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Table of Contents 2: The next generation buys into Bogaard Hay

5: Looking back at the decade in real estate

12: Stats and Facts

22: Mpact brings varied, group-based workouts

8: Aim and Game is entertainment for families

15: Brad Reynolds takes over station keeping Marlin’s name

16: Marty Maberry accepts a lifetime achievement award

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Next generation buys into Bogaard Hay

Ryan Bogaard lives in Moses Lake to do the hay buying of Bogaard Hay for Whatcom County farms. (Courtesy photo)

Ryan Bogaard, Kevin Greiner bring their trucking and hay buying experience By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com

   LYNDEN ­— The owner-

ship of Bogaard Hay Company has been transferred to a next generation.    Effective March 1, Ryan Bogaard and Kevin Greiner took over as owners from second-generation brothers Gordon and and Phil Bogaard, who had stepped in with their dad, Andrew Bogaard, around 1980.    “It’s been good. It’s treated us well,” said Phil of the business that has been both his and Gord’s lifetime

commitment.   However, in the 40 years with the brothers at the helm, “things have changed drastically and that’s why the next generation (comes in),” he said.    Phil Bogaard said he is just happy that both Ryan and Kevin were interested in owning to allow a transition of the business to happen.    And the two new owners are eager for the challenge.

   Ryan Bogaard, a son of Phil, has been and continues to be involved as a hay buyer in Moses Lake, where he lives.    Greiner has been a logistics coordinator with LTI Inc. trucking of Lynden, responsible for the team of people doing milk hauling from local farms.    “I joke with everyone that I just went to the other Continued on the next page

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Brothers Gordon and Phil Bogaard are turning over the family hay business to new owner

See Bogaard on page 4 Kevin Greiner, right, along with Phil’s son Ryan Bogaard. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

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ness has been a dream from his boyhood, said Ryan Bogaard in an email.    As a kid he progressed from sweeping floors in the Lynden shop to washing trucks and trailers and unloading small bales. Then it was working as a mechanic. When he got his driving CDL, he could deliver hay loads to Whatcom farms.   The opportunities to learn the business grew.    “I wanted to try driving east of the mountains and ended up doing that fulltime for almost three years. I knew that if one day I wanted to be an owner I would need to learn more of the

business. I had the opportunity to start coming to the eastside with my uncle Gord and start learning about and buying hay. A year after that I decided to pack up and move to Moses Lake so I could be more involved on this side with the buying of the hay. This year will be my 15th year with the company and I am excited for the future of company,” he wrote.    Bogaard Hay has a yard with a small shop in Moses Lake. Some drivers also live over there.    “We have a great group of employees and we plan to keep business as usual like it was before Kevin and I came on as owners and make it an easy transition for them,”

Ryan Bogaard said.     He and new partner Greiner, and their supportive young families, are getting to know each other better through this transition process.    “I feel like I have been blessed by God with this opportunity as one of the new owners,” Ryan said. “We have our work cut out for us, and we both want to see BHC grow, while still maintaining great customer service and quality hay for the dairy industry.”    Both Phil and Gord Bogaard themselves can remember going through the similar experiences of unloading hay and driving truck before coming into the

Main Street yard office to run operations.    Across the whole span since founding by their dad around 1960, Bogaard Hay Inc. has mainly supplied dairy farmers of Whatcom County with their eastern Washington alfalfa needs.    “I’m staying on as long as they want me,” Phil said, which he expects to be one to two years.    In recent years, the brothers met several times per week to go over anything in management while Gord also got involved in their Bogaard Meadows residential development as Lynden growth has encircled the original seven-acre hay trucks yard at 1718 Main St.

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An explosive decade in local real estate There’s been huge recovery from 2010, with prices rising, but inventory is still generally short By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune

   WHATCOM — From 2010 to the start of 2020, the north county residential housing market has struggled to keep up with the demand at different income levels.    While the U.S. Census is on the verge for 2020, Whatcom County’s population estimate as of July 1, 2019, was 225,686. The population on July 1, 2010, was 201,146.    Housing units as of July 1,

