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April 30 - May 8 Visit 58 homes on this Parade! Mon-Fri • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sat-Sun • Noon - 5 p.m. See details in the Parade of Homes magazine available April 25 at all

Parade also available online beginning April 25 at www.hbafm.com.

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In This Issue

• Golf outing sponsorships available - pg 7 • PAC Spotlight: Ken Krajsa - pg 11 • City of Fargo looks to address flood and future development concerns - pg 11 • HBA advocates for housing at nation’s capitol - pg 11 • Cass County Electric Cooperative updates aid-to-construction charges, effective May 1 - pg 16 • Member of the Month: John Koerselman - pg 18 • Member profile: Paula Rae Homes and Gardens, Inc.; All Finish Concrete, Inc. - pg 24 • HBA says goodbye to long-time member: Jim Fay - pg 27 • HBA education ‘season’ wraps up - pg 30 • Meet your board of directors: Nancy Michelsen - pg 35

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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 Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103. The Plains Builder is mailed or e-mailed 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.

Alison STREyle Editor, Photographer, Design

Bryce Johnson Publisher

HBA of F-M Executive Committee & Board of Directors Tyrone Leslie Heritage Homes (President and National Director) CHRIS LIND Chris Lind Custom Homes (President Elect and National Director) DARRICK GUTHMILLER Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. (Treasurer) BRUCE JOHNSON RE/MAX Realty 1 (Associate Vice President) Perfect Temp JOHN VASTAG (Secretary) Terry Becker Construction, LLC Terry Becker (Past President and National Director) KEN ANDERSEN BRENT ATKINS STAN BIRKY BILL bLIXT Carlita dietz JASON EID Harry Gilbertson NANCY KELLY TERRY LIPP SYLVIA LUNSKI NANCY MICHELSEN

KWA Constructors, Inc. Minnkota Windows, Inc. Stan Birky Construction, Inc. Western Products, Inc. Jay Dietz Construction, Inc. Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. (Nat’l. Director) Harry Gilbertson Construction Heartland Labor Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Design Direction, Inc. CityWide Electric

Ex-officios to the board of directors Don Dabbert, Jr. Dabbert Custom Homes (Life Director) Gerald Eid Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. (Senior Life Director) John Gunkelman Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. (Life Director) Ken Krajsa State Bank & Trust (NDAB Associate Nat’l Director) Dan Lindquist Dan Lindquist Construction, Inc. (National Director) John Mahan Mahan Construction, Inc. (Life Director)

HBA of F-M Staff Bryce Johnson Jenny Erickson Jennifer McKinney Krista Mund Amanda Ohlsen Rocky Schneider ALISON STREYLE Sarah Sutter

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

This year’s cover features a home built by John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. He was awarded the HBA of F-M’s 2001, 2009 and 2010 “Builder of the Year.” This award is presented to one builder member that has gone beyond the call of duty for the Association, industry and community. Photo credit: JLG Architects/Anchor Block.

Advertiser Index Plains Builder

ABC Seamless................................................... 7 ACME TOOLS.................................................. 23 Aggregate Industries........................................ 27 Aire Serve of Fargo.......................................... 21 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND........................... 19 Bonestroo, Inc..................................................... 7 Butler Machinery Co......................................... 19 BW Insurance Agency...................................... 29 Camrud-Foss Concrete.................................... 22 Carpet World.................................................... 21 Cass County Abstract Co................................. 20 Cass County Electric Cooperative.................... 22 CJ Millwork....................................................... 38 Coldwell Banker.................................................. 7 Crane Johnson Lumber Co.............................. 38 Dakota Gypsum................................................ 20 Dawson Insurance............................................ 15 Farmers Insurance Group................................ 22 Goodin Company.............................................. 39 Hauck & Buchholz Drywall, Inc........................... 7 Homemakers Villa............................................. 23 Lamperts Yards................................................. 33 Mid-States Truss............................................... 38 Minnkota Windows, Inc....................................... 7 Nodak Stores.................................................... 17 Northland Truss Systems.................................. 30 Property Resources Group............................... 36 Rigels, Inc......................................................... 32 State Bank & Trust............................................ 22 Stenerson Lumber............................................ 20 The Title Company........................................... 20 Western Products, Inc........................................ 5 Xcel Energy........................................................ 3

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

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Top trends in home building and design Builders, remodelers work with EPA to clear up confusion over lead rule enforcement HBA says goodbye to long-time member: Jim Fay, Amerland Co., Inc. Contractor insurance policy requirements change Plumbing contractor licensing changes are coming HBA Committee Briefs

In Every Issue: 6 Local President’s Report Local Public Issues Report 11 12 NDAB State Association Report BAM State Association Report 14 NAHB National Public Issues Report 15 Membership Meeting Update 19 Associate & Builder Member Profiles 24 25 Industry Spotlight Remodelers Council Report 26 Home Builders Care Foundation Report 28 Renewals 36 New Member Report 37

APRIL IS NATIONAL NEW HOMES MONTH! April 5............ Education Committee................................................ 8 a.m. April 6-7...........................................OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course 1 - 5 p.m. April 6 / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 7 Skills & Technology Training Center April 8............ Events Committee................................................ 8:15 a.m. April 8............ HBC sponsoring Fargo Force Hockey Game....... 7:35 p.m. April 11.......... New Member Development/Retention Committee..... Noon April 12.......... HBA Board of Directors........................................... 11 a.m. April 18.......... Parade of Homes Committee............................... 3:30 p.m. April 19.......... Public Issues Committee.................................... 11:30 a.m. April 19.......... PAC Committee.................................................. 12:30 p.m. April 22.................................................................................. Good Friday April 24........................................................................................... Easter April 26.......... Lunch & Learn.................................................... 11:30 a.m. April 27..................................................Administrative Professionals Day April 28.......... Health Plan Management Committee..................... 11 a.m. April 29.......... Remodelers Council Picnic..................................... 11 a.m. April 30 - May 8............................................................. Parade of Homes

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news briefs Hires, promotions, awards

• Alerus Financial has received four Service Industry Advertising Awards, including two gold awards for the newspaper ad series Debit Rewards “More” and a corporate brochure; and two silver awards for a television ad series, GenX, and an annual report. • Nineteen Prudential Premier Real Estate agents have been named to Prudential’s Top of the Rock Club for 2010 sales accomplishments. Those recognized include: Sabrina Anderson, Jayne Bertsch, Randy Bertsch, Terri Craig, Pat DeVine, Connie Dreyer, Michele Evert, Kipp Harris, Shawna Huseth, John Knosalla, DeAnne Mason, Mark Mason, Kim Meyers, Lisa Mjoness, Susie Nickell, Bruce Olstad, Colin Panzi, Lyle Rasmussen and Cat Yokom. The club signifies the highest level of accomplishment locally for Prudential Premier agents. • Tubs of Fun in Fargo and Grand Forks is one of only 100 spa and pool companies nationwide to be inducted into the AQUA 100 Hall of Fame, a part of the annual AQUA 100 list compiled by the business magazine for spa and pool professionals. The AQUA 100 recognizes the most professional dealers, builders and service technicians in the industry each year. Companies that have made the list five consecutive times or eight times overall are named to the Hall of Fame. • Kim Keller, Park Co. Realtors, Fargo, has received the Quality Service Certified Platinum award in recognition of earning 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2010 as measured by Leading Research Corp. The company itself was awarded the Five Star Award by Cartus Broker Network International. The award recognizes brokers who have met or exceeded individual objectives for outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings during the calendar year. • N.D. Gov. Jack Dalrymple has reappointed Kris Sheridan, president of Park Co. Realtors, Fargo, to the

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North Dakota Real Estate Commission. • Realty Executives International has awarded executives and teams of Realty Executives of North Plains of Fargo-Moorhead with top producer awards. The top producing teams included Tracy Green, Dan Whitman and Rolf Kipperud; and top producing agents were Gerry Gangnes, Mary Vigen and Fran Snelgrove. • Dan Pergande of Keller Williams Roers Realty in Fargo has been awarded the Platinum Quality Service Certificate for exceptional client satisfaction. Roers has also hired Sharon Doeden as senior accountant and Brianne Hoffman as a marketing assistant. • Jan Mevold has been hired as a lead designer and Doug Kummer as a registered land surveyor at Roers Construction & Development, Inc., Fargo. • Christy Weyer has joined the Fargo office of Fiebiger, Swanson, West and Co. as a supervisor. • Moore Engineering, West Fargo, has hired Dustin Weisser as graduate engineer and Daniel Hanson as a senior project engineer. • Eric Klebe has been hired in the sales department at Indigo Signworks, Fargo. • Homesmart Realtors has honored Dennis and Kaye Nelson as the No. 1 residential real estate team for sales volume in 2010. • Tammy Miller, chief executive officer of Border States Electric Supply, Fargo, has been elected to the board of directors of Starion Financial. • Serkland Law Firm, Fargo, has named Berly Nelson a shareholder and member of its board of directors. • Edina Realty will host spring open house events April 3 and May 1. For more information, visit www. edinarealty.com. • U.S. Bank has awarded three employees with its Pinnacle Award for outstanding achievement and superior performance during the fourth quarter of 2010. Those honored include: Lisa Yoney and Jes-

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sica Hoppe, relationship managers in the business banking department, downtown Fargo; and Nikki Grebel, branch manager in Valley City, N.D., Stacy Harfield, universal banker, Moorhead, and Nikki Janisch, teller coordinator, West Acres office, Fargo, have received Top Performer fourth quarter of 2010 awards from U.S. Bank. The bank has also awarded Star of Excellence fourth quarter awards, which recognize sales performance, to Harfield; Cameron Avelsgard, universal banker, West Acres, Fargo; and Justin Kill, personal banker, southwest office, Fargo. • BW Insurance Agency in Fargo has been named the Agency of the Year for 2010. The award is in recognition of their sales and financial performance over the last year. Among the BW Insurance sales staff that contributed to the achievement are Annette Ambuhl, Chuck Klabo, Dave Cole, Erik Weiss, Jamie Satrom, Janice Rode, Janine Staples, Joan Kjonaas, Kim Rogen, Larry Werlinger, Rose Krause and Trish Enger. • Associated Builders and Contractors announced that Nor-Son, Inc.’s work on the St. Gabriel’s Community project in Bismarck, has earned the company an Eagle Award in the Healthcare - $10-$25 million category of ABC’s National Excellence in Construction Awards. In addition, Nor-Son was one of the select Eagle Award winners chosen to receive the Design-Build Special Award judged by ABC in conjunction with the Design-Build Briefs con’t on next pg

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Institute of America that recognizes the top two design-build projects in 2010. Nor-Son’s representatives received the awards during the 21st annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration in Orlando.

Pre-order student-built sheds, support Construction Trades Academy

Student-built sheds will be available for sale through the 2011 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 pre-ordering. Limited customization is possible! Sheds will be complete by July and proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Academy in the future. Remodelers Council Picnic April 29

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 29. Sponsored by Fer-

guson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the picnic runs 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Council welcomes employees of all member companies that are Council members and anyone interested in joining the group. The local Remodelers Council is affiliated with the 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. Call the HBA at (701) 232-5846 by 4:30 p.m. April 28 to attend. Sign up for weekly NDAB legislative updates

The North Dakota Association of Builders is working hard for you in Bismarck during the 2011 legislative session! If you want to receive weekly email updates on hot issues and bills NDAB is watching and advocating, email doreen@ndbuild.com. The Legislative Watch includes links to contact legislators and audio/video presentations of the daily session.

CHALLENGE

Guess Who! 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. See page 38 to find who last month’s Guess Who was.

Hints: • There’s a good chance his father worked on your father’s Plymouth. • Born, raised and semi-educated in Fargo. • Cigar smoking freak. • Rock solid reputation with the HBA. 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.

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HBA of F-M President’s Report

HBA extremely active on local, state, national levels during first quarter

Your HBA of F-M was founded to give our local building industry a legislative voice. The very reason for our Tyrone Leslie existence is to represent your interests Heritage Homes at the local, state and national level to keep housing affordable for consumers, promote housing incentives and avert unnecessary regulations. The HBA, its members and staff have been the extremely active this year with legislative initiatives at all three levels. • Locally, we have been working with the city of Fargo on its sign code and tree preservation ordinance. West Fargo is moving toward adopting the new version of the International Residential Code and Moorhead has been working on lowering the cost of its infrastructure. • In January and February, groups visited Bismarck twice and St. Paul once to take part in their legislative sessions, meet with legislators and work with our state associations, North Dakota Association of Builders and Builders Association of Minnesota, to make sure your voice is heard. We worked on an organized effort with The Chamber, F-M Area Association of Realtors and Greater F-M Economic Development Corporation and Convention and Visitors Bureau to make a collective local impact on our state legislators. • Nationally, members and staff traveled to Washington, D.C., last month for the National Association of Home Builders Legislative Conference and visits to Capitol Hill. We were able to meet with U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Rick Berg. We were all excited about the process and glad to be heard when speaking about issues that affect our industry as well as our state and cities. We left knowing we have great representation in Washington, but also knowing that it is more important than ever for HBA members to speak out to Sen. Conrad, Sen. Hoeven and Rep. Berg about the importance of securing funding for flood protection for the city of Fargo and the surrounding cities. Since we have not faced an all-out flood catastrophe, and considering the funding crisis on the federal level, it is more important than ever for members to stress the importance of permanent flood protection to our industry and com-

munities. NDAB and BAM have been successful advancing legislation important to our industry. NDAB introduced bills to give our industry a voice on the North Dakota Real Estate Qualifications and Ethics Board and to change requirements for architect consultation on certain buildings. BAM introduced bills to delay the requirement for jurisdictions to verify lead paint certification for contractors when pulling permits, and is working on preventing mandatory fire sprinkler requirements in new buildings. NAHB continues to work on credit availability for AD&C loans as it remains a serious problem for most home builders and shows little sign of easing. You can see that we are busy upholding the reason this HBA was founded: to give you a legislative voice.

