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Homefront June 2017

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How’s Your Online Reputation? What’s Happening in Ward County Realtors in the News Tool Belt Barbecue Rundown

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Al Schall (’16-’18)


Northstar Steel

United Rentals

Kal Larson (‘16-’18)

Concrete Mobile

Vice President: Melissa Francisco

Dakota Stone and Granite Secretary/Treasurer: Robb Rotramel

Dawn Rasmussen (’16-’18) Eric Wanner (’15-’17)

Future Builders

Real Builders Imm. Past President: Phil Risbrudt

Stephen Worlund (‘16-’19)

K & R Contracting

Anasazi Builders

DIRECTORS Mitch Kraft (’15-’17)

Senior Life Director: Bruce Walker

Prairie Supply

Coldwell Banker

Rob Orts (’16-’18)

Life Director: Joe Stenvold

Verendrye Electric

We Integrate

Bill Huber (’16-’18)

STAFF Executive Officer: Elysha Head

Minot Lumber & Hardware


Century 21 Action Realtors


Letter from the President


Memo from the EO


What’s Happening in Ward County


How’s Your Online Reputation?


Minot Permit Reports


Membership Update


Realtors in the News


Tool Belt Barbecue Rundown



June 2017



Governmental Affairs Kal Larson and Chris Dahl




PAC Kal Larson and Joe Stenvold







Finance Robb Rotramel








Home & Garden Show Kasper Ziegler, Loren Vannett, Sheila Melaas, Rob Orts, Melissa Francisco, Carissa Visoscky, Mitch Kraft, Minda Stockdill, Mike Frank



Membership Rob Orts, Dawn Rasmussen, Melissa Francisco, Chris Dahl, Stephen Worlund












Events Rob Orts, Phil Risbrudt, Dawn Rasmussen, Robb Rotramel, Amanda Geinert, Joe Stenvold, Carissa Visocsky, Chris Dahl








Parade of Homes DelRae Zimmerman, Brittany Dahl, Mataya Lafontaine, Kimberly Keller, Renata Buen, Andrea Savelkoul Steering Eric Wanner, Bill Huber

Your membership with MAB automatically enrolls you in: Minot Association of Builders North Dakota Association of Builders National Association of Home Builders

June 5th - Minot City Council Meeting - 6:30 PM June 8th - MAB Board Meeting - 11:30 AM June 13th -17th - NAHB Spring Board Meeting - Washington, D.C. June 19th - MAB Board Bash June 21st - Lunch Hour Learning - 11:30 AM - MAB Offices June 27th - 28th - NDAB Summer Meetings - Williston, ND


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6/19 MAB Board Bash

The MAB board is taking a break to get together and enjoy a barbecue!

6/21 Lunch Hour Learning The MAB Homefront is the official publication of the Minot Association of Builders (MAB). The MAB Homefront is published twelve times per year to its members and others associated with the building industry. Neither the advertisers, nor MAB, will be responsible or liable for misinformation, misprints, typographical errors, herein contained. For advertising rates, resource file or address information, contact MAB. Suggestions, ideas and letters are always welcome! Minot Association of Builders (MAB) 606 Burdick Expressway West Suite B Minot, ND 58701 Phone: 701-852-0496 | Like us! Follow us! Pinterest with us!

8/29 Guns ‘n’ Roses Trap Shoot Join us for an evening on the range and pick up a dozen roses for your someone special for only $20! Minot Gun Club | 5 PM Register at trapshoot

Join MAB to hear from the ND Dept. of Health’s Water Quality Division regarding storm water requirements on 9/16 Parade of Homes your job site. 10 AM - 12 PM MAB Office | 12 PM Register at or email Elysha at

7/31 Birdie with the Builders Golf Tournament Attend MAB’s biggest summer event on July 31st, 2017! Minot Country Club | 11 AM Register at

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12/5 Builders Banquet

The 2017 Builders Banquet is a culmination of our awards presentations into one BIG night. This is where we come together to celebrate the industry and recognize the great work you do by presenting our yearly awards. Grand Hotel | 5:30 PM


