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June • Moorhead adopts growth and development initiative - pg 10 • North Dakota votes June 12 - pg 11 • HBA takes an active role in Minnesota legislative session - pg 11 • Member of the Month: Paul Lindemann, Lindemann Finish Carpentry, Inc. - pg 16 • Parade of Homes Celebration banquet is a hit - pgs 18-22 • Member profile: Solution Design, Inc. - pg 24 • Mother of two will achieve dream of homeownership through Home Builders Care Build for Habitat - pg 29 • Spike Superstar: Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, Inc. - pg 32 • Get to know a new member: Ceramic Tileworks - pg 35

Home Builders Care Build for Habitat kicks into high gear • Over $45K left to raise • June 14: 11 a.m. Wall Raising Ceremony • June 18 – 21: HBA Volunteer Week – we need your help Everything you need to know: pages 29-31

Vote for Housing June 12

Learn more about where the HBA stands on candidates, issues; See page 11 or the enclosed insert.

Golf Outing June 11 • Fargo Country Club See page 8 for more details.


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. (Associate Vice President) TERRY LIPP Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom (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 NANCY MICHELSEN TODD RASMUSSEN 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 Vivid Interiors, LLC Valley Lights 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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Trades Academy The lasting value of homeownership Asking for help is a sign of strength EPA: Storm water ‘best practices’ New homes benefit more than just buyers, builders Education Schedule Centko named provost, VP at Northwest Tech NAHB March Beat 2011 winners revealed

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 Builder Member Profile 25 Industry Spotlight 26 Remodelers Council Report 28 Home Builders Care Foundation Report 35 Get to Know a New Member 36 Renewals 37 New Member Report

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June is National Homeownership Month June 4-15.....Herdina Academy . ................................M State-Moorhead June 5..........Education Committee.................................................8 a.m. June 6-9.......NAHB Spring Board of Directors..............Washington, D.C. June 8..........Events Committee.................................................8:15 a.m. June 11........Golf Outing........................................... Fargo Country Club June 12............................................ North Dakota Primary Election Day June 13........New Mbr Development & Retention Committee..........Noon June 14........Home Builders Care Build Wall Raising Ceremony..11 a.m. June 18........Golf Outing Rain Date.......................... Fargo Country Club June 18-21... HBA Volunteer Week at Home Builders Care Build for Habitat June 19........Public Issues Committee.....................................11:30 a.m. June 19........PAC Committee...................................................12:30 p.m. June 20........NDAB State Board & Golf Tournament..................Bismarck June 26........June Lunch & Learn............................................11:30 a.m.

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news briefs Hires & Promotions • Dar Gulsvig has joined Park Co. Realtors as a sales associate. • Pam Hanson and James Hand have joined the sales team at Prudential Premier Real Estate. • Brenda Aune has joined First International Bank & Trust as a mortgage loan officer assistant. • Jim Kapphahn has joined the RE/ MAX Realty 1 as a real estate agent. • Butler Machinery Co. has hired Scott Schmitt as transportation manager; Danni Sanders as marketing coordinator; Kyle Enga as PC support technician; Michelle Drinka as receptionist; Alex Nikle as co-pilot; David Scott as director of information technology marketing and process improvement; Barry Welch as director of after-sales support; Kyle Ostenson as ag division sales assistant; Alan Imholte as warranty analyst; Ryan Mindemann as information technology supervisor; JDee Leary as credit assistant; and Jeff Schreier as mining/heavy technical communicator. • Mallari Page joined the FargoMoorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau staff as the convention sales manager for the Minnesota and Chicago markets. • Sharon Fletcher has joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND as senior vice president of provider relations, reimbursement and medical management division. • Moore Engineering, Inc., has hired Jeremy Dewald as a graduate engineer in the municipal department; Jordan Odden as a survey crew instrument operator; Murali Vegi as a water resources engineer and Tyler Johnson as a professional engineer in the water resources department. • Tim Ziemba has joined Choice Financial Group as a front-line customer service representative.

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• Ben Sullivan has been promoted to vice president/retail banking manager at Western State Bank. • Heather Engel has joined Heritage Homes as a new home sales specialist. • Joni Keller has accepted the position of vice president/quality control audit manager at State Bank & Trust. • Design Direction, Inc., has brought Christina Mehl on as full time design assistant. Awards & Accolades • Moore Engineering, Inc., was one of two local engineering firms to receive the state level 2011-2012 Outstanding Engineering Design Award from the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers for its F-M Area Diversion Feasibility Study Technical Assistance project. The award recognizes outstanding engineer firms based on the engineering design content of a project completed or under construction in 2011. Judgment was based on innovation, quality and uniqueness. • Amy Breitbach, a personal lines agent at Insure Forward, has been awarded the certified insurance counselor designation by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. • Christine Rasmussen-Harvey, American Family Insurance Christine Rasmussen Agency, Inc., was named one of the All American agents by American Family Insurance Group. • RE/MAX Realty 1 was recognized by the RE/MAX Mountain States Region as the No. 1 office in North Dakota in average transactions per agent. • DECKMASTERS was named top U.S. sales in market penetration by Sport Court of Salt Lake City. The sales category is based on total sales numbers in any given year in relation to the population in the dealer’s area.

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• Fargo Moorhead Convention and Vistors Bureau was named the Tourism Organization of the Year at the recent 2012 North Dakota Travel Conference in Bismarck, and president and chief executive officer, Cole Carley, received the Outstanding Tourism Leadership Award. • Garett Smith of Property Resources Group has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the National Association of Realtors for completing five levels of education and the completed portfolio of business accomplishments. • Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, Inc., was nominated for the YWCA’s Woman of the Year for her community service. The Community Service category honors a woman who contributes greatly to the quality of life in the community through political involvement, public service, government, and social service. She may be elected, appointed or hired. • Robert Gibb & Sons has received national recognition in the April issue of Plumbing and Hydronic Contractor News magazine as No. 83 in the list of the top 100 mechanical contractors in the country, and was also noted as the 19th fastest growing mechanical contractor in the U.S. Dakota Supply Group names new board chairman Dakota Supply Group has named CEO Todd Kumm as chairman of its board of directors. He replaces Ben Herr, who recently retired. In addition, Mike Tupa and Todd Eber have joined DSG’s board. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity announces new executive director Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity announced Rob Rich as its new executive director. Rich has been with Habitat since 2008 as its construction manager and served as interim executive director since late 2011.

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news briefs Realize your member benefits at www.nahb.org/ma Through the National Association of Home Builders membership, you are entitled to discounts on vehicles, shipping, computers, car rentals, office supplies and more. Participating nationally known companies include General Motors, FedEx, Office Depot, Dell and Hertz, to name a few. NAHB’s purchasing power means big savings! Visit www.nahb.org/ma for more information on the Member Advantage Program. Nominations open for Builder, Associate of the Year Each fall, the HBA of F-M presents Builder and Associate of the Year awards at its October General Membership Meeting. A committee made up of past winners and HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson is now accepting nominations for consideration. Call the HBA at (701) 232-5846 if you have suggestions. Sign up for Bogey with the Builders The North Dakota Association of Builders will hold its golf tournament, Bogey with the Builders, June 21 at Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck. See page 12 for more details. Give to NDAB-PAC, join Club 2012 NDAB-PAC is the North Dakota Association of Builders’ political action committee which supports pro-housing candidates. Club 2012 is the newest level of NDAB-PAC’s fundraising efforts making it easier for you to give! By becoming a Club 2012 member, you are investing in the future of your business and the housing industry. When you give $20.12 you are helping make housing one voice stronger! If you would like to be a part of Club 2012, contact Rocky at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com. HBA seeks Fall Home Show, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour sponsors The HBA of F-M seeks sponsors for its Fall Home Show Sept. 28-29 at

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the Fargo Civic Center, the Fall Parade of Homes Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 15-16; and the first ever Remodeled Hom Tour, Sept. 15-16. The Fall Home Show features roughly 80 exhibitors and attracts 2,000-3,000 consumers each year. HBA promotes sponsors through signage and inclusion in show advertising (print, radio and television). Parade and Tour sponsors will be promoted through the Parade magazine, on the HBA website, in the Plains Builder and in radio advertising. Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com. Charity Ride scheduled Aug. 18 The Home Builders Care motorcycle/classic car ride is set for Aug. 18. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation. Get out your motorcycles, classic cars and street rods and start buffing! Summer will be here soon! If you are interested in receiving information about the 2012 Charity Ride, contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com. Nominations for HBA board, HBC There are open seats available on the HBA board of directors and the HBC board of trustees. Committees are being formed to discuss possible nominations for these open positions. Call (701) 232-5846 or send email to info@hbafm.com if you have any suggestions or interest. Suggestions should be made by June 15. Mark the calendar: Builder appreciation event July 25; Family Fun Aug. 14 Builders, mark your calendars to attend the HBA of F-M’s Muddy Boots Picnic July 25 sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom. Bring your crew for a free meal of brats, potato salad, chips and all the fixings on the HBA lawn. Don’t miss a family fun night at the HBA’s annual picnic Aug. 14! Come join us for a barbeque dinner at Rheault Farm, entertainment and lots of bouncy games for the kids.

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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.

Hints:

• She is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. • Her name means “Little Bear.” • She loves to golf, cook and travel. • She sure is one Smart woman! 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.

April’s Guess Who is still a mystery!! See page 38 for another bonus hint! HBA of F-M members enrolled on health plan eligible for EAP

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.

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President’s Report 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

June 12 is North Dakota primary election day, and we have some very important races, a local Terry Becker ballot initiative and a state measure to be concerned Terry Becker Construction, LLC with. Your HBA hosted Candidate Forums for those running for commission seats in Cass County, Fargo and West Fargo. Thank you to all candidates who took the time to fill out our questionnaire and meet with our members. It is a valuable learning experience for all of us. I urge HBA members to review the results of those Candidate Forums, and the other positions our board of directors has taken, on the flyer enclosed in this Plains Builder. I would like to highlight a couple: • N.D. Measure #2 – Vote no! This is an effort to abolish property taxes in North Dakota. It poses a direct threat to your local services, your school districts and your right to decide what is best for your community and county. • Fargo half-cent sales tax – Vote yes! The HBA has a vested interest in helping protect Fargo from floods. We support this proposal to fund flood protection, road maintenance and other infrastructure projects. If the half-cent sales tax remains, the average annual expense to a household is $56.30; HBA leaders feel the return will far outweigh the cost. Most importantly, get out June 12 to vote! If you have questions or would like to be involved with the Association’s political process in the future, contact the office at (701) 232-5846.

Home Builders Care Build for Habitat

Other amount $_______ Donation enclosed Please bill me. Name:__________________________ Company Name:__________________________ Send form and donation to Home Builders Care Foundation at 1802 32nd Ave S, Fargo ND, 58103, email to info@hbcfm.com or fax to (701) 232-5846.

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Important election June 12: Check out where the HBA stands with candidates, issues!

It’s time! This month, work shifts into high gear on the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat house and we must have participation from most of our membership to make it all happen! Our Wall Raising Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. June 14. Please come out to the site and help us celebrate this symbolic step in kicking off the build: 902 27th St. N. in Fargo. The HBA of F-M has set aside June 18 - 21 for HBA members to work on the project. That week will be the HBA’s focus on bringing member volunteers to the build. Skilled contractors will be on-site, but all HBA members are welcome. We will be working on roofing, soffits/fascia, siding and the garage. Lunch providers as well as material and monetary donations are still needed. We are coming down to the wire on this project and still have over $45,000 to raise to meet our goal! If you would like to donate materials or labor, that type of commitment is greatly appreciated as well. Check out pages 29-31 for details on everything happening with this wonderful Habitat Build. See pictures at www.facebook.com/ HomeBuildersCare. Remember, our build will provide a home to a single mother with two children. They have faced many battles in the last few years, including domestic abuse and health challenges. Read her family’s compelling story on page 29.

52nd Annual Parade of Homes

Our 52nd Annual Parade of Homes was a spectacular success with great feedback from the Builder members who participated. Traffic

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was high, and many homes showcased on the Parade have been sold. Thank you to all the Builders and suppliers who helped make the event happen. The quality of the product that our members construct makes our industry shine with professionalism. We appreciate all that you do. The Parade of Homes Celebration/General Membership Meeting was different this year, with cash prizes and door prizes instead of the Horizon Awards. Check out pages 18-23 for a recap of the event which also saw a great turnout from the membership.

