at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm.com with your ideas. This show is for builders, remodelers and all other facets of the industry: windows, garages, landscaping, finance, etc. Please support your Association in making the Fall Home Show a full-service event for the community: Mark your calendar for Sept. 27-28 at Scheels Arena!

Golf Outing sponsorships available

New... two afternoon flights to choose from!

The HBA of F-M’s biggest social event has gotten a makeover! Instead of one date with two flights, the 2013 Golf Outing will be offering two afternoon flights on separate dates: Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, July 9, at Oxbow Country Club. Sponsor both flights for $250, or choose one day for $150. You will get your company name on a sponsor sign at a hole, displayed during the golf clinic, during lunch and dinner, listed on scorecards, programs, shown on HBA website, HBA Facebook page and in the Plains Builder, plus additional benefits if you sponsor both dates! As a sponsor, you will also be eligible for early-bird registration! Get even more exposure by supplying specialty items as door prizes for lunch or dinner or as golf bag stuffers. Sponsors also have the opportunity to host a game on a hole which makes for great exposure to all the golfers. See the enclosed sponsorship form for more details, or contact Alison Streyle at (701) 232- 5846 or alison@hbafm.com. Important deadlines: • April 19 - Sponsorship deadline to be eligible for early bird registration. • April 22 - Early bird registration for sponsors. • May 1 - Open registration.

New format! HBA Golf Outing June 10 and July 9 Oxbow Country Club

See your ad here! $41 per month or $205 the rest of the year! HBA of F-M members-only advertising... reach your building-industry audience. April

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Parade of Homes features 74 homes, 41 Builders

Platinum Sponsor:

Spring is here and it’s time to get outside and celebrate a great building season by visiting the HBA of F-M’s 53rd Annual The list below is for Spring Parade of Homes. The Parade runs A final list will appear in The Forum April 22 and will be April 27 - May 5 and features homes in available April 23 at all Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West This list is subject to change as proofing was not complete as of press time. Fargo. Hours run noon - 5 p.m. weekends and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. weekdays. Renderings, descriptions and a map showing the location of each entry will be included in the Parade of Homes magazine available starting April 22 at all Hornbacher’s locations or the HBA office, 1802 32nd Ave. S Fargo. An insert will also be included in The Forum April 21. The Parade website (link will be available at www.hbafm.com) will go live April 22. The Parade of Homes Committee is planning another fabulous Parade of Homes celebration to be held May 9 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites. This celebration will again feature a video of all Parade Builders and their homes and all Builders present will be eligible for cash drawings up to $750! See page 10 for more information.

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Builder Company Name

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Model Street Address

City

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BMW Homes................................................................Woodbridge................................ 704 6th Ave NE............ Dilworth.............. $229,900 BMW Homes................................................................South Pond at The Preserve...... 645 29th Ave E............ West Fargo ������� $295,400 Building Concepts, Inc..................................................Osgood Villas at the Green........ 4554 65th St S............. Fargo................. $260,000 Building Concepts, Inc..................................................Villas at Charleswood................. 750 Villa Pkwy.............. West Fargo ������� $267,000 Carpenter Homes.........................................................West River.................................. 3659 Hidden Cir........... West Fargo ������� $580,000 Carpenter Homes.........................................................Shadow Wood............................ 3438 Loberg Dr............ West Fargo ������� $249,900 Century Builders...........................................................Reserve at Osgood.................... 327 29th Ave E............ West Fargo ������� $415,000 Cornerstone Specialties, Inc., CGP, NDPB..................The Wilds at Westport................ 504 47th Ave W............ West Fargo ������� $352,900 Dabbert Custom Homes...............................................Brandt Crossing.......................... 4870 Chelsea Ln S...... Fargo................. $188,900 Dabbert Custom Homes...............................................The Preserve.............................. 3109 7th St E............... West Fargo ������� $249,900 Dabbert Custom Homes...............................................The Wilds at Westport................ 4711 6th St W.............. West Fargo ������� $398,900 Dakota Developments Construction, a division of Adams Development................................The Preserve.............................. 3111 E Foxtail Dr......... West Fargo ������� $235,685 Dakota Developments Construction, a division of Adams Development................................The Preserve.............................. 454 E Foxtail Dr........... West Fargo ������� $164,330 Dakota Developments Construction, a division of Adams Development................................Prairie Grove.............................. 5485 27th St S............. Fargo................. $279,050 Dave Meyer Construction.............................................Veterans Park............................. 5436 48th Ave S.......... Fargo................. $250,000 Dave Meyer Construction.............................................Eaglewood.................................. 1227 31st Ave W.......... West Fargo ������� $338,900 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB...............The Wilds at Westport................ 231 47th Ave W............ West Fargo ������� $629,900 *Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB..............The Wilds at Westport................ 1035 47th Pl W............ West Fargo ������� $889,900 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB...............The Preserve.............................. 444 South Pond Ct....... West Fargo ������� $499,900 *Dietrich Homes, Inc., CGB..........................................Shadow Wood............................ 439 35th Ave E............ West Fargo ������� $839,000 Differding Signature Homes.........................................Maple Ridge............................... 168 30th Ave E............ West Fargo ������� $300,000 Eid-Co Homes, CGB, NDPB........................................Legacy........................................ 6126 Bennett Ct S....... Fargo................. $199,153 Eid-Co Homes, CGB, NDPB........................................Legacy........................................ 2303 57th Ave S.......... Fargo................. $229,961 Eid-Co Homes, CGB, NDPB........................................Westview.................................... 3838 7th St E............... West Fargo ������� $247,348 Eid-Co Homes, CGB, NDPB........................................Village Green.............................. 3001 30th St S............. Moorhead ��������� $173,359 Engberg Builders, Inc...................................................The Preserve.............................. 3032 7th St E............... West Fargo ������� $354,300 Equity Homes Builders, LLC.........................................Woodhaven................................ 4232 51st Ave S........... Fargo................. $349,900 Hanson Bros., Inc., NDPB............................................Woodhaven................................ 5037 Marion St S......... Fargo................. $446,900 Harry Gilbertson Construction......................................Eaglewood.................................. 1234 30th Ave S.......... West Fargo ������� $275,000 Heritage Homes, LLC, CAPS, CGB, CGP, NDPB........Shadow Wood............................ 3529 Shadow Wood Ln .West Fargo ������� $495,500

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Homes con’t from previous pg Builder Company Name

Development

Model Street Address City................. Total Price

Heritage Homes, LLC, CAPS, CGB, CGP, NDPB........Eagle Pointe............................... 1489 71st Ave S........... Fargo................. $434,900 Heritage Homes, LLC, CAPS, CGB, CGP, NDPB........South Pond at The Preserve...... 3026 7th St E............... West Fargo ������� $339,900 *Heritage Homes, LLC, CAPS, CGB, CGP, NDPB.......Osgood....................................... 4345 Beach Ln S......... Fargo................. $699,500 Holly & Co. Classic Homes...........................................The Preserve.............................. 3045 6th St E............... West Fargo ������� $332,900 J. V. Hough, Inc., NDPB................................................Prairie Meadows......................... 4583 Prairie Dr............. Moorhead ��������� $187,950 Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc., NDPB............................Eaglewood.................................. 947 30th Ave W............ West Fargo ������� $168,319 Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc., NDPB............................Eaglewood.................................. 3004 14th St W............ West Fargo ������� $247,420 Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc., NDPB............................South Pond at The Preserve...... 3126 6th St E............... West Fargo ������� $221,970 Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc., NDPB............................Shadow Wood............................ 3410 Shadow Wood Ln.. West Fargo ������� $389,900 Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc., NDPB............................Deer Creek................................. 5609 61st St S............. Fargo................. $204,924 Krueger Construction, Inc., NDPB................................South Pond at The Preserve...... 614 29th Ave E............ West Fargo ������� $279,800 Krueger Construction, Inc., NDPB................................Woodhaven................................ 4992 44th St S............. Fargo................. $256,900 KWA Constructors, Inc..................................................West River.................................. 125 37th Ave E............ West Fargo ������� $305,000 Labellken Homes..........................................................The Preserve.............................. 409 30th Ave Courts E.West Fargo ������� $479,900 Luxe Custom Homes....................................................Davies........................................ 6873 23rd St S............. Fargo................. $354,900 Paula Rae Homes........................................................Woodhaven................................ 4261 44th Ave S.......... Fargo................. $490,000 Platinum Home Contracting..........................................Maple Ridge............................... 3007 Claire Dr.............. West Fargo ������� $289,900 Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc...............................Shadow Wood............................ 3425 Shadow Wood Ln.. West Fargo ������� $1 million Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc................................Westport Beach.......................... 4523 Sunset Blvd......... West Fargo ������� $288,000 Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc................................Silverleaf..................................... 6021 27th St S............. Fargo................. $458,000 Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc................................The Wilds at Westport................ 720 47th Ave W............ West Fargo ������� $499,000 *Radiant Homes...........................................................Silverleaf..................................... 6118 27th St S............. Fargo............$905,000 a division of Chris Hawley Architect RHR Construction, Inc..................................................Davies........................................ 6842 23rd St S............. Fargo................. $319,000 RHR Construction, Inc..................................................Davies........................................ 6856 23rd St S............. Fargo................. $319,000 Rick Halvorson Construction, Inc..................................Woodbridge................................ 1207 4th Ave NE.......... Dilworth.............. $209,900 Ryland Homes..............................................................Davies........................................ 6805 23rd St S............. Fargo................. $259,900 Serenity Homes of Fargo/Moorhead, LLC....................South Pond at The Preserve...... 3009 6th St E............... West Fargo ������� $499,900 Stone Ridge Builders, Inc.............................................Maple Ridge............................... 103 31st Ave E............. West Fargo ������� $319,876 Stylemark Builders, Inc.................................................West River.................................. 3719 Hiden Cir............. West Fargo ������� $579,000 T & S Custom Homes, Inc., NDPB...............................The Wilds at Westport................ 438 W Persimmon Pl... West Fargo ������� $448,500 Terry Becker Construction, LLC, NDPB........................Reserve at Osgood.................... 239 39th Ave E............ West Fargo ������� $365,900 Terry Becker Construction, LLC, NDPB........................Eaglewood.................................. 3028 14th St W............ West Fargo ������� $327,900 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................................The Wilds at Westport................ 408 47th Ave W............ West Fargo ������� $324,900 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................................Brandt Crossing.......................... 4718 Chelsea Ln S...... Fargo................. $162,900 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................................Deer Creek................................. 6065 56th Ave S.......... Fargo................. $199,900 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................................Maple Ridge............................... 3020 Katherine Dr........ West Fargo ������� $279,845 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................................Brandt Crossing.......................... 4840 35th Ave S.......... Fargo................. $164,900 Titan Homes, Inc...........................................................Shadow Creek............................ 3341 1st St E............... West Fargo ������� $625,000 Titan Homes, Inc...........................................................The Preserve.............................. 413 South Pond Ct....... West Fargo ������� $350,000 Turn Key Construction, Inc............................................Maple Ridge............................... 3018 2nd St E.............. West Fargo ������� $253,900 Turn Key Construction, Inc............................................Eaglewood.................................. 2932 14th St W............ West Fargo ������� $257,900 Turn Key Construction, Inc............................................Deer Creek................................. 6236 55th Ave S.......... Fargo................. $191,900 Tyter Design and Construction, Inc...............................Evelyn’s Acres............................ 4868 38th Ave S.......... Fargo................. $239,900 Urban Prairie Homes,...................................................Eagle Pointe............................... 1401 71st Ave S........... Fargo............$330,000 *Featured Homes - Each year HBA of F-M members volunteer Parade entries priced at $500,000 and higher to be “featured” homes in a fundraising effort to support their industry, Association and charity. The cost to tour all Featured Homes is $5. Money raised goes to Home Builders Care of FargoMoorhead, the HBA’s charitable arm. It supports skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry. CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, NDPB: Designations from the National Association of Home Builders and North Dakota Association of Builders.

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Parade of Homes Celebration Your HBA of F-M cordially invites you to the 2013 Parade of Homes Celebration in honor of the 2013 Spring Parade of Homes Builders and entries. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. May 9 with a social followed by a video recognizing all Parade Builders, cash drawings up to $750 for all Parade Builders present and multiple door prizes that everyone in attendance has a chance at winning! Mark your calendar now and join us in celebrating a great beginning to the spring building season. All door prizes are donated by HBA members, so if you have something you’d like to donate for a door prize, contact Alison Streyle at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm. com. You may also bring prizes to the HBA office any time prior to May 9.

