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April • HBA has busy spring working with local cities - pg 11 • Fargo drafts River Setback Ordinance - pg 11 • Member of the Month: Valerie Fiske, Park Co. Realtors - pg 16 • Building Official’s Corner - pg 18 • Home & Garden Show highlights - pg 19 • Meet Your Board: Clay Dietrich - pg 23 • Member profile: Corwin Appraisal Inc. - pg 24 • Moorhead proposes growth and development initiative - pg 24 • Tour de Habitat highlights - pg 30 • HBA education ‘season’ wraps-up - pg 31 • Scheuring retires after nearly 20 years at Northland Truss Systems, Inc. - pg 34

April 28 - May 6 Platinum sponsor:

Visit 65 homes on this year’s Parade!

Silver sponsor:

Details can be found in the Parade of Homes magazine available April 23 at all

Sat-Sun • Noon - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

More details pgs 8-10 Parade of Homes Celebration Thursday, May 10 Social at 6 p.m. Ramada Plaza and Suites


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. BRYCE JOHNSON Publisher HBA of F-M Staff

BRYCE JOHNSON JENNY ERICKSON JENNIFER MCKINNEY KRISTA MUND AMANDA OHLSEN KIRSTEN ROSENOW ROCKY SCHNEIDER ALISON STREYLE

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KIRSTEN ROSENOW Editor, Photographer, Design Executive Vice President Development & Project Coordinator Membership Coordinator Communications Manager Director of Accounting & Records Communication & Office Coordinator Director of Public Affairs Events Coordinator

HBA of F-M Executive Committee & Board of Directors

TERRY BECKER Terry Becker Construction, LLC (President and National Director) DARRICK GUTHMILLER Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. (President Elect and National Director) CARLITA DIETZ Jay Dietz Construction, Inc. (Treasurer and National Director) SYLVIA LUNSKI Design Direction, Inc. (Secretary) TYRONE LESLIE Heritage Homes (Past President and National Director) KEN ANDERSEN STAN BIRKY CLAY DIETRICH HARRY GILBERTSON BRUCE JOHNSON NANCY KELLY JOHN KOERSELMAN PAUL KRABBENHOFT TERRY LIPP NANCY MICHELSEN TOM SPAETH

KWA Constructors, Inc. Stan Birky Construction, Inc. Dietrich Homes, Inc. Harry Gilbertson Construction RE/MAX Realty 1 Heartland Labor Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc. Gateway Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, LLC Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom Vivid Interiors, LLC Accent Contracting

Ex-officios to the board of directors

DON DABBERT, JR. Dabbert Custom Homes (Life Director) GERALD EID Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. (Senior Life Director) JASON EID Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. (NDAB First Vice President) JOHN GUNKELMAN Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. (Life Director and NDAB State Representative) KEN KRAJSA State Bank & Trust (NDAB Associate National Director) DAN LINDQUIST Dan Lindquist Construction, Inc. (National Director) JOHN MAHAN Mahan Construction, Inc. (Life Director)

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Gold Outing sponsorships available NDAB holds board meeting, legislative summit North Dakota 2.0 to hold Fargo Summit Top 10 trends for 2012 from Marvin Windows and Doors Home Builders Care Build for Habitat Education Opportunities Committee Briefs

In Every Issue: 6 Local President’s Report 11 Local Public Issues Report 12 NDAB State Association Report 14 BAM State Association Report 15 NAHB National Public Issues Report 20 Membership Meeting Update 24 Associate Member Profiles 25 Industry Spotlight 26 Remodelers Council Report 28 Home Builders Care Foundation Report 36 Renewals 37 New Member Report

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April is National New Homes Month April 3........Education Committee............................. 8 a.m. April 3........BAM Energy Code & Housing Summit.. St. Paul April 6............................................................. Good Friday April 8.......................................................................Easter April 11-12.....ND Dept of Health Storm Water Workshop.. Grand Forks April 13......Events Committee............................. 8:15 a.m. April 16......New Mbr Development & Retention........ Noon April 17......HBA Board of Directors........................ 11 a.m. April 18......Cass County Commisson Candidate Forum.. 11 a.m. April 19......April Lunch & Learn........................ 11:30 a.m. April 23......Parade of Homes Committee............ 3:30 a.m. April 24......Fargo Commission Candidate Forum...... 11 a.m. April 25...........................Administrative Professionals Day April 25......West Fargo Commission Candiate Forum.. 11 a.m. April 26......Health Plan Management Committee.... 11 a.m. April 27......Remodelers Council Picnic.................. 11 a.m. April 28-May 6........................................ Parade of Homes

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news briefs Hires & Promotions • CornerStone Bank has promoted David Felch to chief financial officer and chief operating officer and hired Dave Ouradnick as a mortgage loan originator; Samantha Krebsbach and Sarah Maseth as tellers; Lenora Arntson as teller supervisor; and Patrick Joyce as credit analyst. • Don Abbar has been named FargoMoorhead and Wahpeton regional president at American Federal Bank and Craig Grundstrom has been named business banker for the Fargo-Moorhead market. • Bremer Bank has hired Doreen Dirk as a customer service representative on the insurance team. • Meg Strand has joined State Bank & Trust as a personal banking officer. • Amit Shah has joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.D. as director of the enterprise project management office. Awards & Accolades • The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recognized CornerStone Bank as one of three area lenders for the Champion of Affordable Housing at its statewide housing conference in Bismarck. • The North Dakota Safety Council honored Integrity Windows and Doors and Tecton Products with the Occupational Safety Merit Award. • Homesmart Realtors has honored Dennis and Kaye Nelson as the top sales team for 2011. • Moore Engineering received the 2011-12 Outstanding Engineering Design Award from the Fargo Chapter of the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers for their project FM Area Diversions Feasibility Study Technical Assistance. • Northwestern Bank has promoted Todd McDonald to loan specialist I.

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• Erik Hatch, Keller Williams Roers Realty, was named a Cultural Ambassador at the company’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla. • Susan Richard, private client group relationship manager and LaVonne Storhaug, branch manager, at US Bank have won US Bank’s annual Pinnacle Award, which represents the top 10 percent of US Bank employees in their line of business. US Bank also made two separate $2,000 donations to the North Dakota National Guard Foundation. Funds came from Operation Salute Our Service Members, a local US Bank program that supports military members and their families in North Dakota. • BW Insurance Agency was named 2011 Agency of the Year for BWIA. The award is given to the agency that generates the highest revenue growth throughout the year. • Jaeden Pederson, chief financial officer with ABC Seamless, has earned the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. • The FM Area Commercial Realtors Exchange elected Kelly Parrett, Lexstar Real Estate Services, as vice president for 2012. • Moorhead Public Service has been named recipient of the 2012 Source Water Protection Award for Minnesota. The award recognizes organizations and staff that demonstrate leadership, initiative and a long-term commitment to source water protection efforts. Sponsorships available for Parade of Homes Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Spring Parade of Homes starting at $1,500. Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@ hbafm.com for more information.

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Plains Builder advertising space available The HBA’s monthly publication, the Plains Builder, is distributed to HBA membership, local government officials as well as state and federal legislators. This publication is a great way to market your company to the construction industry. Advertising space for 2012 is still available. We have a variety of size and color options open, starting at a business card ad size. The Plains Builder also offers an insert option. Inserts are placed in the front of the magazine every month and are a great way to advertise specific monthly events, sales or promotions. If you are interested in advertising to members of the construction industry, contact Jenny at jenny@ hbafm.com or call the HBA office at (701) 232-5846. Nor-Son receives two state awards from Associated Builders and Contractors Nor-Son, Inc., received two awards from the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors at the 2010 Excellence in Construction Banquet Feb. 2. Pyramid Awards were given to Nor-Son, Inc., in the Residential Single Family–$1-5 Million category for The Summer Kitchen, and in Healthcare–$1-5 Million category for The Garden House at St. Mary’s. ABC’s award program is designed to recognize publicly the quality and innovation of Merit Shop construction and to honor all members of the construction team, including the contractor, the owner and the design team responsible for the project. Dakota Supply Group offers scholarships Dakota Supply Group has established the DSG Education Connection Fund to provide scholarships for those who wish to join the trade industries. The DSG Education Connection Fund will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships. For more information and to print the application, visit http://dsgfund.com

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news briefs M & J Construction receives honorable mention award from the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association M & J Construction received an honorable mention award at the second annual Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study Awards Program from the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. QARC is the only national awards program in the country that recognizes outstanding new commercial and residential asphaltic roofing projects. Rebuilding Together FargoMoorhead Area, Inc., and Accent Contracting help veteran stay in his home Rebuilding Together FargoMoorhead Area, Inc., and Accent Contracting teamed up to help an 82 year-old war veteran stay in his family’s home. Accent Contracting donated about 200 labor hours to the project, while volunteers helped remodel the bathroom and move the washer and dryer upstairs to help the home owner’s limited mobility with stairs. Rebuilding Together FargoMoorhead Area, Inc., has completed ten similar projects in the area this past year. Heritage Homes named U.S. Chamber winner Heritage Homes has been named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The awards program honors companies that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas, including strategy, employee development, community involvement and customer service. Adopt-A-Student Challenge Adopt one of the HBA of F-M’s 2012 Herdina Academy students for the low price of $75. Adopting a student will help the Academy defray the cost of the materials, instructor fee and helps us keep registration fees low for students. Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com to contribute, and check out page 28 for a list of current sponsors.

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Kentucky tornado victim help The home building industry is one big family across the nation. Recently communities in Kentucky were ravaged by strong thunderstorms and tornadoes. If you wish to contribute to the recovery efforts there, the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky has a charity that is accepting donations to help local people in need: • Home Builders CARE Assistance Fund, 2751 Circleport Rd., Erlanger, KY 41018 If you have questions or would like more information on the situation in Kentucky, contact the HBA of F-M at (701) 232-5846. Remodelers Council Picnic April 27 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 27. Sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom, the picnic runs 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Council welcomes employees of all Council member companies and anyone interested in joining the group. The local Remodelers Council is affiliated with NAHB’s Remodelers group and has its own dues structure. It represents and serves the interests of its remodeling industry members, providing information, certification, education and recognition of programs geared toward keeping members competitive. Call Jennifer at (701) 232-5846 by 4:30 p.m. April 26 to attend. Pre-order student-built sheds, support Construction Trades Academy Student-built sheds will be for sale through the 2012 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. Prices start at around $1,750 for an 8’ x 12’ shed. Contact the HBA at (701) 232-5846 or info@hbafm.com before May 20, if you are interested in preordering. Limited customization is possible! Sheds will be completed by July and proceeds will be used to support the Academy in the future.

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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: • Born in Fargo and graduated from Fargo South High School. • Played hockey and percussion while in school. • Has two grown children and one grandaughter. • Worked for the fire service for 26 years.

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.

HBA proposes bylaws amendments The HBA of F-M is proposing bylaws amendments that range from housekeeping items to changes regarding removal of directors, progression of leadership and reinstating voting rights to ex-officio members. Each HBA member company should have received a mailing outlining all amendments, or you may visit the members only section of www.hbafm.com to view the document. The HBA board of directors will vote on the amendments at its April 17 meeting. If you have questions or would like more information on these changes, please contact the HBA at info@hbafm.com or (701) 232-5846.

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Climbing to $80K… Home Builders Care Build In an effort to scale the fundraising ladder step by step, HBA of F-M President Terry Becker challenges each member company to donate at least $100 to close the fundraising gap. The Home Builders Care Build for Habitat starts in late May, and we must raise $80,000! Clip this form and pledge $100 today!

Yes, I will give $100 to Home Builders Care Build for Habitat! $100 Donation Other amount $_______ Donation enclosed Please bill me. Name:__________________________ Company Name:__________________________ Send form and donation to HBA of F-M 1802 32nd Ave S, Fargo ND, 58103, email to info@hbafm.com or fax to (701) 232-5846.

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HBA needs YOU to spread the word: Vote NO on N.D. Measure #2

Your HBA of F-M was created to give the local home building industry a voice in government and public affairs. The main reason for our continued existence Terry Becker is to stay on top of those issues that will Terry Becker impact your business and the future of our Construction, LLC collective livelihood. There are a couple of major issues at the top of our list right now: N.D. Measure #2 and Fargo’s proposed river setback ordinance. In addition, it is an election year, and it’s our job to research the candidates and promote those to you, our members, who care about building industry issues.

N.D. Measure #2: Spread the word

We have been telling you about this issue for months now. It is a ballot measure to eliminate property taxes in North Dakota. Your HBA has taken a position against the measure and urges you to vote no June 12. There are many reasons why you should, and hopefully you have made the decision to vote no. If you agree, we would like you to help us spread the word about the reasons why N.D. Measure #2 is a bad idea. Tell your family, co-workers and friends. We have buttons, posters and fact sheets available for pick-up at the office: 1802 32nd Ave. S. in Fargo. Just stop by, or if you need large quantities, contact HBA Director of Public Affairs Rocky Schneider at (701) 2325846 or rocky@hbafm.com. If you need more information, or would like to discuss the HBA’s position, contact Rocky, HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson or me. You can also visit www.keepitlocalnd. com. This website is the product of a coalition mobilized to oppose the measure and has a wealth of information.

Home Builders Care Build fundraising gets shot in the arm

With Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Tour de Habitat last month, and another generous donation from State Bank & Trust, fundraising for the Home Builders Care Build has now exceeded $26,000! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Tour and designated their funds for our build: it raised over $12,000. And thank you to State Bank & Trust for the additional $8,000 from its Pay It Forward program. We appreciate the support! We still have a long way to go to reach the $80,000 mark. I encourage your company to consider pledging $100 to close that fundraising gap. You can pay it in installments or all at once, or if you would like to donate a different amount, we welcome anything. Send your donation to Home Builders Care Foundation, the HBA’s charity, that will forward monies to Habitat for Humanity. Donations are tax deductible and will count toward the HBC’s Framework for the Future long-term fundraising initiative. See the form on the left to pledge.