NDAB-PAC

You may have 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. Club 2012, launched by NAHB, 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 PACs in the nation if all members participated by contributing. We already have 13 brand new contributors for 2011, which is a great start! Remember, your contribution is divided amongst the NAHB’s BUILDPAC, NDAB and your local HBA when you contribute to NDAB-PAC. Your dollars have helped us keep building industry issues on the forefront of the minds of lawmakers.

Flood update

Thank you to all who volunteered to help the cities of Fargo and Moorhead prepare for this year’s flood by filling sandbags March 9-10. Look for a list on page ?. The HBA appreciates your support as the cities requested assistance in preparing for what could be a record flooding event. As this issue goes to print, warmer weather has moved into the area and the springtime melt has begun. Most predictions are pointing toward an early-April crest. If you have questions or concerns about events you are registered for as we move into April, please call the office at (701) 232-5846. If an emergency situation develops, the Association will relay messages for members that need help with the flood fight to our e-mail list as it has been greatly appreciated by those who have used it in past floods.

HBA of F-M Sandbagging Volunteers Thank you to these companies for providing volunteers to the HBA of F-M’s sandbagging days in March in Fargo and/or Moorhead.

Alerus Financial Baker Nursery Gardens Chase Realty CornerStone Bank Dan Lindquist Construction Farmers Insurance Group Foam Dr’s LLC

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HBA of F-M Staff Home Builders Student Chapter Jay Dietz Construction, Inc. Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc. Nardini Fire Equipment NDSU National Association of Property Resources Group

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Robert Gibb & Sons, Inc. Sig Olson & Sons Plastering, Inc. Simonson Lumber Stained Glass Overlay of the Red River Valley State Bank & Trust Terry Becker Construction, LLC

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Golf Outing sponsorships available

The HBA of F-M’s biggest social event of the year is sneaking up and it’s time to make sure it’s on your calendar! This year’s Golf Outing is scheduled for June 13. (Rain date is set for Tuesday, June 21.) The entire membership has already been sent sponsorship forms, but don’t worry - there are still some spots available! A form is included as an insert in this issue for your convenience. Those who return the form and payment before April 25 will be eligible for early-bird registration beginning April 29. Registration for the rest of the membership will be sent as an insert in May’s Plains Builder. For only $180 you will get: your company name listing on a sign at the hole and on the sponsor sign at registration; the name listed on score cards; a listing in the program; recognition in the Plains Builder and your company name announced at lunch and during the evening dinner. Get even more exposure by supplying specialty items as door prizes for lunch or supper 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. If this interests you, hurry, because options are limited!

Heritage Homes moves into top 7 for Small Business of the Year

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Heritage Homes of Fargo the 2011 Blue Ribbon Small Business award. On March 14, Heritage Homes made the next cut and is now one of the top seven Blue Ribbon businesses up for the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year award. Heritage Homes was among only 75 recipients of this prestigious award nationwide. The winners were recognized for their critical role in job creation and economic growth. This award honors their strong commitment to their employees, customers and community. “They (the recipients) are on the forefront of our economic recovery,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. All seven final contestants will be recognized at America’s Small Business Summit, May 23–25, in Washington, D.C., where the winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Important deadlines to remember: • April 25 - Early bird response and payment deadline

• April 29 - until afternoon flight is full - Early-bird registration for confirmed sponsors. (Form and payment must be received at the HBA office.) The afternoon flight fills up quickly!

• After May 1 - Open registration begins with forms being sent out in the Plains Builder.

• May 23 - Sponsorship deadline. We are excited to announce our new office in Fargo!

4201 38th Street South Suite 205 Fargo, ND 58104 www.bonestroo.com

Dennis Miranowski

701-281-7011

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Parade of Homes features 58 homes in the F-M metro area

Get outside, enjoy spring and visit the HBA of F-M’s 51st Annual Parade of Homes April 30-May 8. This year’s event covers West Fargo, Fargo, Moorhead and Dilworth. Hours run noon – 5 p.m. weekends and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. weekdays. Renderings, descriptions and maps will be included in the Parade of Homes guide available starting April 25 at all Hornbacher’s locations or the HBA office, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo. An insert will also be included in The Forum April 24. This year’s Parade will feature 40 builders and 58 homes. The parade website (link will be available at www. hbafm.com) will go live April 25. The Horizon Awards ceremony is set for May 12 at the Holiday Inn. Mark your calendars now! See page 19 for more details.

The list below is for MEMBERS ONLY!

A final list will appear in The Forum April 24 and will be available April 25 at all

This list is subject to change as proofing was not complete as of press time.

Builder Company Name Development Model Street Address City Total Price Blake Sunde Construction & Custom Homes LLC........... Johnson Farms............. 1537 36th Ave S.......................Moorhead........ $469,900 BMW Homes, Inc.............................................................. Woodbridge................... 404 13th St NE.........................Dilworth........... $258,900 Building Concepts, Inc...................................................... Charleswood................. 778 Villa Parkway.....................West Fargo...... $269,000 Carpco, Inc....................................................................... Shadow Wood............... 3475 Loberg Dr........................West Fargo...... $309,900 Cornerstone Specialties, Inc., CGP.................................. Reserve at Osgood....... 3840 Reserve Dr E..................West Fargo...... $264,900 Crist Construction, Inc...................................................... Sincebaugh................... 3721 Norman Ct.......................Fargo............... $269,900 Dabbert Custom Homes................................................... Osgood ........................ 5048 43rd Ave S......................Fargo............... $176,000 Dabbert Custom Homes................................................... Osgood ........................ 4344 Estate Dr S......................Fargo............... $174,900 Dabbert Custom Homes................................................... Veterans Park................ 5416 48th Ave S.......................Fargo............... $179,900 Dabbert Custom Homes................................................... Veterans Park................ 4872 54th St S.........................Fargo............... $144,900 Dave Meyer Construction................................................. Evergreen Meadows..... 4108 39th St S.........................Moorhead........ $362,900 Delaney Homes, Inc......................................................... Woodhaven................... 5092 Loden Ct.........................Fargo............... $185,000 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB................... Shadow Wood............... 428 35th Ave E.........................West Fargo...... $404,900 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB................... Reserve at Osgood....... 3825 2nd St E..........................West Fargo...... $569,900 *Dietrich Homes, CGB...................................................... Shadow Wood............... 3530 6th St E...........................West Fargo...... $685,000 **Eid-Co Buildings, Inc., NDPB, CGP............................... Legacy.......................... 6005 Bennett Ct S....................Fargo............... $159,931 **Eid-Co Buildings, Inc., NDPB, CGP............................... Village Green................ 3052 32nd Ave S......................Moorhead........ $142,824 **Eid-Co Buildings, Inc., NDPB, CGP............................... Village Green................ 2852 35th St S.........................Moorhead........ $108,677 Equity Home Builders, LLC.............................................. Osgood......................... 4872 48th Ave S.......................Fargo............... $224,900 Fiske Construction, LLP................................................... Silverleaf....................... 6048 27th St S.........................Fargo............... $399,900 Gateway Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, LLC....................... Parkview........................ 3369 24th St S.........................Moorhead........ $219,900 **Hanson Bros., Inc., NDPB............................................. Woodhaven................... 4307 Coventry Dr S.................Fargo............... $312,000 Harry Gilbertson Construction.......................................... Shadow Wood............... 3515 6th St E...........................West Fargo...... $485,000 Heritage Homes, NDPB, CGB, CGP................................ Charleswood................. 1726 Evergreen Way................West Fargo...... $284,900 Heritage Homes, NDPB, CGB, CGP................................ Charleswood................. 1824 Cypress Way...................West Fargo...... $209,900 Heritage Homes, NDPB, CGB, CGP................................ Reserve at Osgood....... 207 39th Ave E.........................West Fargo...... $239,900 Heritage Homes, NDPB, CGB, CGP................................ Woodhaven................... 4906 Loden Ct.........................Fargo............... $269,900 Heritage Homes, NDPB, CGB, CGP................................ Silverleaf....................... 5868 Silverleaf Dr S.................Fargo............... $469,000 Holly & Company Classic Homes..................................... Shadow Wood............... 3492 Loberg Dr........................West Fargo...... $269,900 J & L Construction............................................................ Maple Valley.................. 6007 35th St S.........................Fargo............... $122,700 J & L Construction............................................................ Maple Valley.................. 6120 35th St S.........................Fargo............... $131,900 J.V. Hough Inc................................................................... Prairie Meadows........... 4559 Prairie Dr S.....................Moorhead........ $182,900 Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc., NDPB................................ Shadow Wood............... 3461 Loberg Ln........................West Fargo...... $196,938 Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc., NDPB................................ Reserve at Osgood....... 3823 Reserve Dr......................West Fargo...... $259,900 Kilbourne Group............................................................... 300 Broadway............... 300 Broadway, Unit 202...........Fargo............... $244,000

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Homes con’t from previous pg Builder Company Name Development Model Street Address City Total Price *Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc, CGP............................ Silverleaf....................... 6160 Silverleaf Dr S.................Fargo............... $595,900 Krueger Construction, Inc., NDPB.................................... Reserve at Osgood....... 3861 3rd St E...........................West Fargo...... $278,600 Krueger Construction, Inc., NDPB.................................... Autumn Fields............... 2871 Umber Court...................Fargo............... $216,600 Krueger Construction, Inc., NDPB.................................... Autumn Fields............... 4262 28th Ave S.......................Fargo............... $198,700 Morlock Construction Inc.................................................. Charleswood................. 690 18th Ave E.........................West Fargo...... $444,000 New Creations Construction, Inc...................................... Horizon Shores............. 2150 38th St S.........................Moorhead........ $459,000 Paula Rae Homes & Gardens, Inc.................................... West River..................... 216 36 1/2 Ave Pl E.................West Fargo...... $349,900 Platinum Home Contracting, Inc....................................... Westport Beach............ 4538 Newport Ln......................West Fargo...... $158,700 **Plecity Kowalski Construction, inc.................................. Westport Beach............ 4520 12th St W........................West Fargo...... $299,500 **Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc................................. Osgood......................... 6535 Christianson Pkwy..........Fargo............... $549,500 RHR Construction, Inc., NDPB......................................... Shadow Wood............... 724 35th Ave W........................West Fargo...... $315,900 Rick Halvorson Construction, Inc..................................... Woodbridge . ................ 1310 4th Ave NE......................Dilworth........... $234,900 Schmit Brothers Construction, Inc.................................... Schmit........................... 5642 Bishop Blvd.....................Fargo............... $389,900 Shorestone Development................................................. Prairie Grove................. 2692 Whispering Creek Cir......Fargo............... $219,900 *Stahl Meland Hawley Architects & Builders.................... Silverleaf....................... 6028 Silverleaf Dr....................Fargo............... $528,000 **Stan Birky Construction, Inc.......................................... Arbor Park..................... 3303 7th Ave N........................Moorhead........ $184,900 **Stan Birky Construction, Inc.......................................... Summerwood................ 1114 West Summerwood Tr.....Dilworth........... $294,800 Studs to Rugs, Inc............................................................ Southfield...................... 1511 42nd Ave S......................Moorhead........ $379,900 Terry Becker Construction, L.L.C...................................... Martens Way................. 6220 14th St S.........................Fargo............... $389,900 **Thomsen Homes, LLC................................................... Veterans Park................ 5492 48th Ave S.......................Fargo............... $159,900 **Thomsen Homes, LLC................................................... Veterans Park................ 4727 53rd St S.........................Fargo............... $199,900 **Thomsen Homes, LLC................................................... Horizon Shores............. 3829 11th Ave S.......................Moorhead........ $149,900 Titan Homes, Inc............................................................... Shadow Wood............... 508 35th Ave E.........................West Fargo...... $360,000 *Featured Homes - Each year, HBA 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 three homes is $5. Money raised goes to Home Builders Care Foundation, the HBA’s charitable foundation. It supports skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry. **Energy Star Certified - These homes have been certified and meet the Energy Star requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. CGB, CGP, CGR, NDPB: Designations from the National Association of Home Builders and North Dakota Association of Builders

Fargo building official issues reinterpretation of IBC fireresistant requirements Section 705.5 of the 2009 International Building Code states fire-resistance requirements of exterior walls. Ron Strand, Fargo inspections administrator, has given a reinterpretation of Section 705.5 and provided the HBA of F-M with the following information: “It applies only to structures regulated by the IBC. This would exclude one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses and be mostly apartment and motel/hotel construction in the case of residential development. “The reinterpretation was developed in response to Fire Department concerns about the rapid fire spread up the exterior wall of the Galleria apartment fire.

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Horizon Awards • May 12 Holiday Inn, Fargo The interpretation is actually a liberalization of the requirements of Section 705.5 in that use of the open yard required for a ‘one-sided’ fire-rated assembly would not allow decks or patios within the required 10 feet of fire separation as they constitute use of that space and fail to meet the openness test. “By prohibiting a combustible finish, the thought is we could continue to allow patios and decks without requiring full fire-rated assemblies and enable better shear wall construction practices. At the same time, we inhibit fire spread on the exterior wall finish within a reasonable distance (5 feet) of the decks and patios. The interpretation also mitigates against the severity of future multi-unit fires, essentially ‘killing two birds with one stone.’”

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Top trends in home building and design by Mary Gould and Kate Norquist, Marvin Windows & Doors

In preparation for the 2011 International Builders Show held January in Orlando, Marvin Windows & Doors spoke to designers, architects, builders and others in the home and fashion industries on the top trends in home building and design.

in window frames and other structural elements. These products deliver beauty and durability along with their eco-friendly origins. The use of natural materials is still in its infancy in mainstream housing – but expect to see them more and more in the future. Trend #4: Trad-mod

As the name suggests, these are traditional elements with a modern twist – a little sleeker, a little surprising. Examples include streamlined living and dining room sets, silk chandeliers and casement windows that simulate the look of a classic double hung. Trend #5: Relaxed outdoor living

Above: Marvin Windows & Doors has introduced initiatives that implement green practices that make producing beautiful windows an environmentally-friendlier process.