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There is still time to sign up for the morning flight of the HBA’s Golf Outing June 11 (the afternoon flight is full). Take advantage of one of your Association’s most popular events to get out in the fresh air, network with other members and possibly win some great prizes. We will be at the Fargo Country Club for the second year. Morning tee time is 7:30 a.m. And afternoon is 1 p.m. See the insert in this issue to sign up. See page 8 for more details. Thank you to all sponsors who make this possible, especially Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.D. for sponsoring lunch and dinner, Marvin Windows & Doors for sponsoring registration and carts, and Innovative Basement Systems & Egress Windows for being the beverage sponsor.

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encourages you to bring someone new to the Muddy Boots Picnic July 25 on the HBA of F-M lawn. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit www.hbafm.com or call (701) 232-5846 to register.

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Sign up now – only morning spots are available Attention Golfers! All abilities are welcome in the HBA of F-M annual Golf Outing. We want to see a great variety of the HBA membership out for a great round of golf June 11 at the Fargo Country Club, 509 26th Ave. S., Fargo. Reminder to golfers: ABSOLUTELY NO denim or tank tops are allowed at Fargo Country Club.

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Sign Up Now!

The afternoon flight is full, but Morning tee time: 7:30 a.m. there are still a Members: $70/person number of spots Non-members: $85/person available in the morning, nonmembers are welcome in this flight! Registration forms are included in this issue of the Plains Builder or visit www. hbafm.com to download one. Great prizes are available on multiple holes and each participant gets a chance at a variety of door prizes during lunch or dinner!

Morning tee time

Morning tee time is 7:30 a.m. with a cost of $70 for members and $85 for non-members. It includes a lunch buffet, green fees, golf cart and a chance at door prizes.

Afternoon tee time - FULL!

Afternoon tee time is 1 p.m., costs $80 and is open to members only! It includes the dinner buffet, green fees, golf cart and a chance at door prizes.

Sponsorships still available!

There is still the opportunity to sponsor the event. Contact Alison now at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm. com to secure your spot. A $180 sponsorship includes: your company name on a sign at a hole, displayed in the buffet area and recognized

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Thank you to all our sponsors! Lunch & Dinner Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.D. Registration & Cart Sponsor: Marvin Windows & Doors Beverage Sponsor: Innovative Basement Systems & Egress Windows Sponsors: *as of 5/21/12 ABC Seamless Aggregate Industries - North Central Region Alerus Financial Anderson & Fercho, PLLC Appraisal Services BlackRidge BANK Butler Machinery Company BW Insurance Agency Cass County Abstract Co. Cass County Electric Cooperative Central Minnesota Credit Union Chase Realty Comfort Masters LLC Custom Cinema & Sound Dakota Fastening Dawson Insurance Designer Homes of FargoMoorhead Fabricators Unlimited Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Eide Bailly LLP First International Bank & Trust Gate City Bank Goodin Company

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Hebron Brick Supply Heritage Homes Investment Consulting Services, LLC Kramer Electric, Inc. Laney’s, Inc. Mid-State Truss Company Minnkota Windows Norandex Northland Truss Systems, Inc. Pella Windows & Doors Property Resources Group Realty Executives - North Plains Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc. Sandman Consulting PC – Structural Engineering Serkland Law Firm Shadow Creek Development Simonson Lumber State Bank & Trust Stone Holding Company TCI Insurance Terry Becker Construction, LLC The Title Company Twin City Garage Door, Inc. Western State Bank Widmer Roel PC

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#1 Gate City Bank..................................... Norwegian golf...............................................................................................$50 gift card #3 HBA of F-M.......................................... Most balls in the water........................................................................................Golf shirt #4 First International Bank & Trust........... Baseball putting.....................................................Putter (A.M.); Chipping Wedge (P.M.) #7 Laney's.................................................. Closest to the hole............................................... Furnace, A/C check/service - $95 value #12 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom.............................. Toilet Chipping.............................................................................................Flatscreen TV #15 State Bank & Trust................................ Farthest from pin (on green)...........................................................................$50 gift card #18 Norandex............................................... Longest Putt............................................................................................................. Putters All Golf Sponsors........................................ Red Dot Game...............................................................$50 Fargo Country Club gift card

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Register your student for June Construction Trades Academy 3 college credits for only $25

Thank you 2012 Herdina Academy Adopt-A-Student Sponsors Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction

The 14th Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC annual George Blank, Structural Materials, Inc. Herdina John & Jenny Centko, Minnesota State Community & Academy Technical College for the Chuck Chadwick, Moorhead Community & Technical Construction College Foundation Trades will Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. run June 4-15 Heritage Homes at Minnesota Ryan Hoss, Baker Nursery Gardens State Community and Technical College. The Academy is Nancy Kelly, Heartland Labor open to local high school students ages 15 and older. Laney’s, Inc. Students who attend the Academy are able to experience Robert Gibb & Sons, Inc. a variety of construction-related activities during the twoDawn Stoneberg, Roers Construction and week session. Topics include blueprint reading and building Development, Inc. codes, excavation, concrete forming and finishing, electrical, Jeff Swenson, Twin City Garage Door plumbing, HVAC, structural steel, carpentry, masonry, Mark Wentz, Red River Electric, Inc. drywall, casework, flooring and landscaping. Students also participate in other activities and are able to take tours of the M State campus, North Dakota State College of Science campus and some suppliers. Industry and educational professionals work sideby-side with the students and teach about occupations, tools, safety requirements and skills required for satisfying and well-paying careers. The Academy is set up to have both hands-on and classroom learning. Students will build sheds that can be made to order. If you are in need of a shed, now is the time to put in your request. Price will range from $1,750 to $2,000 depending on specifications. Contact Krista Mund at the HBA of F-M office at (701) 232-5846 or kristam@ hbafm.com to put in your order. Students with successful completion of the Herdina Academy will earn three college credits from M State. Above: Students get the These credits can be used for the carpentry, plumbing, opportunity to meet with refrigeration and air conditioning, or mechanical CAD contractors over lunch to programs at M State. ask questions and learn about the industry. The two-week session runs 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday Left: 2011 Academy through Friday. Certified instructors oversee the course students work on siding while members of the industry assist. Enrollment a shed that will later be is limited. You can find more information about the sold, with all proceeds Academy online at www.hbcfm.com, www.facebook.com/ to help the Herdina Academy. TradesAcademy or contact Krista or Jenny at (701) 2325846, kristam@hbafm.com or jenny@ hbafm.com.

Mark Your Calendar: Aug. 14 - Annual Picnic Join the HBA of F-M for a family fun night at the annual picnic Aug. 14 at Rheault Farm. Bring the family and enjoy a barbeque dinner and lots of activities and fun for the kids!

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The lasting value of homeownership

During National Homeownership Month in June, the housing industry celebrates the many benefits of owning a home. Despite the downturn in the housing market, families continue to seek to achieve the American Dream of homeownership and take their place among the more than 74 million Americans that own a home. The value Americans place on owning their home continues even through times of economic hardship. The Fannie Mae National Housing Survey conducted in January 2010 showed that two-thirds of American adults said they still preferred owning a home. And 70 percent of respondents said they believe buying a home continues to be one of the safest investments available. Home appreciation over the long term builds financial security for a family’s future. But most home owners don’t have to wait for the home’s value to increase to realize the financial benefits. Right from the first year, the majority of home owners are able to annually deduct the mortgage interest and property taxes they paid off their taxable income. This can mean thousands of dollars saved off a family’s tax bill every year. When the family sells the home, the capital gains exclusion exempts up to $250,000 of the profit ($500,000 for married couples) from taxes. But the value of homeownership can be much more than financial. Owning a home can often be a lifestyle improvement, enabling a family to enjoy a neighborhood, features and other amenities that suit their present and future day-to-day activities. Newly-constructed houses can deliver energy efficiency, storage space, well-designed floor plans, and the latest technologies in electrical systems and appliances. Rooms are often spacious, with high ceilings and lots of windows to let in light. A new home also comes with the peace of mind of little maintenance needed and a warranty against defects. Existing homes offer neighborhoods whose character has already been established, mature landscaping with tall trees, and an existing selection of businesses and services for the home owner to use. If the home isn’t already a great fit to the buyers’ taste, it can be renovated to reflect the new owners’ needs and preferences. Homeownership lets families build connections. Owners take pride in their homes, and develop friendships with other people who also own homes and care about the neighborhood. A home is a place where families make a sanctuary that feels comfortable and safe, and where they develop social networks, begin friendships and create memories that will last a lifetime. NAHB is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NAHB has been serving its members, the housing industry, and the public at large. For more information on National Homeownership Month, visit www.nahb.org.

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Moorhead adopts growth and development initiative 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, the Moorhead City Council has adopted a series of growth and development initiatives to change the focus of the city in order to boost construction activity within the city. Included in the initiatives adopted are a resolution and two ordinance changes. • The resolution revised the city’s special assessment policy. This policy change modified the financing terms for new development (streets and utilities) from 20 years to 25 years. This change matched the city’s financing terms in Fargo and West Fargo. • Ordinance 2012-09 – This ordinance revised the 2012 city fee schedule in two respects: • Reduces engineering fees from 15 percent to 11 percent on construction costs for projects which are designed and constructed by the city. • Adds a new project engineering option. For projects in which design is privately funded and construction is publicly funded, a 7 percent engineering fee is proposed. • Ordinance 2012-10 – This ordinance would revise multiple sections to include: • Creating a new roadway classification called a local collector. This classification is projected to have lower traffic volumes than a collector street and will provide added flexibility for access, on-street parking, and road spacing. • Reworked street design standards to look at street width reductions and adding other new options. The city of Moorhead is also working on a website to help promote the city. You can visit the website at www.makemoorheadhome.com. If you would like more detailed information about these changes, please contact Rocky Schneider at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm. com.

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Affairs North Dakota votes June 12 by Bryce Johnson, Executive Vice President

North Dakota residents will have the opportunity to vote on a number of important issues in the primary election held on June 12. The HBA of F-M held several candidate forums and has researched the measures to be voted on, taking a position on many of them. The HBA urges its members to do some research and learn about the candidates and Candidates for Cass County District 5 (top) the issues. Most and candidates for West Fargo Commission importantly, be discuss their views with members during the sure you get out Candidate Forums held at the HBA office. to vote and to keep housing in mind when you cast your ballot. Below is a list of positions and candidates that the HBA board of directors has voted to support and urges its members to vote for the following:

West Fargo Commission • Mark Simmons • Mike Thorstad

Cass County Commission • District 1 - Rocky Schneider • District 5 - Mark Weston

North Dakota Residents

• Vote NO on Measure 2. Vote no! This is an effort to abolish property taxes in North Dakota. It poses a direct threat to your local services, your school districts and your right to decide what is best for your community and county.

Fargo Residents

• Vote YES to the sales tax extension. Vote yes! The HBA has a vested interest in helping protect Fargo from floods. We support this proposal to fun flood protection, road maintenance and other infrastructure projects. If the half-cent sales tax remains, the average annual expense to a household is $56.30; HBA leaders felt the return far outweighs the cost.

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HBA takes an active role in Minnesota legislative session by Rocky Schneider, Director of Public Affairs

The HBA of F-M recently sent representatives to St. Paul to advocate on behalf of the building industry and to support the efforts of the Builders Association of Minnesota in trying to prevent fire sprinklers from being mandated in new homes. Those who attended the trip included Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC; Stan Birky, Stan Birky Construction; Ken Krajsa, State Bank & Trust; and HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson. These attendees also went to BAM’s Energy Code & Housing Summit. At the Capitol, the HBA met with State Representatives Morrie Lanning and Paul Marquart about issues affecting the building industry. Most importantly, the HBA urged their support of Senate File 1717. This bill would have prevented the code mandate of new sprinklers in all new residences. Both Representatives were supportive and ultimately voted for the bill. Both houses passed the legislation, but unfortunately Gov. Dayton vetoed the bill. This is the second session in which the Governor has vetoed attempts to prevent the fire sprinkler mandate and give the homeowner a choice in whether sprinklers are right for them. Representatives Marquart and Lanning were also supportive of efforts to continue the two-year tax exemption that was in place for border cities like Moorhead and Dilworth up until the end of 2011. With Minnesota’s fiscal situation, they were unsure of how the Governor would respond if the provision was included within other legislation. Another issue discussed, though not dealing with particular legislation, was efforts by the Department of Labor and Industry to adopt the 2012 IECC and 2012 IRC. These codes, adopted without amendment, would radically drive up the cost of housing. Along with the inclusion of the sprinkler mandate, some of the supposed energy efficiency upgrades actually create a molding and rotting wood issue. The HBA urged Marquart and Lanning to talk with DOLI and ask them to not act too hasty in adopting the codes. If you would like more information on the Minnesota legislative session or would like more information about the building codes the state is looking to adopt, please contact Rocky Schneider at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@ hbafm.com.