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Fargo’s proposed flood setbacks

Your HBA has been monitoring an ordinance proposed by the city of Fargo on river setbacks. It prohibits new construction within 350 feet from the centerline of the Red River and Wild Rice River, and within 175 feet from the centerline of the Sheyenne River. The HBA supports these setbacks for new homes and developments, but we are concerned about what may happen if the rules apply to existing homes. The new requirement would create a situation in which a home could not be rebuilt if more than 50 percent of it was destroyed. If a home cannot be rebuilt, what effect does that have on obtaining mortgages for potential buyers and for existing owners renewing their insurance and refinancing? Read more about this on page 11.

Elections are coming: Back your PAC with $20.12

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

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 11. (Rain date set for June 18.) Sponsor this event and be eligible for early bird registrating starting April 27. For only $180 you will get: your company name listed on a sign at a hole, the score cards, a listing in the program, recognition in the Plains Builder and your company name announced at lunch and the evening dinner. Get even more exposure by supplying specialty items as door prizes for lunch or dinner or as golf bag stuffers. Sponsors also have the opportunity to host a game on a hole which makes for great exposure to all the golfers. Contact Alison at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm.com, or see the insert in this issue. Important deadlines: • April 20 - Early bird response & payment deadline. • April 27 - Early bird registration for sponsors. • May 1 - Open registration. • May 2 - Sponsorship deadline.

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Parade of Homes features 65 homes by 37 builders

Spring is here and it’s time to get outside and celebrate a great building season by visiting the HBA of F-M’s 52nd Annual Parade of Homes. The Parade runs April 28 – May 6 and features homes in Dilworth, Fargo, Mapleton, Moorhead and West Fargo. 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 magazine available starting April 23 at all Hornbacher’s locations or the HBA office, 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo. An insert will also be included in The Forum April 22. The Parade website (link will be available at www. hbafm.com) will go live April 23. The Parade of Homes Committee is working on details for the May GMM set for May 10. It will be a Parade of Homes Celebration to recognize all builders and homes on the Parade. A presentation of photos from all the Parade entries will be shown and Builders will be eligible for cash drawings, prizes and more! Builder Company Name

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The list below is for MEMBERS ONLY! A final list will appear in The Forum April 22 and will be available April 23 at all

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

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BMW Homes, Inc............................................. Woodbridge................................... 514 13th St NE......................Dilworth............. $279,900 BMW Homes, Inc............................................. The Preserve at Horizon Shores... 2133 38th St S.......................Moorhead.......... $528,900 Building Concepts, Inc..................................... Villas at Charleswood.................... 776 Villa Pkwy.......................West Fargo........ $228,900 Carpenter Homes, a division of Carpco, Inc.................................. West River..................................... 121 36th Ave Pl E..................West Fargo........ $370,000 **Cornerstone Specialties, CGP, NDPB.......... Reserve at Osgood........................ 3838 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $324,900 Dabbert Custom Homes.................................. Veterans Park 1st Addition............. 5412 49th Ave S....................Fargo................. $168,900 Dabbert Custom Homes.................................. Veterans Park 1st Addition............. 5404 49th Ave S....................Fargo................. $196,900 Dabbert Custom Homes.................................. Shadow Creek 1st Addition........... 225 34th Ave E......................West Fargo........ $208,900 Dakota Development Construction, a division of Adams Development................... Brandt Crossing............................. 4844 Spencer Ln...................Fargo................. $152,400 Dakota Development Construction, a division of Adams Development................... Prairie Grove.................................. 2605 56th Ave S....................Fargo................. $169,900 Dakota Development Construction, a division of Adams Development................... Prairie Grove.................................. 5621 27th St S.......................Fargo................. $189,900 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB...South Pond at The Preserve.......... 426 South Pond Ct E.............West Fargo........ $454,900 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB...Shadow Creek............................... 149 33rd Ave E......................West Fargo........ $494,900 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB...The Wilds at Westport.................... 4716 Chokecherry Ct.............West Fargo........ $499,900 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB...Shadow Wood................................ 413 35th Ave E......................West Fargo........ $549,900 *Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, NDPB..Shadow Wood................................ 429 35th Ave E......................West Fargo........ $829,900 Dietrich Homes, Inc., CGP.............................. Shadow Wood................................ 3530 6th St E.........................West Fargo........ $685,000 Differding Signature Homes............................ Maple Ridge................................... 3025 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $287,900 Eid-Co Homes, CGP, NDPB............................ Legacy I 4th Addition..................... 2318 63rd Ave S....................Fargo................. $148,082 **Eid-Co Homes, CGP, NDPB......................... Legacy I 4th Addition..................... 2394 63rd Ave S....................Fargo................. $152,470 (Not for Show) **Eid-Co Homes, CGP, NDPB. Maple Pointe Addition.................... 325 Meridian Cir....................Mapleton........... $139,276 **Eid-Co Homes, CGP, NDPB......................... Legacy I 5th Addition..................... 2375 57th Ave S....................Fargo................. $161,892 Engberg Builders, Inc...................................... South Pond at The Preserve.......... 437 South Pond Ct E.............West Fargo........ $332,300 Equity Home Builders, LLC............................. Osgood Farms 1st Addition........... 5562 Sunflower Ln S.............Fargo................. $259,900 Hampton Homes, a division of Windows Plus, Inc........................ Eagle Run...................................... 431 36th Ave W.....................West Fargo........ $184,900 Hanson Bros., Inc, NDPB................................ Country Grove at Woodhaven........ 4307 Coventry Dr S...............Fargo................. $312,000

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Harry Gilbertson Construction......................... WestPort Beach............................. 1018 44th Ave W...................West Fargo........ $192,900 Heritage Homes, CGB, CGP, NDPB................ South Pond at The Preserve.......... 3046 6th St E.........................West Fargo........ $307,900 Heritage Homes, CGB, CGP, NDPB................ The Wilds at Westport.................... 255 47th Ave W.....................West Fargo........ $334,900 **Heritage Homes, CGB, CGP, NDPB............. Shadow Wood................................ 405 35th Ave E......................West Fargo........ $459,900 Holly & Co. Classic Homes.............................. Shadow Wood................................ 3553 Shadow Wood Ln..........West Fargo........ $394,000 J & L Construction........................................... Maple Valley................................... 6007 35th St S.......................Fargo................. $123,900 J & L Construction........................................... Veterans Park................................ 5497 49th Ave S....................Fargo................. $136,900 J.V. Hough, Inc................................................. Prairie Sun 3rd Addition................. 4571 Meadows Ln.................Moorhead.......... $178,900 Jordahl Custom Homes, NDPB....................... Deer Creek Addition...................... 6248 56th Ave S....................Fargo................. $141,701 Jordahl Custom Homes, NDPB....................... Deer Creek Addition...................... 6275 56th Ave S....................Fargo................. $161,624 Jordahl Custom Homes, NDPB....................... Prairie Grove.................................. 2655 56th Ave S....................Fargo................. $198,730 Jordahl Custom Homes, NDPB....................... Maple Ridge................................... 3019 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $220,972 Jordahl Custom Homes, NDPB....................... Reserve at Osgood........................ 3885 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $247,110 Jordahl Custom Homes, NDPB....................... South Pond at The Preserve.......... 402 South Pond Ct E.............West Fargo........ $349,900 Kochmann Brothers Homes Inc., CGB, CGP...Silverleaf........................................ 6160 Silverleaf Dr S...............Fargo................. $595,900 Krueger Construction, Inc., NDPB................... Reserve at Osgood........................ 3861 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $259,750 Landmark Homes............................................ Reserve at Osgood........................ 326 38th Ave E......................West Fargo........ $349,900 Minnesota State Community & Technical College............................................ Kendall's 2nd Addition................... 3724 11th Ave S....................Moorhead.......... $174,900 New Creations Construction............................ WestPort Beach............................. 4418 Newport Ln...................West Fargo........ $214,900 Paula Rae Homes & Gardens, Inc., NDPB...... West River..................................... 203 37th Ave E......................West Fargo........ $315,000 Platinum Home Contracting............................. The Preserve................................. 3107 6th St E.........................West Fargo........ $199,900 Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc................... Reserve at Osgood........................ 3877 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $349,000 Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc................... The Wilds 1st Addition................... 639 47th Ave W.....................West Fargo........ $448,000 Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc................... Shadow Wood 2nd Addition........... 3548 6th St E.........................West Fargo........ $496,000 (Not for Show) RCJ Framing Specialists, LLC.Woodbridge Addition..................... 1102 Southwood Dr...............Dilworth............. $248,900 Rick Halvorson Construction, Inc..................... Woodbridge Addition..................... 1310 4th Ave NE....................Dilworth............. $229,000 Rick Halvorson Construction, Inc..................... Woodbridge Addition..................... 1002 6th Ave NE....................Dilworth............. $229,900 Serenity Homes............................................... South Pond at The Preserve.......... 414 South Pond Ct E.............West Fargo........ $439,900 Shorestone Development, Inc.......................... Whispering Creek at Prairie Grove. 2692 Whispering Creek Cir....Fargo................. $220,000 Stahl Architects & Builders.............................. Silverleaf........................................ 6028 Silverleaf Dr..................Fargo................. $569,000 **Stan Birky Construction, Inc......................... Rusty Goose.................................. 435 S Pond Ct E....................West Fargo........ $298,500 Stone Ridge Builders, Inc................................ Shadow Wood................................ 3469 Loberg Dr......................West Fargo........ $264,900 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................... Brandt Crossing............................. 4889 Chelsea Ln...................Fargo................. $152,900 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................... Brandt Crossing............................. 4855 Chelsea Ln...................Fargo................. $154,900 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................... Maple Ridge................................... 3032 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $199,900 Thomsen Homes, LLC..................................... Maple Ridge................................... 3037 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $299,900 *Thomsen Homes, LLC................................... Tessa Terrace 1st Addition............. 4822 3rd St SW.....................Moorhead.......$1.3 million Titan Homes, Inc.............................................. Woodhaven.................................... 4914 Loden Ct.......................Fargo................. $315,000 Titan Homes, Inc.............................................. Shadow Wood 5th Addition............ 3465 3rd St E.........................West Fargo........ $475,000 *Featured Homes - Each year HBA of F-M members volunteer Parade entries priced at $500,000, and higher to be “featured” homes in a fundraising effort to support their industry, Association and charity. The cost to tour both homes is $5. Money raised goes to Home Builders Care Foundation of Fargo-Moorhead, 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.

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Parade of Homes Celebration

Your HBA of F-M cordially invites you to the 2012 Parade of Homes Celebration in honor of the 2012 Spring Parade Builders and entries. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. May 10 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo. The night will feature a photo presentation of all home entries, recognition of all Builder participants, and all Builders present will be eligible for great prizes, cash drawings and more! Mark your calendars now and join us to help celebrate a great beginning to the spring building season!

Parade of Homes Celebration Thursday, May 10 Social: 6-7 p.m. Program at 7 p.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites of Fargo Business attire requested

Menu: Hard Rolls Mandarin Orange Salad New York Sirloin Garden Blend Vegetables Potatoes Mint Ice Cream Cost: $30 pre-registered; $33 walk-ins Register: Call (701) 232-5846, email info@ hbafm.com or sign-up online at www.hbafm. com. Click on “Calendar,” then May GMM to register. Registration Deadline: 4 p.m. May 5

Special thanks to State Bank & Trust for their continued support for the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat. To see the complete list of donors, check out page 29.

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NDAB holds board meeting, legislative summit

The North Dakota Association of Builders held its biannual legislative summit in conjunction with its spring board meeting in Grand Forks. The main purpose of the summit Tyrone Leslie, was to plan for the upcoming Heritage Homes 2013 legislative session. Joining me at the summit were Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC; Don Dabbert, Jr., Dabbert Custom Homes; Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc.; Jason Eid, Eid-Co Buildings, Inc.; Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes; Nancy Kelly, Heartland Labor; Bob Kochmann, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.; John Koerselman, Red River Drywall & Painting Services; Ken Krajsa, State Bank & Trust; and Paul Lindemann, Lindemann Finish Carpentry, Inc.; along with Bryce Johnson and Rocky Schneider, Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead. The board meeting is always full of interesting updates from the state. The housing industry in North Dakota faces a lot of unique challenges: dealing with the increased workloads due to a booming energy sector; increased competition as out-of-state contractors flock to the area looking for work; and dealing with water management issues across the state. From what we heard from the other directors, and in looking at the state’s permit report, construction activity is booming in North Dakota and it is an exciting time to be in our industry.

Legislative Summit

With the increased construction activity in the state and the issues created due to the need for flood protection, the 2013 legislative session looks to be a busy one. With the expectation for numerous bills being put forward by other groups to deal with funding for cities and counties facing increased demands, property tax incentives and reductions, flood protection funding, special assessment financing, along with numerous unknown issues, it was decided as a board to not move forward with any of our own legislation at this time.

Vote NO to Measure #2 on June 12. See insert for more details or visit www. keepitlocalnd.com

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Public Issues Report of Area

Affairs

HBA has busy spring working with local cities by Rocky Schneider, Director of Public Affairs

Fargo to vote on sales tax measure Residents of Fargo will get a chance to vote on a halfcent sales tax measure this June. The sales tax would be used to pay for infrastructure projects and flood protection. The current sales tax paid by Fargo shoppers is 7.5 percent: 5 percent for the state; .5 percent for the county; and 2 percent for Fargo. A Fargo half-cent infrastructure sales tax is set to expire in June; one could see the current proposal as an extension of the expiring one. The HBA is currently evaluating the issue and has not taken a position. Fargo to start 2012 I-Code adoption The city of Fargo has released its hearing schedule for the adoption of the 2012 I-Codes. The hearings will start in September with the International Building Code, followed by the International Residential Code and others. The HBA will again convene its codes committee to review each of the upcoming codes and consider possible amendments. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please contact Rocky Schneider at rocky@hbafm. com or (701) 232-5846. West Fargo to adopt Landscaping Ordinance West Fargo is modernizing several requirements for its new development process. Amongst the updates, it is combining various planting requirements into one landscaping section. The HBA has met with the city regarding these updates and is currently reviewing the proposal.