Parade of Homes Celebration Thursday, May 9 Social: 6 p.m. Program at 7 p.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites of Fargo Business attire requested Cost: $30 pre-registered; $33 walk-ins Two free meals for each Parade of Homes Builder company! Menu: London Broil Vegetables Potatoes Salad Dinner rolls Cake and ice cream to celebrate Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation’s 20th Anniversary! Register: Call (701) 232-5846, email info@hbafm. com or sign-up online at www.hbafm.com. Click on “Calendar,” then May GMM to register. Registration Deadline: 4 p.m. May 8

Thank you Parade Sponsor: Marvin Windows & Doors

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Top 10 home trends from Marvin Windows and Doors by Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows and Doors

1. Energy efficiency Americans are looking for superior efficiency in every important feature of their home. Energy Star-rated windows, high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners, and quality attic insulation – all save money and make the home more comfortable year-round. Marvin offers more energy-efficient window options than any other manufacturer, including a new Tripane with Krypton gas option. It’s our most energy-efficient solution. 2. High quality, high function Today’s homeowners want items that not only look good, but perform flawlessly. Fit, finish and smooth operation are essential – whether it’s a refrigerator, a sofa or a window. Consumers want both beauty and practicality. Marvin’s new Ultimate Glider is a complete re-engineering of a classic window style that combines elegant simplicity with tough performance. 3. Not-so-big living Architect Sarah Susanka first proposed this idea more than a decade ago, and it’s been spreading ever since. The notso-big house is carefully planned for the owner’s needs, not designed to impress others. Investing in high-quality components and finishes for the home offers more lasting value than paying for poorly-used square footage. 4. Renovation nation Americans are putting down roots; we’re moving less than at any time since World War II. Instead of moving, we’re staying in our homes longer and renovating the living spaces to fit our lifestyle. New kitchens, new windows, reconfigured living spaces – they’re all part of creating a home “built around you.” 5. Let the sunshine in Screened porches, sun rooms and window walls – they’re all geared toward bringing the outdoors in. And with modern, energy-efficient windows and patio doors, there’s no penalty in comfort or energy efficiency. 6. Keeping it simple Clean, simple lines are the order of the day. Furniture, tile, moldings, backsplashes, appliances – the less fussy, the Marvin con’t on page 35 better.

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Public Issues Report of Area Affairs HBA leaders meet with Moorhead leaders about building permit disparity between communities by Michael Obach, Public Affairs Coordinator

The HBA of F-M recently had another opportunity to represent its membership with local government. Moorhead City Councilmember Steve Gehrtz asked HBA of F-M leaders to speak to the Council regarding both current and potential issues that accompany building in Moorhead. On Feb. 25, HBA Past President Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction, and Past Home Builders Care Foundation President Toby Christensen, Camrud-Foss Concrete Constr., Inc., stepped up to the plate. Both are Moorhead residents and business owners. They made statements to the Council highlighting their extensive experience and providing examples of key issues facing continued development in Moorhead, and answered questions afterwards. Anderson referenced his lifelong ties to Moorhead, his place in the community as a business leader, and his concerns on how housing starts have dropped in Moorhead while they've risen in the other area communities. Christensen shared the fact that his company, Camrud Foss, conducts far fewer concrete pours in Moorhead when compared to other local communities. Both referenced the HBA's 2012 building permit report, copies of which were given to the Council members as well, and the disparity of housing starts that was evident within it. They also emphasized that while the current state of home building in

Moorhead is troubling, there are steps that can be taken to turn the trend around. The council was very responsive, not only thanking Anderson and Christensen for their time and input, but offering public shows of support to them as well. Councilmember Mark Altenburg requested more information on these issues so he could better understand their importance, while Councilmember Mark Hintermeyer pledged his personal support in whatever way is needed to increase home building in Moorhead. At the request of Moorhead City Administrator Michael Redlinger, the Association is currently putting together a briefing on housing issues to be provided to the city employees. HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “HBA leaders feel confident that we can work with Moorhead to highlight some of the many opportunities that they have and hope that we can find ways to increase the number of housing starts within the community.” Members of the HBA leadership had the opportunity to enjoy a lunch with Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland, Voxland Electric, in March. President Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc., and fellow Executive Committee members President Elect Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc.; Secretary Terry Lipp, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom; and Treasurer Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc.; were joined by North Dakota Association of Builders President Jason Eid, Eid-Co Buildings, Inc.; Life Director Ken Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Trust; Director Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Banker First Realty; HBA Public Affairs Coordinator Michael Obach and Johnson as they discussed both Moorhead's building history and plans for future growth. Moorhead con’t on page 17

HBA asks Fargo Board of Appeals to remove energy chapter from 2012 IRC, revert to 2009 version by Michael Obach, Public Affairs Coordinator

The HBA of F-M continues to work hard on advocating industry practices that will most positively affect its members and their consumers. Recently, HBA Codes Subcommittee members Hap Hildebrand, EidCo Buildings, Inc., Joe Icenhour,Aire Serv, and Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc., testified to the Fargo Board of Appeals on the city's potential adoption of the 2012 Industrial Residential Code as the permanent homebuilding code. Backed up by comprehensive information provided by members Don Dabbert, Jr., Dabbert Custom Homes; Vern Hanson, Hanson Bros., Inc.; and Nate Lotvedt, Heritage Homes, the three men spoke extensively to the Board about the potential financial and health risks that could accompany the blanket adoption of the 2012 IRC’s Chapter 11 and International Energy Conservation Code.

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With city of Fargo Inspectors on hand to verify any claims, the group used personal experience backed by an assortment of quantitative data to make a strong case. HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “Our intent is for the city to take a good look at amending many of the updates found in the 2012 IRC in order to maintain the currently effective standards already in place.” The Board of Appeals has asked Fargo Inspections Administrator Ron Strand to confer with his staff on the amendments that the HBA brought forth before a final decision is made. Watch for updates on this issue. Once the proposed amendment receives approval from the Board of Appeals, it will ascend with other proposed amendments, to the City Commission level. Special thanks to all those named above and the other HBA Codes Subcommittee members, John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.; and Bob Kochmann, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc., for putting in long hours to assist the Association in this endeavor! For more information on this issue, contact Michael Obach at (701) 232-5846 or mike@hbafm.com.

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News from the North Dakota Association of Builders Presidents Message Contact Senators National Association of Home on Housing Builders, along with other industryrelated groups, scored a big victory in Incentive Fund, court against the EPA earlier this year. diversion bills Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA

has the power to regulate pollutants in the waters of the United States. As a way of measuring pollutants in water, Jason Eid NDAB President, the EPA regulates the total maximum Eid-Co Buildings, daily load (“TMDL”) of each pollutant Inc. in the water. The case in question came from Virginia, and specifically a tributary of the Potomac River, called Accotink Creek. The EPA determined that the sediment in Accotink Creek was harmful to certain organisms in the creek. Rather than regulate the actual sediment which was causing the problem, the EPA established a TMDL for Accotink Creek that regulated the flow rate of storm water, which could conceivably “carry” the sediment. The EPA claimed that the storm water was a “surrogate” for the sediment. Such a regulation could have allowed the EPA to require builders to install devices that minimize flow, such as pervious pavement, and to regulate the amount of impervious surfaces in the watershed (i.e., home sizes). Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation sued the EPA, and NAHB joined the fight against the EPA. The Virginia plaintiffs and NAHB argued that storm water is not a pollutant, and therefore the EPA had no authority to regulate its flow. The EPA’s authority is limited to regulating actual pollutants, not the “surrogates” which may transport the pollutants. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia agreed and ruled against the EPA. This case was decided in January; so you may have already heard about this ruling. But on March 1 the EPA elected not to appeal this ruling. So the ruling stands. The latest news is that the EPA has chosen not to appeal the ruling, meaning the victory against the EPA stands and becomes precedent for future cases. This is a big victory for NAHB and our members!

2013 Spring Parade of Homes is almost here Although it’s hard to believe, this year’s spring Parade of Homes is just around the corner - April 27 - May 5 - and is sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors! The event will showcase 74 homes by 41 HBA of F-M Builder members. Once again, the Parade will feature its full-color, glossy magazine that will be inserted in The Forum Sunday, April 21 and will be available at Hornbacher’s April 22. See page 8 for details, including home entries and Builders. Visit www.hbafm.com for details.

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Two major bills affecting the housing industry are now in the Senate, and we ask you to contact Senators and Doreen Riedman ask for their support: NDAB Executive Officer Housing Incentive Fund: House Bill 1029 is the continuation of the Housing Incentive Fund. The House removed $30 million of the $50 million proposed by Governor Dalrymple. Please ask Senators to restore the Housing Incentive Fund to the $50 million level and support House Bill 1029. Red River Diversion Project: House Bill 1020 is the State Water Commission’s budget that includes state funding for the Red River Diversion project. It was passed on the House side, and includes provisions that jeopardize permanent flood protection for that area. Please ask Senators to remove the House amendments and support House Bill 1020 and the Red River Diversion project. You can send one email message to Senators and address both bills. In the subject line of your message to the Senators, please include the bill numbers (House Bills 1020 and 1029) so that they may easily reference them along the way. Find email addresses for Senators here: www.legis. nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/members/senate. Here’s an update on other issues affecting the membership of the NDAB: • HB 1359 one-call notification system: This bill was amended to not require whitelining on residential excavations, and has passed the House and Senate. It was signed by Gov. Dalrymple, so it has passed. NDAB Supports. • SB 2151 scrap metal regulation to lessen copper theft: This bill has passed both the Senate and House. NDAB Supports. • HB 1225 property sales price disclosure: NDAB supports this legislation that provides the disclosure of property sales prices. The original bill disclosed this to appraisers, attorneys, and Realtors, but was amended to be completely open. It received a Do Pass 5-1 by the Senate Political Subdivisions Committee and now goes to the full Senate. If you would like to receive the Legislative Watch e-newsletter, please contact Doreen Riedman at doreen@ ndbuild.com.

Classifieds available! Construction-related classified listings are now available for purchase for 30 words or less for only $20! Contact Jenny Erickson at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com for details.

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News from around the state...

a monthly briefing from the ND Association of Builders on news from each local association

Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association • (701) 222-2400 Roxy Jacobson, Executive Officer • www.bmhba.com • We were happy to host Donna Oliver from NAHB who conducted a strategic planning session for our Board members March 19. It was a very informative day, and we look forward to putting into action some of the new ideas from the session. • That evening, we held our first-ever Bowling with the Builders event! We filled all our lanes and had a great time. Thank you to all the participants and lane sponsors! • Join us for the Spring Parade of Homes April 12-14 and 19-21. Showcasing 29 new homes throughout Bismarck-Mandan, the Spring Parade offers the inspiration and local talent to help attendees make their current or new homes perfect. Tickets are only $5 and available at all Parade homes. • After visiting the homes, help us congratulate our Spring Parade of Homes winning builders at the Spring GMM on May 16 at the Seven Seas Hotel! • All members who’ve joined in the last two years are invited to the New Member BBQ at the BMHBA office on May 23. Get to know the board members and committee chairs, meet the other new members, and find out how getting involved in the BMHBA can help your business!

Dickinson Area Builders Association • (701) 483-0044 Irene Schafer, Executive Officer • www.dickinsonareabuilders.com • Our General Membership Meeting, March 13, featured Mitch Kudrna from Blue Cross Blue Shield. He brought us up to date on what we can expect with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it can affect our local businesses. This was also our Membership Night, and we added two builder members and seven affiliate members. • Our safety training sessions were well attended. A big “thank you” to Butler Machinery for providing their conference room for the sessions. • Our Home Show is sold out with over 80 exhibitors. Show dates are April 13-14 at the Rec Center.

Forx Builders Association • (701) 746-4536 Betty McDonald, Executive Officer • www.forxbuilders.com

• Structural Materials hosted Builders After Hours March 14. It was a fun event with a very good turnout. The guys do an excellent job each year! • Sergeant Travis Jacobson gave an excellent presentation, “Drugs and Society,” at our March General Membership Meeting. It is an eye-opening, sobering topic. • April 12-14 are the dates for our Home Show at the Alerus Center. • Our annual Sporting Clay Shoot is scheduled for May 23 at the Dakota Hunting Club. Sponsored in part by Andersen Windows & Doors.