It takes a team at The Muljat Group to meet the real estate and home sales needs of Whatcom County. (Courtesy photo) 2018, were 97,855. The owneroccupied housing unit rate across the county from 2014 to 2018 was 62.0%, in Lynden 65.6%. During that time, the median value of the owneroccupied housing units was $318,400, in Lynden $327,000.    Longtime local real estate

professionals track trends and analyze data, as does also the U.S. Census office.   Troy Muljat, managing broker of Bellingham-based Muljat Group Realtors, specializes in preparing quarterly and annual reports based on data from the Northwest Washing-

ton Multiple Listing Service.    He personally enjoys doing that sort of statistical analysis, he said..    In January, Muljat released a report showing that home values had risen 5% in 2019, with See Real Estate on page 7

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Strand, BECU’s chief operating officer. “As a memberowned cooperative, our goal is to show everyone the benefits of being a credit union member and partner with others to improve the financial well-being of our communities.”    Kim Lybecker directs retail market expansion.   The 2,800-square-foot financial center will be in the Lakeway Shopping Center on Lakeway Drive. It will feature BECU’s innovative “tellerless” layout, letting members access their accounts in the ways most convenient to them. These methods includes ATM, online banking and mobile banking.   Member consultants will be available to provide one-on-one support for opening accounts and more complex services such as mortgages, personal loans, auto loans, business services

  SEATTLE — Washington’s largest community credit union will open a Neighborhood Financial Center this year in Bellingham. This will be BECU’s first presence in Whatcom County, although it already serves more than 7,500 members living in the area.    “Joining the Bellingham community is in direct response to the growing needs of our BECU members in Whatcom County who are looking for easier access to their accounts, valuable products and the high level of service credit unions are known for,” said Scott

   WHATCOM — Matt Roetcisoender, a certified public accountant with 10 years of experience in the accounting industry, has been promoted to senior tax manager at VSH CPAs, with offices in Bellingham and Mount Vernon.   Roetcisoender, who joined the firm in 2017, is a Certified Valuation Analyst specializing in performing business valuations. He is also experienced in business taxation and ownership transition planning, working with clients on matters such as mergers and acquisitions, partner and shareholder buyouts, restructuring, family transitions, preparing for retirement, and marital dissolutions.    “Matt has proven he has the skills, experience and passion to be an excellent nextgen leader to grow our firm and serve our business community well into the future,” said founding partner Bob Sytsma.

   Roetcisoender is a Skagit County native. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and then a master’s degree in public accounting from Central Washington University.    Founded in 1997, VSH CPAs is the second largest locally owned accounting firm north of Seattle, with a significant cross-border Canadian presence. Its partners are Chris Sullivan, Robert (Bob) Sytsma, Kathy Herndon, Jessica Waggoner and Mark Roetcisoender.

and investments.    As a not-for-profit cooperative, BECU gives back to its members and communities through partnerships and financial education programs. In 2019 BECU donated $6.4 million to nonprofit partners and community programs to support issues such as post-

secondary education and affordable housing. The credit union also reached more than 10,700 people through financial health programs including the free one-onone Financial Health Check, webinars and classes led by BECU financial educators. It sponsors an annual Day of Service event.

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the median price in Whatcom County now at $400,000. (Muljat’s information is for singlefamily residences and does not include condominiums.)    Muljat summarizes the past decade as bringing 60 percent growth in the median sales price.    From a relatively flat market in 2010, with actual depreciation of value in the Great Recession and a county median sales price of $250,000, a reversal in the market had happened by 2013 and 2014. The peak was in 2015 due to the squeeze of a housing inventory shortage. The largest rate of appreciation was in 2018 over 2017. By 2019, the rate of change was slowing.   The countywide median sales price for all of 2019 increased 4.6% from 2018, the eighth consecutive year of rising from a decade low of $242,000 in 2011.

   Bellingham continued to lead the way in sales prices, with its median (price at which half of homes sold above and half sold below) rising 6.8% in 2019 to $480,500, 71% higher than in 2010. The number of homes sold in the Bellingham market fell 4% to 928, the fourth straight year of its unit sales dropping.      But other Whatcom County communities with less expensive housing experienced a surge in unit sales. The number of homes sold in Whatcom County in 2019 increased 2.3% to 3,031, led by strong jumps in Nooksack Valley (up 23.6%), Birch Bay/ Blaine (up 21.4%) and Ferndale (13.6%).    Countywide home sales hit their low point for the decade of 1,844 in 2011, but have hovered around 3,000 since 2015.      “I see the new decade returning to more moderate levels of price appreciation, about 4% annually in Whatcom County,” Muljat said. “We still have positive migration wanting to move here. However, any significant rise in mortgage rates, currently

