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BUILDERS BUZZ Greetings Builders and Associates and Happy New Year I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, despite the bad weather. This will be my last letter as President of the LRBA. Thank you for allowing me to lead such a fine organization. It was a great year and I really appreciated all the help and support everyone gave me. I'd like to thank Troy Fingalson and his crew at I'll Tile & Stone for hosting our December meeting at their showroom. The food was great and everyone seemed to be having a good time learning about tile. I would also like to thank the latest contributors for their time and materials to get the office up and running – Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling for the carpeting, Jason Coley at Don’t Tietz Construction for door hardware and installation, Dan Mullikin at D L Window and Door for some item installation as well as a beautiful picture and Greg Neisen and Travis at Crane Johnson Lumber and Perry Nodsle at Nodsle Construction for moving furniture in and setting up. Let Sharon know if anyone was missed. Our next general meeting is going to be the 25th Anniversary/ Christmas Party on January 22nd. Please contact Sharon, as soon as possible, to let her know how many people will be attending from your company so she can plan the food. It will be at the American Legion in Detroit Lakes this year. We will be giving out awards that night so I hope to see all our members there. Please keep the Home & Garden Show in your mind. It is the weekend of March 27th and 28th. We'd love to see as many of you as possible in the show. We'll also be asking for help, with the show, in future newsletters. Thank you and I hope you have a healthy, happy & prosperous 2010. Al Clark, President


Our December 8th meeting was held at I’ll Tile and Stone. Not only was it a good time, we received extensive information on the different types of tile. Alisha Wiesshoff, from Dakota Stone, presented educational descriptions on many types of tile. If you weren’t there, stop out to their showroom and look at all the variety of tile and flooring samples. Their displays and showroom set up is beautiful. Troy Fingalson, Sheila Heinonen, Renee Folendorf and Skye Larson were there to answer questions and serve a delicious buffet.

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LRBA LEADERSHIP PRESIDENT Al Clark, Al Clark Construction VICE PRESIDENT Tim Roble, Lavelle Company SECRETARY/TREASURER Jason Coley Don Tietz Construction

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tim Roble Ross Gailfus Lavelle Company Schiller Insurance Jeff Boehm Paul Davis Restoration

Marga Ybarra Floor to Ceiling Carpet One

Greg Neisen Crane Johnson Lumber, Perham


Bryan Schoenberger Pike Creek Builders/ Modern Living Concepts


Mike Hough Hough, Inc.



2008 STATE DIRECTORS Mike Eidenschink and Jason Coley

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Well December has come and gone and what a busy month it was! I am in the new office from 9 – 1p.m. Monday through Thursday, (unless I am running a Builder-sponsored class). There will be business card holders on our display table, so stop by and bring some cards. The office looks great and is much more professional than my home. I do have a wish list - if anyone has or would like to make a bookcase, that would be great, we also need a small refrigerator. Things have been busy getting set up for all the classes: the Electrical Expo, the Builders Expo, the Home Show and the RRP Classes. Not many of our members have signed up for the RRP course. Class sizes are limited, so don’t delay! I will be attending the BAM conference in St. Cloud next week. There is still time to sign up! Information can be found in this newsletter if you would like to attend. I have only received two nominations back on the award information. I will enclose the form in this in the newsletter. Please get your nominations back to me, as soon as possible, so awards can be ordered. I have only received two confirmations on our annual banquet. Two is a lonely number. Please RSVP, ASAP! WISHING YOU ALL THE VERY BEST FOR 2010. Attend the 3rd Annual Builders Convention in St. Cloud, January 7th – 10th. Go online to for more information Attend the 2010 International Builders' Show - January 19-22, 2010 / Las Vegas, NV Visit for more information.

MEMBER NEWS NEW MEMBERS – WE WELCOME YOU There were no new members brought in for approval at the Board Meeting. Every new member the Association gains makes it a stronger business tool for everyone! If you do business with someone who is not a member of LRBA, encourage them to join! It will benefit you, them, and every member of the Lake Region Builders.


Your Membership is Appreciated and Valued

Karl Grefsrud – Karl Grefsrud Construction Mark Hagedorn – State Bank & Trust Greg Neisen – Crane Johnson Lumber Jeff Swenson - Twin City Garage Door

UP FOR RENEWAL DL Overhead Door Service ICS Energy Solutions Sharon Nack - Kinetico

Jeff Boehm – Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling Ed Jutz – Jutz Excavating Troy Fingalson – I’ll Tile & Stone

Jonna Esser – Goodin Company Ross Amundson – Western Products


Comfort Masters Mechanical - Moorhead


IS kEY!!

You Will Get Out Of Your Membership What You Put In! * Join An Event Committee * Attend Monthly Meetings * Attend All Of Our Events

Is there something happening in your business, with your family, whatever, we would like to acknowledge it.

MEMBER NEWS: The EPA’s Renovator, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) is the class that we are hosting in Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls. If you disturb 2 SQ. feet interior or 20 SQ. feet exterior on a home, built before 1978, you must have this certification. The fine, if not certified, is $32,500 per day. This is a Federal ruling and EPA and HUD will be monitoring this. This includes remodelers, builders, sheet rockers, painters, plumbers, handymen or handywomen. I have sent out over 600 letters concerning this certification, but had to cancel the Perham class, as only 5 people registered. Spread the word about certification. Just the contractor having the certificate does not qualify for everyone on the job.


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From the Desk of Pam Perri Weaver….

CODE OF ETHICS Members of the Home

Builders Association subscribe to the following Code of Ethics n Members shall constantly seek to provide better values for the customers they serve. n Members shall at times share their knowledge with fellow members in the public in the best interest of those they serve. n Members shall not obtain any business by means of fraudulet statements or by use of implications unwarranted by fact or reasonable probability. n Members shall comply, both in spirit and letter, with rules and regulations prescribed by law and government agencies for health, safety and progress of the community.