North Dakota 2.0 to hold Fargo summit

USDA Rural Development announced the capstone event to North Dakota 2.0 scheduled for April 17 in Fargo. Introduced last fall, North Dakota 2.0 is an initiative focused on bringing people together to capitalize on the state’s abundance of opportunities while addressing its immediate needs. Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, award-winning hosts of National Public Radio’s Planet Money, will highlight the summit as keynote speakers. They will be joined by featured speakers Paul von Ebers, president and CEO at Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND, and Jasper Schneider, state director of USDA Rural Development. Afternoon break-out sessions will include a session on housing and future challenges facilitated by HBA Director of Public Affairs Rocky Schneider. Other breakout sessions will cover community development and enrichment; business and venture capital; and infrastructure demands. North Dakota 2.0 will be at the Radisson in Fargo, with a networking social the night before. For registration and more information about North Dakota 2.0, please visit http://nd20.com.

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Fargo drafts River Setback Ordinance by Rocky Schneider, Director of Public Affairs

The city of Fargo has drafted an ordinance that would amend the Land Development Code to include building setbacks for lots along rivers. The ordinance is modeled after a similar ordinance already in place in Cass County. It has been received by the City Commission and will now go to a hearing before the Planning Commission in April. The HBA has reviewed the language and is generally supportive of the contents. One area of concern HBA representatives expressed at a recent City Commission meeting was regarding what effect the proposal would have on the ability of existing homeowners, and potential homeowners, to attain mortgages and insurance for their homes. The draft ordinance includes the following: Setbacks for unplatted lots • The building setbacks for unplatted lots will be 450 feet from the centerline of the Red and Wild Rice Rivers and 175 feet from the Sheyenne River or 100 feet from the FEMA floodway, whichever is greater. The 450-foot zone will be broken up into a 350-foot minimal disturbance zone and a 100-foot limited disturbance zone, each having a different set of rules. Setbacks for platted lots • For areas that are platted and have not yet been built upon, approval from the City Commission is needed to acquire a building permit. There are five criteria in the ordinance that a project must meet. • For platted lots already built on, there would be new regulations overlaid upon the property. Enlargement or alteration of the structure that is already within the disturbance zone would be allowed as long as it did not extend closer to the river. Any such enlargement, alteration or interior remodeling may not exceed the limits of the “substantial improvement” provisions of Fargo’s floodplain management regulations. New subdivision requirements • The ordinance would require new subdivisions to identify disturbance zones and to dedicate the areas for drains. Drains would require an area equal to 175 feet on either side of the centerline, along with an allowance for the city to acquire an additional 150 feet. If you would like a copy of the draft ordinance or would like to provide input, contact Rocky at rocky@hbafm.com or (701) 232-5846.

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News from the North

Dakota Association of Builders

President’s Message

The NDAB’s Legislative Summit and Board of Directors Meeting was held in Grand Forks mid-March. Issues and potential legislative initiatives were discussed during the summit, including property taxes, building Eddy Mitzel codes and inspections, and other NDAB President business-related topics. NDAB will be working with local associations and others to gather more information in preparation for the 2013 Legislative Session. Other meeting highlights include: • Endorsement of a warranty program for builders... watch for more information soon! • Enhance the N.D. Professional Builder program to increase builders’ image and awareness. • Planning for NAHB Legislative Conference and Congressional Delegation Hill Visits in Washington June 6. All members welcome!

Get Tax Credits: Housing Incentive Fund

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is encouraging state taxpayers to support the ND Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) with a contribution. “The projects that received allocations and new projects that are in the pipeline need the continued support of North Dakota taxpayers to remain on track,” said Mike Anderson, NDHFA executive director. “The Housing Incentive Fund still needs more contributions to ensure that projects can begin construction as soon as possible.” NDHFA has allocated $4.3 million in flexible financing for the development of 306 new rental units. Nine housing development projects received conditional commitments for $3.9 million during a funding round that ended Dec. 31, 2011. The projects in Beach, Belfield, Crosby, Grand Forks, Kenmare and Williston join two projects in Crosby and Minot that previously received allocations worth $440,000. NDHFA is reminding taxpayers that now is a great time to earn a tax credit. Taxpayers making a contribution into the fund receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit against their state income or financial institution taxes. For taxpayers making quarterly estimated tax payments, a contribution to HIF may be used to offset their estimated payments. The agency will continue to issue tax credits to contributors on a first-come, first-served basis until HIF’s $15 million maximum authority is reached. Contributors to the fund can target their dollars to a specific project or ask that their contribution be designated for use in a specific community. More information on HIF is available at www. ndhousingincentivefund.org or by contacting Jolene Kline or Bill Hourigan at info@ndhfa.org, (701) 328-8080, (800) 292-8621 or (800) 366-6888 (TTY).

Out-of-state property owners pay $127M

Out-of-state property owners, with addresses from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Dubai, are among those who currently pay Doreen Riedman property taxes in our state...to the NDAB Executive tune of at least $126 million annually. Officer These funds help repair roads and provide for such things as fire protection, law enforcement, and senior services. Why would North Dakotans, all 660,000 of us, want to take on that added burden? Why allow commercial property owners (big box stores, Wal-Mart, Target and others) to keep $90 million in North Dakota property taxes in their pockets? NDAB and all six local builders associations are Keep it Local North Dakota coalition members, and we encourage our members to vote NO on Measure 2 on June 12. More information can be found at www.keepitlocalnd. com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ KeepItLocalND.

Out-of-State Ownership

Residential Agricultural Commercial All out-of-state owned property

Taxes Paid Percent of Total

$ 8 million $29 million $90 million

2% 16% 37%

$126 million

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Info for employers on claiming the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

If you are a small employer with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees that earn an average wage of less than $50,000 a year and you pay at least half of employee health insurance premiums…then there is a tax credit that may put money in your pocket. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is specifically targeted to help small businesses and taxexempt organizations. The credit can enable small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance coverage for the first time. It also helps those already offering health insurance coverage to maintain the coverage they already have. Here is what small employers need to know so they don’t miss out on the credit for tax year 2011: • Qualifying businesses calculate the small business health care credit on Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums, and claim it as part of the general business credit on Form 3800, General Business Credit, which they would include with their tax return. NDAB News con’t on pg 15

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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

• The Spring Parade of Homes will be April 20-22 and 27-29. We have 30 wonderful homes on display for the Parade this year. Thank you to all the builders and the subcontractors that work so hard each year to get these homes ready! • The Bis-Man HBA is working hard on opening the lines of communication with both the city of Bismarck and the city of Mandan. We are currently holding roundtable discussions on topics that are affecting the building industry in our area. If you have any issues you think need to be addressed, please call the office. • The builders’ meeting will be held at Jack’s Steakhouse May 8. More information will be coming out shortly. • After you attend the Parade, mark your calendars for the Spring Parade of Homes awards banquet May 17 at the Radisson Hotel to find out the winners!

Dickinson Area Builders Association • (701) 483-0044 Irene Schafer, Executive Officer • www.dickinsonareabuilders.com • Membership Night at our March 14 meeting was a big success with nine new members. A big thank you to the sponsors of our new members. Melissa Aartlip, Medcenter One, was speaker for the evening. She presented an informative program, “Advancing the Health of your Business.” • Our Home Show 2012 is coming up April 14-15, and everyone is very busy with final details. • Scholarship application forms are out. Deadline is mid-June.

NDAB Member Rebate Program

This exciting North Dakota Association of Builders program will actually put money back into your pocket! The country’s leading manufacturers pay rebates as their way of thanking members for their product loyalty. You may already be using many of these products, so why not get paid a rebate for something you’re already doing? This program is just another example of how being a NDAB member helps your company be more profitable. 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).

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

• On April 17, Prudential Crary Real Estate will sponsor the April Builders after Hours that will include a tour of the Choice Health and Wellness Center which is under construction. The center is to be completed this fall. • May is our annual Sporting Clay Shoot to be held at the Dakota Hunting Club.

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

• The 37th Annual Home & Garden Show was a success with 114 exhibitors and over 5,600 attendees over the two-day show. • April 10 GMM will be hosted by Acme Tool Crib at 20th Ave SE. • May GMM is being hosted by MDU and Xcel Energy at the Vegas Motel. • The tentative date for the annual NDAB-PAC/MAB Fishing Excursion is set for June 23 at Indian Hills.

Williston Area Builders Association • (701) 572-4722 Tina Hanson, Executive Officer • www.willistonbuilders.com

• The April GMM is scheduled for April 19, at the El Rancho. This evening will be sponsored by Big-Sky Insulators. • The last GMM for the spring will be May 17. Our sponsor for this meeting is Bridger Steel.

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Parade of Homes Celebration! May 10 • Ramada Plaza & Suites Social starts at 6 p.m.

1. Register online (one time) at www.hbarebates.com/ndab. html. 2. Each quarter, submit the current rebate claim form including completed homes, remodeling projects and/or multi-family units. “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.

Register at www.hbafm.com, email info@hbafm.com or call (701) 232-5846.

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News from the Builders

Association of Minnesota

2012 BAM Convention a success, 13 state award winners announced

Statewide Hall of Fame - Marvin Windows and Doors, the first company to be inducted into the Minnesota Building Industry Hall of Fame

The 2012 BAM Convention Feb. 24 in Minneapolis was a great time! Thank you to all who attended. The BAM board meeting was well attended and the lunch with Elliot Eisenberg, NAHB Economist, was both enlightening and entertaining. Senator John Pederson spoke to the Government Relations Committee in the early part of the afternoon, then the hospitality suites opened and the party began. See the fun for yourself in the photos posted on BAM’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/ BuildersAssociationofMinnesota During the BAM Awards and Installation Banquet, 2012 President Keith Kylmala was installed along with the 2012 BAM Executive Committee. In addition to the officer installation, 12 members of the residential construction industry were presented with the 2011 BAM awards recognizing the outstanding accomplishments and citizenship of companies and individuals within the industry and association. The 2011 award winners by region are: Detroit Lakes President’s Award – Bryan Schoenberger, Modern Living Concepts Duluth Builder of the Year – Terry Hammack, Anderson Hammack Construction Grand Rapids Rising Star Award – Rosemary Brenden, Hawkinson Companies Rochester Distinguished Business of the Year – Knutson Construction Services Hall of Fame – Sandy Friend, Retired Executive Officer of Rochester Area Builders Local Association of the Year – Rochester Area Builders Saint Cloud Associate of the Year – Keven Dunlap, Liberty Savings Bank Twin Cities Advocacy Award – Rick Kot, R A Kot Homes Advocacy Award – George Cundy, Cundy Santine & Associates Architects Hall of Fame – Larry Cramer, L. Cramer Designers and Builders Hall of Fame – Kathe Ostrom, C N Ostrom & Son Remodeler of the Year – Kathe Ostrom, C N Ostrom & Son

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Thank you again to all who supported, planned, and attended the 2012 BAM Convention and congratulations to all 2011 award winners.

Dust off those clubs and get your swing ready for the summer Golf Outing! June 11 • Fargo Country Club Sponsorships are limited, sign-up now! Check out the enclosed insert for all the sponsorship options available.

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News from the National

Association of Home Builders

NAHB remodelers applauds Sen. Inhofe bill to improve lead paint rule and reduce regulatory burden The National Association of Home Builders Remodelers commended Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) for introducing the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 (S. 2148) to improve the lead paint rule for homeowners and remodelers who must comply with the costly work practices and record keeping requirements of the rule. The bill was introduced with five original co-sponsors: Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), David Vitter (R-La.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Roy Blunt (RMo.). “We applaud Sen. Inhofe and his colleagues for sponsoring this bill to make much-needed improvements to EPA’s lead paint rule during this busy time in Congress,” said 2012 NAHB Remodelers Chairman George “Geep” Moore Jr., GMB, CAPS, GMR, a remodeler from Elm Grove, La. “If this effort is successful, it will reduce the regulatory burden for remodelers facing costly penalties for first-time violations like misfiled paperwork and allow homeowners to make the final decision about renovations in their homes.”

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule applies to homes built before 1978 and requires renovator training and certification, adherence to lead-safe work practices, containing and cleaning dust and record keeping. By removing the opt-out provision in July 2010, EPA more than doubled the number of homes subject to the LRRP rule, adding an estimated $336 million per year in compliance costs to the remodeling community – without making young children any safer. “We need to concentrate our efforts on helping the families that this law was designed to protect,” said Moore. “We support the intent of the lead paint rule to prevent childhood lead poisoning and believe that the provisions in this bill will encourage greater compliance by home owners. Common sense exemptions for emergency renovations and online recertification training are necessary improvements for remodelers and home owners to fully comply with the rule.” The bill would reinstate the opt-out provision to allow home owners without small children or pregnant women residing in the home, not the government, to decide whether to require LRRP compliance, allow remodelers to correct paperwork errors without facing full penalties and provide an exemption for emergency renovations. It would also eliminate the requirement that recertification training be “hands on,” preventing remodelers having to travel to training facilities out of their region. The introduction of companion legislation is being sought in the House of Representatives. NDAB News con’t from pg 12

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• Tax-exempt organizations can use Form 8941 to calculate the credit and then claim the credit on Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return, Line 44f. • Businesses that couldn’t use the credit in 2011 may be eligible to claim it in future years. Eligible small employers can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for two additional years beginning in 2014. • For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit for eligible small business employers is 35 percent of premiums paid and for eligible tax-exempt employers the maximum credit is 25 percent of premiums paid. • Beginning in 2014, the maximum credit will go up to 50 percent of qualifying premiums paid by eligible small business employers and 35 percent of qualifying premiums paid by eligible tax-exempt organizations. Additional information about eligibility requirements and calculating the credit can be found on the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for Small Employers page of IRS.gov.