Vote NO to Measure 2 on June 12.

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News from the North

Dakota Association of Builders

NAHB Chairman speaks at Bakken Housing Summit

We were pleased to have NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg featured during the recent Bakken Housing Summit in Williston. Rutenberg Eddy Mitzel shared his thoughts on housing finance NDAB President reform, emphasizing the need for new, securitized mortgage products that include a federal backstop and private money. He believes that housing has unfairly gotten the blame for the state of our national economy. Right now, housing should be encouraged, with 305 jobs created for every 100 homes built. Rutenberg NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg meets with participated in local and state builders while in Williston, N.D. a roundtable session to discuss housing finance with representatives of NDAB, the Williston Area BA, HUD, the Bank of North Dakota, ND Housing Finance Agency, American State Bank & Trust, and the offices of Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, and Congressman Rick Berg. Some discussion highlights: • Having financing options for builder and developers may be a way to satisfy bank requirements, including different “classes” of loans for those bring more equity to the table. • Another idea was to have a “buffet” of financing options such as accelerated terms and products that have some limits (no second mortgages, can’t re-deed within certain amount of time, etc.). It was reported that homes are being built for home buyers and then “flipped” before they even move in. • Work will continue on these and other suggestions to ensure that builders, developers, and home buyers have access to the financing needed. Rutenberg had a private lunch with members of the local and state builders associations. Jeff Zarling of DAWA Solutions Group hosted the Bakken Housing Summit that attracted 350 builders, developers, and others related to the home building industry. The goal of the Summit is to build 5,000 housing units in 24 months.

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Questions? Contact Rocky at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com.

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Vote on June 12; NO on Measure 2

Keep it Local North Dakota has worked hard to inform voters of the adverse affects of Measure 2. We encourage everyone to keep up momentum, and not rest on the strong polling numbers — we need to make Doreen Riedman sure people get out to vote on June 12! NDAB Executive Yard signs are up and brochures will Officer be distributed in neighborhoods across the state. Now we just need to stay on point and get the people to the polls. More information can be found at www.keepitlocalnd. com.

Builders advised to insist on qualified appraisers

Builders across the country continue to face an uphill battle when seeking accurate valuations on new homes, but taking proactive steps to engage and communicate with lenders and appraisers can help raise awareness and address this problem. NAHB has taken a leadership role on appraisal issues in the four summits it has conducted at the National Housing Center in Washington, bringing industry stakeholders and regulators to the table. A fifth summit is planned for October. NAHB earlier this year adopted new policy on appraisals: • Strengthening education, training and experience requirements for appraisers of new construction; • Improving the quantity and quality of data for new construction; • Developing new appraisal standards and best practices for conducting appraisals in distressed markets; • Developing a process for expedited appeals of inaccurate or faulty appraisals; and • Strengthening oversight of appraisal activities. • While incremental progress has been made in the past couple of years on the improving appraisal process, several vexing problems remain. For more information, go to www.nahb.org/appraisals or contact Steve Linville at 800-368-5242, ext. 8597.

‘Bogey with the Builders’ State Golf Tourney, June 21 at Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck

This statewide tourney will be held at one of the premier golf courses in North Dakota...Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck. Register yourself or a team and join in the fun. The scramble will tee off at noon with a shotgun start.

NDAB-PAC/Minot AB Fishing Excursion, June 23

We’re back to have a great time at Indian Hills again this summer! Big thanks to Joe and Beth Stenvold for hosting this event, complete with a fish fry at the end of the day. For more information on these programs and events, call NDAB or visit www.ndbuild.com for registration forms.

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News from around the state...

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

Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association • (701) 222-2400 Roxy Jacobson, Executive Officer • www.bmhba.com

• We are excited to kick off the summer with our Annual Member Picnic being held at the Post June 14. This is always a great event complete with a silent auction to benefit the BSC Scholarship Fund. We are still accepting donations, if you’d like to help support the cause. • The PAC Golf Tournament will be held at Apple Creek Country Club July 19. Reserve your spots today and help us fund some of the great leadership that’s coming up in our local government system! • We close out our fun summer events with the Sporting Clay Shoot at Capital City Sporting Clays Aug. 23. • Builders, don’t forget the Fall Parade of Homes Sept. 27-30.

Dickinson Area Builders Association • (701) 483-0044 Irene Schafer, Executive Officer • www.dickinsonareabuilders.com

• Our Home Show 2012 is history. Our numbers were down due to five or more local events drawing people. We were competing with a track meet, a local church event, a Boy Scout event and two other local events. In spite of this, we were down just 400 people. Exhibitor comments were all positive since they could spend quality time with prospects. • Our scholarship deadline is June 15. Get those applications in now. • Our Golf Scramble is July 26; our Picnic is Aug. 2.

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

• United Products Corporation will host the June 14 Business after Hours at their new location at 5505 Gateway Drive from 5-7 p.m. • Our Annual Golf Outing will be Sept.6 at the Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks.

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

• June 11 is the annual MAB Trap Shoot & Fun Night at the Minot Gun Club starting at 5:30 pm. Steak dinner and shooting for $15 with a chance to win a shotgun. • June 23 is the MAB/NDAB-PAC Fishing Derby at Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea. • Aug. 13 is set for the MAB Annual Past Presidents’ Golf Tournament at Star City Golf Course in Velva, ND.

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

• We broke ground on Sand Creek Town Center, a large retail center that will include a new cinema. • We will not be having any GMM meetings until August. • Our Annual Family Picnic is Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.

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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.

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News from the Builders

Association of Minnesota

BAM board meets May 9

The Builders Association of Minnesota board of directors held its second meeting of the year at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis May 9. The board was presented with BAM’s 2011 financial review and the Government Relations Committee provided an extensive overview of BAM’s wins, losses and ties at the state capitol this year. The BAM Insurance Committee reported they are close to finding a replacement insurance product since Continental Western Group is leaving the state as of July this year and the Legal Action Committee reported on the ongoing case against the city of Saint Paul.

Government Relations

Minnesota’s 2012 legislative session concluded May 10 and BAM had issues in the wins, losses and ties categories. A complete legislative overview will be published in the next few weeks.

Wins

BAM won a repeal of the 2 percent withholding rule and a repeal of the independent contractor exemption certificate rule. The bill to stop money being pulled out of the construction codes fund was signed into law. BAM won a reform of the contractor online education rules. BAM also significantly slowed the energy code promulgation process and successfully obtained a promise that the Department of Commerce would provide data to the Department of Labor

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and Industry on how efficient Minnesota already builds to help inform the energy code promulgation process.

Losses

The fire sprinkler initiative lost again this year with a veto from the Governor. It was placed in two bills: SF1653, the subcontractor registration bill strongly supported by the carpenters’ union, and SF1717, DOLI’s technical bill. The Governor refused to sign any bill with fire sprinklers. BAM’s third strategy was to put the bill in the bonding bill in conference committee, but for the first time in a long time, the bonding bill did not have a conference committee. It went straight from the Senate to the House where they accepted the Senate’s language as it was and sent it on to the Governor. An override was not possible because Senate democrats were not willing to override the Governor. BAM will continue to pursue the fire sprinkler issue in the codes process this summer. Getting a resolution passed by your city council or county commission by Aug. 15 will greatly help the codes process. A letter from your building code official or fire fighter that is against mandatory fire sprinklers would also be helpful. BAM has written a draft letter, resolution and talking points. Talk with your BAM Board representative to find out more.

Ties

BAM was successful in getting DOLI to work on the contractor recovery fund issue. We will be discussing the

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News from the National

Association of Home Builders

New website helps home owners, buyers protect the American dream

May 11, 2012 - Despite the fact that Americans overwhelmingly support homeownership, legislative and regulatory proposals now under consideration would greatly harm home owners, home buyers, the housing market and the nation’s economy. The National Association of Home Builders has launched a new website, www. ProtectHomeownership.com, to bring attention to the threats to homeownership and inspire the public to take action to protect it. “American families aspire to homeownership because they know that it promotes stability and is critical in creating wealth and providing upward mobility and financial security for families. Equally important, homeownership supports the economy by creating jobs,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “Government policies that negatively impact families’ abilitiy to own a home would be devastating for home owners, the housing market and the nation’s economy.” Tax, legislative and regulatory policies currently under consideration would scale back or eliminate the mortgage interest deduction and make mortgages and small business loans unaffordable and even more difficult to obtain. ProtectHomeownership.com explains some of these threats and documents homeownership's importance to individual households and to local, state and national economies through an FAQ, poll data, economic analysis and reports. The site also provides multiple ways for the public to take positive action to protect this very important aspect of American life. These include an online petition urging policymakers to keep housing a national priority, information about how to participate in homeownership rallies that are being held in a number of communities in 2012, and links to social media communities on Facebook.com/ProtectHomeownership and Twitter. com/4Homeownership. “New home construction spurs productivity, creates jobs for millions of Americans and generates revenues for all levels of government,” said Rutenberg. “This website will help educate the public about the imminent threats to the American Dream of homeownership and empower them to make sure their voices are heard.”

Valuable resources at www.nahb.org

There are a lot of great resources on the National Association of Home Builders website for members to take advantage of and use to find information on regulatory and legal issues, education, housing data and much more! How do you log in to www.nahb.org? If you are a first time user, please follow the steps below to create your account. This information is only needed for initial sign up. When returning to the site only a username and password will be required. Step 1: Go to www.nahb.org/login Step 2: Create a username and password. Step 3: Enter your NAHB PIN and your state. (If you don’t know your PIN, please contact the HBA office at (701) 232-5846.) Step 4: Check the ‘Remember my username and password’ box so the system will recognize you when you return. If you have a username and password for www. nahb.org, simply click on the blue “Member Log In” button and log yourself into the site.

CHARITY RIDE

Home Builders Care

Get ready to rev’ those engines for the 9th annual HBC Charity Ride Aug. 18. Contact Jenny at jenny@hbafm.com or (701) 232-5846 for more information.

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Member of the Month: Paul Lindemann, Lindemann Finish Carpentry, Inc. by Kirsten Rosenow, Communication & Office Coordinator

Paul Lindemann, Lindemann Finish Carpentry, Inc., has been a member of the HBA of F-M for four years. In those four years, Lindemann has become the vice chair of the Public Issues committee, attends numerous General Membership Meetings, and regularly donates to the North Dakota Association of Builders Political Action Committee. Recently, he has actively participated in this year’s candidate forums offered through the HBA and will be Paul Lindemann, Lindemann Finish attending the legislative Carpentry, Inc., receives the June Member summit in Grand Forks. of the Month Award from Rocky Schneider, The HBA staff has Director of Public Affairs. chosen Lindemann for his commitment to staying connected to what public officials are doing to affect the building industry. “Paul is an exemplary member,” says Rocky Schneider, HBA director of public affairs. “He is always the first to respond when the Association asks for his support, attendance, or input. As vice chair of the Public Issues Committee, Paul continues to work hard on behalf of the industry. ” Lindemann says his involvement with the HBA has helped him make big connections. He believes long-term success is dependent on a good Fun Facts about Paul: network of construction and business contacts. Last vacation I took: Playa del Carmen in January. We went to “There is not, in my Chichen Itza, the Ik Kil Cenote, a opinion, a better vehicle small underground lake, and Xel Ha, a natural lazy river that you can for this sort of networking than the HBA,” he says. snorkel through. “I wanted to support and My hometown: Fargo – Go give back to the industry Spartans! that has treated me so My dream job: Stunt driver or test well.” driver for an auto magazine. When Lindemann is The first thing I would do if I won not busy working, he the lottery: I would buy my own enjoys spending time at lake cabin and a new job trailer. the lakes with his family, golfing, and downhill skiing in Montana, a passion of his since he was four years old. Every other month in the Plains Builder, we spotlight a “Member of the Month” chosen by 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.