Minot Association of Builders • (701) 852-0496 Vicky Flagstad, Executive Officer • www.minotab.com

• The 38th annual Home & Garden Show was well attended with an estimated 5,300 people through the doors over two days. • Minot had 62 people registered to take the First Aid/CPR course March 25 at The Vegas Motel. • The April GMM is scheduled for April 16 with Town & Country Credit Union and Minot Guaranty & Escrow hosting the meeting. • Our contractors/Realtors/bankers are working with the City Planning Commission to review the proposed City Zoning Ordinance Update.

Alert: New I-9 form must be used after May 7

Federal law requires employers to verify the identity and work authorization of all new hires through completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 within three business days after the individual is hired. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued a new Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification. This form is available for immediate use, but employers may continue to use the previous version (original expiration was Aug. 31, 2012) until May 7, 2013. After May 7, all employers must use only the newly revised Form I-9 (expiration March 31, 2016) for each new employee hired, or be subject to a civil penalty if audited. Be advised that the new form requires additional data, and expands the form from one page to two. To help employers to familiarize themselves with the new format and instructions, USCIS is offering free educational webinars that highlight the new features of the form and also include a detailed overview of how to use Form I-9. Download the new form and instructions at www.uscis.gov/ files/form/i-9.pdf. For more information, contact David Crump, NAHB, at dcrump@nahb.org, or call (800) 369-5242 ext.8491.

Don’t leave money on the table: check out member rebate program www.hbarebates.com/ndab.html

Williston Area Builders Association • (701) 572-4722 www.willistonbuilders.com

• The 3rd Annual Home Show is April 5-6 at the Raymond Family Community Center. Registration information is available on our website. • Safety training classes will be offered on Defensive Driving April 2 (rescheduled due to weather issues in early March).

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News from the Builders Association of Minnesota excess of $600 to be reported to the Department of Mid-session report: 75 days or inRevenue. This effort is rooted in the on-going effort to address “misclassified employees.” so done, 75 days or so to go Approaching the halfway mark of the session, between the Minnesota House of Representatives and State Senate, legislators have introduced nearly 3,000 bills. Among them are a series of bills that impact, to varying degrees, the home building and remodeling industry. BAM members’ lobbying team is actively engaged at the Capitol to make sure that this seemingly never-ending supply of “helpful” policy ideas are stopped, advanced or mitigated. The month of March brings Policy Committee deadlines and a small degree of relief from the onslaught of proposals and hearings within the Legislature and all the dodging and weaving among interest groups. After committee deadlines, we will sprint to the end of the session, slated for May 20, working on big tax and spending bills, floor amendments, and final negotiations on proposals that remain “alive.” Below is a sampling of the bills BAM is bird-dogging for its members. Risk transfer/anti-indemnification bills: These bills are designed to make certain construction contract indemnification and insurance clauses void and unenforceable. The MSA contains a blanket prohibition on these contract provisions, while the design professional bill carves out an exception for engineers and architects. • Minnesota Subcontractors Association (MSA) Bill HF644 (Atkins – DFL, Inver Grove Heights) / SF561 (Jensen - DFL, Owatonna) • Design Professionals Bill HF446 (Hortman – DFL, Brooklyn Park) / SF388 (Carlson – DFL, Eagan) Retainage: Subcontractors are pursuing legislation to regulate the manner in which retainage is held and paid to include retainage held in interest-bearing accounts and be paid within 30 days upon substantial completion of work. • Retainage – HF952 (Sundun – DFL, Esko) / SF841 (Dahle – DFL, Northfield) Radon bills: These bills intend to raise public awareness of radon’s potential health impacts. The Minnesota Department of Health’s Healthy Homes bill requires goodfaith disclosures at closing, while “Janet’s” law requires radon testing prior to completing residential real estate transactions. • Healthy Homes Radon Disclosure Requirement HF662 (Laine – DFL, Columbia Heights) / SF887 (Marty – DFL, Roseville) • Janet’s Law HF816 (Anderson, P. – R, Starbuck) Street improvement districts: Cities continue to look to the Legislature to grant them authority for new revenue streams. These bills allow cities the ability to create districts within their jurisdictions to capture transportation impact “fees” from new and existing properties to pay for improvements linked to their capital improvement plans. • Street Improvement Districts SF607 (Carlson – DFL, Eagan) / HF745 (Erhardt – DFL, Edina) and HF931 (Erhardt – DFL, Edina) / SF891 (Dibble – DFL, Minneapolis) Non-wage payments to construction workers reporting to Department of Revenue: Carpenter Union interests are pursuing legislation to require all payments

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• Non-wage Payments SF863 (Dziezdic – DFL, Minneapolis) / HF1062 (Anzelc – DFL, Balsam Township) B2B sales tax: Gov. Dayton’s comprehensive tax reform plan continues to be discussed at the Capitol. Included in the proposal is an overall rate reduction and expansion of sales tax to cover services, although indications from the Governor’s office are that construction services are not intended to be included in the proposal. The final bill will not be complete until mid-May 2013. • Governor’s Tax Bill HF677 (Lenczewski – DFL, Minneapolis) / SF552 (Skoe – DFL, Clearbrook) Statute of repose: This bill extends the period of repose from 12 years to 14 years. Although the repose period is moved out to 14 years, it does not impact the industry’s warranty period nor does it change the statute of limitations. • Statute of Repose HF450 (Atkins – DFL, Inver Grove Heights) / SF392 (Latz – DFL, St. Louis Park) Contractor Recovery Fund: The Department of Labor and Industry’s Housekeeping Bill contains a one-word change to the Contractor Recovery Fund. By deleting the word “person” and inserting the word “individual” the Department is intending to deter corporations from tapping into the fund and reserving it for actual homeowners. • DLI Housekeeping Bill HF578 (Isaacson – DFL, Shoreview) / SF656 (Schmit – DFL, Red Wing) Sprinkler mandate: A stand-alone bill has been introduced that prohibits sprinkler suppression systems from being mandated for installation in new single-family construction. • HF499 (Fitzsimmons – R, Albertville) Park dedication fee: A bill to allow Hennepin County Parks Board to collect a park dedication fee has been amended with language to require all park dedication fees to be set through a fair market value standard. Homeowner’s insurance coverage/residential contracting claims: This bill, pursued by the exterior contractors, requires insurance companies to disclose to homeowners when certain coverages are dropped from their policies, allows homeowners to communicate with contractors, and requires insurance companies to include contractors in payments made on a claim where the contractor is engaged for the work. • HO Insurance Coverage HF930 (Nelson – DFL, Brooklyn Park) / SF722 (Pederson – R, St. Cloud) Extended producer responsibility: This bill requires carpet, paint and battery manufacturers, distributors and retailers to establish “product stewardship programs” for the life-cycle of their products. • EPP HF865 (Sundin – DFL, Esko) / SF639 (Eaton – DFL, Brooklyn Center) We will keep you updated on these bills and BAM’s progress fighting for our members and the industry throughout the session. Look for more information in BAM’s weekly emails.

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News from the National Association of Home Builders “While we expect this positive momentum to continue, List of improving housing it’s important to understand that many markets are just markets rises to 274 in March beginning the recovery process, and that numerous issues March 21, 2013 - The list of improving U.S. housing markets expanded for a seventh consecutive month in March to include 274 metros on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today. This total amounts to a net gain of 15 markets since February and includes entrants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The IMI identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. Thirty-four new markets were added to the list and 19 were dropped from it this month. Notable additions include such diverse locations as Birmingham, Ala.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Bloomington, Ind. “This is the second consecutive month in which every state is represented by at least one metro on the improving list,” observed NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “The expanding housing recovery is energizing communities nationwide by generating jobs and local tax revenues – and it could be an even more potent force for economic growth if credit for building and buying homes was more readily available.” “With just over 75 percent of the 361 metros covered by the IMI now seen as improving, the housing market is on considerably more solid footing than it was at this time last year,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.

– from credit availability to the rising cost of building materials and emerging lot shortages – are slowing the pace of that advancement.” “With the understanding that there are still a lot of uncertainties in the regulatory arena, it looks like we are finally seeing the beginning of what could be a broad and deep recovery of the nation’s housing market,” added Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company. The IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The index measures three sets of independent monthly data to get a mark on the top improving Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The three indicators that are analyzed are employment growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, house price appreciation from Freddie Mac and single-family housing permit growth from the U.S. Census Bureau. NAHB uses the latest available data from these sources to generate a list of improving markets. A metro area must see improvement in all three measures for at least six consecutive months following those measures’ respective troughs before being included on the improving markets list. A complete list of all 274 metropolitan areas currently on the IMI, and separate breakouts of metros newly added to or dropped from the list in March, is available at www. nahb.org/imi.

Remodelers Council Picnic April 26 In recognition of National Remodeling Month in May, the HBA of F-M’s Remodelers Council will host a free barbecue 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the HBA of F-M, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, April 26. The Council welcomes employees of all member companies and anyone interested in joining the Council. The local Remodelers Council is affiliated with NAHB’s Remodelers Council and has its own dues structure. See page 26 for details!

Golf Outing Two Afternoon Flights June 10 July 9

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assist with fire and water damage as a major achievement. “Completing all of that with a showroom where customers could enjoy everything under one roof, and opening it up to the public, has topped it all off,” he says. Company plans kitchen giveaway, other “Having great people within the company has allowed us activities to recognize anniversary to continually expand into other areas that complete the by Krista Mund, Communications Manager company with a complete home service menu.” Accent Contracting has evolved over the past 25 years Spaeth echoes Arnold’s excitement about the retail from a cleaning and maintenance company to a designstore and offering a wide variety of build remodeling firm that offers bath, materials. kitchen, flooring, emergency and “I am thankful that we can continue cleaning services. to offer the best service, products and The company recognizes its 25th expertise to the Fargo-Moorhead area anniversary this year, giving away a that has been so gracious to Accent $25,000 dream kitchen this month. through the last 25 years,” he says. Accent kicked off the celebration by Accent Kitchen & Bath has been announcing the give-away just before the platinum sponsor of the RRV the Red River Valley Home & Garden Home & Garden Show and the Fall Show in February. People can register Home Show for six years. It has also for the drawing by visiting Accent’s been a sponsor for the Remodeled Mike Arnold and Tom Spaeth pictured in showroom at 3151 Main Ave., Fargo, Accent Contracting’s showroom at 3151 Home Tour. Arnold served as HBA and a lucky winner will be drawn Main Ave, Fargo. president in 2006. Spaeth currently April 25. Owner Mike Arnold said he serves on the HBA board of directors and is active on its is planning some other festivities for later in the year. Remodelers Council. Looking back over the years, Arnold says the “My seven- to ten-year involvement in the HBA was progression from being a cleaning and maintenance a major influence on leadership, community involvement company, into being a handyman and remodeling and industry awareness,” Arnold says. “That relationship contractor, was a turning point in its history. This was in continues with Tom being on the board of directors, and 2004 when partner Tom Spaeth came into the company bringing him in as a full partner was a major benefit to have to oversee the remodeling division. Arnold also sees the his leadership and abilities to fill that department.” decision to venture into the professional restoration field to Accent con’t on page 32

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Fargo offers storm water refresher for spring start-up

Repeat violators be warned that enforcement will be stricter this building season by Joshua Pederson, Fargo Stormwater Technician II

The city of Fargo’s “storm water guys” recently had a great opportunity to talk with HBA of F-M members and discuss how to stay compliant with erosion and sediment control (ESC) during construction. Stormwater & Floodplain Specialist Steve Sly spoke mostly about the history of the EPA’s Clean Water Act and how the power comes down from the EPA through the state permit to local builders. He also spoke about the process of the paperwork necessary for builders and developers such as when permits are required with the North Dakota Department of Health and the city of Fargo. A home builder needs a permit from the Department of Health for every subdivision or addition he or she is building in. Remember, an Erosion Sediment Control Permit with the city of Fargo is required for all projects over 5,000 square feet of land disturbance, or simply with the potential to discharge sediment into the storm sewer system. All sites that are more than a one-to-two residence structure also require a SWPPP along with the ESC Permit. For single- and two-family structures, the signature on the ESC Permit application is the applicants’ acknowledgement of Chapter 37 of the city of Fargo Municipal Code which follows the city of Fargo Guide to erosion and sediment control practices. Those interested in receiving a copy of this guide can contact the city. Fargo Stormwater Technician II Josh Pederson detailed specific items that need to be addressed to achieve compliance, such as: 1. Inlet protection (street-side and curb-side) 2. Preserving and establishing a vegetative buffer, including after services are installed 3. Perimeter control Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as filter wattles 4. Stockpile location and protection 5. Temporary construction entrances 6. Dewatering and discharging

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7. Maintenance and inspections of best management practices, including cleaning and emptying perimeter control BMPs and inlet protection at one-third full 8. Requesting concrete washout buckets with ready-mix trucks for the truck to washout 9. Protecting conveyances and water bodies themselves from runoff 10. Having a skidsteer ready to clean up tracking when trusses are delivered 11. Protecting adjacent properties The session ended with Pederson reiterating the Notice of Violation process and how a builder is typically given 48 hours to correct a non-compliant item found on his or her job site, unless it is an immediate issue such as a discharge or tracking. After 48 hours passes, if the item is not addressed it can lead to fines and, ultimately, the courts, if the item is not corrected. This year’s plan is to follow this procedure more closely so if you have had problems in the past, this is something to be aware of for the upcoming construction season. Feel free to contact either Pederson or Sly at stormwater@cityoffargo.com or (701) 730-8655 with any questions or concerns. Thanks for reading and have a great construction season! Moorhead con’t from page 11

Voxland shared some of his "mayoral insight" along with his vision of the community’s future, while paying close attention to the thoughts and ideas of the Association members on hand. The group came to many positive conclusions about ways that home building could be re-ignited in Moorhead, and is looking to meet again in the near future to further develop some concrete resolutions for future planning. Johnson says, “Association leaders feel fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to speak directly with such an involved and committed city leader, and wished the mayor the best of luck as he moves on to his future after elected office .” For more information on this issue, contact Michael Obach at (701) 232-5846 or mike@hbafm.com.