Trend #1: New life for old materials

It’s more than merely recycling. It’s finding ways to turn substance into style by taking raw material from one source and repurposing it in a completely unexpected way. From metal tiles made of reclaimed airplane parts to countertops and wall panels made of recycled glass bottles, these innovative re-workings are adding creative flair — and sustainable substance — to homes across America. Trend #2: Designing for yourself

Americans today are staying in their homes longer. With that comes a desire to make their homes fit their lifestyle. People aren’t designing a home to be as bland as possible for the next buyer; they’re designing it for themselves, to be lived in to the fullest. As an effect of this, architects and designers describe a new definition of value. It’s not about the lowest price anymore. It’s about quality, durability and getting the style and performance you want from the products in your home, whether it be from a sofa or a picture window. Trend #3: Natural materials

If it sprouted from the earth, designers are finding a way to use it in homes. Flooring is one area where a homeowner might find a surprising substance under their feet – like palm, for example. How about wall coverings made of banana trees? Ceiling tiles of jute? And, while not as exotic as these other materials, sustainably grown pine can be found

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Forget the elaborate outdoor kitchen of a few years ago. Outdoor living is still important to American homeowners, but they’re going for a more relaxed, low-key version. Think fireplaces and fire pits, comfortable outdoor seating and dining areas, interesting lighting and simple counter space. And, to connect indoors and out, energy-efficient patio doors (sliding or swinging) are a must. Trend #6: Energy efficiency and sustainability

No list of home trends would be complete without these topics, and they only get more important every year. The largest annual study of American home buying preferences, by AVID Ratings*, found that four of the top 10 desired home features involve energy efficiency. So, alongside such features as walk-in closets and kitchen islands, American home buyers want: • Energy-efficient windows • Energy-efficient appliances • High-efficiency insulation • Sustainability including conserving water, maximizing natural heat and light and using low-VOC (volatile organic compound) materials. Quality and durability are also part of the sustainability picture. Well-built, high quality home products last longer and don’t end up in landfills. As you visit the homes in the Parade, be sure to watch for Marvin Windows and Doors products. Marvin Windows and Doors has cultivated a worldwide reputation as an industry leader in product innovation, energy efficiency and progressive manufacturing techniques. Bringing you superior value through expert craftsmanship, the highest quality materials and an extraordinary level of service, only Marvin offers unmatched design flexibility with made-toorder windows and doors and the industry’s most extensive selection of customization options.

*AVID Ratings is a full-service customer loyalty management firm specializing in the home building industry. As a leading provider of enterprise-level surveys, organizational strategies, employee training, and proprietary solutions in the industry, AVID works with 220 homebuilders in the United States and Canada.

Tree preservation ordinance Puck drops at 7:35 p.m.

April 8 • Urban Plains Center

Come out and support Home Builders Care Home Builders Care and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery have teamed up to sponsor the game. A portion of each single game ticket sold will go to HBC. See you at the game!

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The Fargo City Commission has instructed its staff to develop an ordinance helping preserve existing trees in the city and in future development areas. The HBA of F-M took part in a group that will meet and review ordinance proposals, make comments and suggestions and to discuss the feasibility of preservation in certain areas. The city has now released its second draft of the ordinance. The HBA is looking for additional input from its members. If you have time and are willing to review the draft, please contact Rocky at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com.

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Public Issues Report of Area Affairs

HBA advocates for housing at the nation’s capitol by Bryce Johnson, Executive Vice President

Members and staff from the HBA of F-M recently attended the National Association of Home Builder’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Joining hundreds of association members from across the country, the HBA went to Capitol Hill to advocate for housing on a number of issues including retention of the mortgage interest deduction, funding for a F-M diversion, addressing AD&C credit crunch, infrastructure needs for western North Dakota and fair, marketbased appraisal rules. Attending from the HBA of F-M were Don Dabbert, Jr., Dabbert Custom Homes; John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.; Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes, HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson and HBA Public Affairs Coordinator Rocky Schneider. Along with NDAB members from around North Dakota, the HBA met with U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven along with U.S. Rep. Rick Berg. These face-to-face meetings with elected leaders are critical to addressing the numerous issues facing the housing industry. Each meeting gives a chance for members to share concerns with those who have a vote to make a difference. Each office had the same message that began and ended with support for housing and growth. The problem is the country faces serious economic challenges, making each issue more difficult to address. Due to these challenges, it is important to make sure that the collective voice of the building industry is heard. If you have the opportunity to speak with Sen. Conrad, Sen. Hoeven or Rep. Berg, or are willing to call their offices, be sure to express how important federal funding for permanent flood protection is to the F-M area. While they are supportive, their constant attention is needed in order to convince the Army Corps of Engineers to fund the project. If you would like any information on or the status of any of the topics discussed, please contact Rocky at the HBA at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm. com.

City of Fargo looks to address flood, future development concerns by Rocky Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator

While the city prepares for the seemingly yearly flood event, Fargo’s Engineering Department is looking to the future to avoid many of the pitfalls that come along with the area’s flood-prone terrain. The city hopes that being proactive with these changes will save money in the future and give homeowners peace of mind that their homes will be built safe from flooding.

Building setbacks

The Fargo City Commission approved the drafting of an ordinance to change the setback requirements along rivers. The new setback requirement would be 450 feet from the center of the river or 100 feet from the floodway, whichever is greater. Previously the city used the 100 feet guideline. The county uses 450 feet The discussion on building setbacks from the river arose after the city spent millions of dollars on home buyouts that were allowed to be built by the river. In many cases, the homes were built during times when the distance was safe, but over time, the river levels and flood impact has changed. The City Commission will need to hold public hearings on the new requirement. If you have any comments, please contact Rocky at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com.

Base flood elevations

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sets base flood elevation levels that mandate the elevation level buildings need to be built to. In long anticipaFlood, future development concerns con’t on pg 29

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PAC Spotlight: Ken Krajsa

Ken Krajsa, State Bank & Trust, is an active PAC contributor and says it is important to his business because many of Ken Krajsa State Bank & Trust its customers are associated with the home building industry. “By keeping this industry strong and progressive, it leads to success with those customers and their success has a direct reflection on the success of State Bank & Trust,” says Krajsa. Krajsa started donating to the North Dakota Association of Builders Political Action Committee because he sees power in numbers. “By contributing to PAC, we are able to use our numbers not only to educate legislatures about our industry but to also to elect legislators who understand and look favorably upon our federation,” he explains. The most important benefit, in Krajsa’s eyes, of having a political action committee is the ability to stay in touch with changes coming through the local, state and national politics that will affect the HBA of F-M. “Individually this is difficult to do, but by having an active political action committee the resources are there to track and address legislation that will affect our association,” he says.

Give to NDAB-PAC, join Club 2012. By becoming a Club 2012 member you are investing in the future of your business and the housing industry. When you give $20.12 you are helping make housing one voice stronger! If you would like to be a part of Club 2012, contact Rocky at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com.

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News from the North Dakota Association of Builders

Architect and appraiser bills move forward

House bill 1469, a bill to bring balance to the current requirements on using an architect on private projects, will be heard in the Senate Industry, Doreen Riedman Business and Labor Committee March NDAB Executive 29. It will then move to the full Senate Officer for their vote. We encourage all of you to contact Senators and ask them to

“Support HB1469!” This bill passed the House with a vote of 91-3. We are working hard, lobbying senators and ensuring an effective hearing in the Senate committee.

Appraiser Bill Now in House

Senate Bill 2187, a bill to reform the appraiser chapter of the N.D. Century Code, is supported by the North Dakota Association of Builders along with the N.D. Association of Realtors and the two bankers’ groups. If passed, the bill would: • Add two members to the N.D. Real Estate Qualifications and Ethics Board, increasing it from five to seven. We are asking for a builder and a realtor to be added. • Apply term limits of two five-year terms. One must be off board for at least two years before being reappointed. • Establish standards for approval of permit applications. When denied, applicants must be provided with an explanation. This is not always provided now. • Require more transparency of board activities, provide meeting notices, upgrade the information available on their website. • Require permitting of applicants licensed in good standing in another state having equivalent licensing requirements within 30 days. The bill will be voted on by the House Industry, Business and Labor Committee and the full House of Representatives in late March. We appreciate the support of our members during the legislative session. If you would like to receive the weekly e-news Legislative Watch, please email doreen@ndbuild. com.

Realize your member benefits at www.nahb.org/ MA As a member of NAHB you can take advantage of a vast array of benefits. Whether it’s access to an exclusive report, discounts on computer equipment, or education opportunities – NAHB has something for everyone. Visit NAHB’s website at www.nahb.org/MA for more information on the Member Advantage program, and details on the discounts available for members. Some of the companies include:

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GM — $500 discount Lowes FedEx Office Depot Hewlett-Packard (HP) Dell Omaha Steaks Solveras - credit card merchant program FTD Florist Wyndham Hotel Group Hertz And more!

Learn more about the benefits of membership by exploring the latest discounts and offers. When you do, be sure to tell a fellow member what you found.

Membership has its benefits.

Take advantage of yours!

April 30 - May 8 Visit 58 homes on this Parade! Mon-Fri • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sat-Sun • Noon - 5 p.m. Details on pgs 8-9

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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 • 2011 Spring Parade of Homes; two weekends, April 8-10 and 15-17, and a great variety of homes to see. Details on our website. • Safety Training FREE to members! Fall Protection: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. April 20. Scaffolding: 1 – 5 p.m. • April 28 - Spring GMM at the Radisson Hotel. • May 5 – Join Kupper Chevrolet and the BMHBA for a free barbeque and beverages. You’ll have a chance to win a 42 inch TV and check out the latest models. Kupper Chevrolet: 1500 2nd St. NE., Mandan. 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Dickinson Area Builders Association • (701) 483-0044 Irene Schafer, Executive Officer • www.dickinsonareabuilders.com • Membership Night at our General Membership Meeting was well attended. We welcomed two new members and expect several more to send in applications in the next few days. • The Home Show is almost here. This year we broke records on the number of exhibitors. Again, we will have exhibitors from four states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota and will be showcasing a lot of new products. • We have exciting speakers coming for the April and May meetings. More information to come. • Our annual scholarship application deadline is mid-June. Applications will be included in our newsletter.

NDAB Member Rebate Program

North Dakota Association of Builders’ Member Rebate Program increases builders’ and remodelers’ bottom line. For the minimal effort of informing NDAB about the home construction products used when closing on a home or project, you’ll be putting money back in your pocket. Both builders and remodelers, no matter how large or small, qualify for the program and are encouraged to participate. Please note: This program is only available to current NDAB Members (HBA of F-M members are NDAB members). 1. Register online (one time) at www.hbarebates.com/ndab. 2. Each quarter, submit the current rebate claim form including completed homes, remodeling projects and/or multi-family units.

Forx Builders Association • (701) 746-4536 Betty McDonald, Executive Officer • www.forxbuilders.com • Scaffold and Fall Protection Safety Training: April 12 at the Clarion Inn. • The April GMM will be at Muddy Rivers. • May 19 is the tentative date for our Annual Sporting Clay Shoot at the Dakota Hunting Club.

Minot Association of Builders • (701) 852-0496 Vicky Flagstad, Executive Officer • www.minotab.com • The 36th Annual MAB Home & Garden Show was March 5-6. We were very fortunate to have normal winter weather – no storms! It was well attended with an estimated head count of 4,705. • The April GMM is scheduled for April 12 at the Grand International, hosted by Realtor/Lender members. • The May GMM is yet to be scheduled. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Xcel Energy will host.

Williston Area Builders Association • (701) 572-4722 Tina Hanson, Executive Officer • www.willistonbuilders.com • April 15-16: Our 1st Annual Home Show is filling up fast! We still have available spaces, please contact Tina for details. • April 21: GMM 6:30 p.m. at the El Rancho. This is a joint meeting with Doug Lalim, city building department. He will be going over his Contractor Code booklet and Montana-Dakota Utilities will give a presentation on new gas meters. • April 27-28: Safety Training: OSHA 10-hour Construction Course at the Montana-Dakota Utilities meeting room. Contact Sandy or Tina if you would like to attend.

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Questions? Visit www.hbarebates.com/ndab for more information, or contact the program administrators at (866) 849-8400 or info@hbarebates.com. Register today and start putting money back in your pocket! “We have been very happy with the program so far. The process to submit claims is very easy. If we have questions, NDAB responds very promptly. The rebate we received back was definitely worth the amount of time we spent applying. A lot of people should be able to take advantage of this program since there are numerous companies and products that offer rebates through NDAB.” - Suzie Rohde, assistant controller/ project manager at Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc.

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News from the Builders Association of Minnesota

BAM 2011 President Todd Bjerstedt’s thoughts for the year

If you’re here, it’s safe to assume you’re committed to the building industry. Many of us have lost much the past few years. Some have literally lost everything. Yet, here we are. It makes you wonder how we got here, doesn’t it? Well, I have some theories. Some are here to network; some to learn. Others are here to promote their business and sell product. But given that the construction industry isn’t as lucrative as it used to be, I believe most of us are here for two main reasons. Camaraderie. How many times have we heard a football player say the reason for their last season or two is not the money – it’s the locker room? My wife, Denise has asked me why I don’t do more with my friends. Fact is, I spend time with my friends every day. It just so happens a high percentage of my friends are in the construction industry. Nobody understands, accepts, encourages or challenges me more than the friends I’ve made the past 25 years in the construction industry. The simple fact is, if we are to stay in this industry, we need each other. You Care. The second reason I believe you’re here is because you care. You care about your family and your livelihood. You care about what happens to your friends in the industry. You care about what happens to the construction industry because it is noble and worth preserving and protecting. Most of you care about your customers and the millions of Americans who still believe homeownership is the foundation of the American Dream. Because I believe you care and want to succeed I would like to challenge you with five thoughts as we enter 2011.