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Aim & Game meant for families, really Opening of this shop fulfills a fun hope Dusty Manderson had for Lynden By Elizabeth Kayser elizabeth@lyndentribune.com

   LYNDEN — ­ Dusty Manderson and his wife Rebecca like to do date nights with their kids. Manderson really enjoyed paintball and wanted to try an easier and painfree version with his two oldest kids for one of those date nights. He and his wife set up a Nerf gun area in their basement, with makeshift bunkers. They played mom and dad versus the kids. Manderson said he was expecting the adults to win, but was sur-

prised when the kids did.    That’s when he realized Nerf gun competitions were really meant for families.    “I just loved how everyone can play,” he said. He also

liked how parents can be involved without having to bring down their skill level.    Manderson used to professionally compete in paintball competitions. He learned

that getting hit by a paintball hurts and it can be expensive. Paintballing is also an all-day activity, which for families Continued on the next page

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Who’s Who 2020 doesn’t work so well.    So last summer Manderson decided to open up Nerf’s Up, a Nerf competition facility, on the outskirts of Lynden for his kids to have an option to play with the family and their friends. They also added oldschool arcade games.    Then Manderson sold his landscaping company, which he had owned for 12 years, to devote his time to Nerf’s Up. He wanted to expand the new business more, and so looked for a bigger location. Out of various Whatcom County sites considered, he settled on 211 Grover St. in Lynden.    “We wanted Lynden because it’s our community,” Manderson said.    He also said Lynden has limited options for kids’ birthday party locations and other indoor activities for families.    He also believes a Nerf competition is a great way for team-building for companies. When he owned the landscaping business, he tried to do different team-building activities.

If he had taken his whole crew to paintball, however, it would end up being a very expensive outing. Nerf is a whole lot more affordable. He said it ends up being less competitive because of the mindset going into a Nerf competition as well, which helps with the team-building.    “We aren’t just a kids’ place,” he said. Nerf competitions are a way for socializing to not be awkward, he said.    With the change in building came a new name for Manderson’s business — Aim & Game. The Nerf gun competitions and arcade games are kept, and Xbox competition is added in.    Manderson said e-sports, or competitive video games, are sweeping the nation as the next big socially competitive thing. He likes the idea of kids in the community having a place where they can get their start in e-sports.    Aim & Game has done some Xbox competitions, like Call of Duty and Halo, and plans to do more. It is set up as


Dusty Manderson wants his Aim & Game business in Lynden to be for family fun. (Elizabeth Kayser/Lynden Tribune) a single-elimination bracket system of eight teams of four players. A Fortnite competition is planned for March 20. In the observation area of the building, a television is set up so people can watch what the

players are doing.    “Xbox is only going to get bigger,” Manderson said. “So we’re jumping on the train early.” See Aim & Game on page 10

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   Aim & Game has also added dodgeball and, as the weather gets better, will add outdoor chess. Right now, Manderson explained, dodgeball doesn’t work for drop-in; it will have to be done in the form of leagues.    Manderson said he loves that his new business is not a copy of anything else and he gets to really think outside of the box. “It’s also the hardest part, but the funnest,” he said.    Ultimately, though, the best part of his job is that it’s so family- and communityoriented.    “I love the fact that my kids can get dropped off here and they jump into something they enjoy,” Manderson said. “It’s a family-based business.” He gave the example of his daughter enjoying organizing and counting the tokens while his son enjoys the gaming as-

pect.    They want every kid in the community to be able to check out Aim & Game. Manderson said he has started to bring “Golden Tickets” to local schools for students to get in for free during the week. So far, he has passed out tickets to two schools and will do more, but wants to space them out.    Aim & Game is truly a place for families, Manderson emphasizes. Parents don’t need to drop off their kids and just let their kids play — they can all stay and participate. “Parents can have a blast, too,” Manderson said.    One thing he wasn’t able to do much of in the landscaping company was to give as much as he would have liked back to the community. Aim & Game gives him the chance to donate to auctions and charities. He said anytime someone comes in asking, he is willing to give out passes to help them out. Here are some tips for those

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Who’s Who in the role of general greeter at Porchlight Property Management in downtown Lynden? Meet Baker, the active and alert Red Boxer dog of business owner and designated broker Mitzi Baldwin. Baker might be warming himself in the storefront window or he may welcome someone coming in the door. Baldwin, background right, and assistant property manager Marlae Stanovich tend to take a back seat to Baker, and that’s okay, they said. This business was started about 10 years ago and has been at 519 Front St. for about a year. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