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Tour de Habitat raises $11.5K

On March 9, seven teams biked their hearts out to raise money for the 10th Annual Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Tour de Habitat at Courts Plus Fitness Center. They raised $11,500 for Habitat! Check out the team pictures to the right. Here is a summary of the top riders, fundraisers and prize winners: • Most money raised – Team: Tireless Trekkers • Most Money Raised – Individual: Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction, $1,455 (team: Tireless Trekkers). • Most Miles – Team: Spin Doctors • Most Miles – Female: Darla Skaurud, Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C, Inc. She went ten miles with team Spin Doctors. • Most Miles – Male: Jacob Voleger, Heritage Homes. He went 10.9 miles with team Wii Not Fit. • Team Spirit: TMI Cruize-Aiders (Superman theme) and Handlebar Honeys (Western theme). • Microsoft Surface Raffle Winner: Ann Schneider with team TMI Cruize-Aiders

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$11.91 will buy a dryer vent for a home $25 will buy a light fixture $45 will rent a Port-a-Potty Thank you to all of the $144 for bathroom countertop $12,000 to pour foundation team members for your If you would like to donate to Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, visit www.lakeagassizhabitat.org.

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2013 Home Show sees great weather, attendance by Alison Streyle, Events Coordinator

The 52nd Annual Red River Valley Home & Garden Show ran Feb. 22-24 and wrapped up with another sold-out show of over 330 exhibitors! The Fargodome once again provided a great venue allowing exhibitors to showcase their skills and talents and give consumers a wide variety of services and products under one roof. Great weather finally prevailed on the show and attendance came in at just under 8,800 consumers! Consumers came from around the region and many, again, took advantage of our 2-for-1 admission hours on both Friday and Sunday. Seminars by Chef Jyll Everman and Professional Organizer Geralin Thomas, plus those by show sponsors Accent Kitchen & Bath, COUNTRY Financial and H2 Design Build, added fun to the show while also giving out great info and tips for consumers to take home and apply in their own lives. The Kids Workshop, sponsored by The Home Tim Liebl, Accent Kitchen & Bath, gives speaker Geralin Depot, and the children’s Thomas, professional organizer, a rock-star introduction, playground, supervised by complete with music! the YMCA of Cass & Clay Counties and the North Dakota State University’s Human Development and Family Science Club, were both busy, as usual, with hundreds of children at each! A special thank you to DECKMASTERS for providing the Backyard Adventures playset for the playground.

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THANK YOU! Platinum Sponsor: Accent Kitchen & Bath Silver Sponsor: COUNTRY Financial Bronze Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND Electronic Sponsor: A Sound Environment Seminar Sponsor: H2 Design Build Stage Sponsors: Nodak Stores Hornbacher’s Exhibitor Beverage Sponsor: Culligan Water Conditioning YMCA of Cass & Clay Counties North Dakota State University Human Development and Family Science Club Local Seminar speakers Events Committee HBA and HBC volunteers All exhibitors

Tom Spaeth (far left) and Tim Liebl (far right) of Accent Kitchen & Bath with speaker Chef Jyll Everman and her husband Tommy.

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Above & Upper Right: Kids Workshop, coordinated by The Home Depot.

Above & Left: Children enjoying the Backyard Adventures playset provided by DECKMASTERS.

The HBA and Home Builders Care Foundation's booth, decked out with blue and yellow balloons for HBC's 20th anniversary!

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Seminar presenters from Silver Sponsor, COUNTRY Financial.

Right: HBA Public Affairs Coordinator Mike Obach helps student volunteers from North Dakota State University’s National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter tear down the playground.

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March City Night, emerging generations keynote had great turnout Sarah Sladek gives keynote, city leaders give updates by Alison Streyle, Events Coordinator

March 14 brought around 90 guests to the Radisson to hear Sarah Sladek discuss generation X, Y and Z’s affects on our workforce and also to find out what the mayors of Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo have planned for 2013 in their respective cities. Thank you to meeting sponsor, Starion Financial, for helping us bring in Sladek and making the entire event possible. Also, thank you to all city, county and state officials and staff that were in attendance. It is always appreciated that time is taken to attend the HBA’s annual City Night and network with Association members. 1/4, 1/4, 1/2 Winners: Bob Kochmann, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. Bill Blixt, Western Products, Inc. Paul Lindemann, Lindemann Finish Carpentry, Inc.

Moorhead Councilmen Mark Hintermeyer and Steve Gehrtz, City Engineer Bob Zimmerman and Councilwoman Heidi Durand.

Mayor Chad Olson, Dilworth.

Mark Spriggs, M & J Construction of Moorhead, Inc., won a $50 Stenerson Lumber giftcard on behalf of Starion Financial.

Thank You! March Meeting Sponsor

Mayor Mark Voxland, Moorhead.

Dale Hetland and Amber Nefzger, Starion Financial, at the March keynote and City Night.

Mayor Dennis Walaker, Fargo.

Mayor Rich Mattern, West Fargo.

Thank You Table Top Sponsors These sponsors help fund the programming seen at membership meetings throughout the year.

Bell State Bank & Trust Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND Cass County Abstract Company Gate City Bank Matrix Properties Corporation Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc. Nodak Stores Northland Truss Systems, Inc

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Cass County Commissioner Mary Sherling, AM Realtors and Fargo Director of Engineering, Mark Bittner.

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HBA of F-M Builder and Associate Member Feature Carpenter Homes Frontier Glass and Mirror, Inc. Local company provides custom homes at an affordable price by Mariah Wenaas, Communications & Office Coordinator

Jason Carpenter started out by working in the field as a laborer, really loved the business and saw potential in home building. Carpenter Homes, founded in 2001 by Carpenter, originally focused on framing and remodels. Carpenter says that he learned a lot of the trade from his father, who was a union carpenter. Carpenter Homes now specializes in custom home building, remodeling and additions, light commercial work, pole barns/shops and lake cottages/homes. “We provide custom homes at an affordable price and design our homes to fit your custom needs,” Carpenter says, when asked what sets his company apart from others. “We increase the quality of finishes without breaking the budget.” Carpenter loves working one-on-one with his clients and getting to know them on a level where he can understand their true wants and needs. He also loves visualizing the project or home and then seeing the outcome when it is all put together into a finished piece. According to Carpenter, one of the biggest challenges that the industry faces today is the incredible cost of special assessments and taxes. Another challenge is the restrictions that are put on lending, which Carpenter deals with by building a higher-valued home at Jason Carpenter a lower cost. Even with with his family

‘If you can dream it, we will make it happen’ by Mariah Wenaas, Communications & Office Coordinator

After eight years in the glass industry, Jeremy Perleberg, a Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate, and his wife, Julie, decided that it was time to go into business on their own. They knew there was a huge market in the Fargo area for custom glass products that wasn’t currently being fulfilled. Jeremy Perleberg Frontier Glass and Mirror, Inc., focuses on exceptional customer service and providing superior specialty glass products. It specializes in glass shower enclosures, countertops, handrails and custom mirrors. “Our mission statement is: Excellent customer service equals customer satisfaction. We truly believe that. Whether a job is a small remodel done by a home owner or a new construction office building, our goal is to make every project individual, he says. “As we like to say, all of our projects are ‘Sleek. Stylish. Yours.’ We pride ourselves in having a large variety to choose from. We are not in business to put out cookie cutter products,” says Perleberg. Frontier Glass and Mirror, inc., is constantly updating its product list. Perleberg says, “If you can dream it, we will make it happen. Our products are constantly changing. No two projects are alike. We appreciate our customers and the ideas they come up with. The amount of work it takes to make a difficult project happen is forgotten when the job is finished and better than we could have ever imagined.” Perleberg first heard of the HBA of F-M from several

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The HBA thanks members who are involved with this industry: Interior Design & Decorating, Home Furnishings & Decorations, Closets, Shelving & Storage, Staging, Glass & Mirrors - Supplier Backyard Adventures Budget Blinds of Fargo by Design, Inc. Design Direction, Inc. Floor To Ceiling Carpet One F-M Flooring, Inc. Foss Architecture & Interiors, Inc. Frontier Glass and Mirror Inc. Harmon Glass Doctor

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J L Shelving, Inc. Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc. Northland Glass and Glazing, LLC Premier Garage Tailored Living Red River Glazing, Inc. Rose Creek Design & The Little Blind Shop Rusco Window Company Scheels Home and Hardware Sensible Design Smart Spaces, Inc. Staging Innovations Stained Glass Overlay of the Red River Valley T.L. Stroh Architects The Lightbenders Glass Studio Vivid Interiors Wahpeton Glass & Paint Co.

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HBA of F-M Industry Spotlight Smart Spaces, Inc. Ursula Hegvik

3955 40th Ave. S., Unit D • Fargo, N.D. 58104 (701) 200-8770 www.smartspacesfargo.com

What is your company’s focus?

“We offer full-service design and installation of any custom storage items for your home: including closets, pantries, laundry rooms, offices, wine rooms, craft rooms, garages and more!” Ursula Hegvik Smart Spaces, Inc.

What is the latest trend in your industry?

“There are so many cool things going on in the world of closets right now. One of the most fascinating areas is new types of lighting. We can do back-lit LED glass shelves for shoes and purses, lit closet rods, and lighting that turns on automatically when you open a drawer, etc. We’re also getting more requests for custom ideas such as entertainment centers, wine rooms, craft rooms, play/toy rooms, Murphy (wall) beds and more. We can even create a “rotating” desk/bed… perfect for small rooms or a great option for the downtown condo lifestyle!”

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the industry today and how are you dealing with it?

“The closet industry is in high-demand more than ever. We strive to stay on top of all the new things that can now be done in closets (and other spaces), continue to offer the very best designs and provide the most positive customer experience. We’re lucky; however, our industry is uniquely positioned to do well in good and not-so-good times. Even in a ‘down economy,’ there will always be home owners who may decide not to upgrade, but who are willing to make improvements to their existing homes. What’s more fun and useful than custom closets? Nothing!”

Join a committee in 2013! Your HBA of F-M is here to support you. Not only do you make the Association what it is, but we rely on people like you to serve on committees to ensure the HBA is always moving in the right direction to best serve the membership. Whether you are interested in public issues, events, education or membership development and retention, we have a committee for you. For more details on any committee, contact Allison Weckman at (701) 232-5846 or allisonw@hbafm.com.

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Stained Glass Overlay of the Red River Valley Darla Rufer PO Box 8 • Christine, N.D. 58015 (701) 998-2001 www.sgofargo.com

What is your company’s focus?

“Stained Glass Overlay is a decorative glass product that brings the warmth and beauty of contemporary and traditional stained glass, while providing strength and safety. SGO uses a unique overlay process to bond Mylar film and real lead strips to a solid sheet of glass – including Darla Rufer tempered, or safety glass. The result Stained Glass Overlay of the Red is a seamless, one-piece construction. River Valley The decorated glass mounts inside, over existing glass, to add beauty and/or privacy. I do a lot of sidelights, cabinet doors, transoms and odd-shaped windows for residential jobs, as well as logos and décor for restaurants and other commercial spaces. I am a trained graphic artist and love the design process.”