1. Don’t assume things will return to “normal.” What we experienced a few years ago was not normal. Waiting, wishing or assuming that things will return to the way it was is not healthy. Tom Brokaw made an interesting observation in his documentary The Greatest Generation, stating that after World War II, America had no competition. In the years following the war, we built 80 percent of the world’s automobiles, the average American income doubled preto-post war, making it 15 times more than the rest of the world. No wonder we prospered! In today’s worldwide economy, America faces competition unlike any time in history. We cannot afford to make the mistake of assuming the “good, old days” will return simply because history repeats itself. Richard Nixon said, “Nostalgia is not a crime as long as people don’t act on it.” It’s time to move on in our thinking. 2. Do your homework. The most intellectually enlightening time in my career was in 2007. I spent the year working for a company that does market research for the residential construction industry. Part of my duties included physically driving through hundreds of neighborhoods counting the inventory of lots, homes under construction, model and spec homes and researching plat approvals at

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county recorder offices in the 13-county area. I was dumbfounded at the excess inventory in the marketplace. Even more astounding was how much information is available to help anyone in the construction business know their client, what they need and how much they’ll spend to get it. So challenge number two is: do your homework and discipline yourself to plan your business activities around facts not habits.

3. Stay engaged in your builders association. I can’t tell you how many people I meet in the construction industry who have no idea what is going on in the world of politics and building codes or how it affects them. Some are aware of what’s happening but believe nothing can be done about issues like warranty law or mandatory sprinkler systems. That’s just not true! The Builders Association of Minnesota has become a force at the capitol and we need to keep it that way. I often say, “If we’re not at the table we are on the menu,” and it’s true! (This is one historical pattern that does repeat itself). Remember, those who make the decisions impacting your business rarely know as much as you do, so when we lobby, we educate. We absolutely need to stay at the table. 4. Think outside the box. The movie The Patriot (2000), starring Mel Gibson, is a war-hero’s story in which he comes home to find former troops building him a new house. I noticed the structure looked similar to a modernday construction site, but the movie was set in the late 1700s. What product do you own that is still built the same way it was 220 years ago? I am convinced we don’t build the way we do because of consumer preference. This may sound crazy, but I don’t recall any customers demanding I place 2’ x 6’ studs every 16 inches. But they have always demanded style, sustainability and above all, value. Are there better ways to meet the demands of future homeowners? I believe there are and only those of us that figure them out will be here in 10 years. Are you afraid of change? If so, you better get over it! Big box stores and big companies will figure out a way to meet the demand, if we don’t. 5. Don’t give up. Winston Churchill said, “The pessimist sees the difficulties associated with every opportunity and the optimist sees the opportunity with every difficulty.” Let’s face it. It can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we know it’s there. Industry experts tell us we are at or near the bottom, and I think that’s true. As a youngster, I recall jumping a little too far off the dock into the lake at my grandmother’s cabin. I struggled to get back and remember the sense of relief in feeling the bottom of the lake. It wasn’t solid, but it was there and I think that’s where our industry is now, beginning to feel the bottom. Don’t give up! Thank you to the BAM board of directors for placing your trust in me, and this year’s executive committee, to lead in 2011. Most of all, thank you for approving a budget that allows us to keep this great organization moving forward. I anticipate great things!

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News from the National Association of Home Builders

Builders call on Congress to improve small builders’ access to credit

Valuable resources at www.nahb.org

There are a lot of great resources With the housing production credit crisis taking a severe toll on the nation’s on the National Association of Home small home building firms and threatening future job growth and the fragile ecoBuilders website for members to take advantage of and use to find information on nomic recovery, the National Association of Home Builders, on March 2, called regulatory and legal issues, education, on Congress to take tangible steps to improve access to credit for small builders. housing data and much more! “With the spigot for housing production loans cut off, and the threat that the How do you log in to www.nahb.org? uncertainty from new rule-making under the Dodd-Frank financial services law If you are a first time user, to create your account, please follow the steps below. will further impact the ability of small community lenders to service the credit This information is only needed for needs of our industry, it is clear that congressional action is needed to help open initial sign up; when returning to the site the flow of credit to home builders,” NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen told the only a username and password will be House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer required. Credit. Step 1: Go to www.nahb.org/login. “Without such action,” Nielsen added, “there can be no housing recovery, which has major implications for our nation’s ability to recover from the current Step 2: Create a username and password. economic downturn.” Builders are coming under increased pressure from lenders — including calls Step 3: Enter your NAHB PIN and your state. for additional equity, denials of loan extensions and demands for immediate (If you don’t know your PIN, please conrepayment on acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans — even tact the HBA office at (701) 232-5846.) when their loans are current, he said. Step 4: And lenders are often citing regulatory requirements or pressure from bank Check the ‘Remember my username examiners to reduce AD&C loan exposure as the rationale for their actions. and password’ box so the system will “While federal bank regulators maintain that they are not encouraging institurecognize you when you return. tions to stop making loans or to indiscriminately liquidate outstanding loans, If you have a username and passreports from my fellow members and their lenders across the nation suggest that word for www.nahb.org, simply click on the blue “Member Log In” button and log bank examiners in the field are adopting a much more aggressive posture,” said yourself into the site. Nielsen. To address this situation, NAHB has presented banking regulators with specific instances of credit restrictions, Endorsed by Your provided data showing no difference in credit access across Association housing markets — many of which are returning to normal conditions — and requested specific changes to current regulatory guidance. To date, these efforts have yielded no concrete results, Potential dividends paid to participating NDAB which is why NAHB will soon be offering a formal legislative blueprint to Congress that focuses on fixing specific (or HBA of Fargo/Moorhead) members instances of regulatory excess while helping to ensure adequate credit availability to home builders. Members of NAHB’s Housing Finance Committee and staff are also in the midst of pursuing a range of other initiatives, including new funding programs and regulatory relief. Although some of these efforts are still in their beginning stages, the association is vigorously pursuing such initiatives Auto • Home • Business • Bonds as: • A national debt/equity fund Financial Services • Professional Liability Endorsed by Your • A state housing finance agency (HFA) taxable bond conContact Steve Winter struction lending program • AD&C loan insurance • A production financing/rent-to-own program • Reforms to the appraisals process, including: 1. Improvements in the quality of appraisals in distressed markets 2. Establishment of appraiser qualification requirements for valuations of new construction 721 1st Ave N • Fargo, ND 58102 3. Improvements in state oversight of appraisers and (701) 237-3311 • 1-800-220-4514 appraisal requirements

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Cass County Electric Cooperative updates aid-to-construction charges, effective May 1

Cass County Electric Cooperative has updated its aid-to-construction charges, effective May 1. CCEC wants builders to be aware of all changes. Raw material costs continue to rise the cost to provide service also continues to increase. Through construction and purchasing practices CCEC has held these costs down to the best of its ability. It is implementing a small change to its aid-to-construction charges. New residential lots have increased to $300. This group has not changed since 2008. Single-phase commercial or non-platted residential will change $1 per amp based on the service size. This will better reflect the increased cost of the wire size, metering requirements and other materials needed to serve this group. There has been no change to the transformer aid to construction although CCEC has seen costs increase on these materials. CCEC has chosen to recoup these incremental cost increases through a series of aid-to-construction charges instead of passing on these costs through its rates. More information is available at www.kwh.com or by calling (701) 356-4400. Construction Type Residential Sub-division— New services

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2011 Aid-to-Construction Costs Effective May 1, 2011 $300 aid to construction fee for each metered service. 100 ft. allowance for secondary service drop; required meter location is outermost sidewall of home including attached garages, must be within 10ft. from building corner nearest closest delivery point. $6/ft. over 100 ft. up to a 400 amp service. $8/ft. over 100 ft. for 600 – 800 amp service. $10/ft. over 800 amp service. $1/amp connect fee. $10/kVA of transformer capacity. Call for primary line extension allowance policy. $1/amp connect fee. $10/kVA of transformer capacity. Call for primary line extension allowance policy. $1/amp connect fee. $10/kVA of transformer capacity for transformers greater than 50 kVA for one single metering point. Call for primary line extension allowance policy. $1,000 allowance per work order for single phase and three phase. $10/kVA of transformer capacity for any three phase, & single phase >50 kVA. Credit for existing transformer kVA. Provide 500 ft. of line extension at no cost. Anything over 500 ft., 50 percent cost share. No depreciation of existing line. $10/kVA of new net transformer capacity. $500 fee for new light on new pole. $100 fee for new light on existing pole. $6/ft over 100 ft. light wire extension.

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Tour de Habitat raises over $27K

On March 5, 30 teams of six members each raced it out at the 8th Annual Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Tour de Habitat. The event raised over $27,000 to help build five homes in Cass and Clay counties. Teams competed for the most miles covered and the most money raised. Winners are below:

Top team mileage:

Winded and Wounded (56.4 miles)

Top fundraising teams:

Jordahl Custom Homes, $2,510.40 Riders of the Purple Sage, $2,146.09

North Dakota Interior Design team: Handlebar Honeys.

HBA Builders team sweats it out next to team Heritage Homes.

HBA of F-M Public Affairs Coodinator Rocky Schneider pedals for team Radical Rad Riders.

Sponsors of this year’s event were Bolton Enterprises, Coldwell Banker First Realty, First Choice Apparel, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, HBA of F-M, Ken’s Sanitation, North Dakota Interior Designers, Olson-Legatt Roofing, Red River Plumbing and Heating and Valley Lights.

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Builders, remodelers work with EPA to clear up confusion over lead rule enforcement

The nation’s home builders and remodelers continue to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to clear up confusion over enforcement of the agency’s new lead renovation, repair and painting rule. In a recent conference call with the National Association Larry Leadhead EPA Lead of Home Builders and the Building Industry Association of Enthusiast Southern California, the EPA’s Region IX discussed how it is going about the inspection process in its area and what will be required of businesses to show they are in compliance. Staff members from Region IX — which includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and the U.S. territories in the South Pacific — explained that there are variations in how the different regional offices approach inspection targeting. The EPA’s enforcement policy outlines not only the fines but also some of its enforcement flexibility. The conference call was prompted by NAHB Remodelers member Ben Morey, who reported receiving a perplexing phone call from someone who at first claimed to be from the EPA — and when prodded, then said they were working on behalf of the agency — to check the status of his firm’s RRP certification. It was established in the conference call that the EPA is not calling firms to check for certification. The unsolicited call to Morey was probably from someone trying to drum up business, call participants agreed. To enforce the rule, Region IX said it is piggybacking RRP inspections with inspections to see if managers of multifamily properties are complying with a requirement to distribute EPA information to building occupants on safe remodeling practices. Large window installing companies are also being targeted. Responding to tips and complaints, Region IX is sending warning letters to contractors and also placing them on a target list for possible inspections. Tips and complaints in Region IX can be made at www.epa. gov/region9/toxic/lead/tips-complaints.html. While EPA employees in Region IX are primarily focused on going to the offices of remodeling firms and inspecting their records for compliance with the RRP, site inspections are expected to begin shortly. Records of remodeling work in pre-1978 housing need to be up to date and somewhat detailed. At a minimum, the records should contain: • Proof of delivery or notification of the “Renovate Right” brochure to all required persons (home owners, tenants, parents and guardians at childcare centers) such as a receipt form with signature • If used, the sampling results of any pre-renovation test kit (D-Lead, LeadCheck) and the name and lot number of the kit • A copy of the firm’s RRP certification • A copy of the renovator’s certification • The lead-safe work practices used to reduce the production of dust during renovations — including work-area containment, posting warning signs, clean-up procedures, waste handling, etc. — which can be demonstrated by providing a checklist • Explanation of on-site worker training in lead-safe work practices

BAM succeeds in legislature, extends deadline for Certified Renovators to Aug. 1

The Builders Association of Minnesota put forth a bill to extend the deadline for Minnesota municipalities to verify the lead certification qualifications of residential contractors, remodelers, manufactured home installers, or roofers performing work on structures constructed prior to 1978 prior to issuing building permits. BAM understood that the Environmental Protection Agency’s website isn’t updating frequently enough to give Minnesota municipalities accurate information of who has or has not been trained as a certified renovator to perform work on pre-1978 homes. This bill pushed for an extension of the original Feb. 1 deadline to show proof of certification back to Aug. 1 of this year. This will hopefully give the EPA enough time to update its website to show that those working in Minnesota who are affected by this rule have or have not completed the required training to perform work.

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Member of the Month: John Koerselman

John Koerselman is the president and owner of Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc. and has been involved with the HBA of F-M for seven years. The annual Golf Outing every June was the activity that drew him towards the Association in the beginning. He then began to realized that there was much more he had to offer and a variety of ways to show his support. Koerselman is a member of the Public Issues Committee, Political Action Committee, volunteers his time for the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades, attends the International Builders Show, exhibits at the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and is also involved in legislative visits in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc. has also sponsored general membership meetings. Outside of work and the Association, Koerselman enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Six times a year the HBA staff chooses a “Member of the Month” to recognize volunteers who do something extra for the HBA of F-M. Each January the Extra Mile Award is given to one of those members and is awarded at the January General Membership Meeting.

Rocky Schneider, HBA public affairs coordinator (left) and Bryce Johnson, HBA executive vice president (right) present the April Member of the Month award to John Koerselman, Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc.

Fun facts about John: Favorite color: Blue. Last vacation/trip: Orlando. Hometown: Elbow Lake, Minn. First thing I would do/buy if I won the lottery: Travel the world.

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$400,000+ yearly HBA activities: • • • • • • •

$100,000+ yearly HBA activities:

Annual dues • Annual dues Home & Garden Show • Home & Garden Show Fall Home Show • GMM sponsorships EPA RRP certied renovator education • HBA advertising Annual Minnesota contractor continuing • Health insurance education • Committee involvement Health insurance “The key is this: your business will get out of membership what it puts into membership. The Remodelers Council contacts you make at events will prove to be very profitable to your business. Just last year alone, we added two new customers that account for over $100,000 in annual sales.”