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Asking for help is a sign of strength Consider counseling before reaching the breaking point

by Krista Mund, Communications Manager

Editor’s note: HBA members enrolled on the F-M Home Builders Health Plan & Trust are eligible for The Village’s Employee Assistance Program. Why is asking for help so difficult? According to Village Business Institute Director Darren Tonsfeldt, a mixture of feelings and traits contribute to answering that question: a person’s ego, trust, embarrassment, self esteem and self determination are just a few players. “So much of who we are gets wrapped up in this decision,” he says. “Sadly, for too many, it is not until they are in a full-blown crisis that they recognize a need for assistance.” If you are a participant on the Fargo-Moorhead Home Builders Health Plan & Trust, you have access to The Village’s Employee Assistance Program that offers free counseling. The Village also now offers a “telemental health” option for participants living in North Dakota and Minnesota to participate in counseling services remotely via telephone, email or video conferencing. Why do we need counseling? According to The Village, many people believe they should “just know” how to create and maintain healthy relationships. They think raising children is innate, and when their lives become out of control, they should just know it and ask for help. This is a myth. None of us instinctively know how to build relationships or raise children, but we can learn. What is counseling? Counseling can be a very wise and courageous way of learning these skills, and a way of handling problems. Asking for help is a sign of strength. A counseling professional can help someone who is struggling to discover strengths and skills and help identify behaviors, thoughts and feelings that can be changed in order to reach goals. Will it hurt? Anyone committing to a self examination or major change experiences pain. At times, he or she may wonder if the pain is worth it. The Village advises staying committed and working through the pain. It will be worth it. How to start. Counseling is a process and requires several pieces to be successful. If you decide to see a counselor:

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EPA: Storm water ‘best practices’

Editor’s Note: The following items were reprinted from the EPA’s website www.epa.gov as the agency’s storm water “best practices.” Visit www. epa.gov/greeningepa/stormwater/ for Stella Stormwater more examples and photos of these techniques. EPA Storm Water Enthusiast

Bioretention cells A bioretention cell or rain garden is a depressed area with porous backfill (material used to refill an excavation) under a vegetated surface. These areas often have an underdrain to encourage filtration and infiltration, especially in clay soils. Bioretention cells provide groundwater recharge, pollutant removal, and runoff detention. Bioretention cells are an effective solution in parking lots or urban areas where green space is limited. Curb and gutter elimination Curbs and gutters transport flow as quickly as possible to a storm water drain without allowing for infiltration or pollutant removal. Eliminating curbs and gutters can increase sheet flow and reduce runoff volumes. Sheet flow, the form runoff takes when it is uniformly dispersed across a surface, can be established and maintained in an area that does not naturally concentrate flow, such as parking lots. Maintaining sheet flow by eliminating curbs and gutters and directing runoff into vegetated swales or bioretention basins helps to prevent erosion and more closely replicate predevelopment hydraulic conditions. A level spreader, which is an outlet designed to convert concentrated runoff to sheet flow and disperse it uniformly across a slope, may also be incorporated to prevent erosion.

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• Keep an open mind; • Make a commitment to take a look inside yourself and try new things; • Be willing to step into the other person’s shoes if you are seeing a counselor for relationship issues; • Be willing to maintain boundaries. A counselor can help you figure out who owns each part of the problem and how much of it is your responsibility. Tonsfeldt says, “The Village Employee Assistance Program is strictly confidential. Unless you authorize us, or to comply with the law, we won’t tell anyone what is discussed or even release your name.” The program offers a wide variety of counseling services and locations. It also includes financial counseling as a part of its benefit. Call (800) 627-8220 to schedule an appointment at any location or to explore the telemental health option. Identify yourself as a member of The Village EAP and give the name of your employer and the F-M Home Builders Health Plan & Trust.

Remodeled Home Tour Sept. 15 - 16 Look for more information coming this month or contact Alison at (701) 232-5846 or alison@hbafm.com.

Grassed swales Grassed swales are shallow grass-covered hydraulic conveyance channels that help to slow runoff and facilitate infiltration. The suitability of grassed swales depends on land use, soil type, slope, imperviousness of the contributing watershed, and dimensions and slope of the grassed swale system. In general, grassed swales can be used to manage runoff from drainage areas that are less than 10 acres in size, with slopes no greater than 5 percent. Use of natural, low-lying areas is encouraged and natural drainage courses should be preserved and utilized. Green parking design Green parking refers to several techniques that, applied together, reduce the contribution of parking lots to total impervious cover. Green parking lot techniques include: setting maximums for the number of parking lots created; minimizing the dimensions of parking lot spaces; utilizing alternative pavers in overflow parking areas; using bioretention areas to treat storm water; encouraging shared parking; and providing economic incentives for structured parking.

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Parade of Homes Celebration banquet is a hit by Alison Streyle, Events Coordinator

The HBA of F-M held a Parade of Homes Celebration May 10 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites to celebrate the very successful 52nd annual Parade and recognize the HBA Builders who entered homes. With about 120 members in attendance, the night was full of fun, prizes and deserved recognition to our members and the HBA of F-M Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson. Johnson celebrated 20 years with the Association earlier this spring and the HBA wanted to show its appreciation by having a pool table, provided by Hot Springs Spas & Pool Tables 2, at the event with a game set up to compete with the pool shark, Johnson that is! The evening’s events also included helping fundraise for the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat. Throughout the evening almost $3,000 was donated by members in attendance that will go directly to the Build. The evening’s door prizes were donated by Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, Inc.; Jane Volk, Gate City Bank; Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc.; Diana Stead, Stone Holding Company; Robin Swanson, Superior Insurance; Brian Johnson, Town & Country Credit Union; and Nancy Michelsen, Vivid Interiors. Top prize winners: 1st Grand Prize of $750 – Gary Orth, Cornerstone Specialties 2nd Grand Prize of $400 – Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. 3rd Grand Prize of $250 – Terry Engberg, Engberg Builders, Inc. First-time Parade Entry Category Winner for $100 – Darin Milbrath, Serenity Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, LLC Multiple Parade Entry Category Winner for $100 – Jason Eid, Eid-Co (donated it to the HBC Build) Other Builder cash drawing winners: $100 – Robert Leslie, Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead $100 – Niels Thomsen, Thomsen Homes, LLC $50 – Duane Krieger, New Creations Construction, Inc. $50 – Vern Hanson, Hanson Bros., Inc. $50 – Colin Panzi, Heritage Homes Pool Table Challenge Winner

Thank you Parade of Homes Platinum Sponsor:

Thank you Parade of Homes Silver Sponsor:

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$50 – Norm Volk, Gate City Bank Two Consecutive Meetings winner: Ken Krajsa, State Bank & Trust THANK YOU: Builder Fusion Parade of Homes Builders, subcontractors and suppliers HBA’s Parade of Homes Committee Hornbacher’s Stores Photographers All of those who contributed to the success of this event.

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Thank you to all Builder participants! BMW Homes, Inc. Building Concepts, Inc. Carpenter Homes, a division of Carpco, Inc. Cornerstone Specialties Dabbert Custom Homes Dakota Development Construction, a division of Adams Development Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead Dietrich Homes, Inc. Differding Signature Homes Eid-Co Homes Engberg Builders, Inc. Equity Home Builders, LLC Hampton Homes, a division of Windows Plus, Inc. Hanson Bros., Inc. Harry Gilbertson Construction Heritage Homes Holly & Co. Classic Homes J & L Construction J.V. Hough, Inc. Jordahl Custom Homes Kochmann Brothers Homes Inc. Krueger Construction, Inc. Landmark Homes Minnesota State Community & Technical College New Creations Construction Paula Rae Homes & Gardens, Inc. Platinum Home Contracting Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc. RCJ Framing Specialists, LLC Rick Halvorson Construction, Inc. Serenity Homes Shorestone Development, Inc. Stahl Architects & Builders Stan Birky Construction, Inc. Stone Ridge Builders, Inc. Thomsen Homes, LLC Titan Homes, Inc.

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Featured homes raise over $11K for HBC!

Aaron Greterman, Robert Leslie, Jr., both of Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead; HBC’S President Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction, Inc.; and Chris Thomsen, Thomsen Homes, LLC, hold a check for $11,385 raised from their Parade of Homes Featured Homes. Money raised will go to HBA of F-M’s charitable arm, Home Builders Care.

The two “featured” homes on the 52nd Annual Parade of Homes set a record this year as they raised $11,385 dollars for the Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation! Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead and Thomsen Homes, LLC volunteered their homes to be “featured” homes and welcomed almost 2,300 consumers! Featured homes must be priced over $500,000. Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead’s home was located in West Fargo’s Shadow Wood development at 429 35th Ave. E. and was priced at $829,900. Thomsen Homes, LLC’s home was at 4822 3rd St. S.W. in Moorhead’s Tessa Terrace development and was priced at $1.3 million. These homes’ individual features included a home gym, gourmet kitchen, walk-in shower, 16’ tall water feature, home

theater and home automation system. The HBC is the HBA’s charitable arm. Its mission is to support skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry. The HBC has been in existence for 19 years and has donated scholarships to hundreds of students in area colleges and high schools. HBC also donates a scholarship to one exceptional student at the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades each June.

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HBA of F-M General

Membership Meetings

ParadeMayof10Homes Celebration • Ramada Plaza & Suites

Thank You!

Parade of Homes Celebration Sponsor

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

Gary Orth, Cornerstone Specialties, is the big winner of the night, taking home the 1st Grand Prize of $750. Chris Thomsen, Thomsen Homes, LLC, receives a $50 gift card to Don’s Car Wash from Parade of Homes Celebration sponsor, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom.

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Parade of Homes Celebration May 10 • Ramada Plaza & Suites

HOT DEALS oN HOT GRILLS

Above: Alison Streyle, HBA of F-M events coordinator, hands a $100 prize to Jason Eid, Eid-Co Homes, winner of the Multiple Parade Entry category. Right: Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brother Homes, Inc., and Terry Engberg, Engberg Builders, Inc., took home the 2nd and 3rd Grand Prizes. Left: Kevin Gustman, Twin City Garage Door, Inc., and Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction, mingle during the social hour. Below: Denis and Diana Stead, Stone Holding Company.

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Bryce Johnson celebrates 20 years at the HBA!

Members helped celebrate HBA’s Executive Vice President, Bryce Johnson’s 20 year anniversary by testing their pool skills at ‘Bryce’s Billiards Burn Out’ game. Johnson’s family, staff, and members thanked her for her hard work and dedication to the Association with a gift and photo slideshow. Thank you Bryce for 20 years!

Top: John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc., tries to get as many pool balls in the hole in 60 seconds during the social hour. A big thanks to Hot Springs Spas & Pool Tables 2 for providing the pool table for the evening. Above: Thank you to the past presidents who attended to help celebrate Johnson’s 20 years.

HBA staff thanks Johnson for her leadership.

Johnson with her husband, Wade, and two of their daughters, Izzy and Hannah.

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New homes benefit more than just buyers, builders June is National Homeownership Month

The only people who benefit when a house is built are the family members who get to live there, and the builder who constructed and sold the home, right? Wrong. The positive impact of new residential construction is far-reaching, bringing benefits to families, businesses and services throughout a community immediately, as well as for years to come. According to economists at the National Association of Home Builders, the one-year estimated local impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include $21.1 million in local income, $2.2 million in taxes and other local government revenue, and 324 local jobs. But what does that economic impact mean in the real, day-to-day lives of community residents? Just think about it. When a family moves to a community and buys a new house, they will likely shop at local stores to buy furniture and accessories to decorate the home. They will fill their car’s gas tank at local gas stations so they can get to the stores, have local mechanics work on the car when it breaks down or needs the oil changed, or buy a new car at a local dealer when it’s time to replace the old one. The family may need to hire local companies for regular services to maintain their home, such as landscaping, house cleaning, pet sitters or pool upkeep. The children will enroll in local schools. This increases enrollment, meaning more teachers, janitors, cafeteria workers and other school support staff will need to be hired. Those kids will also join sports leagues and other activities, buy equipment and pay registration fees that provide stipends for referees and coaches. All of this economic activity puts income into the pockets of local business owners and their families, who can then afford to go out and spend money themselves, which recycles even more money into the community’s economy. The new family also pays local and state taxes. These tax revenues help pay for a wide range of government services, including school teachers, police departments, refuse collection, parks maintenance and road repairs. Over the long term, as the families who move into new homes become part of the community, their positive impact continues. NAHB estimates that those 100 new homes also provide the community with additional, annually-recurring impacts of $3.1 million in local income, $743,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and 53 local jobs. Families who buy a newly built home enjoy benefits including safety, amenities, energy efficiency and floor plans to fit a modern lifestyle. But the advantages of new homes extend far beyond the buyers and the builders— residential construction has a positive, direct impact on the local community for years. NAHB is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NAHB has been serving its members, the housing industry, and the public at large. For more information on National Homeownership Month, visit www.nahb.org.