What is the latest trend in your industry?

“While the economy of our area has been stable, people are still being careful with their money. Rather than spend money on a new entryway, for example, they can order SGO decorative panels to give the space a whole new look at a fraction of the cost. The easy installation may just take an hour or so, rather than going through the remodel headaches. Home builders have used SGO to give their spec homes that extra “something special” and make it memorable. One builder told me buyers said they kept referring to the home they bought from him as ‘the one with the stained glass.’ SGO has also been a great resource for churches. The cost advantage is considerable and the glass is virtually maintenance free.”

What is the biggest challenge facing the industry today and how do you deal with it?

“As a small business owner who travels a wide area, fuel costs have certainly been a frustration. On a positive note, technology has been a great help to me. While I always make at least two on-site visits - one to measure and discuss designs and colors, etc., and one to install - in the interim I can communicate via email to work through design approval. My website, www.sgofargo.com, and Facebook page, Stained Glass Overlay of Fargo, have brought me new business. I recently made a framed mirrored panel for a friend whose son was graduating from military training. She posted the photo on a mom’s Facebook page, and I’ve been getting orders from all over the country! My biggest joy in this job is seeing the faces of customers who are thrilled with their new designer glass and the wonderful letters I’ve received from happy customers.”

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News from the HBA of F-M Remodelers Council 2013 Remodelers Council

Remodelers Council Focus: Dan Beecher, The Foam Doctor’s LLC by Mariah Wenaas, Communications & Office Coordinator

Chair Ursula Hegvik Smart Spaces, Inc. Tom Spaeth Accent Contracting (Vice Chair)

Dan Beecher Foam Doctor’s LLC (Past Chair)

Member Companies

ABC Seamless Accent Contracting ACME TOOLS Allied Building Products Corp. Braaten Cabinets Inc. Casselton Lumber, Inc. Crane Johnson Lumber Company Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. Dave Anderson Construction Design Direction, Inc. Fargo Linoleum Company Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom Fiske Construction, LLP Foam Doctor’s LLC Granites Unlimited Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C, Inc. Homemakers Villa Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. Lake Agassiz Habitat For Humanity Laney’s, Inc. Marvin Windows & Doors Minnkota Windows, Inc. Opp Construction Property Resources Group Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area, Inc. Red River Electric, Inc. RRC Specialties, Inc. Rusco Window Company Simonson Lumber Smart Spaces, Inc. Stenerson Lumber Stone Countertop Outlet Stone Holding Company Syverson Tile & Stone Twin City Garage Door, Inc. Western Products, Inc.

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Dan Beecher has been involved with the Remodelers Council for four years. He is president of The Foam Doctor’s LLC in Fargo, a company that focuses on spray-on urethane foam insulation for residential, agricultural, industrial and commercial building. It also specializes in specialty coating systems and some spray-applied acoustical treatments. When asked why he joined the Remodelers Council, Beecher says, “It is a good way to give back to a community and industry that has treated us well, and to meet other small business owners/managers and share ideas, problems and thoughts.” He went on to say, “It’s a fun group. It’s a great cross-section of the building/remodeling industry; from builders and remodelers, to every sub that’s used to build, to the salespeople that have the right products for us to install. It’s great to get other peoples’ opinions and ideas on the projects we do. We all learn from the experience.” The National Association of Home Builders’ Remodelers Council was founded in 1982 and, in 1990, the HBA of F-M’s Council formed. The Council assists in planning the Fall Home Show, the Remodeled Home Tour and actively participates in many community service projects. Beecher has helped with many of the Council’s projects, including working on the RENEW House, the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat for Humanity and multiple ramp projects. Remodelers Council members also see benefits like strong networking opportunities, company promotion, industry advocacy and community involvement. “It’s great to see the Council come together as one and all pitch in to give something back. The smiles and hugs from grateful families is all you need to get you ready for the next project!” says Beecher. For more information on the Remodelers Council, or to become a Council member, contact Allison Weckman at (701) 232-5846 or allisonw@hbafm.com.

Remodelers Council Picnic April 26 The Remodelers Council celebrates May as National Home Remodeling Month and is hosting a free barbecue at the HBA of F-M, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, April 26. The picnic runs 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Council welcomes employees of all Council member companies and anyone interested in joining the group. The local Remodelers Council is affiliated with NAHB’s Remodelers group and has its own dues structure. It represents and serves the interests of its remodeling industry members, providing information, certification, education and recognition of programs geared toward keeping members competitive. Contact Allison Weckman at (701) 232-5846 or allisonw@hbafm.com by 4:30 p.m. April 25 to attend.

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your email and make sure to take the survey and help keep the show the best it can be! Joining a committee is a great way to meet industry • The January, February and March meetings were peers and network! Contact Allison Weckman if you want to successful, but we would definitely like to see more learn more: (701) 232-5846 or allisonw@hbafm.com. attendance! Please let us know what you want to see Education: This committee develops education at these meetings so we can make them as valuable as programs for the Association. It provides an abundance possible to our members! of choices to fulfill continuing education credits required • Next meeting: 8:15 a.m. April 12 by Minnesota for builder licensing. The committee’s Parade of Homes: A “Parade of Homes” is designed purpose is to assist the development, professionalism and to promote HBA Builder members to consumers. It serves profitability of HBA members and the industry. to boost home sales and raises the level of recognition Chairperson: Larry Mayer, for Builder members. This Solution Design, Inc. Committee of the Quarter: committee is responsible for • The Education Committee Parade of Homes all aspects of coordinating and wrapped up its busiest promoting the spring and fall “season,” January through Parades. March, with nearly 100 Chairperson: Valerie Fiske, building contractors taking Park Co. Realtors their continuing education • The 2013 Spring Parade for licensing in the state of of Homes has 74 homes by Minnesota, and over 115 41 Builders! The Parade will contractors total taking run April 27 – May 5 and will advantage of the electrical hold the Parade Celebration and power limited May 9 where all Builders in technician training. attendance are eligible for • Next Meeting: 8 a.m. May cash drawings and everyone 7 in attendance is eligible for Events Committee: multiple door prizes! Each Front L-R: Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc.; Robin This committee handles Builder company receives two Swanson, Superior Insurance; Valerie Fiske, Park Co. programming and Realtors; Christina Mehl, Design Direction, Inc.; FREE registrations! entertainment for the General Back L-R: Shannon Campbell, First International Bank & • The Fall Parade of Homes Trust; John Streese, Scheels Home and Hardware; Perry Membership Meetings, will run Sept. 7-8 and 14-15 Eidem, Allied Building Products Corp.; Marc Bushee, Property and coordinates the annual • Next Meeting: 3:30 p.m. Resources Group; Nancy Michelsen, Vivid Interiors; Monica Members-only Golf Outing, April 22 Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc.; Jeanna Yaggie, Valley and the Home & Garden Title; Cathy Michels, Wood Specialists Inc. Public Issues: The Public Show. Its purpose is to provide Issues Committee is creative ideas, and support for coordination as well as responsible for keeping tabs on governmental action that logistics during each of these events. affects the industry and then informing the industry on the Chairperson: Diane Stead, Stone Holding Company status of those issues. • The 52nd Annual Home & Garden Show was sold-out Chairperson: Paul Lindemann, Lindemann Finish with over 330 exhibitors and brought in just under 8,800 Carpentry, Inc. consumers to visit the large variety of exhibitors in • The Public Issues Committee and its Codes the Fargodome. Events Committee is currently getting Subcommittee have been keeping tabs on several surveys ready to send out to exhibitors, so please watch items, including legislative issues in North Dakota

Committee Accomplishments

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News from the Home Builders Care Foundation 2013 Home Builders Care HBC trustees formulate strategic plan, Board of Trustees celebrate 20th anniversary

President Chad Maloy Gate City Bank MIKE ANDERSON Bierschbach (Vice President) Equipment & Supply DAN PARROW ISR Homes (Secretary) BOB KOCHMANN Kochmann Brother (Treasurer) Homes, Inc. DAVE ANDERSON Dave Anderson (Past President) Construction CASEY BECKERLEG CARL BLANK RANDY CRAMER JESSICA GRONDAHL BRAD MORRIS ANDY NELSON ERIC ROKKE

Stenerson Lumber Structural Materials, Inc. NAI North Central Nodak Stores Casselton Lumber, Inc. Lavelle Company Rokke Construction

CARLITA DIETZ Jay Dietz Construction, (HBA Liaison) Inc.

The foundation, created in 1993 by the Home Builders Association of FargoMoorhead, is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. It was established with funds donated by HBA members, fundraising events and the HBA itself. The purpose for its creation was to provide an outlet for the builder, remodeler, and companies related to the building industry to show the community that there is more to the building industry than demolition, construction, and remodeling. The HBA of F-M handles the administrative duties for the foundation at no charge. Any contribution designated to the foundation goes directly to the foundation and its charitable work.

March was a busy month for Home Builders Care. Board members spent the morning of March 14 working with Sarah Sladek, XYZ University, on creating a new strategic plan for the Foundation. Sladek helped the board focus the mission of the Foundation and determine its challenges and goals for the next three to five years. During the planning session, we learned about the monumental shift in generations. Through this new plan, Home Builders Care is trying to ensure that we will continue to make a difference in our community for many years to come. March marked the 20th Anniversary of the Foundation. We started this year’s celebration off by having a booth at the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show. The booth was a great way to HBA directors, Kenneth Andersen, KWA Constructors, Inc., and John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc., get our name out there volunteer at the HBA/HBC Home & Garden Show booth and the special HBCedition M&Ms were a big with HBC trustee, Brad Morris, Casselton Lumber. hit! Thank you to the following people for volunteering at the booth: Kenneth Andersen, KWA Constructors, Inc.,; Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc.; John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.; Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Banker First Realty; Nancy Michelsen, Vivid Interiors; Brad Morris, Casselton Lumber, Inc.; Andy Nelson, Lavelle Company; Dan Parrow, ISR Homes; Todd Rasmussen, Valley Lights; Eric Rokke, Rokke Construction; and Robin Swanson, Superior Insurance. At the May Parade of Homes Celebration, May 9, we will be celebrating yet again. Come out to enjoy cake and ice cream in HBC’s honor.

Herdina Academy

Our Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is coming up June 3-14. The Academy is one of our major contributions to skill training and workforce development. High schools students ages 15 and older are able to attend and get hands-on experience on a wide variety of construction careers. It only costs $25 for students to attend and receive three college credits for BLDG 1100: Basic Principles of Residential and Commercial Construction at M State. To keep the cost of the Academy this low for students, we have our AdoptA-Student program. For only $75 you can help a student to learn and consider a career in the construction industry. See facing page for details.

Since 1993, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation has: • Awarded $157,688 in scholarships. • Supported 192 students through awards. • Made donations to area organizations of $203,662. • Given $646,106 to support a variety of housing-related projects. • Seen 173 students complete the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades.

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Meet Your Events Committee Chair by Krista Mund, Communications Manager

Diana Stead, Stone Holding Company, has been a member of the HBA of F-M for nearly six years and has served on the Events Committee Diana Stead since joining the Association. She Stone Holding Company became chair in January. Events Committee This committee handles Chair programming and entertainment for the General Membership Meetings, coordinates the annual Members-only Golf Outing and the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show. Its purpose is to provide creative ideas, and support for coordination as well as logistics during each of these events. “I think this committee is important to the HBA because it gives the members who are attending events a way to give input for the RRV Home & Garden Show and monthly meetings that hopefully keeps them fresh with a ‘current’ approach,” she says. Stead joined the committee because of the interaction it allows with fellow industry professionals, giving her a look at what appeals to her customers. “It’s another way to interact with people I work with and sell products to,” she says. Stead is excited to see spring on its way and to use the new stones that have arrived from the company’s winter buying trips. Outside of work and her HBA activities, Stead enjoys spending time with her husband, Denis, their three children and six grandchildren.

Fun facts about Stead... • • • • • •

Favorite service provided by HBA: Parade of Homes and the ‘Chilly’ Cook-Off What you never knew about me: I am a concert violinist. Favorite vacation spot: Colorado mountains. VIPs I’ve met: Charlton Heston, Liz Taylor, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Favorite TV program: Blue Bloods Last book you read: Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

Adopt A Student! Help area high school students attend the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades!