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HBA of F-M General Membership Meetings Parade of Homes’ Horizon Awards: May 12

Thank You Table Top Sponsors The annual Horizon Awards ceremony, sponsored by Ferguson Accent Kitchen & Bath Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, recognizes the HBA Builder Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND members showcasing homes in this year’s Parade. A “Best of Show” Cass County Abstract Company Horizon Award will be presented in several categories. Homes will Gate City Bank be judged according to location and site planning, Matrix Properties Corporation exteriors and interiors of the homes. Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc. The Horizon Awards social hour begins at 6 Nodak Stores p.m. with the dinner and ceremony beginning Northland Truss Systems, Inc at 7 p.m. where a slide show will be presented. Overhead Door Company of Fargo Those planning to attend MUST register by May 6. To State Bank & Trust register please call the HBA office at (701) 232-5846, These sponsors help fund the programming go online to www.hbafm.com or email info@hbafm. you see at membership meetings throughout the year. com. Business attire is requested. The Parade itself will run April 30 - May 8 featuring homes in the F-M area. More details will be included as an insert in The Forum April 24, and in the Parade Horizon Awards Cost/Date/Times magazine, available at all Hornbacher’s locations beginning Menu $30 pre-registered April 25. The HBA has a media campaign to promote the Dinner Rolls $33 walk-ins event, including a parade website which will go live on www. Mandarin Orange Salad hbafm.com April 25. Thursday, May 12 Top Sirloin Steak Did you know…? Fargo Holiday Inn Garden Blend A “Parade of Homes” is designed to promote HBA builder Register by May 6 members to consumers. It serves to boost home sales and Vegetables raises the level of recognition for Builders. The Parade of Social: 6-7 p.m. Garlic Mashed Potatoes Homes Committee is responsible for all aspects of coordinating Program: 7 p.m. and promoting the event. If you’d like to attend a meeting, Mint Ice Cream contact Sarah at (701) 232-5846 or sarah@hbafm.com.

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Home & Garden Show celebrates 50th annual event, a rich history in the F-M area by Krista Mund, Communications Manager

The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show celebrated its 50th annual event Feb. 25-27, welcoming over 10,000 consumers to the Fargodome. Featured speakers, the Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson and Grilling Buddies Mad Dog & Merrill, gave outstanding seminars attracting hundreds of consumers to the main stage, sponsored by Accent Kitchen & Bath. First known as simply The Home Show, it began in 1962 at the Fargo Civic Center. HBA Past President Lee Amble (1978) became involved in the HBA of F-M in 1967 with his company, Valley Water Conditioning. He remembers early shows as an exciting way to meet the public. “Exhibitors were quite competitive over booth spots on the Civic Auditorium floor,” he says with a smile. Early shows featured hourly door prizes, 40-50 exhibitors and a homeowners’ clinic covering building, electrical, landscaping, interior decorating, plumbing, heating and air conditioning and financial. In the 1970s, The Home Show moved to West Acres Mall then back to the Civic Center, and found its current home at the Fargodome in 1993. HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson organized the show in the early 1990s. “It had continually sold out the Civic Center, and Association leaders were excited to have a larger venue for expansion and growth,” she says. Today, the Home & Garden Show hosts over 300 exhibitors, filling the main floor of the Fargodome as well as its lobby and concourse. Education has remained an integral part as organizers bring in national speakers annually and encourage building industry sponsors to offer seminars for consumers; these have included kitchen and bath remodeling, housing incentives and ways to finance home projects. Amble now lives in Arizona, but travels back to the F-M area to visit family and has visited the show. He says, “I am amazed at the growth of the show and it makes me feel proud to be one of the many people involved at the very beginning. The show is tremendous and has mirrored the growth of the HBA itself in many ways.” Amble and Johnson attribute the show’s success to leaders and volunteers who recognized how the event could showcase the industry and provide a service to consumers looking for one-stop remodeling and new home construction shopping. Fun facts, tidbits on pgs 21, 23

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Home & Garden Show highlights

50th annual show draws over 10K consumers

The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show’s exhibitors did not disappoint in 2011, putting their usual hard work, effort and pride into their booths. The result was another top-notch show at the Fargodome! With just over 330 companies represented, consumers had a wide variety of services to learn about and products to see. Consumers from around the region created great crowds throughout the weekend, with total attendance at just over 10,000. This year featured a 2-for-1 entry promotion on Friday from 3-6 p.m. The array of seminars brought in around 1,400 attendees. Seminars included offerings from Don Engebretson, a renowned gardener and Mad Dog and Merrill, the Grilling Buddies from Wisconsin. Accent Kitchen and Bath also offered local seminars on upcoming trends. The Kids Workshop, sponsored by The Home Depot, was a success once again with hundreds of kids participating in construction projects.

Home & Garden Show Comparisons:

Approximate Home & Garden Show Exhibitors 1962......... 45 2011......... 330 National median sales price of a new home 1962......... $17,200 2010......... $194,900 HBA of F-M Membership count 1962......... 112: 36 Builders, 76 Associates 2011......... 817: 226 Builders, 578 Associates

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1960s Home & Garden Show ‘Idea Book’ tidbits 1. Moorhead State Bank offers $5 for each improvement loan upon approval. 2. A flooring article advertises carpeting for kitchens and bathrooms as another addition in floor coverings to the market. 3. An ad touting “Sliding Walls of Glass,” or as we know them now, sliding glass doors. 4. “Dacor Miracle Bricks” offered “new decorating vistas to the amateur and professional alike…. Are molded individually to look like real bricks, yet are only ¼-inch thick. They may be applied to any surface with a special mastic developed to look like real cement when dry.” 5. There was “growing public acceptance” of drywall construction rather than plastering interior walls and ceilings. 6. An ad promoted brick-patterned walls in basements that are nothing more than the poured concrete foundation walls, finished with two coats of ordinary masonry paint! 7. More brick and stone being used on new homes in fireplaces and on the front of the home. 8. An article promotes home improvement loans up to $3,500 with payment plans permitting as long as 60 months to repay! 9. A “breakthrough” was Culligan’s automated electronic water softener. 10. Rigid-vinyl awnings were all the rage offering guarantees against hail damage and no repainting. 11. Tappan Time Machines, or better known today as microwaves, promised “A complete meal in 30 minutes. It’s cooler… only the foods become warm.” 12. A brand new home for just $10,750 (garage extra). 13. A selling feature was “electric” kitchens equipped to stay modern electrically for years to come.

Builder performance guidelines required in Minnesota

As of Jan. 1, Minnesota builders must, by law, include a set of performance guidelines with the contract for customers. Guidelines are available to HBA of F-M members through the Builders Association of Minnesota. BAM’s Building Performance Guidelines were put together by a task force made up of its members. Countless hours were dedicated to creating and refining this document to provide the best possible product for builders. To see the statute mandating the inclusion of building performance guidelines visit: www.revisor.mn.gov/ statutes/?id=326B.809. For more information on obtaining these guidelines please contact the HBA office at (701) 232-5846.

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HBA of F-M Builder and Associate Member Feature

Paula Rae Homes & Gardens, Inc. Focusing on building smaller, smarter homes with attention to detail

by Alison Streyle, Communication & Office Coordinator

Paula Rae and Lute Simley have been married for 38 years and have created a company that leaves them feeling blessed to be able to make a living doing what they both love. Paula Rae Homes & Gardens, Inc., has been in business since 2001 and builds affordable craftsman-style homes. The company specializes in new home construc- Above: Paula and Lute Simley, Paula Rae Homes & Gardens. See their Parade of tion, residential Homes listing on page 9. remodeling and commercial fit-ups. “We also consult with clients that are looking to us for strictly for home design, but have a separate contractor. Contractors have come to us for a design different than what they are currently building. In addition to our custom line of stick-built homes, we offer custom systems-built modular homes as an alternative method of producing buildings,” explains Lute. His background consists of 35 years of design-build expertise where he worked closely with architects, building professionals and clients developing homes and light commercial products. Paula is a former cosmetologist with a love of home design and an ability to address lifestyle choices to meet the current home-buying market. “All of our homes have a ‘look’ to them,” says Paula. “We have introduced many exterior and interiors choices that are craftsman related. Everything from front porches, exterior trim and window styles to interior floor plan design are customized for today’s buyer.” Paula Rae Homes & Gardens, Inc., began after the couple took their time visiting several of the HBA of F-M Parade of Homes. “We noticed that there were styles of homes that weren’t being built in the Fargo-Moorhead area. This motivated us, in our business plan, to create our own distinctive style of home that would be different than anything else being developed,” says Lute. According to Paula and Lute, there is always something new, exciting and interesting in the building industry. Examples include new products, energy-related topics and green construction. “We are excited about the trend towards building smaller and smarter homes with attention to detail. This has been a

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All Finish Concrete, Inc.

Approaching each job as if it were their own brings tremendous customer satisfaction by Alison Streyle, Communication & Office Coordinator

All Finish Concrete, Inc., began through word of mouth and has grown into a company that specializes in an array of concrete work. A friend of Chad Ohnstad, owner of All Finish Concrete, Inc., gave a contractor his name and put in a good word. Who would have known that was all it would take to get this company off the ground? Today, the company, located in Moorhead, is in its sixth year of business and is immersing itself in various residential projects around the community. “We began doing strictly residential jobs, but have now expanded and can say we’ve done all types of concrete work from decorative patios to large-scale commercial projects,” says Ohnstad. As the company grows, Ohnstad says that the projects continue to get more interesting and exciting with the number of improvements made to concrete and its ability to do amazing things. “Concrete craftsman have the opportunity to take their imaginations and talents to levels unheard of, even compared to five years ago. It has come a long way and I see a lot more new ideas for the future,” he says. With everything growing, developing and changing, All Finish Concrete, Inc., has managed to keep customer satisfaction as the top priority. “We believe that the way we treat our customers and how we approach each job is what keeps customers coming back and allows word of mouth to help spread our customer base. We make sure to look at each and every project as if it were our own. You can see the difference it makes to a customer when you go the extra distance to make sure they are satisfied before, during and after the project,” Ohnstad explains. There are also tough areas and snags that the company has run into, but is finding new ways to work through them. “Keeping the rising cost of materials down so the builder can get concrete work done at a fair price is difficult, but it is reality. We have resorted to purchasing materials in bulk to help keep the cost down and so far it has been working well for us,” says Ohnstad. Although there are struggles to deal with and obstacles to overcome, Ohnstad still loves his job. He says working with contractors and helping them meet their customers’ needs is definitely enjoyable and has a feel-good aspect to it knowing All Finish Concrete was a part of it all. Working with the homeowners on custom projects is another favorite aspect of his job.

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HBA of F-M Industry Spotlight The HBA thanks members who are involved with this industry:

Plumbing-Contractor, Supplier; Heating & Air Conditioning-Contractor, Supplier; Floor Heating; Ventilation Systems; Sprinkler Systems; Fireplaces-Contractor, Supplier; Geo-Thermal Heating Aire Serv of Fgo Mhd; Anderson Refrigeration & Heating; Automatic Heating Company; Bennerotte Marketing Agency; Cass County Heating Inc.; Comfort Masters LLC; Cote Mechanical, LLC; Cross Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; D.J.’s Plumbing & Heating Inc.; Dakota Heating & Plumbing, Inc.; Daniel Olson Plumbing; Don’s Plumbing; Falk Drilling, Inc.; Falk Ground Source Technologies, Inc.; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; G & T Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Goodin Company; Grant’s Mechanical, Inc.; Greener Plains Contracting; Hanson’s Plumbing & Heating; Hastings Comfort Solutions, LLC; Heartland Plumbing Inc.; Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C, Inc.; Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Inc.; Lako Drilling, Inc.; Laney’s, Inc.; Metro Plumbing Company, LLC; Mid-Valley Geo-Thermal, Inc.; Midwest Heating & Air Inc.; Midwest Mechanical Construction LLC; North Star Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Northern Plumbing Supply; Northern Turf Management, Inc.; One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning; Petermann Plumbing & Heating Co.; Pfaff Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Precision Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Cooling, Inc.; Refrigeration-Heating, Inc.; Riverside Plumbing, Inc.; Robert Gibb & Sons, Inc.; RRC Specialties; Runger’s Heating and Air Conditioning; Schall Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Shermans LLC; Sun Mechanical, Inc.; Team Sales; Thoreson Plumbing, Inc.; Valley Service Heating & Air-Conditioning; Western Products, Inc.; Wrigley Mechanical, Inc.

Midwest Decorative Concrete Center Al Tanous • 6020 53rd Ave. S., Ste. I • Fargo What is your company’s focus/specialty?

“Midwest Decorative Concrete Center specializes in resurfacing countertops, floors and most every other interior surface.”

What is the latest trend in your business/ industry?

“Right now in the resurfacing industry we are seeing a lot more design and color come into play. It is popular in areas such as showers and floors. Conservative solid colors on the countertops have also been a big hit with our customers. “We are extremely fortunate to be able to change, adapt and compliment almost any surface easily and as quickly as the trends are. It has definitely kept us on our toes as well as we work to keep evolving on a day-to-day basis.”

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

“The rising costs of materials and fuel combined with the shrinking household budgets has definitely been the biggest challenge for us. “We continue to do what we have always done. We keep our product prices fair to both our customers and ourselves without sacrificing any quality or service.”

Know someone who would make a great HBA of F-M member? Contact Jennifer at (701) 232-5846 or jennifer@hbafm.com

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“When someone is first starting out in the industry, I find that it’s important to remember to always, always, always call people back with a bid no matter how small the job is. It will take you farther and leave a great impression when that person has a larger job come up,” advises Ohnstad. Paula Rae Homes con’t on next pg

focus of ours since we started our business and we have a lot of experience in that area,” says Paula. Although the business faces the challenge of keeping up with code changes, cost increases and other things beyond its control that affect homes, Paula and Lute encourage those starting out in the industry. Their advice is to start with a dream and don’t be afraid of change. They agree that both are key components to accomplishing goals.