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Member of the Month: Valerie Fiske, Park Co. Realtors by Kirsten Rosenow, Communication & Office Coordinator

Valerie Fiske, Park Co. Realtors, joined the HBA of F-M at the end of 2004, but she is no stranger to the construction industry. Her father was a custom home builder until his retirement in 1996, when her brother took over. Today, Fiske is a senior sales associate at Park Co. Realtors serving the FargoValerie Fiske, Park Co. Realtors, received April’s Member of the Month Moorhead area. award. Fiske’s involvement with the Parade of Homes Committee started when John Dietrich, Choice Financial Group, invited her to a Parade of Homes Committee meeting at the beginning of 2006. From there, she saw the impact the Association had on the industry. “I think it’s important to give back to an industry that has supported my family for so many years,” says Fiske. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Parade of Homes Committee and the HBA staff has chosen Fiske for April’s Member of the Month because of her willingness to get involved and her dedication to the committee and Parade. “Valerie brings great energy to the Parade of Homes Committee and is always willing to volunteer,” says Alison Streyle, HBA events coordinator. “She takes the extra step to make sure committee items are accomplished on time, which is very helpful from a staff perspective, and I truly appreciate her efforts!” Fiske has also stepped up to meet HBA President Terry Becker’s challenge and made a donation to the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat, scheduled to break ground this May. Monetary donations help pay for labor and

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material costs associated with a Habitat for Humanity build. Fiske is not only involved with the HBA, but serves her community through the public relations and RPAC committees with the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors; serves on the North Dakota Association of Realtors membership committee; and volunteers with the West Fargo Volunteers Organized in the Interest of Children’s Education (WF VOICE) and United Way. She is also a busy soccer, basketball, football and softball mom to three children with her husband David. Fiske enjoys working out at the gym in the mornings and cooking, when she has free time.

Fun Facts about Valerie: My favorite color: Purple, and so was my first house that I built in 1996! It had dark purple carpet, plum countertops, purple paint and purple marble around the fireplace! Last trip I took: Over spring break I traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., wth a friend and our six kids. Hometown: Fargo Dream job: I’m living it! There’s nothing better than going to work and enjoying what you do every day. I love real estate and new construction is my passion! The first thing I would do if I won the lottery: Take an extended vacation somewhere warm and near water. Every other month in the Plains Builder, we spotlight a “Member of the Month” chosen by the HBA staff. This feature’s purpose is to thank HBA volunteers and supporters by recognizing all they do for the Association and the industry. At the end of 2012, the staff will give an “Extra Mile” award to one person chosen from all bi-monthly winners.

Spring Parade of Homes:

April 28 - May 6

Weekdays: 6:30-8:30 p.m. • Weekends: Noon-5 p.m.

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Contractors: Remember to resume storm water controls

Storm Water Workshop scheduled for April 11-12

The construction season is resuming in many parts of Minnesota Stella Stormwater and North Dakota. When starting EPA Storm Water up activity on the job site, be sure Enthusiast to resume storm water controls and inspect your construction site now in response to runoff from winter snowmelt or rain. Make sure erosion and sediment controls are in place and are effective before the next runoff event occurs. Visit www.ndhealth.gov/WQ/ and www.pca.state.mn.us/ for information on best management practices and storm water management in Minnesota and North Dakota.

and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls, or conducting site inspections are welcome to attend. Topics include the North Dakota Department of Health permit requirements and other regulations; site inspections; storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP); local city inspector observations; and various best management practices. • April 11- 12 • Registration deadline: April 5 • Ramada of Grand Forks • Cost: $80 both days or $45 single day Visit www.ndhealth.gov/WQ/ for the registration form.

Home Builders Care Build for Habitat breaks ground in May!

N.D. Department of Health offers spring storm water workshop

The North Dakota Water and Pollution Control Conference will be April 11 and 12 in Grand Forks dealing with storm water and erosion control at construction sites. Those involved with selecting best management practices, developing and implementing storm water pollution prevention plans, managing the installation

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Building Official’s Corner: Remembering...

Remember your flood proof inspections

It will be more and more often the case that your projects will be located in a flood plain and a flood proof Ron C. Strand foundation will be required. It may Fargo Inspections be a city requirement, or it may be a Administrator voluntary action requested by you or the property owner. When that is the case, make certain that either you or your concrete subcontractor are aware of, and call for, inspections of your foundation systems at the appropriate times. Recently, this has started to be a problem. We have done our best to allow some latitude on these inspections, provided you had someone qualified to certify compliance of your work (self-certifying has never been accepted). But this must come to an end. You are responsible for complying with the laws governing this work. These laws are both local and federal and include the requirements for inspections and testing if required. I’ve sung this tune to you before, and some of you either don’t remember the words or didn’t believe that we would strictly enforce these requirements. Start believing. Calls to me will not save you from the extra time and expense that missing these inspections will cause you. There are seven facets of the foundation phase of your construction that require inspection. They are footing, foundation wall, waterproofing of the foundation wall, installation of the drain tile system, sewer line, sewer back flow valve and the floor.

and a representative of the county engineer’s office. According to the terms of the ordinance being considered, building permits within these areas may only be issued upon the granting of a waiver to the moratorium by the City Commission. Some of the conditions being considered under which the City Commission may grant a waiver include: • the extent to which the property is already protected from the risk of flooding; • the extent to which the soil is sufficiently stable to support the proposed building or structure without slumping or shifting of the soil; • the extent to which the proposed building or structure may be elevated to such a level as to mitigate against the risk of flooding; • the adequacy of area available to install emergency flood protection if the proposed building or structure were in place; • and the extent that the proposed building or structure is accessory to a principal building or structure (is the accessory building or structure to either be constructed to an elevation to appropriately minimize risks of flooding or, in the alternative, be designed and constructed so as to tolerate being flooded). Please feel free to contact a member of your inspections staff for clarification if you have questions about these requirements, procedures or applications. Building Official’s Corner con’t on pg 33

Remember flood proofing certificate paperwork

Remember your paperwork on the front end of permit applications in the flood plain. Permits will not be issued without submission of the required information which includes a preconstruction flood proofing certificate. This certificate must be prepared by a professional engineer of your choice.

Remember the river lot moratorium

The Fargo river lot moratorium still exists and will continue until the City Commission enacts ordinances finalizing rules for developments along our rivers both with the city and within our extraterritorial jurisdiction. When planning a project along a river or drain, make certain of the rules that will be applied to your project, as well as the process that will be used to review your planned project. This moratorium pertains to all lots, or parts of lots, that lie within 450 feet of the river centerline along the Red and Wild Rice Rivers and within 175 feet of the centerline of the Sheyenne River. No buildings may be constructed within 100 feet of the floodway line. The City Commission has directed that all such proposed development be reviewed by a staff level committee made up of members of several city departments

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HBA wraps up another successful Home & Garden Show

The 51st Annual Red River Valley Home & Garden Show can put another successful year into the record books after the 2012 show held Feb. 24-26 at the Fargodome. Over 330 exhibitors showcased their skills and talents to give consumers a wide variety of services to learn about and products to see. Even with blustery weather on Sunday, consumers from around the region created great crowds throughout the weekend, with total attendance at William Moss teaching a about 8,000. This year, 2-for-1 admission hours seminar on tips for growing were featured each day and brought in over 1,500 successful plants. consumers over the weekend – with waiting lines reaching outside the Fargodome on Saturday! The multiple seminars held over the course of the show included presentations by HGTV hosts John Gidding and William Moss along with seminars by the platinum sponsor Accent Kitchen & Bath. Attendance totals for seminars was just under 1,000. The Kids Workshop sponsored by The Home Depot and the children’s playground DECKMASTERS Hoops for Charity raised $316 for the Home Builders Care supervised by the YMCA of Cass & Build for Habitat. Clay Counties and the North Dakota State University’s Human Development and Family Science Club were both busy as usual with hundreds of children at each. A special thank you to DECKMASTERS for donating all the proceeds of the Hoops for Charity game for a total of $316 designated to go to the upcoming Home Builders Care Build for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. More details on the next page!

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THANK YOU! Platinum Sponsor: Accent Kitchen & Bath Bronze Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND Cass County Electric Cooperative Electronic Sponsor: A Sound Environment Show Supporter: Terry Becker Construction, LLC Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor: IdeaOne Telecom Exhibitor Beverage Sponsor: Culligan Water Conditioning YMCA of Cass & Clay Counties North Dakota State University Human Development & Family Science Club Hoops for Charity sponsored by DECKMASTERS Local seminar speakers Events Committee and volunteers All exhibitors NAHB Student Chapters: Minnesota State University Moorhead North Dakota State University

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Left: The children’s playground offered a place for parents to let their kids play while they enjoyed the show. Thank you to YMCA of Cass & Clay Counties and the North Dakota State University’s Human Development and Family Science Club for supervising the area.

Left: The Home Depot sponsored The Kids Workshop and helped make hundreds of projects over the weekend. Above: Kayla Benning and Mike Arnold, Accent Kitchen & Bath, held seminars on kitchen and bathroom trends for 2012 on the Mezzanine Level.

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Right: Exhibitors were able to enjoy food and water thanks to Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor IdeaOne Telecom and to Exhibitor Beverage Sponsor Culligan Water Conditioning. Below: Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction; John Koerselman, Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc.; and Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes, show their support for the HBA of F-M. A special thanks to the HBA members who volunteered to work the HBA booth, which also raised money for the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat.

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The show hosted two top-notch HGTV hosts, William Moss, Dig In, and John Gidding, Curb Appeal: The Block. Both gave useful information to hundreds of attendees on a home’s curb appeal, fan-favorite projects, tips and trick for growing fruits and veggies, and tried-and-true techniques for successful plants.

Above: William Moss and John Gidding stopped by to chat with Bob 95.1 FM’s hosts Jane Alexander and John Austin.

Above: William Moss, HGTV’s Dig In host, visits with attendees at Accent Kitchen & Bath’s booth.

Above: John Gidding, HGTV’s host of Curb Appeal: The Block, answers audience questions. Left: Gidding presents to hundreds of attendees. Gidding’s seminars were Friday and Saturday of the show.

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Meet Your Board: Clay Dietrich by Krista Mund, Communications Manager

Clay Dietrich is owner and president of Dietrich Homes, Inc. He was elected to the HBA of F-M board of directors this year and served previously from 2002-2004. He is also active with the Parade of Homes Committee, Clay Dietrich participated in the Home & Garden Dietrich Homes, Inc. Show, is a regular Parade of Homes participant and has hosted “featured homes” on the Parade, raising funds for Home Builders Care Foundation. Dietrich is regularly called upon to be a spokesperson for the Association or offer feedback on issues related to building codes and city interactions. Dietrich became involved with the board to assist the HBA and building community with public affairs issues. He also has an interest in the Fun facts about Clay: HBA’s efforts • Favorite service provided by to continue the HBA: Parade of Homes marketing the • What you never knew about building industry me: Started skating when I to the public was four years old and have to increase played hockey ever since. home sales. • Favorite vacation spot: His business Cancun, Mexico experience, • VIPs I’ve met: Gordie combined with Howe (NHL Hall of Fame), his public service Matt Cullen (NHL player), background, lend Zach Parise (NHL player), valuable insight Minnesota Sen. Keith to many issues the Langseth, Dr. Denis Oniel HBA confronts. (National Fire Academy). “Participating on the board • Favorite TV program: allows a business Justified owner to be • Last book you read: Decision involved in Points by George W. Bush the process of supporting the construction industry through the activities of the HBA,” Dietrich says. “This is important because the HBA acts on behalf of the industry every day.” He views the board as having a good mix of industries including Builders and Associates who can offer a wide array of information to help the Association be an effective advocate for the building industry. Dietrich has been married for 34 years to his childhood sweetheart, Dr. Suzanne Dietrich (Pharm D). They enjoy spending time with their daughter Kelly, granddaughter, Kate, and son, Thomas, who serves as vice president of Dietrich Homes. Dietrich is retired assistant fire chief for the city of Moorhead and former president of the Moorhead Youth Hockey Association. Away from work and family, he enjoys fishing whenever possible!

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City Night welcomed

mayors March 22 downtown Fargo

HBA of F-M members took the opportunity to find out what Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo’s mayors are focused on for 2012 at the Radisson Hotel March 22. Check out the highlights in next month’s issue!

Thank You! March Meeting Sponsor:

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

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

HBA members enrolled on health plan eligible for EAP HBA of F-M members who are enrolled on the Association’s health plan are eligible for The Village Employee Assistance Program. The EAP is a confidential and comprehensive counseling service for employees and managers provided nationwide. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 627-8220. For more information, visit www.VillageEAP.com. What can EAP do for you? Listed below is a sampling of services available: • Relationship Issues • Emotional Health • Drug and Alcohol Issues • Workplace Issues • Financial and Legal Counseling

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Member Feature

Corwin Appraisal Inc.