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Golf Outing con’t from pg 8

at lunch and the evening dinner. Your company name will be listed on the score cards, in the programs, on the HBA website and in the Plains Builder. Additional company exposure is available through the option of supplying specialty items as door prizes for lunch or dinner or as golf bag stuffers. Sponsors also have the option of supplying a game on a hole. This is great ADDITIONAL EXPOSURE and is limited to sponsors! The Fargo Country Club became the first golf club of North Dakota in 1898. The clubhouse was built in 1934. In 1963, FCC opened its newly added back nine to the members. Today, it is considered to be one of the top golf courses and country clubs in this part of the country. Other amenities include tennis courts, swimming pool, putting greens, driving range and a par 3 executive course. The Fargo Country Club has hosted many of the world’s top golfers and celebrities over the years. Among those who have played at the club include Gene Sarazen, who played just after winning the 1932 British Open; Sam Snead, Lloyd Mangrum, US Open winner in 1946, and entertainer Bob Hope. Fargo Country Club’s own Paul Runyan, who later became known as the “Little Giant Killer” and won the PGA Championship in 1934 and 1938 among his 29 tour victories, was caddie master at FCC in the early 1920s. The Fargo Country Club is also the only club in North Dakota to host a USGA event, the 1995 United States Boys Junior Championship and the Women’s Trans National Golf 2001 Amateur Championship.

Mark Your Calendar: Muddy Boots Picnic July 25th Bring your crew for a free meal of brats, potato salad, chips and all the fixings on the HBA lawn.

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Member Feature

Solution Design Inc.

BAM Board meeting con’t from pg 14

Multifaceted company addresses building, energy needs by Kirsten Rosenow, Communication & Office Coordinator

Larry Mayer, Solution Design Inc., knows a thing or two about energy efficient building. With three decades of industry-related experience, over 40 commercial projects with energy performance guarantees, and a lengthy list of building specialties, Mayer continues to educate himself and the industry on upand-coming energy code standards for new and existing homes. In the early 1970s, Mayer graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in business, and two minors: math and computers. After college, Mayer spent the next five years promoting, fundraising and building a four-season resort he had developed his junior and senior year of college. This project launched Mayer’s building career, exposing his talents in promotion and public speaking. In 1990, he began working at Honeywell, Fargo Home and Building Group in the department that offered energy and operational efficiency performance contracting projects. In 2001, Honeywell decided to close down these departments nationwide and Mayer felt it only natural to begin his own company, Solution Design Inc., as demand was still strong in North Dakota. Now 11 years later, Solution Design Inc. is serving Minnesota and North Dakota with all its building audit, building rating and energy-efficiency design needs. He just completed his first 70 percent energy reduction home for around 6 percent premium in February and is breaking ground on another. “We are an energy-efficiency business using proven science and physics to solve common building system problems such as drafty rooms, ice dam issues, high energy costs and dysfunctional HVAC systems,” says Mayer, who is a certified European PassiveHaus designer. Solution Design Inc. utilizes blower door testing, thermal image camera and furnace combustion analyzers to examine and audit existing energy issues and make recommendations. Larry Mayer is president of Solution Design “I have the ability to take the Inc. and serves as vice chair of the HBA of complex and simplify it. This helps F-M’s Education Committee. people understand what it takes to reach their comfort, energy costs and sustainability goals,” says Mayer. He believes that Honeywell gave him world class presentation and public speaking training that has been a big help in his career. Solution Design Inc., joined the HBA of F-M in the fall of 2010. Since then, Mayer has joined the Education Committee and is the current vice chair; exhibited in the Home & Garden Show for the past three years; is a Certified Lead Renovator; regularly attends HBA Lunch & Learns and taught the March lunch & learn on Home Energy Score. “I like working with people and building friendships,” says Mayer, who enjoys his job not only for the networking, but also for overcoming challenges. Solution Design Inc. con’t on pg 38

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issue this summer and proposing legislation in next year’s session. Subcontractor registration is also a tie. Fines are stayed in law meaning they are significantly reduced or forgiven if a sub registers within 60 days. The program is a test for two years and sunsets in 2014. DOLI has to produce a report and present it to the legislature at the end of the program in order for registration to continue.

Legal Action Committee

BAM filed a lawsuit in 2010 against the city of Saint Paul in response to the egress window policy for existing homes, which violates MN Statute 299F.011 by exceeding the Minnesota State Building Code. It would be detrimental to the residential construction industry if other municipalities began applying regulations that violate the State Building Code. BAM lost in district court last year but had a strong enough case to appeal. At 10 a.m. May 9, 2012 oral arguments were heard in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The court has 90-120 days to render its decision, which will be announced as soon as we hear.

NAHB

This year’s national legislative conference is June 6. BAM staff will be setting up meetings with Minnesota’s congressional delegation. BAM will also be hosting a meeting for Minnesota’s national directors the week of May 21. Information about the meeting will be sent to all Minnesota national directors.

Recruiting New Members

NAHB has a new membership initiative for 2012. If your local Association has more Builder and Associate members by the end of 2012 than you did Dec. 31, 2011 the Association will receive 50 percent of the national dues for every additional Builder and Associate member on the roster. Promote “doing business with a member” and encourage fellow builder members to ensure their subs are members. Visit www.nahb.org/ Beat2011 for more information. The next BAM board meeting will take place Sept. 5.

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HBA of F-M Industry

Spotlight JDP Automation, Inc. Brad Stefen

Red River Valley Co-op Power Ass’n Lauren Brorby PO Box 358, 109 2nd Ave. E. • Halstad, MN 56548 (218) 456-2139 • www.rrvcoop.com

Lauren Brorby Chief Executive Officer Red River Valley Co-op Power Ass’n

What is your company’s focus? “We are an electric distribution cooperative serving 4,700 member accounts in parts of Clay, Norman and Polk counties. Our mission is to provide affordable and reliable electricity along with excellent service to our member owners. As a not-for-profit cooperative, we provide electricity to members at cost, plus a margin. Those margins are eventually returned back to members.”

What is the latest trend in your business/industry? “The industry is at a crossroads in terms of technology. Two-way communication for meters, in-home energy networks and an array of energy information is available, yet much of it is in its infancy stages. Some utilities are implementing these devices while others are waiting for the need and the technology to mature. The technology is expensive and the information is only useful if it has a purpose. Consumers must also have a desire to use the technology, which not many do at the moment. Red River Valley Co-op Power has implemented some automated meter reading technology to gain efficiency, but is waiting on other technology until the benefits and demand justify the cost.” What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the industry today and how are you dealing with it? “Today, the energy industry faces increasing environmental regulations at the state and federal level. For example, Minnesota requires utilities to reduce their energy use by 1.5 percent each year and have 25 percent renewable energy by the year 2025. Red River Valley Co-op Power, along with its wholesale power supplier, is meeting these mandates. However, it has caused rates to increase dramatically within the last few years. The biggest challenge for utilities will be to balance affordable rates and reliable energy with environmental goals.”

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Golf Outing June 11 • Fargo Country Club See page 8 for details...

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1537 30th Ave. S. • Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 287-1012 • www.jdp.us.com

Brad Stefen General Manager JDP Automation, Inc.

What is your company’s focus? “We focus on industrial automation, controls engineering, software development, applications and database management. We bridge the gap between the automation needed on the shop floor to the reports and productivity monitoring needed on the top floor.”

What is the latest trend in your business/industry? “Remote connectivity to our customers’ PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers). To trouble shoot problems, our engineers and software developers can connect to our customers PLCs anywhere and at any time to identify the problem, fix the problem and start their production lines remotely.” What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the industry today and how are you dealing with it? “Finding and recruiting electrical and industrial engineers with a specific experience and skill set to our industry. We have grown from six employees in September of 2010 to 21 employees presently and we continue to look for more.” The HBA thanks members who are involved with this industry:

Utilities; Communications; Propane; Well Drilling 702 Communications Cable One Cass County Electric Cooperative Dakota Supply Group Falk Drilling, Inc. Fevig Oil & Propane IdeaOne Telecom Group, LLC JDP Automation, Inc. Lako Drilling, Inc. LTP Enterprises, Inc. Mid-States Wireless, Inc. Moorhead Public Service Network Cabling Services, Inc. Red River Valley Coop Power Ass’n Rick Utility Service, Inc. Xcel Energy

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News from the

HBA of F-M Remodelers Council

Remodelers Council 2012 Remodelers Council celebrates National Home

Sponsored by:

Remodeling month

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.

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The Remodelers Council hosted its annual picnic April 27 to celebrate May as National Home Remodeling Month. Even though it was a rainy day in the Fargo-Moorhead area, almost 60 members joined the HBA staff to celebrate with brats straight off the grill along with potato salad, chips and beverages. Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate and a special thanks to the picnic sponsor Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom. Ferguson employees worked Terry Lipp and Dario Papasergia, behind the grills while socializing with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting members as they filled their plates. Showroom, man the grill. Ferguson also had all attendees enter their name into a drawing for a fishing pole door prize. Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc., was this year’s lucky winner. Congratulations!

Above: It may have been raining outside, but that didn’t stop members from enjoying the picnic inside! Left: Members help themselves to brats with all the fixings

HBA’s 1st annual Remodeled Home Tour is taking entries this month! The HBA of F-M wants to hear from you! The first annual Remodeled Home Tour, a showcase of area remodeled homes, will start taking eligible entries this month! Begin talking with homeowners that have potential entries – it’s never too early to start the conversation. This event is looking for great remodeled projects in Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and other surrounding areas to help showcase the great talent of our local remodeling industry! Eligible entries include kitchen, bathroom remodels, full-home transformations, additions or even complete landscape redesigns. Your HBA wants to showcase its talented membership! The remodeled project entries will be showcased in conjunction with the second weekend of the 13th annual Fall Parade of Homes, Sept. 15-16. Entries will be open to consumers from noon – 5 p.m. both days. Entry forms and Tour information will be mailed out in June with a July 20 deadline. Want to sponsor this new and exciting Tour? Sponsorship includes company logo on the cover of the Remodeled Home Tour section of the event magazine, in the Plains Builder and on applicable print advertising. Company will also be mentioned in applicable radio ads. If your company is a perfect fit to sponsor this event, contact Jenny now at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com to take advantage of this great sponsorship opportunity.

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Education Opportunities

June 26

Lunch & Learn “Combustion Air and Proper Ventilation”

• 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Cost: $10 (includes lunch) • As residential buildings become tighter, balancing air for combustion and ventilation can be a difficult task. This lunch and learn will provide some background and information on balancing air for combustion while maintaining an energy-efficient and healthy home. • Topics covered will include: • Combustion air • Air sealing • Mechanical ventilation • “Just right and airtight” • Speaker: Carl Pedersen, North Dakota State University Extension Service. Register: Contact Kirsten at (701) 232-5846 or kirsten@ hbafm.com, or visit www.hbafm.com.

National Association of Home Builders

Webinars

• Time: 1 - 2 p.m. • Cost: Remodelers Council member fee: $19.95 HBA member fee: $24.95 Non-member fee: $44.95 • Register at www.nahb.org. Type class title in search bar.

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June 27

What’s New in Kitchen & Bath Design?

The kitchen is a main reason for consumers to purchase a home or remodel an existing home. This presentation examines the elements that set successful spaces apart from the ordinary. Discover how you can implement both left-brain functionality and right-brain creativity to make kitchens and bathrooms memorable and inviting. Learn the latest trends and products that make these spaces appealing to different generations and competitive in your market.

August 8

Mark Up & Margin: Pricing Strategies That Will Maximize Profits

This presentation will help remodelers at every level overcome common and subtle pitfalls to creating a work plan that maximizes profits. Learn how to calculate and understand the “true” costs of being in business and how to translate those into an effective pricing model and financial tool to achieve your goals. Master the concept of margin vs. markup, calculate break-even and plan for a return that covers the real risks in your business. In this session you will learn techniques to pricing your remodeling jobs correctly so you can focus on making your business the vehicle to wealth it should be.

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News from the Home

Builders Care Foundation

Parade of Homes featured homes 2012 Home Builders Care fundraiser Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead and Thomsen Homes, LLC, each Board of Trustees graciously volunteered one of their homes to be a featured home on the 2012

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.

Spring Parade of Homes. These homes raised $11,385 for Home Builders Care! This is the largest amount ever raised from the featured homes. Consumers can visit all featured homes on the Parade for $5 and almost 2,300 people chose to make that donation and visit these beautiful homes. Featured homes are priced over $500,000 and often have very unique features. Some of the features of this year’s homes include a home gym, gourmet kitchen, walk-in shower, 16’ tall water feature, home theater and home automation system. A big thank you to Aaron Greterman, Robert Leslie, Jr., and Chris Thomsen for volunteering their homes for this fundraiser.