Give Your Membership a Kickstart! We’re refreshing our Association for you! Have you noticed our redesigned newsletter layout? What do you think? We’re constantly working to better our association and improve communications with our members. When Elysha started, she gave the newsletter a much needed update and it’s continued to evolve to where it is now. Earlier this year, we started a campaign to “go green” per say and mail less newsletters. Regrettably, if our mailing list falls under 200, we end up paying more because of postage than to send everyone a newsletter! So if you opted out of receiving a paper newsletter and are now noticing you’re receiving one again, that is why. Have you been a member for a long time? Maybe you are trying to understand WHY you are a member because you don’t utilize your membership. Or maybe you attend every event we have, but don’t really understand best practices for your MAB membership. Or perhaps you are a new employee at a long established company who is trying to wrap their head around this industry. It’s time for you to kickstart your membership! We encourage you to join one of our many committees and get involved! We’re also looking at introducing something called Kickstart events. These events would welcome new members into the association. It would be an informal presentation and networking opportunity to initiate individuals who want the most of out of their MAB membership. We hope these events will become a tool for our new members as well as our existing members. So much has changed at MAB over the past few years that we think it’s important to keep our members informed about all of the changes! We’ll keep you informed as we work on implementing these new events!

Chris Dahl 2017 MAB President


Fun-filled Summer at MAB Summer at the Minot Association of Builders has a lot to offer. Everyone at MAB is excited about this summer’s activities! We had a blast at the Tool Belt Barbecue! Over 50 members joined us to help us decide whose ribs are the best! The big winner was our current President, Chris Dahl! The winner of our meat raffle sponsored by Future Builders was Derek Bischoff of Connole & Somerville. I’d like to thank Dakota Stone and Granite, Anasazi Builders, Future Builders and First International Bank & Trust for helping to sponsor our first Tool Belt Barbecue! I’m excited for June and our MAB Board Bash! On June 19th, I’ve invited all of our board members to my home for a barbecue and get together. It’s not very often that we get to spend time together as a group and I’m looking forward to doing so! The Birdie with the Builders Golf Tournament is filling up quickly! We have spots for 28 teams this year and are nearly half full already. There are so many changes to this year’s tournament that we believe will make it even better than ever! Rounding out our summer of fun is the Guns ‘n’ Roses Trap Shoot on August 29th. Dakota Stone and Granite and K&R Contracting are our generous event sponsors for this old event with a new twist! Spend a fun evening on the range with your friends and then pick up a dozen roses for $20 before heading home to your someone special. Enjoy yourself and score some brownie points at home! I have a quick preview into fall and the Parade of Homes. Our Parade route is shaping up to be a full, well rounded parade and I’m so excited to share details with you as the event gets nearer. The MAB Homefront | 4 | June 2017

Elysha Head MAB Executive Officer


CONSTRUCTION IMPROVEMENTS ADVANCING Minot is living through another year of construction. Over twenty projects will take place in 2017. The Broadway bridge project is continuing through this summer and into next. This year the efforts will be focused on the east side of the bridge. “This is the last phase of a three-year project that is truly transforming the downtown, both below and above ground,” said Lance Meyer, city engineer for the City of Minot. “And, as was true the last two years, it is important that residents know that Downtown Minot businesses will be open during construction, so please come on down.” Downtown construction work that will be completed this year is two blocks and one intersection to be completed by Keller Paving from their 2016 contract, and 12 blocks and two intersections of construction to be completed by Wagner Construction, Inc. based on a 2017 contract. This phase of construction will impact downtown less than the two years prior but still create challenges for shoppers, residents and businesses in the area. Other construction projects of note are the expansion of the Highway 83 Bypass that will convert the two-lane highway into a five lane highway that allows for passing and turning lanes. The majority of the work will take place west of the current roadway. Straightening Burdick Expressway has begun. The construction will impact access in that area for several months including the North Dakota State Fair and Norsk Hostfest events.

Earth Recycling near 4th Ave NW went up in flames on May 18th. Several different fire departments assisted in putting out the flames that had to burn out on their own under supervision of the fire departments due to so much debris being in the warehouse. All employees were able to exit the building safely, there were no injuries reported.

LOWER PROPERTY VALUATIONS ARE HERE “This is the first time in recent years that there has been a significant decrease in overall property valuation from the prior year,” Kevin Ternes, Minot City Assessor said. “We saw a slight reduction in the residential and commercial market selling prices in 2016, and that has contributed to the decline in property valuations.” There were 136 properties with assessed values under $200,000 within the city limits, up from 94 properties last March, according to the City Assessor’s 2017 Annual report. Ternes said most Minot property owners will see a decrease in their property valuations in 2017, with total overall valuation for 2017 dropping approximately 8 percent from 2016. Minot’s 2017 commercial valuation decreased approximately 6 percent from last year as well.