Experienced team provide high-quality, reliable appraisals by Kirsten Rosenow, Communication & Office Coordinator

For 18 years, Carolyn Corwin, president and owner of Corwin Appraisal Inc., has been offering residential real estate appraisals throughout the Cass and Clay Counties. From the Carolyn Corwin, sitting, and her team at beginning, Corwin Appraisal Inc. its focus has been simple: provide a high-quality appraisal experience. “We strive to maintain good market knowledge and to provide reliable appraisal service in a timely manner,” says Corwin. Corwin’s mission, list of professional designations and experience, keep her on top of her career and enable her to bring only the best work forward to clients. “I started in real estate sales 30 years ago, moving into brokerage management for a few years and later into the appraisal business prior to starting Corwin Appraisal,” says Corwin. She holds a bachelors and masters degree from the University of North Dakota, and from there, earned her professional appraisal education from the Appraisal Institute, an international membership association of professional real estate appraisers with nearly 100 chapters throughout the world. Corwin also holds a Senior Residential Appraiser designation from the Appraisal Institute, which she obtained after 4,000 hours of residential experience. Corwin is accompanied at Corwin Appraisal Inc. by Julie Willert, a certified residential appraiser, and Holly Sundberg, who has been with the company from its beginning providing technical and cliental support. “We enjoy our work, and the observation and analysis of real estate in the F-M area,” says Corwin. Corwin Appraisal Inc. 1321 23rd St. S. Ste. 1 Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 237-5015

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Moorhead proposes growth and development initiatives by Rocky Schneider, Director of Public Affairs

After two years of working with the HBA on ways to streamline the development process within the city and reduce infrastructure costs, Moorhead is ready to propose a series of growth and development initiatives to boost construction activity within the city. Officials hope to move forward with the proposals and have them in place and ready for this year’s construction season. Along with the seven areas the proposals cover, the city is working on a complete rework of how the city operates with, and markets to, the construction industry. Officials have said it has a renewed focus and is excited to be working toward a common goal of growth and prosperity in Moorhead. The seven areas covered by the proposals include: 1. A reduction in required widths of local roads and right-of-way. 2. Modified arterial road spacing. 3. Increased access to multi-family developments from arterial roadways. 4. Cost-saving options to allow sidewalks on one side of the street only; eliminate cul-de-sac sidewalks. 5. Match Fargo and West Fargo term for financing special assessments to reduce monthly payments. 6. Provide more options and choice of the engineer and bid process related to public infrastructure. 7. Assure the “timely” installation of park amenities in newly developed areas.

Building & Development Summit planned for April 11

Moorhead is also working on a Building & Development Summit to be held April 11. Moorhead wants to grow and be a partner with the building industry. The Summit would be a chance for Moorhead staff and officials to talk with the industry on its new approach and share what the city has to offer. If you are interested in more information on the proposals or the summit, please contact Rocky Schneider at rocky@hbafm.com or (701) 232-5846.

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HBA of F-M Industry

Spotlight

Valley Mortgage, Inc. • Brian Johnson 3301 13th Ave. S. • Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 461-8450 • www.valleymortgageinc.com

What is your company’s focus? “Valley Mortgage is the largest independently owned mortgage banker in North Dakota. We specialize in home loan financing including Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA and N.D. First Time Home Buyer loans.” What is the latest trend in your Brian Johnson business/industry? Valley Mortgage, “Record low interest rates have been Inc. the latest trend in the mortgage and real estate industry. In our area this is especially true. A strong housing market has brought many buyers to the market much earlier this year than in recent years. New buyers searching for the perfect starter home, as well as the moveup buyers, taking advantage of the low interest rates can increase their purchase power by as much as 25 percent. This allows buyers to purchase a $200,000 home today with the same monthly payment as purchasing a home worth $150,000 a few years ago. We are also seeing many people listing their homes earlier this year and planning to build a new home with one of the many great builders in Fargo-Moorhead. Interest rates will not stay at these levels for long and buyers may never have an opportunity like this to purchase a new home.” What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the industry today and how are you dealing with it? “The biggest challenge facing our industry today, I feel, is larger investors and banks having stricter guidelines with real estate mortgage lending. The recent housing crisis that began late-2008 led to many banks and investors tightening up guidelines and only allowing home loan approvals for those with high credit scores and large down payments. This has even been prevalent in our local market even though we have a strong housing market. We have been diligent in making sure we offer a wide variety of products by aligning with top investors that have more of a common sense approach to underwriting. This allows us to approve loans easier than customers may be finding in dealing with their bank. We educate our customers throughout the lending process to ensure they understand and are comfortable with their loan. This makes for a smooth and quick process for customers. I believe this gives us an edge over competition in that we are able to offer more loan products to our customers than banks and national mortgage companies can. Valley Mortgage takes pride that we are a local company serving all of Minnesota and North Dakota. We always meet our customers in person. We have very experienced loan officers, processors and underwriters in our office ready to assist and advise customers into their first or next home.”

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The HBA thanks members who are involved with this industry:

Financial Services, Appraisers, Insurance, Surveyor, Home Inspection, Abstracting & Titles Aaland Appraisals Alerus Financial American Federal Bank Appraisal Services Inc. ARC Appraisals Bank of the West BlackRidgeBANK Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND Border Appraisals Bremer Bank, National Association BW Insurance Agency, Inc. Cass County Abstract Company Choice Financial Group CornerStone Bank Corwin Appraisal Inc. Country Financial - Steve Aune Agency Dawson Insurance Eagle Appraisal Inc. Eide Bailly LLP Erik R. Johnson & Associates, Ltd. First Class Mortgage II, Inc. First International Bank & Trust First National Bank F-M Mortgage Corporation Gate City Bank Huss Appraisals, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Insurance Agency, LLC Kerkow Appraisals, Inc. Koziol Appraisal Service Lake Agassiz Regional Development Corporation Lightowler Johnson Associates, Inc. Moorhead Federal Credit Union Northern States Inspection Northern Title Northwestern Bank N.A. Park Company Mortgage Ramsey Bank Solution Design Inc. Stantec Starion Financial State Bank & Trust Superior Insurance TCI Insurance The Appraisal Office The Title Company Thelen Consulting Town & Country Credit Union TRN Abstract & Title US Bank Valley Mortgage Valley Title VISIONBank Warner and Company Insurance Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Wells Fargo Insurance Services Western State Bank Wynn Appraisals

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News from the

HBA of F-M Remodelers Council

Remodeled Home Tour 2012 Start thinking about eligible projects for the first ever Remodeled Home Tour, Remodelers Council Sept. 15-16. More information and forms will be mailed out in late June with an entry deadline of July 20. Sponsorships are available! Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@ hbafm.com for more information.

Chairman Dan Beecher Foam DR’s LLC Ursula Hegvik Smart Spaces, Inc. (Vice Chair)

Gary Grandbois Granites Unlimited (Past Chair)

Member Companies

ABC Seamless Accent Contracting ACME TOOLS Braaten Cabinets, Inc. Casselton Lumber, Inc. Crane Johnson Lumber Company Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. Dave Anderson Construction Design Direction, Inc. Fargo Linoleum Company Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom Fiske Construction, LLP Foam DR’s LLC Granites Unlimited Home Heating, A/C, & Plumbing, Inc. Homemakers Villa Interior Affairs Jauss Construction Inc. Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Laney’s, Inc. Marvin Windows & Doors Minnkota Windows, Inc. Norandex Nvision Building & Remodeling Opp Construction Property Resources Group Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area, Inc. Red River Electric, 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.

Registration open for 2012 National Green Building Conference & Expo

Registration is open for the 2012 National Green Building Conference & Expo, April 29 – May 1 in Nashville, Tenn. This year’s Conference theme is ReEvaluate – ReFocus – ReCommit. Its programs will encourage attendees to reevaluate green’s place in the new economy, refocus on what green means to consumers and recommit to building a green future! Learn from industry experts The National Green Building Conference & Expo provides exceptional building science and technology knowledge on the principles and trends of green building. You’ll learn about these practices from well-known general session speakers, be able to interact with industry experts and your peers during education sessions that include special sessions from the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA). You’ll see these principles applied during the Green Building & Technology Tour. You’ll talk about products, their uses and performance, in an exhibit hall that is completely dedicated to green home building suppliers. You’ll recognize your industry peers for their achievements during the National Green Building Awards. You’ll get contacts, resources and ideas that are good for your organization, your customers and your bottom line. With the residential green home market expected to increase fivefold by 2016, now is the perfect opportunity to ReEvaluate, ReFocus and ReCommit to Green Building. Green Building & Technology Tour The Green Building & Technology Tour is always a favorite of attendees who like to see what their colleagues are doing and to gain new insights to enhance their own building practices. You’ll have the opportunity to talk to the builders first-hand about the rationale behind the design, green building certifications they used and the value the homes bring to their owners. Please note that this is a bus tour; no individual driving is permitted due to parking limitations. Pictures of the homes will also be posted on the Conference’s Facebook page, where you are encouraged to start a conversation with the builders prior to arriving in Nashville. Registration deadline is April 20. For more information on the education schedule, special events or to register, visit www.nahb.org/ greenbuildingconference.

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Top 10 home trends from Marvin Windows and Doors

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by Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows and Doors

1. Energy Efficiency American are looking for superior energy efficiency in every important feature of their home. ENERGYSTAR-rated windows, high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners, quality attic insulation – they’ll all save money and make the home more comfortable year-round. Marvin offers more energyefficient window options than any other manufacturer, including a new Tripane with Krypton gas option. It’s our most energy-efficient solution. 2. High Quality, High Function Today’s homeowners want items that not only look good, but perform flawlessly. Fit, finish and smooth operation are essential – whether it’s a refrigerator, a sofa or a window. Consumers want both beauty and practicality. Marvin’s new Ultimate Glider is a compete re-engineering of a classic window style that combines elegant simplicity with tough performance. 3. Not-So-Big Living Architect Sarah Susanka first proposed this idea more than a decade ago, and it’s been spreading ever since. The no-so-big house is carefully planned for the owner’s needs, not designed to impress others. Investing in high-quality components and finishes for

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the home offers more lasting value than paying for poorly used square footage. Renovation Nation Americans are putting down roots; we’re moving less than at any time since World War II. Instead of moving, we’re staying in our homes longer and renovating the living spaces to fit our lifestyle. New kitchens, new windows, reconfigured living spaces – they’re all part of creating a home “built around you.” Let the Sunshine In Screened porches, sun rooms and window walls – they’re all geared toward bringing the outdoors in. And with modern, energy-efficient windows and patio doors, there’s no penalty in comfort or energy efficiency. Keeping it Simple Clean, simple lines are the order of the day. Furniture, tile, moldings, backsplashes, appliances – the less fussy, the better. Make Room for Family With multiple generations living under one roof more often these days, more Americans are making

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News from the Home

Builders Care Foundation

2012 Donate to the Home Builders Care Build Home Builders Care for Habitat Home Builders Care Build for Habitat is our biggest project this year and Board of Trustees weThe need the members of the HBA to help us make this build a success. We are President Dave Anderson Dave Anderson Construction CHAD MALOY Gate City Bank (Vice President) MIKE ANDERSON Bierschbach (Secretary) Equipment & Supply DAN PARROW ISR Homes (Treasurer) CLARK BERNARD Red River Electric, Inc. (Past President) Stenerson Lumber Structural Materials, Inc. Casselton Lumber, Inc. Lavelle Company Kochmann Brothers Homes. Inc. ERIC ROKKE Rokke Construction

CASEY BECKERLEG CARL BLANK BRAD MORRIS ANDY NELSON BOB KOCHMANN

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

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

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currently soliciting materials. We would like to have as many of the materials donated as possible. We are looking for everything from excavation and concrete, to shingles and trusses, flooring and paint, to cabinetry and woodwork. Anything your company can provide will be greatly appreciated. Remember that Habitat homes are modest and all donations make up the value of the house and mortgage, so please plan accordingly. Habitat projects are built on a strict schedule so please take this into account as you consider your donation. You can contact Rob Rich at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity at (218) 329-4583 if you have any questions or concerns about the timing of a donation of material or labor. While we want as many materials donated as possible, we still need cash. Please consider making a charitable cash contribution toward this project. HBA President Terry Becker has challenged all HBA members to make at least a $100 donation for this project. Please see page 6 for his challenge and to see how close we are to our goal. .

Support the Herdina Academy

The Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is coming up June 4-16 and we need HBA members to help us out with this project as well. First, if you know of any students, ages 15 to just entering college, who are interested in the construction industry, this Academy is for them. The two-week course is a comprehensive introduction to many specialties in the home-building industry. Applications are available at www.hbcfm.com and it is only $25 for students to attend. Students also receive three college credits from Minnesota State Community & Technical College in BLDG 1100: Basic Principles of Residential and Commercial Construction. Second, adopt a student to help defray the cost of providing this Academy. For only $75, you can become and Adopt-A-Student sponsor. Make your check out to the Home Builders Care and join me in sponsoring our students! Third, please consider volunteering to work at the Academy and provide the hands-on activities that are essential for students to learn about the various careers available in our industry. Volunteers are generally needed for a half day to work with students within their specialty. If you are interested, contact Krista at kristam@hbafm.com or Jenny at jenny@hbafm.com.

Now is your opportunity to support students who are interested in the construction industry. Adopt one of our 2012 Herdina Academy students for the low price of $75. Adopting a student will help us defray the cost of the materials and instructor fees. It allows us to keep the registration fees low for students to attend. Thank you 2012 Herdina Academy Adopt-AStudent sponsors who have helped us keep this essential program going. Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com to become a sponsor.

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2012 Herdina Academy Adopt-A-Student sponsors • Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction • Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC • Carl and George Blank, Structural Materials, Inc. • Ryan Hoss, Baker Nursery Gardens • Nancy Kelly, Heartland Labor • Roers Construction and Development, Inc. • Red River Electric, Inc. • Jeff Swenson, Twin City Garage Dooor, Inc.

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Home Builders Care Build for Habitat for Humanity Donor List Thank you to those listed below who have donated funds to the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat for Humanity. This project would not be possible without your support.

State Bank & Trust • $11,551 Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead • $2,000 Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC • $1,000 John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. • $1,000 DECKMASTERS • $316 Tecton Products, LLC • $250 Valerie Fiske, Park Co. Realtors • $100 Ken Krajsa, State Bank & Trust • $100 Tour de Habitat Teams • $12K See team photos on next page.