Home Builders Care Build

The Home Builders Care Build for Habitat broke ground in early May and great progress has been made. This month, we will need volunteers to help us get this house up. The HBA of F-M has reserved four days, June 18 – 21, for HBA members to volunteer at the site. We would love to have lots of members out helping. As of press time, we still need one lunch sponsor to provide lunch for the wall raising ceremony and the HBA volunteer days. You can grill, cater or prepare whatever you like! To volunteer or sponsor, contact Jenny at the HBA at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com. See more details on the Home Builders Care Build starting on the next page.

Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades

The Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is going on now at Minnesota Community & Technical College. Students are learning about the construction and home building industry from the ground up. They will be working on concrete, framing, roofing, electrical and plumbing just to name a few. Feel free to come and check out what they are doing June 4 – 15. The contractor lunch at the M State campus that we hold every year will be on Tuesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. We invite all contractors and people who are interested in the Herdina Academy to attend. You will be able to meet the students and share with them what you do and why you love the industry. We also invite you to the graduation ceremony we will be holding on June 15 at 3 p.m. We celebrate the students’ successful completion of the Academy and award a scholarship to one promising student. Thank you to the companies that support the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. Your support makes our efforts for training the next generation of home builders possible. We will have a complete list of our supporters in the July issue of the Plains Builder. You can see a list of our Adopt-A-Student sponsors on page 9. These people help us keep the application fee low for students by defraying costs of the instructors and materials.

Mark your calendars for the 9th annual Charity Ride

The 9th annual Charity Ride is coming up on August 18. Get your motorcycles and cars shined up and ready to go. We are looking for sponsors, so if you are interested in helping make this event a success, contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com for more information.

Sign up for the June 11 Golf Outing today! Morning flight spots still available. Check out more information on page 8 and 23. Contact Alison at alison@hbafm.com or (701) 232-5846 to register.

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Mother of two will achieve dream of homeownership through Home Builders Care Build for Habitat

But that’s exactly what happened. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity called Nelson and the process for helping her achieve homeownership began early this year. “It is amazing. One of my biggest dreams has been to own my house. We have had to move so much. My daughter has been in five different schools,” she says. “I can’t wait to start helping build the house.” Family has suffered from domestic Nelson is a certified nursing assistant and works for violence, health challenges, looks forward Comfort Keepers, a senior care facility that provides into stability home services to the elderly. She enjoys the job because of by Krista Mund, Communications Manager its flexibility and she hopes to take on more hours as time April Nelson has never owned a home. In fact, she and progresses. her children briefly lived in a Grand Forks women’s shelter Nelson participated in Habitat’s Women to escape a violent Build that provided a shed for another family relationship. The Home who will be moving into a Habitat home. That Builders Care Build experience has given her a taste for the building for Habitat will help process and working with volunteers, and she is provide some stability ready for more. She also volunteers at ReStore that has been lacking in approximately 11 hours per week. their lives the past few “I like volunteering at ReStore, but it will be years. fun to be outside working,” she says. “I drove Originally from through the neighborhood yesterday to see what Warren, Minn., Nelson has happened on the site. Every day I go on moved to Grand Forks, Facebook to see the new pictures they put up, and got married and had re-post them on my page for my family to see. It’s two children. Five amazing!” years ago, she divorced Like all families that partner with Habitat her husband and for Humanity, Nelson will not receive a “free” became involved with home, but instead will purchase the home with an an abusive man. The interest-free loan to be repaid over the course of relationship spiraled the mortgage. Nelson will contribute 250 “sweat out of control and into equity” hours working on her home, the homes of a regular pattern of others and in the Habitat ReStore as a requirement domestic violence. for becoming a Habitat homeowner. She is also “We lived in a shelter required to attend 20 educational classes to learn in 2009, which was April Nelson with her daughter, Brooke, and son, about topics such as homeownership budgeting, right before I moved to Blake. Nelson will be the new home owner for home maintenance and home safety. Moorhead. I either had the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat. Nelson expresses thanks for the Habitat to leave that relationship program, Home Builders Care Foundation and the or lose my kids. Social HBA of F-M,.“If it weren’t for the help from your members services had been called because of the violence, and I and Habitat, I would have never been able to buy a home. I didn’t want my kids in that anymore anyway,” she says. would like to thank your members so much. This means the Today, Nelson lives in a rented Moorhead townhome world to my kids and me.” with daughter Brooke, age 10, and son Blake, age 6. She has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and depression, her daughter suffers from anxiety and her son has ADHD, Home Builders Care Build anxiety and cerebral palsy. Nelson says some of the mental health issues are lingering after-effects of the domestic for Habitat information continues violence they suffered. on page 30. The home will be handicap-accessible to help accommodate her son’s disability. In a few years, doctors say he will be a candidate for surgery called dorsal rhizotomy to help increase elasticity in his legs, but the procedure will leave him wheelchair-bound for about one year. Check out the list of materials needed and Home Builders Care Nelson learned about Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Build for Habitat donors! Consider making your donation today. Clip the form on page 6, or contact through Lakes & Prairie Community Action Partnership Jenny at jenny@hbafm.com or at (701) 232-5846 for more ways you can last year and sent in an application. donate. “I never dreamed that they would actually call me!” she laughs.

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Home Builders Care Build for Habitat for Humanity

The Home Builders Care Build began in May and work has begun in earnest! Volunteer days will start in mid-June. We have a lot of members stepping up to provide the materials for this project. You can see a list of companies who have donated to the right and on the next page. We need a lot more to complete the house though, so check out the list of materials we still need on the next page. Funds are needed as well to help complete the house. The goal is to raise $80,000 and we still have a large amount left to raise. Please consider making a cash donation. See page 6 for HBA President Terry Becker’s challenge to all members. Make your check out to Home Builders Care and send it to 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103. You can also make your donation online at www.hbcfm.com. Just click on the “Donate” button.

Wall raising ceremony

The wall raising ceremony will be at 11 a.m. June 14. Come out to 902 27th St. N. in Fargo to help us celebrate this wonderful project. We are planning on having lunch and you will be able to meet the family. You can read more about April Nelson and her two children on page 29.

HBA Volunteer Week

The HBA has set aside four days, June 18-21, for HBA members to volunteer. These days will have some of our skilled contractors on-site, but all HBA members are welcome. We will be working on roofing, soffits/fascia, siding and the garage. Contact Jenny to volunteer. One more lunch sponsor is needed for our wall raising ceremony and volunteer days. Join Cass County Electric Cooperative, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom and First International Bank & Trust. Feel free to grill, cater or prepare food for our volunteers.

NAHB Green designation

The Home Builders Care Build will be the first-ever NAHB Green designated home in the Fargo area. We will be designating the home at the Bronze level and will be providing educational opportunities throughout the process for members to experience the designation process. Opportunities that will take place include a blower-door test, radon-system and an overview of the designation process. If you are interested in participating in any part of the Home Builders Care Build, contact Jenny at the HBA office at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com.

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Home Builders Care Build for Habitat for Humanity Donor List *as of 5/22/12 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.

Tour de Habitat..........................................................$12,050 State Bank & Trust.....................................................$11,551 HBA of F-M..................................................................$2,000 John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc..... $1,100 Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc...............................$1,000 Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC.............$1,000 Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc......$500 Mark Bryan/Mike DuBord, Wood Specialists, Inc...........$500 Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors...............$382 DECKMASTERS............................................................$316 Cass County Abstract Company....................................$250 Tecton Products, LLC.....................................................$250 Heidi Knutson, Western State Bank...............................$250 Misc. donations at HBA events.......................................$210 702 Communications......................................................$100 Mike Arnold, Accent Contracting....................................$100 Bob Footitt, Bob Footitt Construction, Inc.......................$100 Gary Orth, Cornerstone Specialties...............................$100 Crane Johnson Lumber Company..................................$100 Josh Novotny, Dakota Hills Electric, Inc..........................$100 Dakota Supply Group.....................................................$100 Dave Anderson, Dave Anderson Construction...............$100 Robert Leslie, Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead......$100 Aaron Greterman, Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead.............................................................$100 Jason Eid, Eid-Co Buildings, Inc.....................................$100 Fargo Water Equipment..................................................$100 Terry Lipp, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom......................................................................$100 Rodd Rodeman, Gemstone Masonry Operating Co. Inc............................................................$100 Vern Hanson, Hanson Bros., Inc....................................$100 Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes......................................$100 Insure Forward...............................................................$100 John V. Hough, J.V. Hough, Inc.......................................$100 Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc.......................$100 Erik Hatch, Keller Williams Roers Realty........................$100 Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design......................$100 Newman Signs...............................................................$100 Ron Goodman, Northern Plumbing Supply....................$100 Park Co. Realtors............................................................$100 Valerie Fiske, Park Co. Realtors.....................................$100 Erik Opdahl, TCI Insurance............................................$100 Devin Gaard, TCI Insurance...........................................$100 Bill Blixt, Western Products, Inc......................................$100 Ken Krajsa, State Bank & Trust......................................$100 Harry Gilbertson, Harry Gilbertson Construction.............$50 Paul Dotzenrod, Paul’s Electric, Inc..................................$50 Marc Bushee, Property Resources Group.......................$20

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Want to give materials?

Tour de Habitat Teams • $12K

If you are interested in donating and need to see the plans for exact amounts, contact Rob Rich at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity at (218) 329-4583 or rob@ lakeagassizhabitat.org.

• Concrete: concrete materials for a two-car garage slab • Trusses: roof trusses for garage • Electrical: trim and fixtures • HVAC: a gas forcedair furnace, 95 to 99 percent efficient; rough-in and duct work • Lumber: for home and garage • Shingles and all roofing materials: for home and garage • Soffit, fascia and f-channel: for home and garage • Exterior doors and windows

Thank you to all the participants and teams of the 9th Annual Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Tour de Habitat. The nine teams below designated their funds for the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat. These teams, along with seven other teams, raised over $24,000, and $12,050 will go directly to the build.

• Interior doors • Tape, texturing and painting • Cabinets, and vanities • Flooring • Landscaping • On-site waste: roll-off dumpster and landfill fees • Utilities during build • Nails • Caulking • Adhesive for subfloors • Tyvek

Material Donors List

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

All Finish Concrete Aggregate Industries Asplin Excavating Camrud-Foss Concrete Constr. Inc. Cullen Insulation, Inc. Brock White Co. Dan Lindquist Construction, Inc. Diamond Vogel Paints Eric Berg Construction, Inc. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Showroom Foam DR’s LLC G & T Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Gopher Excavating, Inc. Hoiberg Construction, Inc. Interstate Electric, LLC Ken’s Sanitation and Recycling, Inc. Knife River Materials Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.

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McNeilus Steel Mid-States Truss Company Northland Truss Systems, Inc. Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc. Potty Shacks Quality Concrete Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc. Pella Windows & Doors Simonson Lumber Stantec Strata Ready Mix Structural Materials Terry Becker Construction, LLC Twin City Garage Door, Inc. Valley Lights Wendt Custom Cabinets & Countertops Vivid Interiors

Rocky and the Rockettes - $2,571.92 • Jenny Erickson • Bryce Johnson • Jennifer McKinney • Krista Mund • Kirsten Rosenow • Rocky Schneider Good Old Boys $2,032 • Mike Arnold • John Gunkelman • Kate Kemmer • Dan Lindquist • Bob Kochmann • Trisha McDonald Tireless Trekkers $1,535 • Dave Anderson • Dan Beecher • Carl Blank • Kim Kemmer • Sylvia Lunski 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

The Trade Show $1,355 • Duane Brown • David Diedrich • Ned Habedank • Jon Hansen • Tricia Hansen • Paul Lindemann • Jake Shirley Super Sellers - $1,255 • Jenny Centko • Tyrone Leslie • Kim Meyers • Colin Panzi • Gretchen Taylor • Jacob Voelker HBA – Biker Builders - $1,200 • Carlita Dietz • Darrick Guthmiller • Scott Persoon • Tom Schlenvogt • Darla Skaurud • Tom Spaeth Handlebar Honeys $836 • Chrissie Dimmer • Monica Hart • Sarah Huckle • Shelly Richard • Elle Taylor • Donna Wiger

Other volunteer opportunities available Lunch and water will be needed for volunteers during the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in providing a meal or beverages, please contact Jenny at jenny@hbafm.com or (701) 232-5846.