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Stats and Facts Housing and Home Affordability By the Numbers The average home value of Zillow’s listings is


6.6% in the past year. Value is predicted to rise 5.2% in the coming year. a rise of

$399,000, while the median price of homes that sold is $383,100 The median price of homes currently listed is

$254 $1,850

The median list price per square foot across all of Whatcom County The median rent price across all of Whatcom County Source: Zillow

Costs of Living    Why do households struggle? Because the cost of living

On average,


continues to increase ... and wages lag behind, according to a 2016 Point in Time study in Whatcom County.

of the populations of Birch Bay, Blaine, Custer, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack, Peaceful Valley and Sumas struggle to afford basic needs

Biggest costs in a family of four (1 infant, 1 preschooler):

Source: WWU Study

1. Childcare 2. Housing 3. Healthcare 4. Transportation 5. Food 6. Taxes 7. Miscellaneous

The average wage in Whatcom County in 2017 was $45,491. The median house price at the time, $345,900, required an annual household income of $51,575.

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Stats and Facts Economy

4.4% Whatcom County unemployment rate: 5.5% Statewide unemployment rate:

Largest Contributors to GDP: 1. Manufacturing (esp. nondurable goods) 2. Retail Trade 3. Real Estate 4. Government

Agriculture is a steadying influence in the northern parts of the county. Today, Whatcom County produces the most raspberries of any county in the United States and is the second largest producer of milk statewide.

The proximity to the Canadian border is a strong influence on the economy. Source: January 2020 report of the Employment Security Department of the State of Washington

Cherry Point   According to a 2019 update by the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University:    • The Cherry Point industrial zone of Whatcom County is home to at least

3,320 jobs, roughly 3.75% of all jobs in the county.    • These Cherry Point jobs pay an average wage of $110,690, more than 2.4 times the average wage in the county.    • The Cherry Point district either directly or indirectly supports 11.2% of all jobs in the county and accounts for 9% of all wages paid. Photo Credit: Walter Siegmund

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Brad Reynolds takes over station keeping Marlin’s name

New owner Brad Reynolds, center, works on a Saturday morning with two of his part-time employees, Grant Vander Velden, left, and Luke Mellema, at the Hinote’s Corner station. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

Automotive is not new — being an independent operation is By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com

   LYNDEN — ­ Athough he is the new owner of Marlin’s Auto Service, Brad Reynolds is hardly a newcomer to the area and to the automotive business.    He grew up in the Everson area, and both he and his dad, Ralph, worked for

Diehl Ford of Bellingham.    “So I’ve just grown up around cars in this business,” he said. “I started at Diehl Ford washing cars at age 16.”    In fact, it was directly from Diehl — after a stint in construction proving that it wasn’t for him — that Reynolds came last summer to this shop at Hinote’s Corner to be a mechanic and see if a buyout could happen. Marlin Hendricks had been the owner since 1978, running the operation with his wife Linda.   A retirement open house for Marlin and Linda was held at the station Feb. 8

and it was a busy three hours of customers and friends coming by to wish them well.    That event was “great” in terms of seeing the outpouring of appreciation for Marlin and the service given there at 899 E. Pole Rd. across the years, Reynolds said.    He intends to keep the familiarity of Marlin’s name with the business. And while Marlin and Linda leave, their daughter Stephanie continues to do the books for the business.    Reynolds said the main thing that is new to him at Marlin’s Auto Service is be-

ing an independent shop, not tied to a certain brand of vehicle and the warranties that go along with that.    He is retaining all the employees from before. “The same people are still in place doing their same jobs,” he said. Two mechanics have more than 25 years of experience.    Any changes for now will be “pretty much cosmetic,” Reynolds said. The facilities are adequate to “grow the business” and that is his objective.   Brad and his wife, Casey, and their three children live in Nooksack.