Rocky and the Rockettes - $2,571.92 • Jenny Erickson • Bryce Johnson • Jennifer McKinney • Krista Mund • Kirsten Rosenow • Rocky Schneider

The Trade Show - $1,355 • Duane Brown • David Diedrich • Ned Habedank • Jon Hansen • Tricia Hansen • Paul Lindemann • Jake Shirley

Good Old Boys - $2,032 • Mike Arnold • John Gunkelman • Dan Lindquist • Bob Kochmann • Trisha McDonald • Kate Kemmer

Super Sellers - $1,255 • Jenny Centko • Tyrone Leslie • Kim Meyers • Colin Panzi • Gretchen Taylor • Jacob Voelker

Tireless Trekkers - $1,535 • Dave Anderson • Dan Beecher • Carl Blank • Kim Kemmer • Sylvia Lunski

HBA-Biker Builders - $1,200 • Carlita Dietz • Darrick Guthmiller • Scott Persoon • Tom Schlenvogt • Darla Skaurud • Tom Spaeth

Road Warriors - $1,500 • Paul Baumgartner • Molly Fossum • Aaron Jones • Emily Sweeney • Jeff Swenson • Kay Swenson Wii Not Fit - $1,432.50 • Brian Hanson • Josh Hass • Stephanie Lindemann • Nathan Lotvedt • Wayne McGraths • Eric Smith

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Handlebar Honeys - $836 • Chrissie Dimmer • Monica Hart • Sarah Huckle • Shelly Richard • Elle Taylor • Donna Wiger

Want to give materials?

Check out the list below for the Home Builders Care Build for Habiat materials and let us know what you can provide. Some of these items are dependent on the plan of the home. If you are interested in donating but need to see the plans for exact amounts, contact Rob Rich at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity at (218) 3294583 or rob@lakeagassizhabitat.org. • Concrete: footings and foundation for a (roughly) 28’ x 36’ full basement. We also need a concrete slab for a two-car garage poured. • Plumbing: two drop-in bathroom sinks, one double kitchen sink; two bathroom faucets, one kitchen faucet; at least one, possibly two 5’ shower enclosures and possible one roll-in shower and trim-out; two low-flow toilets; 50-gallon electric water heater (could be tankless); rough-in • Electrical: rough-in, trim and fixtures • Lighting: $1,500 allowance for homeowner to choose fixtures • HVAC: a gas forced-air furnace, 95 to 99 percent efficient; rough-in and duct work • Lumber: for home and garage • Trusses: for home and garage • Shingles and all roofing materials for home and garage • Siding: Apex siding: for home and garage • Soffit, fascia and f-channel: for home and garage • Exterior doors and windows: for home and garage • Interior doors and finishes • Insulation: Spray foam in basement, rim joists and 2” on ceiling, spray-in fiberglass and R-21 bat insulation. R value must be R-50 • Drywall • Tape, Texture and painting • Paint: Eggshell paint for entire house • Cabinets, Countertops and Vanities • Flooring • Mirrors and bathroom hardware • Landscaping • On-site waste: roll-off dumpster and landfill fees • Utilities during build • Nails • Poly for insulation • Caulking • Adhesive for sub-floors • Garage door and door opener

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Tour de Habitat raises over $24K

On March 3, 16 teams biked their hearts out to raise money for the 9th Annual Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Tour de Habitat at Courts Plus Fitness Center. Nine of the 16 teams designated funds to the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat, and $12,050 will go directly to the build. Check out the team pictures to the right. Team member names and money raised can be found on page 29. Top fundraising members included HBA of F-M’s own John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.; Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction; and Bryce Johnson, HBA of F-M. The top fundraising teams were Rocky & The Rockettes, Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Good Old Boys. Top mileage went to Darrick Guthmiller with 11.4 miles in 15 minutes. Sponsors for the year’s event were Coldwell Banker, First Choice Apparel; Floor to Ceiling Carpet One; HBA of F-M; Ken’s Sanitation and Recycling, Inc.; North Dakota Interior Designers; Olson-Legatt Roofing Inc.; Red River Plumbing and Heating; and Valley Lights.

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Make your donation

There is still a long way to go to reach the fundraising goals for the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat. Consider making a donation to the build through materials or in-kind donations. A list of materials and those who have already made their donation can be found on page 29. Become a donor and help support the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat this May. HBA President Terry Becker has challenged each member to give $100 to help reach our goal. Read more about his challenge on page 6. Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@ hbafm.com for more information or to make your contribution today.

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• $11.91 will buy a dryer vent for a home • $25 will buy a light fixture • $45 will rent a Porta Potty • $144 for bathroom countertop • $12,000 to pour foundation

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HBA Education ‘season’ wraps-up

John Rogalla, Stenerson Lumber Education Committee Chair

As 2011 came to a close, the HBA of F-M Education Committee was able to look back at a successful year of classes and begin preparing for the busy year ahead. 2012 started off with four education opportunities in January alone, and the committee is continually working on the 2012 schedule.

Electrical contractor continuing education

Jan. 13 was the start of the first continuing education class for the year. The electrical contractor license renewal class brought in 71 attendees and was taught by Tim Pull, North Dakota State College of Science. Thank you to the Skills & Technology Training Center for letting us use their facility, and to our sponsors: Border States Electric Supply; Dakota Supply Group; Graybar Electric Company, Inc.; and Wesco Distribution Inc.

Minnesota contractor continuing education

Minnesota contractor license renewal classes were held Jan. 18 and Feb. 1. at Butler Machinery Training Facility. A total of 93 contractors attended. Thank you to Kurt Wenzel, City of Moorhead, for instructing the first session each day, and for Darrell George and his team at Building Products, Inc., for instructing the remaining sessions. This year’s topics included: Minnesota Hot Topics– Building Code; Assembling & Estimating Stair Systems; Siding Best Practices; Correct Ventilation; and Lite Metal Beams & Tall Walls. The classes received positive feedback and the Education Committee will review suggested future topics for next year this spring. If you have any suggestions or are interested in joining the Education committee, please contact Kirsten at (701) 232-5846 or kirsten@hbafm.com. Thank you to our sponsors of both classes: City of Moorhead, Butler Machinery, and Building Products, Inc. We appreciate your support!

Power limited technician continuing education

The HBA held a power limited technician continuing education class March 9. This was the second year the HBA offered the class, and there were a total of 42 attendees. The class was instructed by Tim Pull at the Skills & Technology Training Center. We are still looking for sponsors of next year’s class, so if you or someone you know would be interested in sponsorship, contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@ hbafm.com.

Lunch & Learn

Every month the HBA is proud to offer lunch & learn opportunities for its members. Lunch & learns are 90-minute classes, usually held at the HBA office, that cover a variety of topics throughout the year. So far in 2012, the HBA has been able to partner with North Dakota

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Association of Builders to offer lunch & learn classes on radon-resistant building and cost effective ways to insulating basements. We have also held classes called “Take Your Home Show Booth or Parade Home Over the Top in 2012” and “Home Energy Score.” Upcoming classes will include topics about avoiding cracking concrete, problems local inspectors see most, balancing combustion air and proper air exchange, and water heater code changes. Upcoming classes can always be found in the Plains Builder, the weekly email, and online at www.hbafm.com. Thank you to our instructors for 2011 and to those who have taught so far in 2012. The Education Committee is in charge of developing education programs for the Association and providing continuing education credits required by Minnesota for builder licensing. Its purpose is to assist the development, professionalism, and profitability of HBA members and the industry. Contact Kirsten at (701) 232-5846 if you have any suggestions or would like more information.

Education Opportunities April 19

• 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Cost: $10 (includes lunch)

“Avoiding the Crack – Concrete Durability and the Contractor”

• Concrete has so much potential to enhance any project’s marketability because of its aesthetics and perception of value. However, if cracks or other issues distract from the aesthetics, a positive enhancement can turn to a negative. This seminar will bring home the issues of concrete aesthetics in the home builders’ world, and reinforce much of what current technology and craftsmanship can provide. Items of discussion will include early age cracks, surface defects, decorative concrete problems, aesthetic preservation and repairs. • Speaker: Dave Sethre, marketingdirector, N.D. Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association and executive director, N.D. Chapter, Inc. - ACPA. May 24

“Stay Out of Hot Water: Federal Residential Water Heater Energy Code Changes”

• In 2015, energy conservation standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy will become effective, affecting usage of water heaters in homes. While 2015 may seem like a long way off, contractors can prepare now to ease the transition for home buyers you are currently working with. Equipment warranties last anywhere from six years to a lifetime: plan for the change now to avoid problems in three years! • Topics: - Code changes and ramifications on hot water needs - Mechanical requirements - Replacement options - Warranty considerations - Home design/space requirements - How to prepare: What to discuss with home buyers on home designs • Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom, 1602 45th St. N., Fargo.

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Committee Briefs 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.

were assigned. Committee members will be contacting those leads and reporting back to staff. • The committee’s 2012 goal is to recruit 50 new members (15 Builders & 35 Associates) with a retention rate goal of 91 percent. Please notify Jennifer if you have any new member leads. Also, our new member development & retention committee members are actively looking for members to join our recruitment and retention efforts. Let Jennifer know if you would be interested in checking out a meeting. Next meeting: Noon, April 16

• NDAB organized a lunch & learn Feb. 13, taught by Carl Pederson on cost-effective way to insulate energy efficient foundations. It had 39 attendees. • NDAB held an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) course March 27-28 in Bismarck. • The HBA has a concrete durability class and a water heater code change class scheduled for April 19 and May 24. See page 31 for details. New Member Development & Retention Next meeting: 8 a.m., April Peter Johnson, CornerStone Bank (Chair); Bryce 3

Committee of the Quarter:

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.

Vanderwerff, Red River Electric, Inc. (Vice Chair); Donna Berglund, AM Realtors; Cyle Cavett, Gary Cavett & Co., CPAs; Cindy Cooper, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND; Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.; Nancy Kelly, Heartland Labor; Paul Kochmann, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.; Ken Krajsa, State Bank & Trust; Kimberli Laasch, Bremer Bank, National Association; Drew Likness, Chase Realty; Terry Lipp, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom; Brenda Martinson, Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead; Scott Mollberg, Stenerson Lumber; Cary Parkinson, Alerus Financial; Dennis Schmidtke, First National Bank; Dawn Schmitt, Braaten Cabinets; Rod Shafer, Arctic Audio; Ruth Strahm, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND; Deanna Wierima, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND

• Feb. 9 GMM / “Chilly Cook-Off” at Fabricators Unlimited, 806 NP Ave in Fargo. Had nine chili teams and 53 in attendance. The HBA will be holding again next year, but at a new venue! • 2012 RRV Home & Garden Show Feb. 24-26 had 8,000 in attendance for a sold-out show of just over 330 exhibitors. • Golf Outing will be June 11 at Fargo Country Club– Sponsorships now available! Next meeting: 8:15 a.m., April 13

New Member Development & Retention

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.

• The membership status as of 1/31/12 is: 805 members with 214 builders and 573 associates with a retention rate of 90.5 percent. 30, 60, 90 days past due accounts were reviewed and assigned. February call results were reviewed, and March calls were assigned (calls are made 60-90 days prior to member renewal date). • The number of renewals in 2012 is 74. New prospects

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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.

• Spring Parade of Homes dates are set for April 28 – May 6. The Parade of Homes Committee decided to discontinue the Spring Parade judging. A new Parade of Homes Celebration is in the works for the May 10 General Membership Meeting. This evening event will celebrate all the Builders and homes on the Parade and give all Builder participants a chance at one of multiple cash drawings, door prizes and

more! • The Fall Parade of Homes will run Sept. 8-9 and 15-16, 2012. Next Meeting: 3:30 p.m., April 23

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.

• The Public Issues Committee has been working on many issues, most recently Fargo’s building setback ordinance and half-cent sales tax extension proposal, Moorhead’s infrastructure cost review and building and development summit, and West Fargo’s landscape ordinance changes. You can read about all of these items in this Plains Builder. • The committee is also organizing Candidates Forums for upcoming city and county elections: Cass County Commission, Fargo Commission and West Fargo

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Commission. Other items of interest on the June ballot will be N.D. Measure #2 and Fargo’s proposed half-cent sales tax extension for infrastructure and flood protection. The committee is also planning to take part in Fargo’s Board of Appeals hearings for the 2012 I-Codes adoption. Next meeting: Candidate Forums 11 a.m., April 18, 24, 25

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 HBA, HBC and RC are partnering up with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity for a build in May 2012. Cash donations are being accepted but materials will also be needed. We request that the materials donated are basic. The mortgage for the family is determined by what goes into the home. Thanks for considering and more information will be coming. We are currently asking for cash donations to reach our $80,000 goal and in-kind donations will be needed also. • RC reviewed items for the Fall Home Show. It will be held at the Fargo Civic Center Sept. 28-29. • A Remodeled Home Tour is in the works for 2012. This tour is to spotlight what can be done by simply remodeling rather than building new. It will be in conjunction with the Fall Parade of Homes and ONLY be held on the second weekend due to the homeowners needing to have their homes open to the public. Watch for updates in the newsletter and Parade publications. Next meeting: 8 a.m., July 26

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Remember soils observation and testing

Soils observation and testing during your construction project may be required. Such observations and reports are becoming nearly a necessary part of your foundation work to safeguard against problems for your property, yourself and the city. Every precaution needs to be taken to be as certain as possible of your site’s ability to support the load of the planned structure. If you have not already secured a soils observation or ordered testing, your inspector may feel that an observation or spot testing may be advisable and he will inform you of the requirement. The criteria for such testing will not change from our process last year so there should be no surprises.

Remember smoke alarms are required

The inspectors report that they are finding homes without sufficient smoke alarms for which there are permits for ongoing work. Remember that the building code requires that smoke alarms exist throughout the home, even in those areas where the permitted work is not taking place. Typically these required alarms will not be required to be A/C, nor interconnected, but that does not mean that a functioning, battery-operated alarm is not required. Even though it is not a part of your project, you should still speak to the owner about any alarms that are missing or non-functioning to avoid delays in the successful completion of your final inspection and certificate of occupancy (if needed). Please review Section R314 of your 2009 IRC for the specifics of smoke alarm installation.