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Spike Superstar

Sylvia Lunski

Design Direction, Inc. 8.50 credits Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, Inc. has earned the Member Spike Level with 8.50 credits. She currently sserves on the HBA board of directors and strives to keep the Association’s best interests in mind. Thank you for helping us reach our goals! Your hard work is appreciated!

Become a Spike Club member

Look below to see if you are a Spike Club candidate or member. If you know a Spike, thank them for their commitment to growing the Association. • To achieve Spike status you must earn six credits within two consecutive membership years (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31). Members can earn one Spike credit for each new member they sponsor and Spikes receive a half credit for recruitment and a half credit for the renewal of Affiliate members. HBA Retention Committee members also accrue Spike credits when helping to renew memberships each year. • To retain Spike status and become a Life Spike, you must earn a minimum of one Spike credit (new or retention) each membership year until you reach a total of 25 credits. • Spike credits are earned by recruiting and retaining members. NAHB recognizes and rewards membership development efforts with its Spike Club awards program. • Want to learn more about recruiting members and becoming a part of the Spike Club? Contact Jennifer at jennifer@hbafm.com or at (701) 232-5846.

Spike Club Roster Members

(6 credits or more)

Becker, Terry.................................... 15.00 Berglund, Donna.............................. 14.50 Birky, Stan......................................... 6.00 Blixt, Bill........................................... 22.75 Carney, Jo....................................... 21.50 Eid, Jason........................................ 14.00 Johnson, Peter.................................. 7.50 Kulesa, Chris..................................... 9.00 Leslie, Tyrone..................................... 6.00 Lunski, Sylvia..................................... 8.50 Michelsen, Nancy............................ 17.00 Schmitt, Dawn................................... 7.00

Lifetime Members (25 credits or more)

Albright, Marshal............................. 44.00 Alsop, Dick....................................... 65.50 Anderson, Dave............................... 35.25 Anderson, Doug............................... 43.00 Anderson, Kim................................. 52.00 Arnold, Mike.................................... 55.50 Atkins, Brent.................................... 31.50 Bartholomay, Jerry........................... 34.50 Bates, Monty .................................. 52.50 Bellmore, Pat .................................. 51.50 Bernard, Clark............................... 204.50 Carlson, Al..................................... 135.00 Cavett, Cyle................................... 179.00

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Cooper, Cindy................................ 411.00 Cosgriff, Sue . ................................. 31.50 Cullen, Terry.................................... 27.00 Dabbert Jr., Don ............................. 87.25 Day Woods, Maren.......................... 36.50 Dunkel, Jim.................................... 131.00 Eid, Gerald..................................... 170.50 Footitt, Bob...................................... 72.00 Funfar, Charlie............................... 230.00 Gunkelman, John............................ 66.25 Guthmiller, Darrick........................... 59.75 Handy, Scott.................................... 31.50 Hanson, Vern................................... 70.50 Hoss, Ryan...................................... 38.00 Hoy, Tammy................................... 393.50 Kelly, Nancy..................................... 64.00 Kochmann, Bob............................. 107.75 Kochmann, Paul............................ 284.00 Krajsa, Ken.................................... 835.50 Laasch, Kimberli............................ 142.00 Lipp, Terry...................................... 149.50 Luther, Jerry.................................... 79.50 Mahan, John.................................. 136.00 Mazour, Craig.................................. 99.50 McShane, Phil................................. 33.00 Mollberg, Scott................................. 50.00 Narveson, Dan................................ 34.00 O’Leary, Tim.................................... 37.50 Opp, Gary........................................ 34.50 Palmes, Peggy............................... 352.50 Parkinson, Cary............................. 251.00 Paseka, Rod.................................. 115.00

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Passolt, Dan.................................... 55.50 Pederson, Lynette............................ 29.00 Pesek, Jamey................................ 158.50 Polansky, Pete................................. 44.50 Rasmussen, Todd.......................... 126.00 Roman, Marcus............................. 145.50 Rood, Robert................................. 148.00 Ryland, Stan.................................... 96.50 Schmidtke, Dennis......................... 343.50 Shafer, Rod.................................... 289.50 Sheridan, Kris.................................. 30.50 Skansgaard, Mike............................ 44.50 Stenerson, Les................................ 38.25 Strahm, Ruth................................. 310.00 Sweeney, Vicki................................. 38.50 Swenson, Jeff.................................. 66.00 Thurston, Gene.............................. 116.50 Vanderwerff, Bryce.......................... 70.50 Watterud, Tony................................. 39.50 Welle, Terry.................................... 129.00 Wendt, Gary.................................... 37.00 Wierima, Deanna............................. 25.50

Spike Club Candidates (less than 6 credits)

Schmidt, Dave................................... 3.00 Gilbertson, Harry............................... 2.00 Likness, Drew.................................... 3.50 Lind, Chris......................................... 2.00

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Centko named provost, VP at Northwest Tech by Krista Mund, Communications Manager

John Centko, dean of academic affairs at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, has been named provost at Northwest Technical College. His duties begin this month. John Centko has helped Centko has worked at expand and strengthen the Minnesota State Community relationship between the HBA and M State over the and Technical College since years. 2000, overseeing and developing technical and trades programming. As dean of academic affairs, Centko worked primarily at M State’s campus in Moorhead, but had responsibilities for the college’s other campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Wadena. Since he began as dean, enrollment at the college’s Moorhead campus grew from 1,500 to 3,700. HBA of F-M’s Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “M State’s relationship with the HBA has grown by leaps and bounds. John encouraged deeper involvement from students and faculty in the National Association of Home Builders’ Student Chapters and we gained a seat on the Moorhead Community & Technical College Foundation Board. The college began housing the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades in 2007 and took on a major component of organizing it. John’s proactive and can-do spirit will be missed!” During Centko’s time at M State, the HBA was also invited to serve on M State’s Campus Advisory Committee and on the Construction Trades Department’s Advisory Committee. Centko served on the HBA’s Education Committee, the Construction Trades Academy’s Advisory Committee and served as chair of the Education, Training and Workforce Development Subcommittee and on the Public Affairs Committee for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. From 2000-2003, Centko was dean of manufacturing, information technology and transportation at Northwest

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Technical College when it had five campuses in Bemidji, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes and Wadena. He also taught briefly as a graduate student in the Department of Industrial Technology at Illinois State University; worked in several roles at Northern Michigan University; and worked for Northwest Airlines and Northwest Airlink. “John has experience in the state colleges and universities system and has developed consistently strong community and industry relationships in his varied roles,” said Dr. Richard A. Hanson, president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. “His high-energy approach will provide a strong direction for Northwest Technical College and help raise its profile, both in northern Minnesota and beyond. I am also confident that his leadership will be instrumental as we seek to leverage the full potential of Northwest Tech’s alignment with Bemidji State University.” Centko holds an associate’s degree in technical drafting and a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, both from Northern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in industrial technology from Illinois State University. He is a doctoral candidate in education at North Dakota State University. Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. The University enrolls nearly 5,000 students annually and offerings include more than 65 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs encompassing the liberal arts, interdisciplinary studies and applied fields. The University is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600.

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

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What is NDAB-PAC?

NDAB-PAC is the North Dakota Association of Builders’ Political Action Committee. It is a non-artisan political action committee that provides support for candidates who are friends of the building industry. People who show they care and are concerned about the building industry’s future make contributions to NDAB-PAC because they believe that cooperation equals strength.

What do PAC dollars do?

With your sponsorship dollars, the Association can raise more PAC dollars. PAC funds are then split three ways to be used nationally, statewide and locally. Each dollar raised helps elect friendly candidates at all three levels of government. A portion of your contribution is passed along to BUILD-PAC, the National Association of Home Builders’ Political Action Committee, one of the most recognized and well-respected PACs in Washington, D.C. Another portion of your contribution is earmarked for contributions to candidates for local, county, and other elections. Most importantly, local Association members decide who to support in local elections to help elect those candidates most friendly to the housing industry. For a list of who PAC is supporting in the June elections, please visit page 11. Please consider becoming a PAC contributor. Contact Rocky at (701) 232-5846 or rocky@hbafm.com.

‘Bogey with the Builders’ State Golf Tourney June 21 • Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck

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Thank you PAC Contributors *as of 5/22/12

$2,500

Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes

$1,000

Mike Arnold, Accent Contracting Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction, LLC Dan Lindquist, Dan Lindquist Construction, Inc. Jason Eid, Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. John Koerselman, Red River Drywall & Painting Services, Inc. Ken Krajsa, State Bank & Trust Nancy Kelly, Heartland Labor

$500

Jeff Swenson, Twin City Garage Door, Inc.

$365

Dan Armbrust, Dawson Insurance Bryce Johnson, HBA of F-M Harry Gilbertson, Harry Gilbertson Construction Stan Birky, Stan Birky Construction, Inc. Toby Christensen, Camrud-Foss Concrete Constr. Inc.

$100+

Terry Cullen, Cullen Insulation, Inc. Patti Helm, First International Bank & Trust Paul Lindemann, Lindemann Finish Carpentry, Inc. Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, Inc. Roger Olson, Sig Olson & Son’s Plastering, Inc. Sheldon Poss, Poss Custom Cabinets, Inc. Reed Stigen, Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C, Inc. Mark Voxland, City of Moorhead

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designers, as well as architects and retail stores who display their products. Jensen also works closely with Greg McBroom, the territory manager for the retail division in North Dakota. McBroom also covers northern Minnesota and the Minneapolis market and has over 20 years of experience by Kirsten Rosenow, Communication & Office Coordinator selling and installing floor coverings. He is a part of a team The HBA of F-M welcomes one that works closely with Jensen here in Fargo, and with the of its newest members, Ceramic staff in Maple Tileworks, to the Association. Also Grove. Jo Jensen new to the Fargo-Moorhead area, Through the Ceramic Tileworks Ceramic Tileworks is a Maple Grove, architectural Minn., based company who has expanded its showroom program to Minneapolis and recently Fargo. It has been a leader in at Ceramic the Twin Cities residential and commercial markets for 24 Tileworks, years. customers can Jo Jensen, architectural representative, joined the experience a vast Association in March and is involved with the Events array of choices, Committee. depending on Jensen sees the HBA as a great organization for their needs and Jensen and Ceramic Tileworks can help create unique tile flooring options for those home owners to utilize during their buying, building or customers can looking to build or remodel. remodeling stages. She also loves the way the Association bring their clients gives back to the community. to the resource “It seems like the Association is always looking at center to get some ideas on products to utilize. opportunities to be able to work on a project or raise “We’re currently putting the finishing touches on funds,” she says. our local showroom here in Fargo,” says Jensen, whose Jensen started in the industry as an interior designer with company is always looking for and stocking the showroom new construction and remodeling projects and has since with the latest trends in tile products and accessories. transitioned in to the new Ceramic Tileworks resource Ceramic Tileworks center in Fargo. She continues to work with interior 3002 Fiechtner Dr Ste C • Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 356-5238

Get to know a new member: Ceramic Tileworks

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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.)

Company Name

Years Company Name

Andvik Enterprises......................................................5 Balance Your Books Inc...............................................1 Bert’s Truck Equipment of Moorhead, Inc..................13 Building Concepts, Inc...............................................17 Cable One...................................................................6 Coldwell Banker First Realty - Daniel Ness, Realtor...4 Cougar Tree Care Inc...................................................6 Dave Meyer Construction............................................1 Dave Schmidt Construction, Inc................................37 DECKMASTERS.......................................................22 Dietrich Homes, Inc...................................................17 Epic Solutions, Inc.......................................................3 Equity Home Builders, LLC.........................................1 Erickson Contracting of F-M, Inc...............................22 Fargo Tractor..............................................................32 Foltz Buildings...........................................................19 Froemke Builders & Distributors, Inc.........................29 Granites Unlimited.......................................................5 Guardian Building Products.......................................22 Hebron Brick Company.............................................29 Holland Enterprises, Inc............................................14 Holly & Company Classic Homes................................8 J & L Construction.....................................................12 JELD-WEN Millwork Distribution...............................42

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Krump Construction Inc.............................................14 Lee Jones & Son Construction Co...............................6 Lindsay Crystal Pure Water.......................................19 M & H Construction...................................................20 Mark’s Electric, Inc.....................................................15 Marvin Windows & Doors..........................................34 Master Construction Co., Inc.......................................8 Mid-States Truss Company........................................41 Moorhead Center Development, Inc..........................10 Nodak Stores.............................................................23 Northern Plumbing Supply..........................................9 Northland Glass and Glazing, LLC............................19 Olander Contracting Co.............................................19 Ole’s Nursery, Inc.........................................................1 Olympic Sales, Inc.......................................................6 Opatril Concrete Construction Inc...............................6 Palluck Construction....................................................8 Park Co. Realtors - Terry Ellingson, Realtor................5 Performance Electric LLC............................................3 Prairie Design Studio, Ltd..........................................10 Price-Rite Home Improvements, Inc..........................19 Property Resources Group..........................................1 Quality Concrete, Inc.................................................27 Red River Excavating................................................36 Refrigeration-Heating, Inc..........................................28 Richards Excavating..................................................10 Runger’s Heating and Air Conditioning........................7 Staging Innovations.....................................................6 Stone Ridge Builders, Inc............................................2 TCI Insurance..............................................................3 Tile Masters, Inc..........................................................1 Twin City Sharpening, Inc..........................................18 United Rentals...........................................................28 Van Raden Construction Inc......................................56 Wood Specialists Inc.................................................26 Wynn Appraisals..........................................................6

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E.A. Schultz Construction, LLC Builder Vern Thompson (701) 400-6767

Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. Associate Scott Archer (701) 433-2160

Grace Electric Associate Grace Cummings Pas (701) 371-3931

Woodhaven Development LLP Associate Steve Stoner (701) 237-5031

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Member Report

Advantage Realtors, Inc. - Lisa Benusa, Realtor Real Estate & Sales Lisa Benusa PO Box 11342 Fargo, ND 58106 (701) 235-1750 Sponsor: Neil Graf Advantage Realtors Inc.