July 31st, 2017 11 AM Minot Country Club DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! A special city election has been set for Tuesday, June 13th. This election will decide who the next six City Council members will be. This vote is taking place because of the vote to change the city of the Council in June 2016. Voters will elect six candidates to replace the existing 14-member council. The top three vote getters will serve a three year term and the next three highest vote getters will serve one year. Going forward from 2018 to 2020 elections, council members will serve four year terms. Council members running are Shannon Straight from Ward 1, Stephan Podrygula from Ward 3, David Shomento from Ward 4, Shaun Sipma from Ward 5, Mark Jantzer from Ward 6, Lisa Olson and Kenton Kossan from Ward 7, Edward Montez and Josh Wolsky. Nine candidates are running for six seats.


We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our members who renewed their membership or newsletter advertisement this month! Your continued support of the Minot Association of Builders helps us continue to work for you at a local, state and national level. Border States Electric | Mark Christopher

Central Power Electric Coop. | Thomas Meland

Concrete Mobile | Kal Larson

Dufner Construction | John Dufner

Gate City Bank | Steve Fennewald

Leingang Home Center | Sid Belzer

Mattson Construction | Terry Mattson

Midco | Todd Jensen

Minot Lumber & Hardware | Bill Huber

Minot Paving Co. | Dick Rutten

Montana-Dakota Utilities | Curt Olson

Mowbray and Son | Travis Mowbray

North Country Home Improvement | Troy Westmeyer

Sport Specialties, Inc. | Kim Connole

United Rentals | Chris Dahl

Welstad Construction | Molly Welstad The MAB Homefront | 5 | June 2017


How’s Your Online Reputation? In today’s increasingly digitalized world, transparency is the name of the game. Which means your brand reputation is harder than ever to manage. Online resources and opportunities, from Houzz to Facebook to the Better Business Bureau allow total strangers to either help promote your brand or cause real damage with just a few taps of their thumbs. MONITOR This goes for all your online pages as well as social media. Make it a point to regularly set a time (you or someone you assign) to review all your properties and DO IT! It’s easiest if you put these action items on your to-do list every morning, week, month or quarter depending on how much activity you get online. • Check for outdated information • Read and respond to comments • Make updates like adding photos, sharing successes, offering expert advice (a great idea for a blog) • Take a few minutes to Google your business name, your key principals’ names, and your key words • Sign up for Google alerts so you can get daily or weekly emails for items the search engine finds about your name and key words • You may want to subscribe to a monitoring service if your business is large and active online or you’ve had some issues in the past. These services will collect everything

that’s said about you online, and many even automatically tell you the tone (positive, neutral or negative).

In rare cases, you may get a comment that’s downright illegal or libelous, in which case, get them off your site ASAP and you may want to take further action. On Facebook, for example, you RESPOND can remove a comment; For most comments, you’ll remove the comment and want to respond within 24 hours or less. A simple thank ban the user; mark the comment as spam; or report it you works for many social as abuse. media posts, and factual answers to questions should This may lead you to want to just skip allowing comments be pretty straightforward. altogether. But, therein, lies Remember to always be the rub. Today’s online polite! environment has changed the You shouldn’t ignore marketing game. criticisms or negative Paul Chaney, in a Practical comments, but don’t make them front page news, either. Ecommerce article titled Managing Negative Facebook In most cases, you can respond quickly and politely. Page Comments says it best,” Negative comments can hold For example, you could say positive value. In today’s “Thanks for letting us know cultural climate, people want you had an unsatisfactory what’s real and they tend to experience. This is not up to favor companies that favor our standards, we apologize that mindset. A willingness to and hope you’ll let us show allow critical comments you.” In any case, take steps sends a positive message to determine if it’s legitimate and, if so, use it as a teaching about a brand, that it supports the two major hallmarks of moment for you and your social media marketing personnel. If it’s basically a philosophy - “authenticity” difference of opinion or and “transparency” - ideals to someone having a bad day, don’t make excuses and try to which any company wishing to leave a positive lasting justify what happened. Try impression in social media “We’re sorry you feel that should aspire.” way,” and let it go.

DON’T MISS OUR NEXT LUNCH HOUR LEARNING! Storm Water Requirements on Your Jobsite Presented by the North Dakota Department of Health’s Water Quality Division

Learn about storm water requirements on your job site. Receive education on the City of Minot’s MS4 permit, what not to do on your job site and how to terminate an open permit with the state of North Dakota.