What is the academy?

Contribute

$75

Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com.

This program introduces high school students to speciality occupations in the construction industry. Students work side-by-side with industry and educational professionals, learning about occupations, tools, safety requirements, and skills required for satisfying and wellpaying careers in our industry! There is no other program like this for students to experience the home building business - hands-on - mentored by area contractors.

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and Minnesota. Members traveled to both capitols in January and February to meet with state legislators and discuss fire sprinklers in new construction and building code legislation, to name a few. The Codes Subcommittee has been meeting regularly on Fargo’s hearing process to adopt the 2012 International Codes. Look for more details in May. • Next meeting: 11:30 a.m. April 23 Remodelers Council: This council represents the remodeling industry in the local HBA of F-M through national Remodelers membership. It has its own dues and community service projects and is the committee behind planning the Fall Home Show and Remodeled Home Tour. Chairperson: Ursula Hegvik, Smart Spaces, Inc. • The Remodelers Council is currently planning for the Fall Home Show, which will have a new location this year at the Scheels Arena, and the 2nd Annual Remodeled Home Tour as well as working on growing the council. The council has a goal of 16 new members in 2013. If you work in the remodeling side of the industry, please consider joining us! • Next meeting: 8 a.m. May 16 New Member Development & Retention Committee: This combined committee looks for new and creative ways of recruiting and welcoming new members, and develops programs to remind members of the value of their membership. It explores reasons why members join and leave, is responsible for contacting all members and also reviews the NAHB membership status report on a monthly basis. Chairperson: Bryce Vanderwerff, Red River Electric, Inc. • The membership status as of February 28, 2013 is 789 members; 215 Builders, 554 Associates and 20 Affiliates. The retention rate is 90.5 percent. The committee’s goal is for 80 new members in 2013 and in the first three months we have already welcomed 16 new members! • Next meeting: noon April 15

Thank you Herdina Academy Adopt-A-Student Sponsors • • • • • • • • • •

Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction George Blank, Structural Materials, Inc. Kade Bussinger, Network Cabling Services, Inc. Ryan Hoss, Baker Nursery Gardens Dave Kraemer, Minnesota State Community & Technical College Chuck Chadwick, Moorhead Community & Technical College Foundation Mark Wentz, Red River Electric, Inc. Dawn Stoneberg, Roers Construction and Development, Inc. Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC Jeff Swenson, Twin City Garage Door, Inc.

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project through North Dakota State University Center for Child Development. In Sierra Leone as a Senior Fulbright Scholar during the 1996/1997 academic year, Andersen taught several construction and construction-related courses and consulted by Krista Mund, Communications Manager with local contractors on US Embassy, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank projects. Andersen is Dr. Kenneth W. Andersen, PhD., CPC, CPESC, and also a Certified Professional Constructor and a Certified owner of KWA Constructors, Inc., is a builder who Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. He has a embodies integrity and professionalism in every aspect of Doctorate from Colorado State University in Vocational his life. Through the American Institute of Constructors, Education with an emphasis in construction management. Andersen follows a strict code of ethics and strives to promote those ethics to the rest of the industry wherever he He taught Construction Management for ten years at NDSU and as an adjunct professor at Minnesota State sees an opportunity. University Moorhead in the Construction Management Andersen is a behind-the-scenes man in every essence. department before moving back into the residential custom His humbleness steers him away home market. He built his first from the limelight and allows him home for a summer job while a to focus on the issues that he most graduate student in 1971. The cares about and where he feels U.S. Department of Housing and he can do the most good. The Urban Development recognized HBA of F-M and the construction this effort in an article in its industry are better because of it. November 1971 edition of the He has been an HBA member HUD Challenge. since 2002, has served on the On the national level, HBA’s board of directors since Andersen was highly involved 2009, currently serves on its with the American Institute of Education Committee, and Constructors where he has served received the HBA’s Builder of the on the board of directors and Year award in 2006. held a national office. He has “I became involved because Communications Manager Krista Mund and Execuserved on the board of governors I saw a need for something I tive Vice President Bryce Johnson present Kenneth could contribute that may benefit Andersen, KWA Constructors, Inc., with the Member of for the AIC Constructor Certification Commission and as the organization and the local the Month award. national secretary. Through the industry,” Andersen says. Constructor Certification Commission he is able to promote The HBA staff presented Andersen with its bi-monthly professionalism and certification for the construction “Member of the Month” award for several reasons: industry. • He attended the International Builders Show and He is married to Dr. Norma Jean Andersen, PhD, CPC, National Association of Home Builders’ board of a professor in construction management at Minnesota State directors meeting in January and represented the HBA of University Moorhead and they have two sons. Benjamin F-M as an alternate National Director. who is a project manager for MC Industrial in St. Louis and • He took the NAHB Student Chapter members who Mathew, who is a project engineer of the U.S. Army Corps presented their projects at IBS under his wing, even of Engineers on the Devils Lake flood control project. arranging to get the North Dakota State College of To productively use extra time, Andersen designs Science’s first-place trophy shipped safely back to North and builds custom furniture/sculptures that have been Dakota. shown in juried shows throughout a four-state area. He • He took amazing photos of the first-place NDSCS has won awards with his furniture and these pieces have competition team and printed them for the HBA’s use been published in national publications. Andersen is also and donated a photo to NDSCS and each of the students extensively involved with fine art large-format black-andon the winning team. white photography. Many of these images have been shown • He has a home entered on the Spring Parade of Homes. in invited juried art shows. His sports photography has been • He volunteered at the HBA/Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation booth at the Red River Valley Home & used as covers for national magazines and published with magazine articles. Garden Show along with a number of other members. Every two months in the Plains Builder, we spotlight • He donated a stunning photo print to be auctioned at the a “Member of the Month” chosen by HBA of F-M staff. Fargo Motor Patrol Fish Fry, raising money for Home This feature’s purpose is to thank HBA volunteers and Builders Care of F-M Foundation. supporters by recognizing all they do for the Association • He volunteered to facilitate and present a session at the and the industry. At the General Membership Meeting in North Dakota Department of Health’s annual storm January 2014, staff will give an “Extra Mile Award” to one water conference in Bismarck. person chosen from the 2013 bi-monthly winners. • He assisted in reviewing feasibility of a volunteer

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Latin America ChildCare represents the largest integrated network of evangelical schools in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1963, the ministry has grown to include over 300 projects affecting more than 100,000 children in 21 countries. It equips Latin Americans by Krista Mund, Communications Manager with the basic skills for competing in, and transforming, Seventeen years ago, Bob Jerger began helping build their society. schools through Latin America ChildCare and his local Jerger is a manager at Floor To Ceiling Carpet One and church, Fargo First Assembly. Being involved has allowed has been involved in the local building industry for 25 him to personally work on 16 schools impacting 6,000 years. He says Latin America ChildCare’s goal is to build children and experience firstschools in rural areas not served hand what a school can do for an by the government. His group impoverished child in Nicaragua. chose Nicaragua because it was Jerger began sponsoring a girl the second-poorest country with when she was in kindergarten. major needs. They team up with a This year, that young lady missionary to organize each build, graduated from high school, and secure housing and arrange for he presented her with a computer nationals to help build the schools. as a gift. The projects typically happen “She just about fell on the from February into March during floor,” he says. “That is just Nicaragua’s dry season. Jerger’s something most kids don’t get teams consist of 15 people who to experience. She plans to go to have skills in concrete, plumbing, Students in Nicaragua at the school building site university to be a linguist. She electrical, welding and carpentry. Bob Jerger’s teams worked on this winter. wants to learn English, French and They design and build the schools German to become a translator. It means a lot to be able to to withstand the country’s earthquakes. Previous schools make a difference.” were not built with this in mind, and collapsed. The two He said in the Latin American culture, children who are teams travel consecutively, completing the projects to able to join the workforce will often send money back to around 95 percent, and nationals finish them. their families, so those who benefit from education, affect “Our buildings include rebar running horizontally and extended families as well. vertically and have metal Nicaragua con’t on next page

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Accent Contracting was founded in 1987 by Arnold. It was originally known as Today’s Maids Inc. In 1996, Today’s Maids Inc. bought the company assets of Accent Improvement from Mike Larson. In 2009, Accent opened its showroom to expand the kitchen, bath and flooring aspects of the business. In 2004, Spaeth became a partner in the company and continues to oversee its remodeling services. Its remodeling repertoire spans from small room renovations to major additions for both commercial and residential. Accent also provides products for new construction. Accent’s showroom has a variety of kitchen, bath and flooring displays for any budget. Customers can select products at the showroom, or Accent provides many cash-and-carry items as well. “Nobody likes surprises or disappointment from an illplanned project,” Arnold said. “Our staff consists of seasoned veterans who know the industry inside and out.”

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roofs,” he says. “The families can see the difference in their stability and are much more willing to allow their children to attend.” With a daytime temperature of 95 degrees, construction conditions are harsh. This year’s build was in northern Nicaragua near the Honduran border. Workers transported water from a nearby source, Wiwilli River, in 50-gallon containers to mix the concrete. Jerger calls it an “extreme makeover,” as they remodeled a school built in 1991, adding two classrooms. All fundraising is done in the F-M area, and has become more challenging as material prices increase. For instance, his team constructed a K-12 school from the ground up a few years ago that cost about $75,000. Each trip takes about 11 days with seven solid working days. HBA members who are regularly involved on Jerger’s trips include: Dale Olson, Dakota Supply Group; Jerry Overmoe, JDP Automation; and Dan Parrow, ISR Homes. Other people are involved from as far away as Carrington, N.D., Aberdeen, S.D., and Wadena, Minn. Parrow also serves as secretary on the Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation board of trustees. Jerger’s teams working on the site to construct an addition and remodel a school in Nicaragua. He became involved in Bottom photo shows students with the workers. Jerger’s Latin America ChildCare teams in 2001, after experiencing the impact that a school can have on Nicaragua’s rural communities. “There are hundreds of thousands of children in Latin America that don’t even get an education,” he says. “When we are able to build a school, we’re not just changing one person’s life, but a family’s future and a community. We see it three or four years down the road when we go back to do additional projects: that area starts to prosper and change for the better.” Jerger echoes Parrow’s comments, saying that he feels blessed to live in a prosperous country and wants to pass that along to other people. “When you bless other people, you get blessings back,” he says. “These areas are very impoverished, and we’ve helped to start feeding kids through these schools. It’s hard to imagine what would happen to these little guys who are suffering from malnutrition. We give them a hot meal once a day, five days a week, and it makes a huge difference in their learning and life. I also help charities here, locally, but this is a step further. Once you’ve done it and looked into those kids’ big brown eyes, you want to go back and do it again.” If you are interested in learning more about Latin American ChildCare, visit www.lacc4hope.org. If you are interested in learning more about Jerger’s teams and trips, contact him at (701) 866-8901 or b.jerger@juno.com.

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Four reasons to be optimistic

While economic growth has been lackluster since the end of the recession in summer 2009, this is likely to change, despite the sequester. In this article, I will share my top four reasons why and I will rank them in order of their importance to the Elliot economy going forward. Eisenberg, PhD The painful process of deleveraging GraphsandLaughs, LLC is over. Deleveraging is, in part, what caused this recession to be so painful compared with all other post-WWII recessions. Nonfinancial corporations have outstanding balance sheets, and have actually begun to re-leverage. Commercial and industrial loans are once again on the rise and the banking sector is healthier than it has ever been since record keeping began. To give just one indicator, the core capital ratio of banks is 9.2 percent; the post WWII average is 7.5 percent. Households are in pretty good shape too. There are now only about nine million households seriously behind on some sort of payment. At the peak of the recession, the number was 20 million; however, credit card loans, auto loans and personal loan defaults are all profoundly low. The surprisingly rapid rate of deleveraging is partly to blame for the housing sector recovering much faster than expected. The housing market has turned the corner and the next few years should be excellent. At their weakest, housing

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starts were 550,000 units per year. They are now at 900,000 and should grow by 200,000 units per year for the next three to four years, topping out at about 1.7 million units in 2016. This is being driven by a rise in household formations that were delayed due to the anemic job market. Note that each new home creates about five new jobs nationwide, so 200,000 new homes means one million new jobs. And while there are still about three million first mortgages in foreclosure, that number is way down from where it was and is on its way to the 750,000 mark, which is the historic norm. The next reason I am optimistic is because U.S. corporations are profoundly competitive and have drastically lowered their costs. As a result, they are now able to compete with firms anywhere and win. Unit labor costs are way down. In the manufacturing sector, they are back to where they were 20 years ago and as a result, corporate profits have been setting records quarterly. Productivity is so high that firms that would not have previously considered manufacturing here (like Apple) are now taking a second look. Lastly, despite severe dysfunction on Capitol Hill, substantial progress has been made on the fiscal front. The cumulative impact of the tax increases and spending cuts enacted in spring 2011, during the debt-ceiling fiasco of late summer 2011, the recently completed New Year’s Day fiscal-cliff negotiations, along with the most recent sequester, have come close to stabilizing our public debt-toGDP ratio somewhere in the 75 percent to 78 percent range. With another $500 billion Eisenberg con’t on page 36

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HBA education ‘season’ wraps-up

Larry Mayer Solution Design, Inc. Education Committee Chair

As 2012 came to a close, the HBA of F-M Education Committee was able to look back at a successful year of classes and begin preparing for the busy year ahead. 2013 started off with four education opportunities in January alone, and the committee is continually working on this year’s schedule.