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News from the HBA of F-M Remodelers Council

2011 Remodelers Council

Chairman Gary Grandbois Granites Unlimited Tom Schlenvogt Red River Electric, Inc. (Past Chair)

Member Companies ABC Seamless Accent Contracting ACME TOOLS Barstad Construction, Inc. Braaten Cabinets, Inc. Casselton Lumber, Inc. Crane Johnson Lumber Company Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. Dave Anderson Construction Design Direction, Inc. Elliott Interior Design Fargo Linoleum Company Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Fiske Construction, LLP Foam DR’s LLC Granites Unlimited Home Heating, A/C, & Plumbing, Inc. Homemakers Villa Interior Affairs Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Laney’s, Inc. Marvin Windows & Doors Minnkota Windows, Inc. Norandex Northern Plumbing Supply Nvision Building & Remodeling Opp Construction Property Resources Group Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area, Inc. Red River Electric, Inc. Rick Duval Construction, Inc. RRC Specialties Rusco Window Company Showplace Kitchens Simonson Lumber Smart Spaces, Inc. Stenerson Lumber Stone Holding Company Syverson Tile & Stone Tecton Products, LLC Twin City Garage Door, Inc. United Products Corporation Valley Central Vaccuum Western Products, Inc.

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Value of green building the focus of upcoming Green Building Conference

Taking place May 1-3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, the 2011 National Green Building Conference will focus on “making the value connection” and communicating to prospective home buyers and others the value of green upgrades in their homes. “Green building creates value in so many ways,” said Doug Calvert, a builder from Gainesville, Ga., and chair of the National Green Building Conference and Expo Working Group. “This year’s conference will help housing industry professionals explain that value to home buyers, policy makers, appraisers, financiers and others whose decisions will shape the market.” The conference kicks off on May 1 with a Green Building and Technology Tour (Sponsored by Lutron) of the latest applications of green building techniques in local homes and communities. Lowe’s Commercial Services, Wells Fargo and Whirlpool are the corporate Green Building sponsors of the conference. GE ecomagiConference nation is the sponsor of the Opening Keynote Session, 9 - 10:15 a.m. May 2. May 1-3 • Salt Lake City Another conference highlight, the NaWho should attend: tional Green Building Awards (sponsored • Single family builders by Bosch Appliances and Mohawk Indus• Multifamily builders tries) takes place the evening of May 2 at • Remodelers the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Award • Developmers winners set the standard for sustainability • Land Planners in residential construction. • Architects and designers This year’s conference features a range • Energy raters, home inspectors, of educational sessions to meet the needs utilities staff of both relative newcomers and experi• Product manufacturers and enced green building professionals. suppliers A short sample of educational offerings this year includes: • Energy Star Qualified Homes: Version 3 Technical Review and Progam Update. In response to increasingly rigorous codes, standards and improved construction practices, the Environmental Protection Agency has released a third-generation of Energy Star for New Homes guidelines taking effect this year and next. This presentation will provide an update on the new changes to the program — including the rationale behind them; the value proposition of the new guidelines; training requirements for builders, HERS raters and HVAC contractors; and more. • Connecting Homeowners With Their Homes. The program reviews how education and documentation can help owners understand and take care of green features, troubleshoot many common problems and maximize the performance of their home. • High Performance Homes at an Affordable Price. A discussion of how new systems and construction processes can deliver high performance and reduce construction costs. • How to Develop a Green Building Product. Chris Nelson, director of global commercial development for UL Environment, will review new industry-wide sustainability standards and how they can be leveraged for greener buildings and market advantage. Conference information: visit www.nahb.org and type “Green Building Conference” into the search bar in the upper right hand corner. Exhibiting information: contact Chris Hood at chood@nahb.org or (800) 3685242 ext. 8684. Sponsorship opportunities: contact Grante Wright (gwright@ nahb.org, ext. 8051) or Harris Floyd (hfloyd@nahb.org, ext. 8208).

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HBA of F-M says goodbye to long time member: Jim Fay by Alison Streyle, Communication & Office Coordinator

Jim Fay worked with Amerland Co., Inc. for 57 years from 1953-2010. Fay passed away on March 8, after a long battle with cancer. He will be truly missed, but never forgotten. The HBA of Jim Fay F-M appreciates all he did for the AssoAmerland Co., Inc. ciation and the industry in his many years as a Realtor in the F-M communities. Fay is said to be one who has always been driven by the service to the customer philosophy. Many in the industry would say that he was one of the most trust-worthy, reliable realtors in town. Morrie Schwinden, former Amerland Co., Inc. Realtor, says “Jim never tried to sell someone a house they didn’t like or they couldn’t afford.” Fay was open to meeting all kinds of people, visiting with them and making sure he could find the house that fit them just right. According to Schwinden, Fay began holding open houses almost every Sunday in order to meet people and soon became known as “Mr. Open House.” He also began conducting “Realtor open houses.” These times were made for fellow Amerland Realtors to guesstimate the price one of his homes would end up selling for. All guesstimates would go into a drawing for a $25 Open House Award given away as the opening event of each Amerland Co., Inc.’s general membership meeting. This award has continued on and is now a ritual in the company. Realty was only the second job Fay ever held. After college, Fay was hired by a company to travel across North Dakota surveying businesses, but realized it wasn’t his ideal career path. He heard about openings at Amerland Co., Inc. from a shoe salesman who had suggested he try out realty. Fay immediately found his calling. He became so great doing what he loved that in the last stretch of his career he didn’t need to use advertising due to the high amount of recognition from people he worked with. Bob Kiefert, Amerland Co., Inc. Realtor, worked for Fay for 14 years and knew him for over 50. “Jim was wonderful to work for and is very much missed around here. He never put pressure on his employees and ran a good ship here. If you ever needed anything to make the job easier, he got it done! Any and all complaints were taken care of right away. Jim never put it on the back burner,” says Kiefert. Fay made a tremendous impact on the realty industry and Amerland Co., Inc. He will always be remembered. Thank you for everything “Mr. Open House.”

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HBA website advertising now available!

The HBA of F-M website, www.hbafm.com, has added advertising opportunities for its members. There are various options to choose from to advertise your company to the membership as well as to consumers. Please contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@ hbafm.com for details and pricing.

Sign up for weekly NDAB legislative update

The North Dakota Association of Builders is working hard for you in Bismarck during the 2011 legislative session! If you want to receive a weekly e-mail update on the hot issues and bills NDAB is watching and advocating, call (800) 326-4746 or email doreen@ndbuild.com. The Legislative Watch includes links to contact legislators and audio/video presentations of the daily session.

Advertise in HBA Plains Builder

The HBA of F-M’s Plains Builder advertising delivers your message monthly to over a thousand building industry professionals. You can still get in the 2011 magazine. Contact Jenny at jenny@hbafm.com or (701) 232-5846 for more details on advertising!

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Get in the running for a free year of membership in the HBA of F-M! Your Association tracks those members who pay dues before the month of renewal. All those members go into a drawing for a free year of dues. For example, if your membership is paid through April 30, 2011, you would need to pay your dues before April 1, 2011, to be entered. Contact Amanda at (701) 232-5846 or amanda@ hbafm.com with any questions.

NDAB offers discount program through Verizon Wireless

The North Dakota Association of Builders has a discount program through Verizon Wireless. Qualifying members may be eligible to receive 22 percent off monthly access calling plan fees, plus more! Find your area representative by visiting the Verizon website, www. vzwsolutions.com, and entering your zip code. Be sure to mention to your representative that you are a member of the North Dakota Association of Builders.

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News from the Home Builders Care Foundation

2011 Home Builders Care Board of Trustees

President Clark Bernard Red River Electric, Inc. DAVE ANDERSON Dave Anderson (Vice President) Construction CHAD MALOY Gate City Bank (Secretary) Mike Anderson Bierschbach (Treasurer) Equipment & Supply Toby Christensen Camrud-Foss Concrete (Past President) Constr., Inc.

HBC President’s Message Team up with HBC, Ferguson’s and The Force

If you haven’t purchased tickets for the April 8 Fargo Force game, get them now! The April 8 game against the Omaha Lancers is sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery who has teamed up with Home Builders Care. As a result of this partnership, a portion of every single game ticket sold will go to HBC. The goal of the evening is to create an industry night out for the HBA of F-M. Use it as an opportunity to take out clients or have a company event. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery has also generously offered one lucky company the use of its suite during the game. The suite was auctioned off March 31. The puck drops at 7:35 p.m. General admission tickets are available at the HBA office. With every ticket purchased from the HBA office, you can enter for the chance to win a jersey autographed by the entire Fargo Force team. If you are unable to stop by the HBA office, a variety of tickets are available at the Scheels Arena box office or www.ticketmaster.com. An event recap will be in the May issue.

Want to support our industry’s upcoming workforce?

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.

Sponsor a student attending the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades for only $75 through the Adopt a Student program. One simple donation helps defray the cost of instructor fees, materials and tools and helps keep the Academy affordable to students. The Academy is one of the ways Home Builders Care supports youth interested in the construction industry. The 14th Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is set for June 6 -17. High school students ages 16 and older from the metro area and rural communities have the opportunity to attend and experience a variety of specialty occupations. Students work side-by-side with industry and educational professionals and learn about safety, tools and skills needed for satisfying careers. Graduates of the program say the Academy helped them to determine their focus and decide on a specialty. Because students experience everything from excavation to electricity to framing, they are able to understand everything that goes into the building process and find their specialty. If you know a student interested in the industry, we are now accepting applications. Applications are available at www.hbcfm.com, or contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com. Home Builders Care is your Foundation. We are dedicated to supporting the building industry through skill training, education and projects. Please consider supporting Home Builders Care. See below and on the next page for a list of people who have already made a commitment to the Foundation. Thanks to all who have donated!

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.

Thank you 2011 Herdina Academy Adopt-A-Student sponsors

Stenerson Lumber Structural Materials, Inc. Casselton Lumber, Inc. Lavelle Company ISR Homes Rokke Construction Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson CARLITA DIETZ Jay Dietz (HBA Liaison) Construction, Inc.

Casey Beckerleg Carl blank Brad morris andy nelson dan parrow Eric Rokke Greg Thompson

The foundation, created in 1993 by the Home Builders Association of FargoMoorhead, is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization.

Terry Becker................................. Terry Becker Construction, LLC Jason Eid...................................................... Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. Ryan Hoss.................................................Baker Nursery Gardens Jerry & Jackie Migler Moorhead Community & Technical College Foundation Roers’ Construction and Development, Inc. Jeff Swenson......................................Twin City Garage Door, Inc. John Vastag................................................................Perfect Temp Mark Wentz................................................. Red River Electric, Inc.

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Briefs con’t from pg 5

tion of an increased BFE, Fargo has been requiring buildings to meet a level 2.5 feet higher than the current BFE. With the new data being used by FEMA the current level may not be high enough in some areas to move homes out of the 100-year flood plain. The 100-year flood plain is a significant level because homes under this height are required to purchase flood insurance if the home has a mortgage. After reviewing FEMA’s new draft BFE maps, Fargo officials are looking to increase the current BFE level by 1 foot. On top of the 1 foot increase, the city plans to increase its own requirement up another 1/2 foot. This means that homes will have to be built 3 feet higher than the BFE. With both requirements together, homes will be required to be built 1.5 feet higher than the current level. Officials are concerned about the added costs and availability of clay to meet the new levels. The HBA of F-M has met with officials to address how best to keep the city growing and protect current homes. Fargo has yet to establish a timetable for implementation of this new rule, but it will likely occur in 2011. If you have comments or questions, please contact Rocky at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com.

Lunch & Learn classes offered monthly

The Education Committee offers “Lunch & Learn” classes the fourth Tuesday of every month. Classes are held 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the HBA of F-M office, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, unless otherwise noted. Cost is always $10 per person with lunch provided. See the insert in this issue for upcoming classes. Mark your calendar for the 2011 Career Expo Dec. 8

Mark your calendar now for the Ninth Annual Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo Dec. 8. Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation and HBA of F-M are major sponsors of this event for ninth grade students to explore careers in several industries including construction. Williston Home Builders Show April 15-16

The Williston Home Builders Association is proud to announce its first Home Show will be April 15-16. The show is filling up! Contact Tina Hanson, Williston Area Builders Association executive vice president, at (701) 482-4722 or visit www.willistonbuilders.com for more information. Fraser offers new 2-year certification

Fraser, Ltd., in Fargo, now offers new 2-year certifications for CPR, AED and First Aid training. All instructors are American Red Cross certified and all classes meet childcare licensure requirements. Classes for individuals are available for $30. Tailored on-site training is available to businesses for classes of ten or more . Visit www.fraserltd.org for class schedules. Call (701) 232-3301 to register.

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Contractor’s Programs Call Chuck or Larry to discuss your needs!

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HBA Education ‘season’ wraps up with great turnouts

The HBA of F-M closed out the 2010 year with EPA Certified Renovator training and Workforce Safety & Insurance safety courses which focused on electrical safety compliance and CPR/First aid training. No rest was taken as 2011 rolled in three months full of great educational John Rogalla Stenerson Lumber opportunities. The Skills & Technology Education Training Center almost seemed like home Commitee Chair to HBA education classes this year as it hosted four great classes.

Electrical contractor continuing education

The year started off with an electrical contractor license renewal class Jan. 7. The class brought in 66 attendees and Tim Pull, North Dakota State College of Science, once again, did a great job speaking. Thank you to our sponsors: Border States Electric Supply, Dakota Supply Group, Graybar Electric Company, Inc. and Wesco Distribution, Inc.

Minnesota contractor continuing education

Minnesota residential building contractors’ license renewal classes were held Jan. 19 and Feb. 16. This year each date featured a different set of topics to choose from instead of offering the same list of topics for both January and February classes as we’ve done in the past. January topics included: Geothermal 101; Minnesota Hot topics: Building Code; Basics of Building Braced Walls; and Minnesota Home Warranty Law. Thank you to all the volunteer instructors at the Jan. 19 class: Brandon Darnell, Energy Dynamics, Inc.; Kurt Wenzel, Minnesota building official; Kurt Sandman, Sandman Consulting PC - Structural Engineering and Krista Andrews, Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson. February brought in a National Association of Home Builders University of Housing course “Building Technology: Systems and Interior Finishes” taught by NAHB approved speaker Doug Nelson. This class was not only approved for Minnesota continuing education credits, but also for credits applying to multiple NAHB designations including the Certified Graduate Builder, Certified Green Professional and Certified Aging in Place Specialist designations. The HBA of F-M has various members working towards these national designations. If you are interested in learning more about NAHB designations, please contact Alison at alison@hbafm.com or visit www.nahb.org/designations. Thank you to our sponsors for both classes: city of Moorhead, Hawleywood.com and TCI Insurance. We appreciate your support! Attendance for both classes combined totaled 94 attendees. Classes all received positive evaluations and the Education Committee reviewed the suggested future topics when discussing 2012 topics in early April. We are always looking for new input and committee members. If you are

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interested in joining the Education Committee please call the HBA office at (701) 232-5846 or email alison@hbafm. com.