$15 for members $20 for non-members

Register today at lunch-hour-learning Use “MEMBER5” at checkout to receive your MAB membership discount!

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Minot and Surrounding Area Permit Reports through May 18, 2017


Minot Building Permits 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0





363 292 2011



209 60 95





Single Family

2 16





Ward County Building Permits 50 40


• •


30 20 10

18 5









0 2012



Single Family

2015-2017 Lumber Prices Commercial $450 $420

$400 $350







A new analysis by NAHB shows that more than 8,000 full-time jobs will be lost this year as the result of the decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose a 19.88% duty on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States. That’s in stark contrast to comments made by Commerce Secretary Wibur Ross that the new duties will have little effect on the cost of new homes. Due to “special circumstances,” the duties will be retroactive 90 days from the date that the rates are officially published in the Federal Register, likely back to the beginning of February. NAHB senior economist Paul Emrath estimates that the annual impact of the 19.88% duty, if in effect throughout 2017, would be a loss of:



The prices listed below provide an overview of the behaviors within the U.S. framing lumber pricing market. The information is sourced each week using the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite, which is comprised using prices from the highest volume-producing regions of the U.S. and Canada. Information provided by Random Lengths.

$498.3 million in wages and salaries for U.S. workers $350.2 million in taxes and other revenue for governments in the U.S. • 8,241 full-time U.S. jobs Many of the jobs are in construction, but the effects are not limited to a single industry, as wages and jobs are also lost in businesses that sell and transport building materials, provide architecture and engineering services, etc. “NAHB respectfully disagrees with comments made by Commerce Secretary Ross that the tariffs on Canadian lumber imports into the U.S. will have little effect on the cost of housing,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald Tuesday. “Clearly, protectionist measures to prop up domestic lumber producers at the expense of millions of U.S. home buyers and lumber users is not the way to resolve the U.S.-Canada trade dispute or boost the U.S. economy. “As an industry that is on the front lines of this issue, NAHB would be happy to discuss this matter with the White House and seek solutions that will not harm housing affordability for millions of hard-working American families,” MacDonald said. CNBC also broadcast a story citing NAHB statistics and quoting MacDonald, who said the tariffs are “short-sighted” and will “harm consumers and housing affordability.”

April Building Permits - Minot $1,341,000.00 Single Family Dwelling


Five or More Family Dwelling $800,000.00

Residential Remodel

$600,000.00 $400,000.00

$454,000.00 $192,500.00


$0.00 $0.00



$103,900.00 $1,500.00 $5,000.00 $100.00 $24,000.00

Building Permit Type The MAB Homefront | 7 | June 2017

Residential Addition Detached Garages & Carports Accessory Buildings (Sheds) Commercial Remodel Egress Windows

Temporary Structures Demolition - Residential Decks


MAB’S Newest Members Joining the Minot Association of Builders is the first step in becoming more active in your industry. Please take a moment to welcome the newest members of our Association! Overhead Door Company of Minot Mandy Hanson 701-852-7070 Since 1995, when Don Hanson first took over management of Overhead Door in Minot, the company has grown to become one of the top five distributors of Overhead Doors throughout the United States. In 2000 Chris Hanson, Don’s son, became acting manager and today continues the tradition of providing quality service and a superior product to both residential and industrial customers throughout North Dakota. Overhead Door of Minot prides itself on superior installation, where safety and attention to detail are of utmost importance. We stand behind the lifetime warranty on all of our insulated door products and continue to be the industry leader through the strength of our product innovation, superior craftsmanship, and outstanding customer support. In May 2011, Overhead Door Company of Minot won an award at the Overhead Door Company 90th anniversary meeting in Puerto Rico - they were the only distributor out of 450 distributors worldwide with a 5% increased growth over the past 5 years.

PROJECT OF THE MONTH Bluff Points Estate, Minot’s newest and only luxury townhome development has started! You can customize your townhome to meet your wants and needs, focus on what you do best with a layout that is tailor-made for you and be located near many amenities in southeast Minot. Give Future Builders a call for a consultation (701-838-1818) or visit their website at

top recruiters

Thanks to these members who have helped grow our MAB community by recruiting new companies to join our association. If you have a hot prospect, please contact Elysha Head ( or 8520496) and she’ll take it from there. (Reported thru 05/24/2017 from NAHB)

Do you want one of YOUR projects to be featured as project of the month? Send two to three pictures along with a description of your project to to be considered!