NAHB March Beat 2011 winners revealed The HBA of F-M was one of the top HBA’s across the nation who managed to not only grow its membership totals in March, but also at a rate greater than any other HBA in our size categories. Thank you to all of the members and the New Membership Development & Retention Committees and Jennifer McKinney, HBA of F-M’s membership coordinator, for all their hard work and dedication to helping grow our Association. Winners in each group were:

Central Minnesota Credit Union Financial Tom Budde 20 4th Ave SE Melrose, MN 56352 (320) 256-3669 Sponsor: Jeff Anstadt Moorhead Federal Credit Union

Group 1: Greater Houston Builders Association (Texas) Group 2: HBA of F-M Group 3: Home Builders Association Mississippi Coast Group 4: Greater Manchester/Nashua Home Builders and Remodelers Association (New Hampshire) Group 5: Home Builders Association of North Mississippi Group 6: Southern New Hampshire Home Builders and Remodelers Association Group 7: Caldwell County Home Builders Association (North Carolina) Know someone who would make a great member? Interested in joining the New Membership Development & Retention Committee? 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

Neil Graf Advantage Realtors....................................................................1 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

Name Company#

Recruited

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 Jeff Anstadt Moorhead Federal Credit Union.................................................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..................................................3

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.

April’s Guess Who is Still a Mystery! Hints: • Born in Fargo and graduated from Fargo South High School. • Played hockey and percussion while in school. • Has two grown children and one granddaughter. • Worked for the fire service for 26 years.

Bonus Hints:

• Holds the Certified Graduate Builder designation from NAHB. • Serves on the HBA Board of Directors and was featured in the April issue of the Plains Builder.

Think you know?! Call the HBA at (701) 232-5846. June’s Guess Who Hints: • She is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. • Her name means “Little Bear.” • She loves to golf, cook and travel. • She sure is one Smart woman!

Solution Design Inc. con’t from pg 24

“I like the challenge to solve comfort issues and see the people’s excitement to find someone who has the training to finally fix a problem utilizing a professional process like that offered by Building Professional Inc.” Today, he sees the industry’s financing as a big challenge, and he tries to help builders with getting higher appraisals. However, he hopes with new potential building codes and newer cost-effective building materials, builders will be able to build new homes that are at least 30 percent more efficient than 2010 homes. “Builders want a return on their higher energy investment in a building,” says Mayer. “Solution Design is completing BPI and DOE certification to offer Home

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ABC Seamless.....................................................7 ACME TOOLS....................................................33 Aggregate Industries............................................9 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND.............................20 Butler Machinery Co...........................................20 BW Insurance Agency........................................19 Camrud-Foss Concrete......................................19 Carpet World......................................................22 Cass County Abstract Co...................................21 Cass County Electric Cooperative......................19 Coldwell Banker First Realty................................7 Crane Johnson Lumber Co................................35 Dakota Gypsum..................................................22 Dawson Insurance..............................................27 Goodin Company................................................39 Hauck & Buchholz Drywall, Inc.............................7 Knight Printing......................................................7 Lamperts Yards...................................................34 Mid-States Truss.................................................35 Minnkota Windows, Inc.........................................2 Nodak Stores......................................................21 Northland Truss Systems....................................27 Property Resources Group.................................14 Rigels, Inc...........................................................17 State Bank & Trust..............................................21 Stenerson Lumber..............................................22 The Title Company.............................................21 Western Products, Inc..........................................7 Windows Plus, Inc..............................................40 Xcel Energy..........................................................3

Interested in advertising? The Plains Builder reaches an industry specific audience, perfect for your needs! Contact Jenny at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com.

Energy Score ratings for F-M builders so they can get a higher appraised value and make their homes stand out.” For those starting out in the industry, Mayer encourages them to never stop learning something new and stay within their limits of knowledge and workers skill level. “Cost of construction goes up quickly when you try something new, and that reduces your bottom line. Work with other builders or energy specialists who have already been there, to reduce the risk of unbudgeted construction costs.” Solution Design Inc. 5076 53rd St. S. Fargo, ND 58104 www.solutiondesigns.us

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The colors and designs of this year's launch have a distinctive, urban quality. There is a layering of ideas, materials, and eras in much of interior design. And there has been a shift to a younger generation at design firms, and a rebirth of fun, retro, graphic approach to design.

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Vote for Housing June 12! West Fargo Commission

Mark Simmons Mike Thorstad

Cass County Commission

District 1 - Rocky

Schneider District 5 - Mark Weston North Dakota Residents

Vote NO on Measure 2 Fargo Residents

Vote YES to the sales tax extension

* Paid for by the North Dakota Association of Builders Political Action Committee Contact the HBA at (701) 232-5846 to find out more information about the HBA of F-M’s election process and how to donate to NDAB-PAC. HBA of F-M • 1802 32nd Ave S • Fargo, ND 58103 • www.hbafm.com • info@hbafm.com


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June 11 Fargo Country Club

509 26th Ave S - Fargo (rain date June 18)

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Members Only!

(morning flight available to nonmembers based on availability after May 20) Golfers of all abilities are encouraged to take part in this fun member event...great prizes are available on nearly every hole and each participant receives a chance at a variety of great door prizes during lunch and dinner.

Dress Code Enforced: No denim and no tank tops allowed at Fargo Country Club!

2012 HBA Golf Outing Participant Registration Form *Sign up individually or as a team!

GOLFERS IN FOURSOMES

1. _________________________________ 2. _________________________________ 3. _________________________________ 4. _________________________________

COMPANY NAME

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

Bill each player individually

Bill team to:______________________________________________________

PHONE

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

Registrations must be paid in advance. Make checks payable to the HBA

Register for morning or afternoon:

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Morning Tee Time: 7:30 a.m. Afternoon Tee Time: 1 p.m. Member Cost of $70 includes: Member Cost of $80 includes: Non-Member cost of $85 includes: Dinner Buffet 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Lunch Buffet 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Green fees and golf cart Green fees and golf cart Door prizes Door prizes You must have a ticket in order to eat.

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Please note:

If you golf in the morning and would also like to eat dinner, the additional charge is $29. If you golf in the afternoon and would also like to eat lunch, the additional charge is $22.

Mail or fax form to:

Home Builders Association of F-M | 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103 | Fax: (701) 280-1108


Home Builders Association of F-M ‘Lunch & Learn’ Education Opportunity 

Tuesday, June 26 • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

‘Combustion Air and Proper Ventilation’

• As residential buildings become tighter, balancing air for combustion and ventilation can be a difficult task. This lunch and learn will provide some background and information on balancing air for combustion while maintaining an energy efficient and healthy home. • Topics:

- Combustion air - Air sealing - Mechanical ventilation - “Just right and airtight” - Home design/space requirements

• Cost is $10 (includes lunch) • Speaker: Carl Pedersen, Energy Educator from North Dakota State University - Ag. and Biosystem Engineering

Please register the following person(s) for the: June 26 ‘Combustion Air and Proper Ventilation’ 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.


Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead

Website Advertising

Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead | Home

The mission of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead is to provide quality services, benefits and education to our members and the community. Striving to be a visible and proactive influence, the association represents the collective interests of the

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What’s new at the HBA

Upcoming Events

2011 Home & Garden Show features renegade gardener, grilling buddies

1/28/2011 - 1/30/2011: BAM Minnesota Builders Convention

Red River Valley Home & Garden Show attendees

2/7/2011 - 2/11/2011: NDAB BOD & Legislative Reception

can walk on the wilder side with the renegade gardener and grilling buddies featured at the 50 th annual event.

Feb. 25-27 - Fargodome

home building industry.

Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson

HBA's Press Room

presents at home,

Find out more! HBA of F-M members with professional designations

garden and flower shows across the

2/10/2011: Feb. GMM - "Chilly" Cook Off at Fabricators Unlimited 2/14/2011: Parade of Homes Committee Meeting 2/16/2011: February MN Contractor Continuing Education

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Upcoming Industry Education

The Home & Garden Show offers the largest selection of home and garden exhibits in the region. Find out more...

Click on the links below to download registration forms. If no form is available, contact Alison at (701) 232-5846

or

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The HBA of F-M website receives over 72,000 hits each year. More and more people are turning to our website for information on the Association. Consumers as well as your fellow HBA of F-M members utilize the website as their go-to resource for everything from Parade of Homes information, to the online membership directory, to signing up for HBA of F-M events.

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Advertising Rates & Dimensions

Annual Rates # Available Price Side Bar-All pages............................................... 3 .................. $1,200 Half Side Bar-All pages........................................ 6 ..................... $750 Bottom Banner-All pages..................................... 3 ..................... $500 Top Banner-Membership Directory page............. 3 ..................... $750 Bi-Annual Rates # Available Price January-June Side Bar-All pages............................................... 3 ..................... $920 Half Side Bar-All pages....................................... 6 ..................... $575 Bottom Banner-All pages..................................... 3 ..................... $385 Top Banner-Membership Directory page............. 3 ..................... $575 Bi-Annual Rates # Available Price July-December Side Bar-All pages............................................... 3 ..................... $460 1/2 Side Bar-All pages......................................... 6 ..................... $290 Bottom Banner-All pages.................................... 3 ..................... $190 Top Banner-Membership Directory page............ 3 ..................... $290

www.hbafm.com Ads will rotate when the page refreshes. All ads can be exclusive if the advertiser purchases all open spots. Monthly and pro-rated annual rates* available upon request. *Based on start month.

Ad Dimensions(pixels) Fileweight Full Side Bar.................200 x 600 ....................................50k Half Side Bar................200 x 110......................................50k Bottom Banner ad.........600 x 150.....................................50k Top Banner ad..............600 x 150.....................................50k Ads must be paid in full before they are posted. Ad Sales Contact

Jenny Erickson, Development & Project Coordinator (701) 232-5846 ~ Fax: (701) 280-1108 ~ jenny@hbafm.com

Acceptable file format for submitted ads: • Image files (.jpeg, .gif, .tif); Flash and .swf files also accepted. • Email files to kristam@hbafm.com • Include all fonts and supporting files (i.e. scans, logos, illustrations, photos, etc.)

REQUIRED: Please fill out all information below.

The undersigned hereby makes application for advertising space in the 2012 Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead website. I understand that this contract is non-cancelable and payment is due in full before ad will be posted.

Company:_ _______________________________________ Ad Agency (if applicable):_ ___________________________ Contact:__________________________________________ Address:_ ________________________________________ City/State/Zip:_ ____________________________________ Phone:___________________________________________ E-mail:___________________________________________ Website (for linking ad):______________________________ ________________________________________________ Special Instructions:_ _______________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Print Name:_______________________________________ Date:_ ___________________________________________

Ad Size:____________________________ Ad Cost:____________________________ __I will submit ad. __I will provide materials for HBA to design my ad.

Payment Options: __Check is enclosed __Please send a bill __Credit Card: MC / Visa (circle one): #_ ____________________________________ Exp._______V code:_______ Zip Code:_______ Billing Address:_________________________ _ ____________________________________ _ ____________________________________ Please return contract to: (make checks payable to same) Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead 1802 32nd Ave. S. Fargo, N.D. 58103 Fax: (701) 280-1108 or jenny@hbafm.com


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