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Marty Maberry (reluctantly) accepts Lifetime Business Achievement award Maberry is handing over operational reins to business successors By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com

Marty Maberry thinks of his award from Business Pulse magazine as something he shares with the rest of the farming community. (Courtesy photo/Tiffany Brooks Photography)

LYNDEN — For Marty Maberry, accepting a business award is like a puzzle piece accepting an award for an entire puzzle. Maberry found out about a month ago that he was chosen the 2020 Whatcom County Lifetime Business Achievement award winner by BusiSee Maberry on page 18

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Marty Maberry has been around the berry business for as long as he can remember, but he truly got involved after graduating from college in 1978. (Courtesy photo/Tiffany Brooks Photography) Continued from page 16

ness Pulse magazine for his longtime efforts with Maberry Packing. “I’m not too excited about it,” Maberry said. “I’m not going to accept this personally. I will accept it on behalf of my family and my employees and all the support people who really built this business. I just did a job. I did my job. Personal awards are not something I really ever relish.” Maberry is in the process of transitioning Maberry Packing to its next set of leaders, consisting of CEO Jon Olson, son Jon Maberry (co-owner and vice president of farming operations), daughter Jamie Gunst (co-owner and vice president for human resources), and the larger Maberry

Packing operational group. “It takes time. Somebody once told me when I was younger that it’s a lot harder to get out of something than it is to get in,” Marty Maberry said. “I thought, ‘You’re full of crap.’ But it’s true.” Luckily, it’s just a change at the very top of the business, he said. The rest of the team is intact, which makes for a smoother transition and leaves more time for the necessary decision-making. Marty is still involved in some of the large decisions at Maberry Packing, but the operational team is taking care of day-to-day operations. “Sometimes it’s tough, but it’s not as hard as I thought it would be,” Marty Maberry said. “It’s all dependent upon

the confidence you have in your people. And I have high confidence in them. The first year or so, you have to stay in your lane.” The business started with Marty’s parents, Jake and Money Maberry, as a strawberry farm back in the 1940s. Actually, the Whatcom Country berry growing goes all the way back to his grandfather, Leonard Maberry.    Marty Maberry has been part of the business in one way or another for about as long as he can remember, but his involvement began in earnest following his graduation from what is now Western Washington University in 1978. “I wasn’t doing it myself,” he said. “I had two brothers in the business, but we were

a lot smaller when I came out of college. It’s a lot different today.” His brothers Monty and Mike are no longer part of the business, but Marty sees everyone who preceded him and everyone who has made a mark on Maberry Packing as an essential piece of the puzzle. “I feel like I’m just part of the puzzle,” he said. “I did my job when I was here, but I didn’t start it and hopefully I won’t finish it.” Marty Maberry said he believes he shares the Lifetime Achievement Award not only with his company and family, but with his extended family. He said his cousin, Curt Maberry, and his farming operation are an example, but the See Maberry on page 10

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greater farming industry is part of the picture as well. “It’s about how much agriculture has done for our community and what agriculture has done for our community,” Maberry said. “Agriculture is under tremendous pressure in this community and we’re in danger of losing it. You can get used to certain things, right? Until it’s gone.” Marty Maberry hopes people in Whatcom County will take some time to appreciate the agricultural world they live in. He is a staunch advocate for agriculture, and he said he doesn’t want to see his neighbors taking farming for granted. “Maybe it’s time to take a step back and take a deep breath and say, you know what, we’re pretty blessed in this country,” Marty Maberry said.

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Mpact 45 brings varied, group-based workouts Owner Sarah Marti has 20 years of training experience By Hailey Palmer hailey@lyndentribune.com

LYNDEN — Having a gym space of her own had always been a dream for Mpact 45 owner Sarah Marti, but she had never found the right opportunity to do so. That was until last November, when a space on Grover Street opened up. “I’ve kind of always had it in the back of my mind,” Marti said. “I’ve always said it out loud to my husband, but we have three little kids and it was never the right time.” The space at 305 Grover St. where Mpact 45 is located became available late last year and before Marti knew it, she was open for business in December. “I got some push from some family members and then a space became available,” Marti said. “It was a now-or-never moment and my husband was like ‘Let’s do it. Let’s go for it.’ We signed a lease in November and opened in December. It was fast and furious.” Mpact 45 offers groupbased training in 45-minute workouts. Each day of the

A high-intensity interval class keeps a big group focused on their fitness in the new Mpact 45 space at 305 Grover Street. (Courtesy photo/Sarah Marti) week features a different kind of workout focusing on a specific part of the body. Marti said most days are spent doing circuit training. She said Monday, Wednes-

day and Friday classes are tailored to certain muscle groups, while Tuesdays and Thursdays are more focused on interval-based training. Marti is the sole trainer

at Mpact 45 and has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. She said finally having a space of her own has been her favorite part of Continued on the next page

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