This year, the NAHB Federation is focusing on net growth during the 2017 Membership Drive. HBAs can earn $35 per new member, up to a total of $1,500. Net growth will be determined based on an association’s total Builder and Associate membership as of Dec. 31, 2016 compared to it’s total on Dec. 31, 2017. HBAs must have a net growth of at least five Builder or Association members to get the cash. Spikes receive triple credits for new members recruited during the drive recruitment month and are entered to win a trip to the 2018 International Builders Show! Learn more by contacting Elysha at or 852-0496.


CALL FOR RATES/SCHEDULING 701-852-3401 The MAB Homefront | 8 | June 2017

SUPER SPIKES: (250-499 Credits) John Coughlin (491) Bruce Walker (341) Todd Brady (340.5) Joe Stenvold (305.5) ROYAL SPIKES: (150-249 Credits) Gary Kramlich (203) Joel Feist (179.5) RED SPIKES: (100-149 Credits) Greg Aasmundstad (112.5) GREEN SPIKES: (50-99 Credits) Rob Orts (95) Jim Montgomery (75) Bill Huber (68) John Lund (64.5) Dave Lebrun (60) Karen Engle (53.5) Cindy Snay (52) LIFE SPIKES: (25-49 Credits) Kal Larson (47.5) Joe Kraft (40) Pam Karpenko (31.5) Mitch Kraft (28) BLUE SPIKES: (6-24 Credits) Eric Wanner (17.5) Clyde Thorne (17) Lauri Hopwood (14.5) Matt Geinert (11) Leonard Niess (9) Dwight Flygare (8.5) Kevin Connole (6.5) Stacey Abel (6) CANDIDATES: (1-5 Credits) Phil Risbrudt (5) Todd VanDusen (3.5) Rich Priesing (3.5) Jim Christ (3) Pat Bailey (3) Christopher Dahl (3) Sheila Melaas (2) Elysha Head (2) Dale Zarr (1) Steve Siemieniewski (1) Reid Kubeseh (1) Al Schall (0.5)



Monday, July 31, 2017

TIME 11:00 AM


Minot Country Club


$130 per player

Green fees, cart, dinner, drink voucher and an entry to the Builder Ball Drop included


Best Ball, 4 Person Scramble

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Pay only $500 if registered before July 1st, 2017!


WELCOME TO THE MAB 2017 BIRDIE WITH THE BUILDERS GOLF TOURNAMENT ! MAB’s biggest summer event is back! The 2017 tournament begins at 11 AM on July 31st and features an 18 hole round of golf at the picturesque Minot Country Club with lunch served as golfers make their way around the course followed by an evening of cold drinks and great food. Activities this year include the Builder Ball Drop, Putt for PAC, Dress Up Debacle, Golf Tee Guess, Jello Shots, Chipping Contest, Marshmallow Longest Drive, Guess Your Golfing Name, Best Team Theme Award sponsored by General Equipment, Door Prizes, Longest Drive Contest and much more! Individual and team registrations are encouraged. Teams may register on one form or if you don’t have a full team, we will select one for you.




Minot Assoc. of Builders 606 Burdick Expy W. Suite B Minot, ND 58701

OR REGISTER ONLINE AT: mab-golf-tournament


Would you like your company to be the prime time sponsor for the Birdie with the Builders golf tournament? Good! We’ve been waiting for you! Your company name and logo will be prominently displayed at the event and have exclusive banner publicity and recognition in all pre-tournament and day-of-event promotion. Your company will also receive a team entry in the tournament! Contact MAB to get involved!

CARRYOUT COLLABORATOR Since our tournament is starting earlier in the day, we’re looking for someone to sponsor lunch! Bring your grill and contact MAB to come up with a plan!


Fore! We’re searching for tee box partners who love golf and our association as much as we do! Set up a table at the tee box and network with the golfers as they come by. Hand out items like popsicles, shrimp, koozies, mini margaritas or whatever else you think would make your hole the most fun! Contact MAB to sign up!

Sponsors will be recognized before, during and after the tournament online, in print and on location. Contact Elysha at 852-0496 or to become a sponsor!