Remember your final inspection and certificate of occupancy

Your final inspection must be successfully completed and your certificate of occupancy issued prior to the building being occupied. We will do everything possible to accommodate your inspection calls in a timely manner and followup with issuance of the certificate but we will not be able to do so if you fail to contact us for the inspection. Remember that building inspections are not voluntary.

Remember that the 2012 code adoption hearing schedule begins this year Remember that Fargo will begin reviewing the 2012 editions of the International Codes for possible adoption by the City Commission in mid-2013. The process will include a series of hearings conducted by the Fargo Board of Appeals from September 2012 to March 2013. The purpose of these hearings is to review the differences between the 2009 and 2012 editions of these codes. Everyone is welcome to participate and share their comments or concerns at these hearings. The HBA of F-M has a copy of the proposed hearing schedule. Contact Rocky Schneider at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com for details. Remember to have a successful and constructive season.

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Scheuring retires after nearly 20 years at Northland Truss Systems, Inc.

out to the site and crawl up in the rafters with you to take measurements. It was that willingness to go above and beyond that made him stand out, and he was probably doing that for everyone! I bet we worked with him on well over 100 houses throughout the years.” Serving on the HBA of F-M’s Public Issues Committee for nearly 10 years, Scheuring offered valuable insight when dealing with code issues affecting truss and component manufacturing. He became involved after attending several General Membership Meetings, and realizing an interest in the by Krista Mund, government affairs side of the HBA’s work. Communications Bob Kochmann, Kochmann Brothers Manager Homes, Inc., another long-time Northland Only about two Truss Systems customer, served with months in, Ben Scheuring on the Public Issues Committee. He Scheuring can relate estimates Kochmann Brothers Homes began to that old adage working with Scheuring about five years after about becoming even Ben Scheuring (with his wife, Jan Scheuring) retired in he and his brother, Paul, went into business. busier after retirement January from Northland Truss Systems, Inc. “As far as businesspeople go, he was a than before. On the jewel. In the construction industry, there are other hand, two months into day-to-day business without variables that you don’t foresee. Builders can get excitable Scheuring, co-workers and customers are missing a friend in those situations. Ben is level-headed and has a way to and helpful business partner. convey that it’s not the end of the world and find a way to Northland Truss Systems Office Manager/Corporate make it right,” Kochmann says. “It’s pretty evident that his Secretary Carol Cich says, “Ben wasn’t just your coway of doing business has rubbed off on everyone over at worker, but your support, confidant and always willing to Northland Truss. They are helpful people and I think he listen and give you a new perspective on things.” had a lot to do with it.” Scheuring’s long-time customer Rick Samson, Rick Scheuring married his wife, Jan, in 1984. They live Samson Construction, Inc., says, “I really miss him and in Fargo, have four children and nine grandchildren. that warm personality. When I would stop in the office, he In retirement, he hopes to have more time for riding would sit down and spend awhile talking about life and motorcycle and traveling, since family is scattered across family. You could tell he enjoyed the relationships with the country. He also thinks he will probably pick up a people.” part-time job doing something different to simply “try Scheuring celebrated retirement from Northland Truss something new.” Systems with a party on Jan. 31 after 19 years at the Cich considers the Scheurings to be like family, as she company and nearly a lifetime in the construction industry. has known them for 27 years. He had a break from construction when he entered the “Ben and Jan are Honda Gold Wing people through and Army at age 20, but jumped back in to get his architectural through, but my husband and I don’t hold that against them drafting degree from Northland Community & Technical since we are Harley people,” she says. “We have already College in Thief River Falls, Minn., in 1972. made plans to join them this summer for a ride!” Originally from Red Lake Falls, Minn., Scheuring moved around after college, working in drafting and design for a handful of lumberyards in Minnesota and North Dakota, and finally landing at a window company in Fargo. He worked for Twin City Construction’s Components Division that later became Fargo Truss in 1985. When Fargo Truss’s owners divided the company in 1991, he transitioned over to Northland Truss Systems, Inc. He enjoyed working with people and the constant challenge that truss and component design presented. As design/sales manager at Northland Truss, he was very involved in the process. Scheuring says, “I got to a point where I was able to make things work for people that they were having a hard time with, and that was very satisfying.” Samson says, “For those tougher jobs, he would come

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Framework for the Future

Framework for the Future is HBC’s long-term fundraising initiative to build the endowment fund to maintain current giving, support additional projects and provide for endowment growth. HBC hopes to become self-sustaining while also increasing its impact on the industry and community.

Triple Players

(Triple players pay HBA dues and give $365 to both NDAB-PAC and HBC)

Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC Toby Christensen, Camrud-Foss Concrete Constr., Inc. Jason Eid, Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. John Koerselman, Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc. Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes Dan Lindquist, Dan Lindquist Construction, Inc.

Builders Club Members (Those who have pledged $500 per year for 5 years)

John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. Dan Lindquist, Dan Lindquist Construction, Inc. Dan Parrow, ISR Homes Rod Paseka, Hebron Brick Supply Red River Electric, Inc.

Gold Donors ($2000+):

Rod Paseka, Hebron Brick Supply State Bank & Trust

Silver Donors ($500 - $1,999):

Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC Toby Christensen, Camrud-Foss Concrete Constr., Inc. Dietrich Homes Fargo Force Hockey Club Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.

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Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes Dan Lindquist, Dan Lindquist Construction, Inc. Dan Parrow, ISR Homes Red River Electric, Inc. Simonson Lumber Stahl Architects and Builders

Bronze Donors ($1 - $499):

702 Communications Andrew Alsop, Acme Investment Company Stan Andvik, Andvik Enterprises Casey Anderson, Casey Construction Chuck Anderson, ARC Appraisals Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction Mike Anderson, Bierschbach Equipment & Supply Pete Anderson, Anderson Hardwood Floors LLC David Asplin, Asplin Excavating, Sand & Gravel, Inc. Brent Atkins, Minnkota Windows, Inc. Pat Bellmore, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND Terry Bladholm, Bladholm Brothers George Blank, Structural Materials, Inc. Gary Bloom, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of the Red River Valley Tom Boyle, D & M Industries, Inc. Doug Bruer, Bruer Construction Greg Burchill, Enterprise Sales Company Kade Bussinger, Network Cabling Services, Inc. Mike Carlson, Dakota Exteriors Jason Carpenter, Carpco Inc. DECKMASTERS Marvin Degerness, Harmon Glass Doctor Hal Dickelman, D & U Construction, Inc. Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc. David Dietz, Preference Personnel DMC Corporation Dan Doeden, Alerus Financial Jason Eid, Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. Jeff Ellenson, Ellenson Caulking, LLC Valerie Fiske, Park Co. Realtors Zac Fluto, Premium Decks Four Points Logistics Todd Funfar, DECKMASTERS Dallas Gjestvang, Dig Em, Inc. Mike Graff Aaron Greterman, Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead Hanson Bros., Inc.

the house accommodate the extended family. In-law suites, bedroom additions and basement makeovers (including egress windows) are becoming more popular. 8. Aging in Place and Universal Design Older Americans not living with their children want to maintain their independence for as long as possible. That means universal design that allows them to age in place. Easy-opening windows, large showers with benches and grab bars, lower countertops – all help make homes more accessible and comfortable for older residents. 9. Indoor/Outdoor Living Americans love the easygoing back-and-forth between their kitchen and a deck or patio. It makes

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Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc. Dennis Hegel, Brock White Co. Harlan Herberholz, Dream Homes LLC Alan Hochhalter, Building Concepts, Inc. Ryan Hoss, Baker Nursery Gardens Kirby Kassenborg, Kassenborg Construction, Inc. Knife River Materials Paul Krabbenhoft, Gateway Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, LLC Cindy Kummeth, Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Inc. John Lien, GOLDMARK Property Management Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, Inc. Shanna McArthur, Business Resource Group Inc. Chad Maloy, Gate City Bank Dave Meyer, Dave Meyer Construction Midwest Concrete Pumping LLC Jim Morken, North American Building Solutions LLC Brad Morris, Casselton Lumber, Inc. Todd Nankivel, Gate City Bank Paul Nelson, Nelson Homes, Inc. Ron Nelson Kelly Nystrom, Butler Machinery Company Chad Ohnstad, All Finish Concrete, Inc. Kris Olson, Professional Interiors Inc. Gary Ostrom, Ostrom’s Hardware, Inc. Bob Pearson, RE/MAX Realty 1 Chris Peterson Jason Plecity, Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc. Nicole Plecity, Gate City Bank Greg Raun, Raun Technologies, Inc. Roers’ Construction and Development, Inc. Todd Rodeman, Gemstone Masonry Operating Company Inc. Eric Rokke, Rokke Construction Marcus Roman, Floor To Ceiling Carpet One Lynn Scheck, Armstrong Construction & Precast Products, Inc. Randy Schneibel, Designer Tops Inc. Rod Shafer, Arctic Audio Sig Olson & Sons Plastering, Inc., in memory of Don Engebretson Terry Skjerseth, Pifer Auction & Realty - Terry Skjerseth, Realtor John Sliper, Price-Rite Home Improvements, Inc. Brian Sperle, Sperle Masonry, Inc. Nancy Stotten, Border States Paving, Inc. Jeff Swenson, Twin City Garage Door John Vastag Lee Wegner, ABC Seamless Mark Wentz, Red River Electric, Inc. Charlie Zach, Zach Construction

entertaining easier and makes the house live larger. A quality patio door is a must for these high-traffic areas. 10. Lighter and Brighter Lighter colors and natural light make a home feel cheerful and energizing. “Daylighting” – using windows to bring in as much natural light as possible – also can help lower energy bills. Marvin Windows and Doors is the platinum sponsor of the 2012 Spring Parade of Homes.

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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.)

Years Company Name

Company Name

Adams, Inc.................................................................28 Agassiz Underground..................................................3 Arista Realty - Karen Thorson, Realtor........................2 Bruer Construction......................................................5 Building Gurus.............................................................8 Charleswood, Inc.......................................................18 Cooper Bros. Construction, Inc....................................4 D & U Construction, Inc.............................................23 Dakota Refrigeration, Inc...........................................10 Dale Buchholz Construction........................................8 Design-7 P.C..............................................................10 Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead..........................4 Diamond Vogel Paints..................................................4 DL Jones Construction LLC........................................2 Eric Berg Construction, Inc..........................................2 Fabricators Unlimited.................................................27 Fargo Water Equipment.............................................28 Fiske Construction, LLP............................................10 G & M Lathing Contractors, Inc.................................13 Greener Plains Contracting.......................................27 Heartland Labor...........................................................3 Heritage Homes........................................................14 Hoiberg Construction, Inc..........................................17 Home Improvement By Stenersons, Inc....................31 Innovative Basement Systems & Egress Windows.....7 JD & Associates, Ltd..................................................19 Kadoun Hardwood Flooring, Inc..................................2 Kassenborg Construction, Inc.....................................2 Kent Jensen Construction...........................................9 Krueger Concrete and Steel, LLP...............................6 Lako Drilling, Inc........................................................19 Landmark Homes......................................................16 LTP Enterprises, Inc..................................................29 Media Link.................................................................12 Menard’s....................................................................19 Midwest Fasteners.......................................................3 Moorhead Public Service..........................................27 Naseth Construction....................................................7

Back Your PAC Send a personal check for $20.12 to NDAB-PAC today! Make housing “one voice stronger,” and join Club 2012. Questions? Contact Rocky at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com.

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NetWork Center, Inc..................................................22 Olson Pools & Spas...................................................30 Olson’s Do It All Drywall..............................................5 Overhead Door Company of Fargo...........................35 Park Co. Realtors - Karen Skjold, Realtor...................4 Pro Landscapers LLC..................................................4 Professional Interiors Inc.............................................5 RE/MAX Realty 1 - Morris Pyle, Realtor......................2 Realty Executives North Plains - Mary Vigen, Realtor.4 Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area, Inc..........1 Red River Glazing, Inc.................................................8 Richard L. Pierce, Ltd................................................12 Rigels, Inc..................................................................28 S & S Landscaping Company, Inc.............................17 Stan Birky Construction, Inc........................................7 Thelen Consulting........................................................1 Tobias Paint Glass & Decorating, Inc...........................8 TruGreen...................................................................28 Tucker Pointe Management, LLP...............................15 Valley Service Heating & Air-Conditioning.................11 Williams Company Construction, Inc...........................4 Xcel Energy...............................................................50

Update your HBA Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide: Non-renewals

Absolute Landscaping Associate Jim Gerhardson (701) 388-8937 Chirs Lind Custom Homes Builder Chris LInd (701) 526-0882 Classic Construction Builder Linda Klebe (701) 729-4914 DISHMAN Associate Ed Schmidt (701) 293-0844 E.J. Underground, Inc. Builder Ed Roth (701) 361-6806

Mortenson Masonry Inc. Associate Connie Mortenson Personal Touch Cleaning by Jeri Associate Jeri Cahill (218) 236-9079 Stylemark Builders Inc. Associate Dustin Jung (701) 866-8367 Sun Contracting Builder Bryan Borrud (701) 799-9950 Valley Title Associate Mary Jerome (701) 271-8458

Executive Mortgage Corporation Associate Dave Ouradnik (701) 239-0155

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HBA of F-M New

Member Report

Ceramic Tileworks Tile Specialties Supplier

Luxury Builders Remodeler Residential

Round To It Carpentry Service Decks

Huche de Lapin LLC Real Estate & Sales

Morton Buildings, Inc. Metal Buildings

Sensible Design Staging

Innovative Abstract & Title Company Abstracting & Titles

Peterson Mechanical, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning

Jo Jensen 3002 Fiechtner Dr, Ste C Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 356-5238 Sponsor: Sylvia Lunski Design Direction, Inc.