Power limited technician continuing education

The HBA held its first ever power limited technician continuing education class March 11 and had a more than anticipated outcome. A total of 58 technicians were in attendance to listen to Tim Pull cover the 2011 National Electrical Code changes that affect installations done on technology circuits by a power limited technician. The HBA of F-M is looking for a sponsor for next year’s offering. If you are interested in this sponsorship, please contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com.

Lunch & Learn

Along with all of the classes that are required by state and/or federal law, we coordinate monthly Lunch & Learn sessions and training on other issues as they arise. Upcoming classes include topics such as “Points of Design,” Simple Ways to be Green,” “Managing Finances for Small Businesses,” “Tax Planning,” “Building Official Roundtable,” and “Builder/Homeowner Education.” The committee plans and helps coordinate the HBA’s education programs and assists the development and professionalism of members and the industry. Contact the HBA at (701) 232-5846 if you would like to contribute.

See upcoming education opportunities on back cover!

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Contractor insurance policy requirements change

Insurance companies must provide DOLI notice of policy cancellation or nonrenewal

Minnesota’s insurance laws (M.S. 60A.36) changed Jan. 1, 2011, so that a contractor’s or business’s insurance company must provide the Department of Labor and Industry a written notice of a policy cancellation or nonrenewal, subject to the terms of the policy. Policyholders must notify their insurance company, through an endorsement on the policy, that Contractor insurance changes DOLI is to be notified if 326B.33, Subd. 16 the insurance Electrical contractor Elevator contractor policy is canTechnology system contractor celed or not renewed. 326B.46, Subd. 6 Plumbing contractor Liability 326B.921, Subd. 6 insurance High-pressure-piping business is required Businesses 327B.04, Subd. 4(c)(2) and contracManufactured home Manufacturer tors issued Manufactured home dealer Manufactured home dealer sub agency licenses by DOLI must 326B.56, Subd. 2(b) “have and Water conditioning contractor maintain” 326B.86, Subd. 2 general liabilResidential building contractor ity insurance Residential remodeler coverage for Residential roofer the license to Manufactured home installer be valid. This means the business or contractor must have a general liability insurance policy in effect when a license is issued and maintain continuous liability insurance coverage throughout the license period.

Cancellation notice

In the event of a policy cancellation, insurers are required by law to send a written notice to the department “at the same time that a cancellation request is received from or a notice is sent to the insured.” Notice to DOLI is required to be made if the insurance company cancels or non-renews the policy, subject to the terms of the policy.

Policy endorsement

Before an insurance company can notify the department of a policy cancellation or non-renewal, it needs to know who and where to send the notice. The licensed business or contractor must notify the insurer, through an endorsement to the insurance policy, that the department will be notified if the insurance company cancels or non-renews the policy. DOLI’s name and address is and should appear as a certificate holder as: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry CCLD Licensing and Certification Services 443 Lafayette Rd N St. Paul, MN 55155 Insurance policy requirements con’t on next pg

Plumbing contractor licensing changes are coming

Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry will license individuals and businesses that perform or offer to perform plumbing work, with or without compensation, as a licensed plumbing contractor or licensed restricted plumbing contractor. Master plumbers and restricted master plumbers will no longer “hold” the license for a plumbing contractor, but rather will be the “responsible master” for the contractor. The plumbing contractor, as a business entity, shall “hold” the license for itself. The Minnesota Legislature made this change in 2010 to align regulation of plumbing contractors with that of electrical contractors, high pressure-piping contractors, elevator contractors, residential roofers, technology system contractors and residential building contractors. The law clarifies that business entities contracting to perform plumbing work shall be directly accountable for their business actions as a contractor.

Licensure of plumbing contractors

Although plumbing contractors have filed bonds and liability insurance with DOLI and the Department of Health for many years, they have been doing it on behalf of their master plumber. A plumbing contractor’s license was actually the master plumber’s license, not the business’ license. In 2010, the Minnesota Legislature shifted this responsibility to the plumbing contractor as a business entity rather than leaving it with the master plumber. The change goes into effect with the license period starting Jan. 1, 2012. Information currently provided by plumbing contractors when filing a bond and liability insurance will not change. This information includes: • contractor name, address information, contact information • federal and state business, employer and tax identification numbers • business name filing(s) with the Minnesota Secretary of State • business disclosure of owners, partners, officers, or members • responsible licensed master plumber or restricted master plumber • plumbing contractor code compliance bond • certificate of liability insurance • certificate of compliance with Minnesota workers’ compensation laws

The primary differences plumbing contractors will experience in 2012 are: • License number: Each licensed plumbing contrac-

tor will be issued a license number that will remain with the licensed business entity as long as it remains licensed. This will eliminate use of the master plumber’s license as the plumbing contractor’s number. • Responsible licensed plumber: Each licensed plumbing contractor will designate a master plumber or restricted master plumber as its “responsible licensed Plumbing contractor licensing con’t on pg 33

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Nielsen stressed that problems in the housing sector resulting from the economic impact of the credit crunch have placed an enormous toll on the nation’s economy. The sharp decline in home building from the 2005 peak — a drop of one million units — has translated into the loss of 1.4 million construction jobs and $70 billion in wages. Factoring in industries that provide materials and services to home builders, the total impact of the housing slump has been the loss of more than three million jobs and $145 billion in wages in all housing-related industries. “NAHB estimates that over the next decade there will be a need for at least 1.7 million additional homes per year,” said Nielsen. “This translates into five million jobs and significant economic activity,” he said. “Without increased AD&C lending, this future demand will not be met, job loss will occur and job creation will suffer.” Nielsen delivered a similar message on the urgent need to open up the lines of credit for new housing production in a March 7 address to the board of directors of the National Association of Counties during its annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C.

Qualified Residential Mortgage

On a related topic, NAHB urged the federal regulators to take an expansive approach in defining a Qualified Residential Mortgage in the forthcoming credit risk retention rules required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The law requires lenders to have “skin in the game” by holding a small percentage of each loan that they sell into the secondary market. What is still to be determined is how the risk retention rules will be established and how regulators will define the terms of certain high-quality, lower-risk mortgages that will be exempted from the risk retention requirements. Nielsen warned that if agencies establish a QRM standard that is significantly tighter than current credit standards — which are already tougher than they have been in decades — millions of creditworthy borrowers would be deemed, by regulatory action, to be higher-risk borrowers.

“As a result, they would be eligible only for mortgages with higher interest rates and fees, which would prohibit many potential first-time home buyers from purchasing a home, especially if the definition includes an excessively high minimum down payment requirement,” said Nielsen. Further, an overly restrictive QRM definition would also drive numerous current lenders from the residential mortgage market — including thousands of community banks — and enable only a few of the largest lenders to originate and securitize loans. “This sharp dilution of mortgage market competition would have a further adverse impact on mortgage credit cost and availability,” said Nielsen. “We therefore urge the agencies to define the QRM’s parameters in a way that facilitates a housing recovery and ensures access to conventional mortgage credit for all buyers and refinancers, while preserving high quality, empirically sound underwriting and product standards,” he said. For more information, contact Scott Meyer, NAHB, at smeyer@nahb.org or (800) 368-5242 ext. 8144.

Awards

Horizon

Builders call on Congress con’t from pg 15

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ACORD form accepted

Because of changes in the cancellation notice language of the ACORD Certificate of Liability Insurance and notification requirement for cancellation or non-renewal of liability insurance, DOLI will now accept the most recent version of the ACORD Certificate of Liability Insurance form (ACORD 25 2010/05) as evidence of insurance coverage. The content on the certificate must include: • the insurance company name and its National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC ) number; • the policyholder’s legal name, assumed name (doing business as or dba) if applicable, and physical address; • the policy information including policy number, effective date, expiration date, and policy limits; • insurance agent information and signature; and • DOLI identified as the certificate holder.

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Enforcement

Any licensed business or contractor failing to keep liability insurance coverage in effect is immediately presumed to be unlicensed and, as such, prohibited from acting or holding themselves out as a licensed business or contractor. Unlicensed activity is a misdemeanor and will result in enforcement action against the business or contractor, including a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation. Licensed businesses and contractors that discontinue their liability insurance coverage must terminate their license by returning the license certificate to the department. Reprinted from Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s newsletter, CCLD Review.

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NAHB provides guidance on changes in OSHA’s fall protection requirements

The National Association of Home Builders has created a new guidance document to help association members understand the key changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s residential construction fall protection directive. On Dec. 22, OSHA withdrew its Plain Language Revision of OSHA Instruction STD 3.1, Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction. First issued in 1995, the directive was a source of confusion among home builders over what fall protection methods and systems should be used to comply with OSHA’s fall protection standards. Starting on June 16, those engaged in residential construction need to follow 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M Fall Protection Regulations. Among the significant changes:

• Roofing contractors must use guardrails, personal fall arrest systems (harnesses and lanyards) or safety nets on all roofs with slopes exceeding 4-in12 when working 6 feet or more above a lower level. • All other trade contractors must use guardrails or personal fall arrest systems (harnesses and lanyards) or safety nets when the height from one elevation to another is greater than 6 feet. • However, employers who can demonstrate that these fall protection systems are not feasible or create a greater hazard can use a plan outlining alternative fall protection measures that must be followed. • The fall protection plan must be in writing and site-specific. However, a written plan developed for repeated use for a particular model or style of home will be considered site-specific. • The use of fall protection plans is limited to “residential construction” in which the structure will be used as a home and constructed with traditional wood frame materials and methods. • The limited use of structural steel in a predominantly wood-framed home — such as a steel I-beam to help support wood framing — does not disqualify a structure from being considered residential construction. The fall protection guidance document contains an easy-to-read chart highlighting the differences between the requirements of the Interim Guidelines and Subpart M regulation. NAHB expects OSHA’s policy change to ultimately make it easier for home builders to understand what’s necessary to achieve compliance, to ensure safer worksites and to reduce the occurrence of costly accidents. For more information, visit www.nahb.org/fallprotection or contact Rob Matuga, NAHB, at rmatuga@nahb.org or (800) 368-5242 ext. 8507.

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plumber.” This individual must have a current, active master license and be responsible for the contractor’s compliance with Minnesota’s plumbing laws and code. The restrictions about who may be the responsible licensed plumber for a plumbing contractor are referenced in summary tables on DOLI’s website. • New bond: Because the license is new, each licensed plumbing contractor must submit a new plumbing contractor code compliance bond for the license period starting Jan. 1, 2012. Bonds currently in effect that expire Dec. 31, 2011, will be unacceptable for the license period starting Jan. 1, 2012. Reprinted from Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s newsletter, CCLD Review.

Get your game face on and support HBC! Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is sponsoring the April 8 Fargo Force hockey game and has teamed up with YOUR Foundation. Come on out and join HBA of F-M members while supporting HBC. Every single game ticket sold benefits HBC. Puck drops at 7:35 p.m. at the Urban Plains Center.

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HBA Committee Briefs

Committee of the Quarter PAC Committee

Tyrone Leslie, Chair...................Heritage Homes PAC Committee This committee works with the Public Issues committee to coorMike Arnold........................... Accent Contracting dinate fundraising efforts for North Dakota Association of Builders’ Don Dabbert, Jr.. ......... Dabbert Custom Homes political action committee (NDAB-PAC) and the National Association John Gunkelman........... Dakota Construction of of Home Builder’s political action committee (BUILD-PAC). It is Fargo, Inc. Robert Leslie........................ Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead Jason Eid............................Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. Bob Kochmann................... Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.

Education

This committee develops education programs for the Association. It provides an abundance of choices to fulfill continuing education credits required by Minnesota for builder licensing. The committee’s purpose is to assist the development, professionalism and profitability of HBA members and the industry.

• Safety Training with Workforce Safety & Insurance “OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course (ECCS)” 1-5 p.m. April 6, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 7. Cost: FREE for members; $50 for non-members. Contact Sandy Neiss, North Dakota Association of Builders, at (701) 222-2401 or sandy@ndbuild.com to register. • Lunch & Learns are held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. one day each month at the HBA of F-M, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo. April 26 will feature, “Points of Design for Residential Building” Cost is $10. See the insert in this issue to register. Next meeting: 8 a.m. April 5, May 3

Events

This committee handles programming and entertainment for the General Membership Meetings, and coordinates the annual HBA Golf Outing, and the Home & Garden Show. Its purpose is to provide creative ideas, and support for coordination as well as logistics during each of these events.

• The next GMM will be the Horizon Awards, Thursday, May 12 at the Holiday Inn. The social is at 6 p.m. and the dinner and program follow at 7 p.m. Please RSVP by calling (701) 232-5846 or email info@hbafm.com by May 6. Parade of Homes Horizon Awards will be presented in the various price categories. • The 2011 Spring Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, June 13. Sponsorships are currently available. Next meeting: 8:15 a.m. April 8, May 13

Membership: Retention & New Member Development

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.

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involved with setting guidelines for PAC-giving policies and its members have the final vote on distribution of PAC funds the association distributes to local candidates running for office.