Donovan Gault, REALTOR® has joined the team at Brokers 12, Inc. Real Estate! Hello! My name is Donovan Gault. I am a Minot Native and have spent most of my life living in North Dakota. In my spare time, I enjoy hunting and fishing - as well as playing golf and hockey. I am currently a member of the Mino Multiple Listing Services (MMLS), the North Dakota REALTORS Association (NDAR), and the National Realtors Association (NAR). When it comes to buying or selling - I know how challenging it can be so let me help you through the process! Being from Minot, I have experience with the Minot and surrounding communities very well. I would love to work with those new here as well as those who already call Minot home. Whether you are looking to buy or sell your home, I will be happy to assist you. Call now at 701-721-4751, email me at or look on the web at

Congratulations to Kausha Bakk! Brokers 12, Inc. Salesperson of the Month for April 2017! Kausha can be reached by calling 701-721-7157 or by email at Kausha Bakk, a Broker Associate at Brokers 12 Inc, in Minot has been Awarded the Certified Residential Specialist Designation. REALTORS® who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate. Only 3% of REALTORS nationwide have earned the credential. Kausha then has sold 100s of properties, she has been a top producing agent, and she has continued to grow her career by branching into Commercial as well as Residential Real Estate. Brandy Halland, REALTOR® has joined the team at Brokers 12, Inc. Real Estate! Hello! My name is Brandy Halland and I am originally from Williston N.D. I have been fortunate enough to call Minot home for the past 9 years with my husband and two children. I spent 21 years as a cosmetologist where I learned how deep my passion is for working with people. The Cosmetology profession has allowed me to be flexible enough to work part time until my girls were old enough to start school. I have also spent time helping my husband run his business for the past few years. Book keeping, invoicing and billing were my contribution to his business and those skills continue to aid me in detail orientated work necessary in Real Estate. I am thrilled to help you through the buying and/or selling of your home. My many years of personalized customer service experience and ability to listen to the needs and wants of other people are just a few things that make me a great fit to help you in your real estate transaction. I will do my best to make this process as easy and enjoyable for you as possible. Call now at 701-578-5316, email me at or look on the web at

Congratulations to DelRae Zimmerman! Brokers 12, Inc. Broker of the Month for April 2017! DelRae can be reached by calling 701-833-1375 or by email at

Realtor of the Month Clyde Thorne was the Agent of the Month for April at Coldwell Banker 1st Minot Realty. Clyde can be reached at 701 -240-8594 or 701-852-0136 or emailed at Agent of the Month Jerry Thomas was the Agent of the Month for April at Coldwell Banker 1st Minot Realty. Jerry can be reached at 701833-7578 or 701-852-0136 or emailed at Meet Your Realtor: Lorell Seibold Real Estate gives me the satisfaction of helping the people of Minot with their home, farm and commercial needs. Thank you for the trust placed in me. Customer Service is my number 1 goal! I look forward to many more years of helping the Minot community build & progress. Trust experience! Call me for all of your Real Estate needs! 701-721-4996 or email at

CENTURY 21 Century 21 Action Realtors welcomes Shay Romich-Petron back to our team. Shay has 10+ years of experience and is eager to help both past and future clients with all their real estate needs!

Century 21 Action Realtors would like to welcome Shanel Effertz and Ashleigh Collins to the their team. Team2 Real Estate has been successfully serving the Minot area as top producers for over 10 years. Team2 to specialize in a wide range of real estate transactions such as military and corporate relocations, first time homebuyers, new construction, land development, and foreclosures. Let the Power of 2 Work for You!

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MAB’S FIRST TOOL BELT BARBECUE Over 50 people attended the Tool Belt Barbecue on May 23rd, 2017. It was a hard fought battle but MAB 2017 president, Chris Dahl, triumphed and won first place with his top secret rib recipe! He did divulge his barbecue sauce is made with root beer but vowed to keep the rest of the recipe a secret. Congratulations to Derek Bischoff for winning the meat raffle sponsored by Future Builders! Thank you to our sponsors: Dakota Stone and Granite, Anasazi Builders, First International Bank & Trust and Future Builders! Thank you to our celebrity judges, Ken Kitzman, Mike Murphy and Matt Geinert.




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Presidents Message

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June is home ownership month. Those of us involved in the home building industry know the benefits of owning a home, but it is important for us to remind ourselves and educate the public and our public officials about the benefits as well. In some of the communities we live in across the state, it seems other special interests are viewed as more important to the local economy, so I think it is important for us to discuss some of the benefits.