Electrical contractor continuing education

Jan. 11 was the start of the first continuing education class for the year. The electrical contractor license renewal class brought in 64 attendees and was taught by Gerry Imdieke, Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead. Thank you to our sponsors: Border States Electric Supply; Dakota Supply Group and Wesco Distribution, Inc.

Minnesota contractor continuing education

Minnesota contractor license renewal classes were held Jan. 9 and Feb. 6 at Butler Machinery Training Facility. A total of 95 contractors attended. Thank you to Kurt Wenzel, city of Moorhead, for instructing the codes session each day, and to Darrell George and his team at Building Products, Inc., for instructing the remaining sessions. This year’s topics included: best practice on asphalt roofing and felt; under-decking drainage; engineered wood for today’s construction; and the whys and hows of insulating. The classes received positive feedback and this spring the Education Committee will review suggested future topics for next year this spring. Thank you to our sponsors of both classes: the city of Moorhead, Butler Machinery, and Building Products, Inc. We appreciate your support!

Power limited technician continuing education

offered the class, and there were a total of 53 attendees. The class was instructed by Keith Hagen from Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead. We are still looking for sponsors of next year’s class. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in sponsorship, contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@ hbafm.com.

Safety Training

Through a grant secured by the North Dakota Association of Builders, the HBA hosted an “OSHA 10Hour Construction Course” March 20-21 at the Skills & Technology Training Center in Fargo. It was taught by an instructor from the North Dakota Safety Council. Twenty five attended the offering which was sponsored by Cass County Electric Cooperative.

Lunch & Learn

Every month the HBA is proud to offer Lunch & Learn opportunities for its members. Lunch & Learns are 90-minute classes, usually held at the HBA office, that cover a variety of topics throughout the year. So far in 2013, the HBA hosted classes on trade show and Parade of Homes marketing, storm water and erosion control, dealing with ice dams and blower door energy-efficiency testing. Upcoming classes can always be found in the Plains Builder, the weekly email, and online at www.hbafm.com. Thank you to our instructors for 2012 and to those who have taught so far in 2013. We anticipate the need to host classes this summer on changes to the International Residential Code, which the city of Fargo and West Fargo will be adopting in the next few months. The Education Committee is in charge of developing education programs for the Association and providing continuing education credits required by Minnesota for builder licensing. Its purpose is to assist the development, professionalism, and profitability of HBA members and the industry. Contact Mariah at (701) 232-5846 or mariah@ hbafm.com if you have any suggestions or are interested in joining the education committee.

The HBA held a power limited technician continuing education class March 8. This was the third year the HBA Thank you 2013 Electrical Continuing Education Sponsors!

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the difficulties of the current market, Carpenter states that there are always new developments being created with a lot more character. “A lot more of my clients are building their ‘forever’ homes – building for long term – as opposed to their ‘starter’ homes,” says Carpenter. Carpenter first heard of the HBA of F-M from several people who had encouraged him to join and finally decided to make the commitment in 2010. He advises anyone starting out in the industry to “start by working for a reputable home builder, ask a lot Carpenter Homes of questions and be prepared for 3664 Hidden Circle long hours. Try to stay on top of West Fargo, N.D. 58078 the trending products, and add (701) 371-8170 a lot of concentration in the fine www.carpco.co details; it will set you apart!” Marvin con’t from page 10

7. Make room for family With multiple generations living under one roof more often these days, more Americans are making the house accommodate the extended family. In-law suites, bedroom additions and basement makeovers (including egress windows) are becoming more popular. 8. Aging in place and universal design Older Americans not living with their children want to maintain their independence for as long as possible. That means universal design that allows them to age in place. Easy-opening windows, large showers with benches and

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builders that he works with who encouraged him to join. “It was a great decision. We truly feel that community involvement is what makes any business succeed,” says Perleberg. Perleberg advises anyone interested in starting their own business to “just do it. If you surround yourself with people who are supportive, you can make anything happen. Opening Frontier Glass and Mirror, inc., was the best decision we have ever made.” Frontier Glass and Mirror, Inc. 334A 39th St. N. Fargo, N.D. 58102 (701) 306-4120 www.glassandmirrorsfargo.com

grab bars, lower countertops – all help make homes more accessible and comfortable for older residents. 9. Indoor/outdoor living Americans love the easygoing back-and-forth between their kitchen and a deck or patio. It makes entertaining easier and makes the house live larger. A quality patio door is a must for these high-traffic areas. 10. Lighter and brighter Lighter colors and natural light make a home feel cheerful and energizing. “Daylighting” – using windows to bring in as much natural light as possible – also can help lower energy bills.

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HBA of F-M Member Renewal Report Thanks to these members who have renewed membership and continue supporting the HBA of F-M. The number of years they’ve been members is reflected behind the company name. If you notice discrepancies, please let us know so we can update our records: (701) 232-5846. (Allow 60 days for name to reappear.) Abodz............................................................................... 3 Adams, Inc...................................................................... 29 Advance Garage Door, Inc............................................. 20 Crane Johnson Lumber Company.................................. 42 Dabbert Custom Homes................................................... 3 Dale Buchholz Construction............................................. 9 Dave Meyer Construction................................................. 2 David Lean Construction.................................................. 8 Deyle Construction........................................................... 3 Dirtyworks, Inc.................................................................. 7 Eric Berg Construction, Inc............................................... 3 Erickson Contracting of F-M, Inc.................................... 23 Fabricators Unlimited...................................................... 28 Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority................ 12 Fiske Construction, LLP................................................. 11 Funfar Construction, Inc................................................. 34 G & M Lathing Contractors, Inc...................................... 14 Granites Unlimited............................................................ 6 Hanson Bros., Inc........................................................... 56 Heartland Labor................................................................ 4 Innovative Basement Systems & Egress Windows.......... 8 Insure Forward................................................................. 1 J.V. Hough, Inc................................................................ 20 Landmark Homes........................................................... 17 LTP Enterprises, Inc....................................................... 30 Luxury Builders................................................................. 1 Magnum Electric, Inc...................................................... 24 Media Link...................................................................... 13 Menard’s......................................................................... 20 Minnkota Windows, Inc................................................... 43 Network Cabling Services, Inc.......................................... 9 Northern States Inspection............................................. 14 Olson Pools & Spas........................................................ 31 Olympic Sales, Inc............................................................ 7 Peplawn, Inc................................................................... 13 Pro Landscapers LLC....................................................... 5 Professional Interiors Inc.................................................. 6 RCJ Framing Specialists LLC........................................... 1 Rigels, Inc....................................................................... 29 Ross Zink Construction.................................................... 5 Serenity Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, LLC........................ 1 Staging Innovations.......................................................... 7 Stan Birky Construction, Inc............................................. 8 Steller Sellers Enterprises................................................ 5 Suby Construction LLC..................................................... 2 Swanston Equipment...................................................... 11 Tester and Holman Construction...................................... 5 The Brush’s End Painting Co.......................................... 11 Three Rivers Decorating................................................... 7 Tobias Paint Glass & Decorating, Inc................................ 9 Voxland Electric.............................................................. 34 Williams Company Construction, Inc................................ 5 Xcel Energy.................................................................... 51

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Update your HBA Membership Directory & Consumer Guide Non-renewals: Charleswood, Inc. Associate • Bruce Clapham • (701) 282-4009 Enventis Associate • Valerie Schmidt • (701) 356-6000 Fargo Water Equipment Associate • Kurt Losee • (701) 237-0222 Holmstrom Trucking Inc. Associate • Dave Holmstrom • (701) 238-5011 MIG Properties Associate • Ken Martin • (218) 233-8843 Pacific Sound and Video Associate • Jamie DeJean • (701) 281-7246 Rosan Limited Partnership Associate • Roger Van Raden • (701) 298-0675 West Central Lift & Elevator, LLC Associate • Mike Hagen • (320) 965-2340 Eisenberg con’t from page 33

in spending cuts and/or tax increases over the next decade, we will be done. Our economy has come a long way. The worst is over and by the end of the year the economy will hopefully look a lot different than it does now, and housing will be leading the way. Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is President of GraphsandLaughs, LLC and can be reached at elliot@ graphsandlaughs.net. His daily 70 word economics and policy blog can be seen at www.econ70.com.

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HBA of F-M New Member Report L2H Development LLC

Specials Delivery, Inc.

Superior Contracting, Inc.

Nick Meyer Homes

Stylemark Builders Inc.

TrinSpin Customs

Developer Steve Iverson 702 13th Ave E West Fargo, ND 58078 (701) 893-4401 Sponsor: Don Dabbert Don Dabbert Custom Homes Builder Nick Meyer 4229 Estate Dr S Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 306-8592 Sponsor: Terry Lipp Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom

Advertising, Signage & Media Bill Hoverson 4201 38th St S #208 Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 234-0016 Sponsor: Nick Dietrich Dietrich Construction Builder - Custom Homes Dustin Jung 3713 Hidden Cir West Fargo, ND 58078 (701) 866-8367 Sponsor: Ken Krajsa Bell State Bank & Trust

Concrete & Cement - Contractor Rob Delorme 3802 Cty Rd 17 N West Fargo, ND 58078 (701) 261-5429 Sponsor: Greg Gibb Robert Gibb & Sons Sound, Security & Electronics Trinity Schaff 4886 50th Ave S Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 361-0358 Sponsor: Nancy Kelly Heartland Labor

2013 Membership Drive Contenders (November 2012 - October 2013) The members below have kicked off the 2013 Membership Drive with great recruitment efforts. Each member who recruits at least one new member between Nov. 1, 2012 and Oct. 31, 2013 will be placed into a drawing for prizes at the end of 2013.

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Company

# Recruited

Terry Becker.................................Terry Becker Construction, LLC............................................................... 2 Ken Krajsa....................................Bell State Bank & Trust............................................................................ 2 Tyrone Leslie................................Heritage Homes...................................................................................... 2 Drew Likness................................Chase Realty........................................................................................... 2 Terry Lipp......................................Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Showroom........................................ 2 Dave Anderson ............................Dave Anderson Construction................................................................... 1 Don Dabbert, Jr............................Dabbert Custom Homes.......................................................................... 1 Nick Dietrich.................................Dietrich Construction, Inc........................................................................ 1 Dan Doeden.................................Alerus Financial....................................................................................... 1 Greg Gibb.....................................Robert Gibb & Sons, Inc.......................................................................... 1 Kevin Gustman.............................Twin City Garage Door, Inc...................................................................... 1 Darrick Guthmiller.........................Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.............................................................. 1 Bruce Johnson.............................RE/MAX Realty 1..................................................................................... 1 Nancy Kelly...................................Heartland Labor....................................................................................... 1 John Koerselman..........................Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc............................................. 1 Sylvia Lunski.................................Design Direction, Inc................................................................................ 1 Scott Mollberg...............................Stenerson Lumber................................................................................... 1 Tom Spaeth..................................Accent Contracting.................................................................................. 1 Dawn Stoneberg...........................Roers’ Construction and Development, Inc.............................................. 1 Thank you to all members for your recruiting and retention efforts!