• Current PAC fundraising for 2011 is just over $11,000: make your contribution today! Next meeting: 12:30 p.m. April 19

• The January 2011 membership report indicates a member retention rate of 90 percent, with 819 members: 226 Builders and 580 Associates. A total of 59 renewals have been made so far this year. • The committee’s 2011 goal is to recruit 65 new members (22 Builders and 43 Associates) and achieve a retention rate of 93 percent. We are well on our way to reaching this goal! Please notify Jennifer at (701) 232-5846 or jennifer@hbafm.com if you have any leads or would like to get involved. Next meeting: Noon April 11, May 9

Parade of Homes

A “Parade of Homes” is designed to promote HBA Builder members to consumers. It serves to boost home sales and raises the level of recognition for Builder members. This committee is responsible for all aspects of coordinating and promoting the spring and fall Parades.

• The Spring Parade of Homes will be April 30 – May 8, featuring 58 homes by 40 builders. To see the Parade magazine or website visit www.hbafm.com on April 25. • The Fall Parade of Homes will be held Sept. 10-11 and 17-18. Next Meeting: 3:30 p.m., April 18

Public Issues

The public issues committee is responsible for keeping tabs on governmental action that affects the industry and then informing the industry on the status of those issues.

• A task force has been established to review infrastructure requirements in Moorhead. The group has submitted recommendations of topics to consider to the city. The purpose of the recommendations is to ultimately reduce infrastructure costs. The city has said they will respond within six to eight weeks. • The HBA participated in the Builders Association of Minnesota’s Builder Day on the Hill. Members who went met with Sen. Langseth and Rep. Marquart and Rep. Lanning. Several pieces of legislation were discussed: new home warranty legislation, a bill dealing with the state building code and the jobs bill.

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• Fargo City Commission is developing an ordinance to help preserve existing trees in the city and future development areas. HBA took part in meeting and reviewing ordinance proposals, making comments, suggestions and discussed feasibility of preservation in certain areas. • Fargo officials are looking to increase its current base flood elevation requirements of 2.5 feet higher than BFE to 3 feet. The HBA has met with officials to address how to best keep the city growing and protect current homes. No timetable has been established, but the change will most likely take place in 2011. Next meeting: 11:30 a.m., April 19, May 26

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.

• The 2011 Fall Home Show is scheduled for Oct. 1-2 at the Fargo Civic Center. We are working on a featured speaker and seminars. Ideas are welcome. • The Council will also be constructing a handicap accessibility ramp in Moorhead this month. Details will be in the next issue. Next meeting: TBD

Meet your HBA board of directors: Nancy Michelsen

Nancy Michelsen, CityWide Electric, has been on the HBA of F-M board of directors for a year and a half. She is also a past chair of the Parade of Homes Committee. Michelsen joined the Parade Committee when she decided it was time to get Nancy Michelsen more involved. After that, she wanted CityWide Electric to do more than just serve on a committee and volunteer for HBA activities. She moved her way up and is now enjoying her time on the board. According to Michelsen, the best part of being involved with the board of directors is the ability to meet various members, the great insight people bring to each meeting and also being in touch with all the current events the of Association, both locally and nationally. “The impact the HBA has with the public and the current issues of the home building industry are relayed through contact with the board of directors and staff. The board of directors plays such a key role for the Association. I can’t imagine where the industry would be if the board didn’t exist,” says Michelsen.

Fun facts about Michelsen: Favorite service provided by HBA/NDAB/NAHB: Parade of Homes and Home Shows.

What you never knew about me: I like to draw house plans.

VIP’s I’ve met: Norm Abram from the television series This Old House.

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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.) Adams, Inc..........................................................................27 Andvik Enterprises...............................................................4 Bosh Enterprises, Inc.........................................................14 Cooper Bros. Construction, Inc.............................................3 CS DuBois Construction, Inc................................................7 D & U Construction, Inc......................................................22 Dakota Refrigeration, Inc......................................................9 Dittmer Concrete, Inc..........................................................21 EDC, LLC.............................................................................6 Epic Solutions, Inc................................................................2 Eric Berg Construction, Inc...................................................1 Erickson Contracting of F-M, Inc........................................21 Executive Mortgage Corporation........................................17 Fargo Water Equipment......................................................27 Fiske Construction, LLP.......................................................9 G & M Lathing Contractors, Inc..........................................12 Gopher Excavating, Inc........................................................7 Greener Plains Contracting................................................26 Hoiberg Construction, Inc...................................................16 Holly & Company Classic Homes.........................................7 Innovative Basement Systems & Egress Windows..............6 J.V. Hough, Inc....................................................................18 JUST Construction Inc..........................................................6 Kassenborg Construction, Inc..............................................1 Kilbourne Group...................................................................2 Kindred Plumbing & Heating, Inc..........................................7

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Krueger Concrete and Steel, LLP........................................5 LTP Enterprises, Inc...........................................................28 Media Link..........................................................................11 Menard's.............................................................................18 Mid-States Truss Company.................................................40 Midwest Nail, Inc...................................................................2 Naseth Construction.............................................................6 Olympic Sales, Inc................................................................5 Overhead Door Company of Fargo....................................34 Park Co. Realtors - Terry Ellingson, Realtor.........................4 Peplawn, Inc.......................................................................11 Professional Interiors Inc......................................................4 Property Partners Management, Inc...................................13 Real Estate Services, Inc...................................................27 Realty 2000........................................................................11 Realty Executives North Plains - Mary Vigen, Realtor.........3 Sig Olson & Sons Plastering, Inc........................................16 Stan Birky Construction, Inc.................................................6 Swanston Equipment............................................................9 Tobias Paint Glass & Decorating, Inc....................................7 Valley Service Heating & Air-Conditioning..........................10 Visions Property Management & Maintenance, Inc..............1 Voxland Electric..................................................................32 Williams Company Construction, Inc....................................3 Wynn Appraisals...................................................................5

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2011 Membership Drive Contenders (November 2010 - October 2011)

Christine Gray 819 30th Ave S, #104 Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 979-1941 Sponsor: Rod Shafer, Arctic Audio

The members below have kicked off 2011 with great recruitment efforts. Each member who recruits at least one new member between Nov. 1, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2011 will be placed into a drawing for prizes given away at the 2011 November GMM.

Blake Sunde Construction & Custom Homes LLC Builder, Residential Blake Sunde 12775 110th Ave N Felton, MN 56536 (701) 361-7242 Sponsor: Chad Ohnstad, All Finish Concrete, Inc.

Dave Meyer Construction Builder, Custom Homes Dave Meyer 3921 5th St S Moorhead, MN 56560 (701) 866-5235 Sponsor: Scott Mollberg, Stenerson Lumber

Equity Home Builders, LLC Builder, Custom Homes Brad Paul 4872 48th Ave S Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 364-3700 Sponsor: Chris Lind, Chris Lind Custom Homes

Iron Unlimited Inc. Industry Related Support & Service Marcene McNamee 17105 27th St SE Argusville, ND 58005 (701) 277-0525 Sponsor: Cindy Cooper, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND

Keith Francis and Son's Construction Builder, Residential Brian Francis 14531 Hwy 6 Lake Park, MN 56554 (218) 850-8700 Sponsor: Brent Tabor, GOLDMARK Property Management

Showcase Masonry LLC Masonry, Brick, Glass Block & Stone Matt Lammers 413 13th St NE Dilworth, MN 56529 (701) 361-0531 Sponsor: Stan Birky, Stan Birky Construction, Inc.

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Name, Company........................................................ # recruited Nolen Bertsch Nelson Window Co.......................................................... 1 Stan Birky Stan Birky Construction, Inc............................................ 1 Cindy Cooper Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND.......................................... 2 Bill Blixt Western Products, Inc..................................................... 1 Jason Eid Eid-Co Buildings, Inc....................................................... 1 Harry Gilbertson Harry Gilbertson Construction......................................... 1 Darrick Guthmiller Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc...................................... 1 Nancy Kelly Heartland Labor............................................................... 1 John Koerselman Red River Drywall & Painting Service, Inc....................... 1 Ken Krajsa State Bank & Trust........................................................... 1 Tyrone Leslie Heritage Homes.............................................................. 1 Chris Lind Chris Lind Custom Homes.............................................. 2 Sylvia Lunski Design Direction, Inc........................................................ 3 Rob Lyngstad Matrix Properties............................................................. 1 Nancy Michelsen CityWide Electric............................................................. 2 Chad Ohnstad All Finish Concrete, Inc.................................................... 1 Rod Shafer Arctic Audio..................................................................... 1 Scott Mollberg Stenerson Lumber........................................................... 1 Les Stenerson Stenerson Lumber........................................................... 1 Brent Tabor GOLDMARK Property Management............................... 1 Bryce Vanderwerff Red River Electric, Inc..................................................... 1

Thank you to all members for recruiting and retention efforts!

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Guess Who Revealed!

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.

March’s Guess Who! Hints:

• Has only owned Jeep Grand Cherokees. • Injuries include: broken collarbone, foot and ankle; compound fracture in leg and many concussions. • Has traveled around the world. • Grew up in Fargo. • Takes money management and membership very seriously.

Answer:

Cyle Cavett,

Gary Cavett & Co., CPAs

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Winner:

Cary Parkinson, Alerus Financial

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• A description of the cleaning verification results, including the number of cleanings needed to achieve compliance • A copy of the renovation checklist • Proof of delivery or notice of the post-construction notification to all required persons — home owner, tenants, day care parents, etc. The staffers from Region IX said they are still finding confusion within the regulated community over the requirement for both firms and individual remodelers to be certified and they are working to clear things up. Region IX has sent letters about the RRP requirements to tens of thousands of licensed contractors and have placed numerous articles in trade publications. The EPA recognizes that there are uncertified contractors in the marketplace and is seeking tips and complaints about anyone operating out of compliance. More information for contractors can be found at www. epa.gov/lead or by calling (800) 424-LEAD. NAHB also has a great deal of information at www. nahb.org/leadpaint. At a meeting this month, enforcement managers from EPA headquarters and regional offices will discuss enforcement strategies for the RRP. NAHB plans to follow up with the EPA after this meeting and inform association members of the outcome. For more information, contact Matt Watkins, NAHB, at mwatkins@nahb.org or (800) 368-5242 ext. 8327.

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Safety & Insurance “OSHA 10-hour Construction Course (ECCS)” Location: Butler Machinery, 3401 33rd St. S., Fargo.

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1-5 p.m. April 6, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 7

• Cost: Free for Members / $50 Non-members. Limited space available! Contact Sandy Neiss, North Dakota Association of Builders at (701) 222-2401 or sandy@ndbuild.com to register.

April 20 - NAHB webinar “Green Models for Site Development” 1 - 2 p.m.

• Gain a clear understanding of the National Green Building Standard certification program and increase general knowledge of the aspects of land development that are covered by the Standard. • Cost: $21.95 for members. $24.95 for non-members. • Register at www.nahb.org. Type “Green Models for Site Development Webinar” in the search bar in the upper right hand corner.

April 26 - Lunch & Learn “Points of Architectural Design” 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the HBA office, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.

• Phil Stahl, Stahl Architects & Builders, will give some of the most commonly made architectural design mistakes and how to avoid them; what points to follow for North Dakota, Minnesota climate and more! • Cost: $10 • Register by contacting Alison at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm.com or by completing the registration form included as an insert in this issue.

April 27 - NAHB webinar “Spring Construction Forecast” 1 - 3 p.m.

• Gain diverse data and interact directly with some of the nation’s top economists. This webinar will present the latest economic data and opinion in a streamlined, efficient format. • Cost: $29.95 for members. $49.95 for non-members. • Register at www.nahb.org. Type “2011 Spring Construction Forecast Webinar” in the search bar in the upper right hand corner.

May 24 - Lunch & Learn “Simple Ways to be

Green” 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the HBA office, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.

• Scott Fluge, Authentic Green Solutions LLC, will educate you on the Certified Green Professional certification available through the National Association of Home Builders and touch on windows, water tanks and more! • Cost: $10 • Register by contacting Alison at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm.com or by completing the registration form included as an insert in this issue.

June 28 - Lunch & Learn “ADA and Assistive Technology devices” 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the HBA office, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.

• Speaker: Tom Thompson, N.D. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. • Cost: $10 • Register by contacting Alison at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm.com or by completing the registration form included as an insert in this issue.

July 26 - Lunch & Learn “Managing Finances for Small Business” 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the HBA office, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.

• Speaker TBD. • Cost: $10 • Register by contacting Alison at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm.com or by completing the registration form included as an insert in this issue.

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HBA Golf Outing June 13, Fargo Country Club Sponsorship Confirmation Don’t miss your opportunity to gain recognition at the HBA social event of the year! Please fill out the form below to be a sponsor of the 2011 Home Builders Association Golf Outing. Return this form and payment to the HBA office as soon as possible. Early Bird registration for sponsors begins April 29. Sponsorship must be confirmed, including payment by April 22 for the opportunity to register early. Other registrations will be published in the May issue of the Plains Builder (after May 1). The Outing is scheduled for Monday, June 13 at Fargo Country Club. Please indicate sponsorship: _____ HBA Golf Sponsorship $180 Your company name will be on a sponsor sign at a hole, sponsorship signs in the dining area, recognition at lunch and the evening dinner. Your company name will be listed on the scorecards, programs, and in the Plains Builder. Your sponsorship also includes the opportunity for one team slot during Early Bird Registration. Sponsoring companies who are interested in donating items for the promotional packet, door prizes for lunch or supper, or a game on a hole should indicate below: _____ Promotional item donation for packets. (Up to 265 items required to fill the bags.) List item (i.e. pens, paper pads, golf tees, etc.): ___________________________ _____ Supply a door prize:

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_____ Supply a game on a specific hole, both morning and afternoon flights. The company would supply their own signage, prize and attendant if needed. (Prizes must value at least $50 each for A.M. and P.M. flights for a total of $100.) *Games are subject to approval, to ensure consistent play on course. List game: _________________________ Preferred hole, (not guaranteed):_________ Prize:_____________________________ Please return this form and payment by Friday, April 22, to confirm your sponsorship for early registration. Thank you for your support and participation. See you at the Golf Outing! Company Sponsor__________________________________________________ Signature _________________________________________________________ Name (Please Print) _________________________________________________ Date__________________


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