First of all, there are two major tax advantages of owning a home. The first and most widely talked about is the mortgage interest deduction. The other one is the real estate tax deduction. For those who itemize their deductions the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions can reduce their tax liability. Eliminating the mortgage interest deduction is often brought up when the subject of tax reform is discussed. I can assure you, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will do everything it can to keep this tax advantage in place for the housing industry. According to a special study in, there are several policy justifications to keeping the deduction for the mortgage interest in place. First of all, research indicates that homeowners are more likely to maintain their homes and be involved in local social and political organizations. Therefore, communities with a large percentage of homeowners tend to possess more public amenities and have a lower crime rate than those with less home ownership. I think most of us see this in our daily lives. People tend to take better care of things when they have an ownership stake. Another important benefit to home ownership is it provides a means for families to save and accumulate wealth. Housing is the major source of wealth for most US households. As of 2010, the primary residence accounted for 30% of all household assets. Housing is especially important for lower income households, many of whom have very few assets except for the equity in a house. As we all know, there are many other benefits of home ownership. It is our job to promote these benefits to the public and the public officials so they see the value in keeping pro-housing policies in place. NAHB will do the same on our behalf to keep in place the tax advantages of home ownership on the national level. Eric

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Adjournment sine die – The end of a legislative session “without day”.

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The 65th Legislative Assembly adjourned (sine die) on Thursday, April 27th. This means legislators have set the state budget, finalized decisions on all bills introduced, and will not meet again until January 2019. The next step in the process is for all bills that passed both chambers goes on to the desk of the Governor who signs the bill or in some cases, vetoes all or part of the bill. Once the Governor signs a bill, it is then filed with the Secretary of State’s office and the law is enacted on the agreed upon date noted in the bill.

NDAB’s Government Affairs committee is made up of representatives from all six local associations lead by GA Chairman Jason Eid (Fargo) and Vice Chairman Eric Brendan (Bismarck). NDAB CEO, Kim Schneider, is the registered lobbyist representing NDAB at the Capitol.

Our representatives look at bills brought forth that we feel impact our members and industry, discuss the pros and cons of the bill, gather feedback, and make an informed decision on the stance NDAB will hold on a bill. Kim tracks the bill and provides updates to Jason, Eric and the GA committee and if need be, the group reconvenes to discuss any changes and a possible change in the stance of our position. During the 65th Legislative session, NDAB tracked a total of 33 bills that covered areas such as radon, carbon monoxide, onecall, diversion, contractors, inspections, essential service workers home incentives, the housing incentive fund, and many other bills that impacted the home building industry in either a positive or negative way. NDAB is proud to share that we worked closely with House and Senate members and various lobbyists from across the state. Members from across the state traveled to Bismarck on several occasions to testify, show support and ensure their voice was heard through emails and phone calls. When we hosted an evening social, a Q & A lunch and a thank you lunch for the legislators, NDAB was well represented. Strength in numbers was proven this past session and we greatly appreciate the support given by all! Just because the final gavel has hit, our advocacy work does not end. With your legislators, back in their home towns, please make sure you are inviting them to your events and meetings. Keep the conversations and relationships going and thank them for their hard work. NDAB members will also be traveling to DC where we will be meeting with Senator Heitkamp, Senator Hoeven and Congressman Cramer discussing national issues and thanking them for their continued hard work. If interested in learning how you can be more involved, just contact our office or your local association. Your voice matters! Take care, Kim


NDAB-PAC is the North Dakota Association of Builders’ Political Action Committee. It is a non-partisan political action committee that provides support for candidates who are friends of the building industry. Contact NDAB at (800) 326-4746, (701) 222-2401 or to contribute or learn more! North Dakota Association of Builders ❖1701 Burnt Boat Drive, Suite 201, Bismarck, ND 58503-0801 ❖701/222-2401 or 800/326-4746 ❖ The MAB Homefront | 13 | June 2017

AROUND THE STATE Dot Frank, Executive Officer 701-222-2400

More than 3,000 spectators made their way through 40 homes during the Spring Parade of Homes April 27 -30. The BMHBA is the recipient of an Association Excellence Award for its work with the Girl Scouts to create welcome mats for homeowners. A new event that encourages builders to gather is gaining ground; three Builders Only Socials have taken place and more are scheduled throughout the year. 2018 Home Show registration will open earlier than ever using the new online layout and reservation system. Keep an eye on for details. Dickinson Area Builders Assoc. Tiffaney Dolechek, Executive Officer 701-483-0044