Want a Front Row Seat at the State Legislature? TWITTER WITH ME! Sign up to follow me and the BAM team during the 2010 Legislative Session. The ball gets rolling right after the holidays and I will be providing you with short updates on what we are up to and how you can get involved. It’s free, it’s easy and hopefully, it will be a little entertaining too. Sign up to follow me here: BAM Government Relations Committee Working on 2010 Legislative Agenda The BAM Government Relations Committee has been working the past few months to finalize our 2010 Legislative Agenda for the upcoming Session. We are talking about issues such as home warranties, property maintenance Codes, environmental regulations and builder education reform. The committee will finalize our

agenda in early January and present the agenda to the BAM Board on January 8 during the Builders Convention in Saint Cloud! MN Supreme Court Justice Christopher Dietzen Speaking to BAM Board We are honored to have a number of prominent members of the legislature and Judicial community attending our 2010 Convention in Saint Cloud. The Mayor of Saint Cloud, Dave Kleis and members of the state legislature Senator Tarryl Clark and Representative Dan Severson will be making a few remarks before the BAM Board meeting on January 8th. To kick off the BAM Board and the New Year, MN Supreme Court Justice Christopher Dietzen will be the keynote address at the BAM Board meeting. Please join us! Details about the convention are below. Minnesota gets High Praise from NAHB President Joe Robson The work our members did to put to-

gether Project ReEnergize, a program to help stimulate jobs and increase energy efficiency, is receiving national attention. As President Obama rolls out the next phase of stimulus funding, energy efficiency and retrofitting older homes is the buzz word. NAHB put out a press release citing Project ReEnergize saying, “These are efforts that the Administration should consider on a much larger scale”. Check out the press release from NAHB and a story which just ran this week in Finance and Commerce. com/article.cfm/2009/12/17/Minnesotaweatherization-program-hailed-as-national-model and the link to the NAHB press release: aspx?newsID=10129 MN BUILDERS CONVENTION THREE WEEkS AWAY The Minnesota Builders Convention is

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BAM Gearing Up For 2010 State Legislative Session The 2010 Minnesota State legislative session will begin February 4, 2010 and the Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) is working in high gear to prepare. The issues are currently being finalized by the BAM Government Relations Committee and will be discussed by the BAM Board on January 8th. This year another round of warranty bills are expected to surface and BAM plans to resolve the home warranty issues this year. One of BAM’s primary functions is to represent you, as a member, and the residential construction industry at the state capital. BAM advocates for you and provides a place for you to get information and have input on the most important

legislative issues facing the industry statewide. We plan to prep all local presidents at the Convention with an “Advocacy Action Kit” which includes communication strategies, conference calls and issue briefs. The more voices raised the stronger the message becomes at the legislature. This legislative session we will be communicating frequently with you about what’s happening at the capital. You will have more opportunity to get involved and be heard by the association and by your legislators. If you are not already registered you’ll want to get logged into Voter Voice, BAM’s primary communication tool for legislative information and an easy and direct line

to your legislators. All you have to do is go to: Another option is to sign up and follow Pam’s capitol twittering at: http://twitter. com/PPWeaver Getting updated on politics is just one more reason not to miss the third annual Minnesota Builders Convention held this year in St. Cloud at the Holiday Inn & Suites. If you’re not registered yet you won’t want to miss the fun, education, networking and association business. Join us by registering at: www. If you’d like to see what happens at the board meeting and be part of the discussion stop in for the meeting on the 8th.

n Members shall not perform a cause to be performed at any act which would tend to reflect on or bring into disrepute any party of the industry served by this association.

“To Promote Professionalism and to educate members and consumers on legislative issues, while fostering cooperative relationships for all stakeholders” Over 50 Years in the Lakes Area




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at a glance


January 8th-10th

State Convention, St. Cloud

January 22nd

Annual meeting/25th Anniv. Party American Legion

January 28th

Electrical Expo

February 9th

Builder Expo/Continuing Ed

February 17th

RRP Class – Detroit Lakes

March 17th

RRP Class –Fergus Falls

March 27th-28th

Home & Garden Show

April 13th

General Meeting in Perham Speaker Dave Neisen, Bldg. Inspecter, Perham

April 14th

RRP Class – Detroit Lakes

April 19th

RRP Class –Fergus Falls


Trap Shoot

May 11th

General Meeting Picnic meeting location TBD Special Guest – Pam Perry Weaver, Executive Vice President from BAM

Lake Region Builders Association


BAM NEWS Continued from page 3 just around the corner! There are only two weeks left to register! FRIDAY NIGHT BAND You won’t want to miss out on Friday night’s party featuring Jonah And The Whales who will be playing all kinds of rock ‘n roll. For a sneak peak, check the band out at: http://jonahandthewhales.ieasysite. com/jonahandthewhales_004.htm SATURDAY NIGHT BANqUET Saturday night we’ll dress it up with the Awards and Installation Banquet celebrating and honoring this year’s BAM Award winners and formally installing the 2010 BAM President, Mike Gohman. NEW ONE-DAY PASS This year you have the option of joining us for the whole weekend, or just one day – Friday or Saturday. Our one-day passes are $125 and the all-inclusive package is $225 for the 1st attendee and $175 for the 2nd attendee from the same company. Be sure to book your hotel as well by visiting: The final registration deadline is Monday January 4th at NOON. Only two more weeks to register for the most Rockin’ industry event of the year!

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A Cut Above - January 2010  

The Lake Region Builders Association monthly newsletter

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