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Calendar of Events • April 2013 April 2..........Education Committee.................................................. 8 a.m. April 4..........Lunch & Learn “Blower Door Basics”................... 11:30 a.m. April 12........Events Committee Meeting.................................... 8:15 a.m. April 15........New Member Development & Retention Meeting......12 p.m. April 15........HBA Executive Committee Meeting............................ 3 p.m. April 16........HBA Board of Directors Meeting.............................. 11 a.m. April 22........Parade of Homes Committee Meeting................... 3:30 p.m. April 23........Public Issues Committee Meeting........................ 11:30 a.m. April 23........PAC Committee Meeting...................................... 12:30 p.m. April 25........Health Plan Management Committee Meeting.......... 9 a.m. April 26........Remodelers Council Picnic...................................... 11 a.m. April 27-May 5 .................................................. Spring Parade of Homes

Advertiser Index

ACME TOOLS....................................................................................... 17 Aggregate Industries, Inc. - North Central Region................................. 15 Bell State Bank & Trust.......................................................................... 19 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND................................................................ 19 Butler Machinery Company................................................................... 22 BW Insurance Agency, Inc..................................................................... 22 Camrud-Foss Concrete Constr. Inc....................................................... 21 Carpet World......................................................................................... 21 Cass County Abstract Company........................................................... 19 Cass County Electric Cooperative......................................................... 20 Coldwell Banker First Realty................................................................... 7 Crane Johnson Lumber Company......................................................... 40 Dakota Gypsum..................................................................................... 21 Dawson Insurance................................................................................. 16 Goodin Company................................................................................... 39 Hauck & Buchholz Drywall, Inc................................................................ 7 Integrity Windows & Doors ................................................................... 33 Lamperts Lumber.................................................................................. 27 Marvin Windows & Doors ..................................................................... 33 Mid-States Truss Company.................................................................... 40 Minnkota Windows, Inc............................................................................2 Nodak Stores.........................................................................................22 Northland Truss Systems, Inc................................................................35 Property Resources Group....................................................................31 Rigels, Inc..............................................................................................35 Stenerson Lumber.................................................................................19 The Title Company................................................................................19 Western Products, Inc.............................................................................7 Xcel Energy.............................................................................................3

April 26........Parade of Homes Celebration.................................... 6 p.m.

Interested in advertising? Contact Jenny Erickson at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com

February Guess Who Revealed!

March Guess Who is still a mystery!

Guess Who! is a feature every month. We will run a childhood photo of an HBA board member, HBC trustee, Health Plan Trustee, committee chairperson or staff member. February’s Guess Who! Hints:

Hints: • She played violin in the Concordia orchestra. • She studied fashion in N.Y.C. • Her tagline is “Building on a Legacy.” • “I’m not married to my brother!”

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Bonus hint: You might see my face on a “Park” bench. Answer: Valerie Fiske Park Co. Realtors

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Winner: Sylvia Lunski Design Direction, Inc.

• He grew up in Leonard, N.D. • He has a daughter named Taylor. • He loves going to Devils Lake to go fishing and spend time with family. • He has an electrifying career!

Bonus Hint: Don’t confuse him with our Executive Vice President! Think you know? Contact the HBA at (701) 232-5846.

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Call to Action

Amendments to HB 1020 could devastate Fargo’s housing market. Contact your Senator and ask them to remove the amendments.

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lease contact the following North Dakota Senators as soon as possible regarding House Bill 1020, which will come before a vote of the full North Dakota Senate in the near future. It contains the State Water Commission budget and was amended to include provisions jeopardizing permanent flood protection for the metro area. For our area to have true protection, the amendments must be removed. • Senator Tyler Axness, taxness@nd.gov, 701-388-1184 • Senator Spencer Berry, sdberry@nd.gov, 701-306-0880 • Senator Tim Flakoll, tflakoll@nd.gov, 701-367-5954 • Senator Tony Grindberg, tgrindberg@nd.gov, 701-356-2200 x224 • Senator Judy Lee, jlee@nd.gov, 701-282-6512 • Senator Tim Mathern, tmathern@nd.gov, 701-476-7825 • Senator Carolyn Nelson, cnelson@nd.gov, 701-235-5161 • Senator George Sinner, georgesinner@nd.gov, 701-371-6236 • Senator Ron Sorvaag, rsorvaag@nd.gov, 701-271-0052 • Senator Gary Lee, galee@nd.gov, 701-347-4809 If you are unsure who your legislator is, visit www.legis. nd.gov. This site also contains contact information. Turn this sheet over for sample verbiage to include in your letter/email/visit to/with N.D. Senators and tips to consider when contacting them. Please try to personalize your message to relay the impacts to your family and/ or business. Your message will have more impact if it is customized and not a “form letter.” Opponents to the F-M Diversion are few, but they are organized and VERY vocal. Legislators are not hearing from those that support the Diversion. Make a difference and contact your legislator today.

Background Information Recent legislation drafted in the North Dakota state House of Representatives could have a devastating impact on the housing market of Fargo. House Bill 1020, the budget for the state Water Department, was amended to include measures that could in essence “kill” the F-M Area Diversion project. HBA of F-M has teamed up with Fargo and Cass County leadership to advocate on behalf of home builders and home buyers and against this dangerous legislation. Here are some key points: 1. The amendments include language that prevents any public funds from being used “for the purpose of ring dikes or water retention structures associated with the Fargo flood control project.” This currently includes monies raised by city and county sales tax ordinances. 2. These amendments limit the amount of state funding pledged by Gov. Dalrymple to $325 million, and have added a requirement that the federal government has to account for the requested $800 million before the state will provide its share; this method runs contrary to the standard federal project-funding process, and in all likelihood would ensure that zero federal dollars find their way to the diversion. 3. County and city leadership would not be allowed to use any funding towards either home buyouts or as the matching portion of funds towards them. 4. The most obvious and detrimental effect of these amendments is the change to FEMA’s flood insurance stipulations. Without a diversion to protect Fargo-Moorhead, current flood insurance premiums in Fargo will increase substantially, with the potential premium for a $200,000 home raising from $500/year to $1,000/month. The impact on the home building and real estate communities would be immense, and the market for homes in Fargo would likely suffer a decline as people instead chose other communities or stay in rental properties.

Your HBA of F-M supports permanent flood protection for the F-M metro market. If our area is going to remain a viable, growing community with a strong economy, permanent flood protection needs to be in place to ensure that these cities can attract larger businesses and industries that provide good income opportunities and attract rooftops.


Tips for contacting legislators Be direct in your ask. Use emotion and personal stories to back up your ask. Be factual. Brevity is appreciated. Try to avoid a form letter... that said, below is a sample email and some key bullets to help you get started. Contact for your legislators can be found at the link below. https://www.legis.nd.gov/lcn/assembly/constituentViews/public/publicviewpointormessage.htm Sample Email to legislators Subject: HB1020 - Support for the FM Diversion Body: Dear Senator ------, I am writing to ask that you remove the restrictive amendments on HB 1020 that prevent Cass County and Fargo from building the FM Area Diversion. I am (name, title and company you are affiliated with) and I support the Diversion because it is the only flood protection plan that will protect our community from flooding and from costly federal flood insurance requirements. With the changing FEMA floodplain maps, it is critical to our region to build certifiable flood protection and the Diversion is the only plan that can offer that to the entire metro area. (insert your favorite bullet or personal story about flooding here.) Sincerely, (insert your name) Other key messages for legislators Flood protection is needed in Cass County & Fargo. The Red River has exceeded flood stage 48 of the past 109 years, including every year from 1993-2011 Cass County employs North Dakotans living in 14 different ND counties The Diversion would protect: o $14 Billion in property value o 103,000 jobs o $4.3 Bill in annual wages o $200 Million in annual ND income and sales taxes The Diversion would protect 1 in 5 North Dakotans The Diversion would protect over 92% of Cass County residents The citizens of Cass County and Fargo support the project and have passed three separate sales tax increases to fund the local share of the project.


HBA Golf Outing Oxbow Country Club Monday, June 10 | Tuesday, July 9

Sponsorship Confirmation The HBA of F-M’s Annual Golf Outing has changed its format and now offers two separate afternoon flights for members only: Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, July 9. Sponsors receive Early Bird Registration plus the great benefits listed below. Early Bird Registration begins April 22 and is open to SPONSORS ONLY! Sponsorship must be confirmed, including signed form and payment, by April 19 to be eligible. Open registration will begin May 1 with forms published in the May issue of the HBA newsletter, the Plains Builder.

Choose one of the following: ___ Full-Event Sponsor: $250 ____ June 10 Sponsor: $150 ____July 9 Sponsor: $150 Sponsor benefits: • Company name on sponsor sign at a hole, displayed during golf clinic prior to the event, during lunch and dinner, listed on scorecards, programs, HBA website, on the HBA Facebook page and in the HBA newsletter, the Plains Builder. • Eligible to register one foursome during Early Bird Registration starting April 22. Registration opens to the entire HBA membership in May. Registration cost not included in sponsorship. • Ability to provide the following (please indicate choices below): _____ Promotional item donation for golf bags given to each individual player (up to 144 per day) List item (i.e. pens, paper pads, golf tees, coozie, snacks, etc.): ���������������������������������� _____ Supply a door prize (sponsor can only provide door prizes for both dates if full-event sponsor) List item: _____________________________________________________________________________ _____ Host a game* on a hole (sponsor can only host a game for both dates if full-event sponsor) Company would supply its own signage, prize and attendant, if needed. (Prizes must value at least $50)

*Games are subject to approval, to ensure consistent play on course.

List game: ____________________________________________________________________________ Preferred hole (not guaranteed): ��������������������������������������������������������� Prize: ________________________________________________________________________________ Full-Event Sponsor extra benefits: • Company listing linked with company website and/or Facebook page from HBA website and Facebook page. • Company verbally recognized during dinner. • First chance to register a second foursome, May 15-21. Second registrations open to all other companies, May 22, if space is available. Return form and payment by Friday, April 19, to confirm your sponsorship and be eligible for Early Bird Registration.

Company name: ���������������������������������������������������������� Contact name (please print): ����������������������������������������������� Signature:_______________________________ Date:____________________________ Contact email: ����������������������������������������������������������� Company website:_________________________________________________________ Company Facebook page:__________________________________________________

See you there!


53rd annual

parade of homes sponsored by:

April 27 - May 5

Weekdays 6:30 - 8:30pm | Weekends Noon - 5pm

Parade Celebration 6 p.m. May 9 @ Ramada Plaza & Suites $30 pre-registered | $33 walk-ins

menu: salad • london broil • potatoes • vegetables • cake & ice cream register: (701) 232-5846 or info@hbafm.com

Two FREE dinners for every Parade Builder! Chance to win one of multiple cash drawings up to $800! Must be present to win.

Door prizes needed!

Contact Alison Streyle at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm.com or feel free to drop off items at the HBA office weekdays 8am - 4:30pm leading up to the event!

hbafm.com


You’re invited! Remodeler’s Council Picnic Join us as we celebrate the remodeling industry with a free lunch!

What: Remodelers Council Picnic When: Friday, April 26, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: Home Builders Association, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo Menu: Brats with all the fixings, potato salad, chips, beverages

Please RSVP

so we can be sure to have enough food: (701) 232-5846 or email allisonw@hbafm.com

This event is open to all members.

We hope to see you there!


Education Opportunity ‘Lunch & Learn’ ‘Health Care Reform: Employers’ Strategies for the Future’

Explore impacts of recent changes to health care and how they might impact employers and employees. This Lunch & Learn will include timelines for your business’s future compliance and information on health care exchanges, including what they are and how they impact your company. About the Instructor: Pat Bellmore is a regional manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.D. He has 28 years of industry experience, is a Certified Health Consultant and spent many years as a group benefits consultant with Blue Cross, which administers the HBA of F-M’s self-funded health plan.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23 WHERE: HBA of F-M office, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo. COST: $10 (includes lunch!) Contact (701) 232-5846 or kristam@hbafm.com with any questions.

Please register the following person(s): 1) ________________________________________________________________________________________ 2) ________________________________________________________________________________________ 3)_________________________________________________________________________________________ 4) ________________________________________________________________________________________ 5) ________________________________________________________________________________________ Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Company: __________________________________________________________________________________ Billing Address (of Credit Card if used): __________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _____________________________________________________________________________ Please use my credit card (circle one): Visa/Mastercard # ____________________________________________ Exp._______________________VIN (3 digits on back)_________________ Return form & payment to: HBA of F-M 1802 32nd Ave S., Fargo, ND 58103 P (701) 232-5846 | F (701) 280-1108

All registrants must be pre-paid and received at least 24 hours in advance of the class. Refunds will only be provided if notice of cancellation is received 24 hours before the class.

April 2013 Plains Builder  

HBA of F-M's Official Newsletter

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