The DABA is having their summer picnic June 7th and we are excited to see all of our members, their families, and their employees. This year we will be having a bean bag toss tournament where the winners will move on to the state tournament at the state meeting in Williston. The DABA Golf Scramble is set for August 10th at the Heart River Golf Course. This is always a great event for our members to network, have fun, and participate in some friendly competition. The 2nd annual DABA Parade of Homes is September 9th and 10th. We have an amazing committee planning this event and hope to make it even better than last years! Advertising, Sponsorship, and Home Entry forms are available on our website or by contacting Tiffaney at

Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer 701-232-5846

The Spring Parade of Homes Celebration was May 18. Members enjoyed appetizers and were entered to win door prizes. All Parade Builders were entered to win cash prizes. The Luxurious Featured Homes on this year's parade raised just under $16,000 for Home Builders Care. This is the largest amount ever raised by featured homes, even considering the combined amounts raised by past Spring Parade of Homes and the Fall Parade of Homes

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The HBA of F-M met with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in May to discuss the housing industry needs in workforce and affordable housing. The HBA of F-M had over 100 members for its Remodelers Council Picnic May 12. The HBA of F-M celebrated a win legislatively when Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation on May 2 that amended the state's residential building codes and clarified that twin homes, which are two single-family connected homes, won't need automatic fire sprinkler systems.

special thanks to First International Bank & Trust, Dakota Stone and Granite and Anasazi Builders for sponsoring the event. June 19th brings the MAB Board Picnic. MAB Executive Officer, Elysha, will host the Board of Directors and their families at her home and they’ll spend a relaxing evening getting to know each other and enjoying the summer weather! The 2017 Birdie with the Builders Golf Tournament is July 31st at the Minot Country Club. MAB is excited about the change and hopes the difference in venue will bring a larger number of registrants. This year MAB is encouraging hole sponsors to get more involved with golfers and set up a table at their corresponding hole! The Guns ‘n’ Roses Trap Shoot is taking place on August 29th from 58 PM at the Minot Gun Club. After participants finish shooting trap, they can purchase a dozen roses for $20 to take home to their someone special. The 2017 Parade of Homes is quickly approaching! On September 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM, the Parade route will be open to the general public. This year’s route is shaping up to be just as strong as the 2016 Parade!

Forx Builders Association Betty McDonald, Executive Officer 701-746-4536

The PS Garage Doors team did a great job as hosts for the last Builders after Hours. Hats off to them. Our Annual Sporting Clay Shoot will be held at the Dakota Hunting Club May 23rd. Fargo Glass & Paint is the event sponsor. Italian Moon will provide the burger and brat meal after the shoot. Thanks go out to Loren Abel, Abel Construction, and Andy Hendrickson, Insure Forward, for co-chairing this fun event. The 2017 Project House is near completion and it is a very nice house. Thank you to the Project House Committee for all their help on this house. The Committee, Board of Directors and students meet at the house for a tour and pizza the first part of May. The students from the Northland Community & Technical College will graduate May 12th. After graduation the carpentry students invite their relatives and friends to a reception at the house to show what they have been working on all year.

Williston Area Builders Association Ann Kvande, Executive Officer 701-572-5744

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Minot Association of Builders Elysha Head, Executive Officer 701-852-0496

2017 Home and Garden Show Scheduled for April 7-8, 2017 The Williston Area Builders Association (WABA) is excited to announce that the date for 7th Annual Home and Garden Show has been set for April 7-8, 2017 at the Raymond Family Community Center in Williston.

MAB hosted its first Bags for Builders Cornhole Tournament on April 25th at the Minot Country Club! Despite the cold temperatures, the tournament went well and Mark Weiskopf and Marty Straley of Gravel Products in Minot won the tournament. The pair will proceed to the NDAB tournament in Williston in June. The Tool Belt Barbecue happened in May. The Association board battled for the title of best BBQ rib cook while taking part in the Redneck Photo Booth and buying tickets to the Meat Raffle sponsored by Future Builders! MAB would like to offer a

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Look up. Look out. Stay safe.


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Overhead power lines can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Never  touch them or allow any object to touch   them, and remember to keep yourself, lines. lines.  your ladders and equipment at least  10 feet away. If you see lines brought   down by weather, call us right away at    800.895.1999. In an emergency, call 911. 

Overhead  Overhead power power lines lines can can be be extremely extremely dangerous dangerous and and even even  deadly. Never touch them or allow any object to touch them,  deadly. Never touch them or allow any object to touch them,    and remember and remember to to keep keep yourself, yourself, your your ladders ladders and and  

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