Llonna Helenske PO Box 10483 Fargo, ND 58106 (701) 237-5031 Sponsor: Craig Helenske Holly & Company Classic Homes

Dean Rindy 216 4th St N Wahpeton, ND 58075 (701) 361-6382 Sponsor: Cary Parkinson Alerus Financial

Jeremy Wallace 507 21st St S West Fargo, ND 58078 (701) 491-2455 Sponsor: Harry Gilbertson Harry Gilbertson Construction

Tom Janke 1500 29th Ave S Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 233-1500 Sponsor: Terry Becker Terry Becker Construction LLC

Darold Peterson PO Box 302 Fargo, ND 58107 (701) 293-7206 Sponsor: Ken Krajsa State Bank & Trust

Bill Colbeth 2160 90th St N Glyndon, MN 56547 (701) 412-3261 Sponsor: Terry Becker Terry Becker Construction LLC

Karen Wells 1535 University Dr S Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 298-7768 Sponsor: Ken Krajsa State Bank & Trust Who do you know that would make a great member? The New Member Development Committee would like to hear from you! Please contact Jennifer at (701) 232-5846 or jennifer@hbafm.com.

2012 Membership DriveContenders (November 2011 - October 2012)

The members below have kicked off 2012 with great recruitment efforts. Each member who recruits at least one new member between Nov. 1, 2011, and Oct. 31, 2012, will be placed into a drawing for prizes given away at the 2012 November GMM.

Name Company#

Recruited

Cary Parkinson Alerus Financial..........................................................................1 Jeremy Gregorie Bert’s Truck Equipment of Moorhead, Inc...................................1 Chris Kulesa Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND.....................................................1 Deanna Wierima Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND.....................................................2 Drew Likness Chase Realty..............................................................................2 Chris Lind Split Rock Construction, Inc........................................................1 Don Dabbert, Jr. Dabbert Custom Homes.............................................................1 David Currier Dakota Fence.............................................................................1 Sylvia Lunski Design Direction, Inc...................................................................1 Tony Swartz Diamond Vogel Paints.................................................................1 Jason Eid Eid-Co Buildings, Inc..................................................................1 Terry Lipp Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom...................................................................1

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Mike Hanson Hanson Bros., Inc.......................................................................1 Harry Gilbertson Harry Gilbertson Construction....................................................1 Nancy Kelly Heartland Labor..........................................................................1 Craig Helenske Holly & Company Classic Homes...............................................1 Carlita Dietz Jay Dietz Construction Inc..........................................................1 Paul Kochmann Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.................................................1 Greg Krueger Krueger Construction, Inc...........................................................1 Bruce Johnson RE/MAX Realty 1........................................................................1 Rick Stremick RJS Building Systems................................................................1 Phil Stahl Stahl Architects & Builders.........................................................1 Stan Birky Stan Birky Construction, Inc.......................................................2 Ken Krajsa State Bank & Trust......................................................................2 Terry Becker Terry Becker Construction, LLC..................................................2 Thank you to all members for your 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: • She was the ping pong champion in Grand Forks two years in a row for her age group. • She was named Student Nurse of the Year while in nursing school. • Has a goal of getting to all 50 states by age 50. • Her first name is generally a sign of Spring.

Answer:

Robin Swanson Superior Insurance

Winner:

Monica Hart Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc.

Join A Committee In 2012! Get involved this year and join an HBA of F-M committee! Contact Jennifer at (701) 232-5846 or jennifer@hbafm.com.

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ABC Seamless.....................................................7 ACME TOOLS....................................................38 Aggregate Industries..........................................33 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND.............................21 Butler Machinery Co...........................................20 BW Insurance Agency........................................22 Camrud-Foss Concrete......................................22 Carpet World......................................................19 Cass County Abstract Co...................................21 Cass County Electric Cooperative......................22 Coldwell Banker First Realty................................7 Crane Johnson Lumber Co................................17 Dakota Gypsum..................................................19 Dawson Insurance..............................................14 Goodin Company................................................39 Hauck & Buchholz Drywall, Inc.............................7 Knight Printing......................................................7 Lamperts Yards...................................................16 Mid-States Truss.................................................17 Minnkota Windows, Inc.........................................2 Nodak Stores......................................................20 Northland Truss Systems....................................15 Property Resources Group.................................27 Rigels, Inc...........................................................18 State Bank & Trust..............................................19 Stenerson Lumber..............................................21 The Title Company.............................................21 Western Products, Inc..........................................7 Windows Plus, Inc..............................................40 Xcel Energy..........................................................3

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2012 Plains Builder

April


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HBA Golf Outing June 11, 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 2012 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 27. Sponsorship must be confirmed, including payment by April 20 for the opportunity to register early. Open registration will begin with forms published in the May issue of the Plains Builder (after May 1). The Outing is scheduled for Monday, June 11, at Fargo Country Club.

**REMINDER: NO SHORTS OR TANK TOPS are allowed at the Fargo Country Club!** Please indicate sponsorship: _____ HBA Golf Sponsorship $180 Your company name will be on a sponsor sign at a hole, displayed in the buffet area and recognized at lunch and the evening dinner. Your company name will be listed on the scorecards, programs, on the HBA website 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:

Lunch____

Supper____

_____ 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 20, 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__________________


Home Builders Care Build for Habitat needs your help!

Donations of cash and materials are needed to complete the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead’s first-ever build for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. Check out the needs below and commit to support this project!

Cash In an effort to scale the fundraising ladder step by step, HBA of F-M President Terry Becker challenges each member company to donate at least $25 per month in March, April, May and June to close the fundraising gap. The Home Builders Care Build for Habitat starts in June, and we must raise $80,000! Pledge $100 or more today!

Yes, I will give $100 to Home Builders Care Build for Habitat! One $100 installment Other amount_____

Materials Want to give materials? Check out the list below for what is needed and let us know what you can provide. • Concrete: concrete slab • Exterior doors and windows for a two-car garage • Interior doors poured. • Drywall • Trusses: for home and • Tape, Texture and garage painting • Plumbing: 50 gallon • Paint: Eggshell paint for electric water heater entire house (could be tankless); • Cabinets, Countertops rough-in and Vanities • Electrical: rough-in, • Flooring trim and fixtures • Lighting: $1,500 allow- • Mirrors and bathroom hardware ance for homeowner to • Landscaping choose fixtures • On-site waste: roll-off • HVAC: a gas forced air dumpster and landfill furnace, 95 to 99 percent fees efficient; rough-in and • Utilities during build duct work • Nails • Lumber: for home and • Poly for insulation garage • Shingles and all roofing • Caulking materials: for home and • Adhesive for sub-floors • Garage door and door garage opener • Siding: Apex siding: for home and garage • Soffit, Fascia and FChannel: for home and garage

Donation enclosed

Yes, I can donate materials for the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat!

Please bill me.

Name:__________________________ Company:_______________________ Item to donate:_________________________

Name:__________________________ Company:_______________________

Value of donation:________________________ If you have questions about donating materials contact Rob Rich with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity at (218) 329-4583 or (218) 284-5253 ext. 2.

Send this form, your cash donation and/or materials commitment to HBA of F-M 1802 32nd Ave S, Fargo ND, 58103, email to info@hbafm.com or fax to (701) 280-1108.


Home Builders Association of F-M ‘Lunch & Learn’ Education Opportunity Tuesday, April 19 • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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‘Avoiding the crack: Concrete durability and the contractor’

Concrete has so much potential to enhance any project’s marketability because of its aesthetics and perception of value. However, if cracks or other issues distract from the aesthetics, a positive enhancement can turn to a negative. This seminar will bring home the issues of concrete aesthetics in the home builder’s world, and reinforce much of what current technology and craftsmanship can provide. Items of discussion will include early age cracks, surface defects, decorative concrete problems, aesthetic preservation, and repairs. Speaker: Dave Sethre, marketing director, ND Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association and executive director, ND Chapter, Inc. - ACPA. Sethre has been with the concrete associations in North Dakota since 1996. Previously, he provided consulting engineering services in a broad scope of areas, and has been a county highway engineer working with roads and bridges. Cost is $10. Includes lunch. HBA of F-M office, 1802 32nd Ave. S. in Fargo.

Thursday, May 24 • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

‘Stay out of hot water: Federal residential water heater energy code changes’ •

In 2015, energy conservation standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy will become effective, affecting usage of water heaters in homes. While 2015 may seem like a long way off, contractors can prepare now to ease the transition for home buyers they are currently working with. Equipment warranties last anywhere from six years to a lifetime: plan for the change now to avoid problems in three years! Topics: - Code changes and ramifications on hot water needs - Mechanical requirements - Replacement options - Warranty considerations - Home design/space requirements - How to prepare: What to discuss with home buyers on home designs Cost is $10. Includes lunch.

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, 1602 45th St. N. in Fargo.

Please register the following person(s) for the: April 19 ‘Avoiding the crack: Concrete durability and the contractor’ May 24 ‘Stay out of hot water: Federal residential water heater energy code changes’

1) __________________________________________________________ 2) __________________________________________________________ 3) __________________________________________________________ 4) __________________________________________________________ 5) __________________________________________________________ Name: ______________________________________________________ Company: ___________________________________________________ Billing Address (of Credit Card if used): ___________________________ ____________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________ Please use my credit card (circle one): Visa/Mastercard # ______________ ______________________ Exp.__________ VIN (3 digits on back) _____

Cost is $10 per person per class. Return form and payment to: HBA of F-M 1802 32nd Ave S. Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 232-5846 phone (701) 280-1108 fax All registrants must be prepaid and received at least 24 hours in advance of the class. Refunds will only be provided if notice of cancellation is received 24 hours before the class.


During this June’s state primary election, North Dakotans will be asked to vote on Measure 2. Measure 2 is a constitutional amendment that would abolish the property tax. The measure mandates the North Dakota Legislature replace the lost revenue from other sources. Keep It Local North Dakota is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition dedicated to preserving local control by defeating Measure 2 and is the largest public policy coalition in North Dakota history. Together, our coalition’s members represent the interests of more than 250,000 North Dakotans. Our coalition simply believes that local governments are more accountable to you and your neighbors. And we strongly believe that you should decide what’s best for your community.

Measure 2 takes local control away from more than 2,100 local governments. Measure 2 says the state legislature must “fully and properly fund all legally imposed obligations of state government,” but it does not define what those obligations are. Currently, funding for senior services, law enforcement, fire protection, parks and recreation are not statutorily required. The legislature will not be bound to fund them. Measure 2 would force your local government to ask the legislature to fund local needs and compete with other local governments for resources. Measure 2 takes your right to decide what’s best for your community away from you and places this power in the hands of the legislature. Paid for by Keep it Local North Dakota, Jon Godfread, Treas.


Measure 2 will likely require other tax increases. If Measure 2 passes, North Dakota would lose more than $800 million annually. Measure 2 mandates the legislature to replace the lost revenue from other sources. Measure 2 shifts the tax burden to other state fees and taxes, such as income and sales taxes. Other local taxes would have to increase as well.

North Dakota cannot fund local governments through oil and gas tax revenue. The oil and gas industry is not a reliable tax base because it is susceptible to outside market forces.

Out-of-state property owners would pay no tax but still receive services. Non-resident property owners currently pay $126.8 million (16.7%) of property taxes. Measure 2 would leave this property untaxed.

Out-of-State Ownership Taxes Paid Residential

$7.7 million

Agricultural

$29.2 million

Commercial

$89.9 million

All Property

$126.8 million

Much of the oil and gas tax revenue has already been allocated through statutory and constitutional mandates. Measure 2 could place most of the burden for local funding on one industry in one part of the state.

Measure 2 imposes one-size-fits-all government on North Dakota. What’s right for Williston is not right for Wishek; what works in Fargo will not work in Fessenden; the needs of Bismarck are not the same as the needs in Bowman; Grand Forks is not Garrison; Dickinson is entirely different than Drayton. If Measure 2 passes, the legislature will have to determine the specific needs for your community and county. This will likely result in a one-size-fits-all approach to local funding.

COALITION MEMBERS AARP of North Dakota AGC of North Dakota American Council of Engineering Companies North Dakota (ACEC/ND) Badlands Board of REALTORS Bismarck-Mandan Board of REALTORS Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association Burke Divide Electric Cooperative Cass County Electric Cooperative Dickinson Area Builders Association Dickinson Chamber of Commerce Fargo Moorhead Area Association of REALTORS FMWF Chamber of Commerce Forx Builders Association Fraternal Order of Police Grand Forks Area Association of REALTORS Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce Grand Forks County Employees Association Great River Energy Home Builders Association of Fargo/Moorhead Independent Community Banks of North Dakota

Jamestown Board of REALTORS Jamestown Chamber of Commerce KEM Electric Cooperative Lignite Energy Council Minot Association of Builders Minot Board of REALTORS Minot Chamber of Commerce ND Assoc. of Oil & Gas Producing Counties ND Water Resource Districts ND Water User Association NoDak Electic Cooperative North Dakota AFL-CIO North Dakota Association of Builders North Dakota Association of Career & Technical Education North Dakota Association of Counties North Dakota Association of REALTORS North Dakota Bankers Association North Dakota Chamber of Commerce North Dakota Education Association North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association North Dakota Farmers Union North Dakota Grain Growers

North Dakota Grocers Association North Dakota League of Cities North Dakota Motor Carriers Association North Dakota Petroleum Council North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association North Dakota Public Employees Association North Dakota Recreation & Park Association North Dakota Retailers North Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives North Dakota Rural Telephone Cooperatives North Dakota School Boards Association North Dakota Senior Service Providers North Dakota Township Officers North Dakota Utility Shareholders Northern Plains Electric Cooperative Professional Firefighters of North Dakota Valley City Chamber of Commerce Verendrye Electric Cooperative Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Board of Realtors Williston Area Builders Association Williston Chamber of Commerce and growing...

April 2012 Plains Builder  

HBA of F-M's Official Newsletter

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