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December 2017




the Builders Banquet The 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 all of our 2017 awards.

Featuring Special Guest Tom Barry

WHEN: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 5:00 PM Social 6:00 PM Dinner and Awards Presentation Following Builders Bingo  


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Century 21 Action Realtors

Vice President: Melissa Francisco

Stephen Worlund (2019)

Treasurer: Robb Rotramel

Muus Lumber & Hardware

Dakota Stone and Granite

Real Builders

Imm. Past President: Phil Risbrudt

K & R Contracting



Dawn Rasmussen (2018)

United Rentals

Anasazi Builders


Pat Bailey (2020)

Boyd Sivertson (2020)

Pella Windows and Doors


Letter from the President

Shane Lider (2020)


Memo from the EO


Contracting Concerns


Fannie, Freddie Tax Credits


OSB Price Declines Consistent with Random Lengths Data

Ready Builders

DIRECTORS Rob Orts (2018)

Senior Life Director: Bruce Walker

Al Schall (2018)

Life Director: Joe Stenvold


Minot Permit Reports

We Integrate


December’s Lunch Hour Learning

Kal Larson (2018)

STAFF Executive Officer: Elysha Head


Member Spotlight


Realtors in the News


What’s Happening at MAB

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2017 COMMITTEES 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, Melissa Francisco, Carissa Visoscky, 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, Pat Bailey Birdie with the Builders Eric Wanner, Phil Risbrudt, Boyd Sivertson, Bruce Walker, Kal Larson, Dave Lebrun, Joe Stenvold, Mitch Kraft, Rob Orts, Chris Dahl

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




































31 November 30th - December 1st - NDAB Winter Meetings - Fargo, ND December 13th - Lunch Hour Learning - 12 PM - MAB Offices December 14th - MAB Board Meeting - 11:30 AM - MAB Offices


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12/5 Builders Banquet

Minot Association of Builders (MAB) 606 Burdick Expressway West Suite B Minot, ND 58701 Phone: 701-852-0496 |


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 PM

1/18 City Leaders Luncheon

Join the Minot Association of Builders for the City Leaders Luncheon. Special guests include City Manager, Tom Barry, City The MAB Homefront | 3 | December 2017

Engineer, Lance Meyer, Public Works Director, Dan Jonasson and Minot Park District Director Ron Merritt. City Manager, Tom Barry, will lead the discussion about happenings in Minot and give an update on various projects.

Location TBA | 11:30 AM

3/1 Preview Night

As a MAB member, you are invited to a special event sponsored by Town & Country Credit Union: Preview Night. Check out the show before the public the night before it begins!

NDSF Center | 5 PM


THANK YOU FOR A GREAT YEAR It’s been my pleasure to serve as the MAB’s 2017 president! Thank you. Becoming the President of the Minot Association of Builders is a task I was nervous to take on but I’m so glad I did. Serving as your president has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’ve learned so much about how our organization functions and how the NAHB, NDAB and the MAB all serve you, our loyal members. As this year comes to a close, I hope our members feel that we took the organization in the right direction and made it even more vital to your business to be a part of. 2017 brought quite a few changes to the MAB but they’re all changes we’re glad we made and we’re proud to upgrade our association the way we have. Our Home and Garden Show is bigger and better than ever, several events have been upgraded and most everything has been brought up to date. As I turn the association over to the 2018 president, Melissa Francisco, I know the MAB is in good hands and I look forward to new challenges and changes coming in the future! I know the whole MAB board is proud of our association and glad you’re all a part of this journey. Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you all in the future!

Chris Dahl 2017 MAB President


WRAPPING UP 2017 We’re finishing the year strong at the MAB! 2017 has been a great year at the MAB and I can’t believe how quickly it’s coming to an end. We introduced a few new events this year like Hard Hat Happy Hour and the Tool Belt Barbecue and reinvented an old favorite to become the Guns ‘n’ Roses Trap Shoot. We’re already working on new events for 2018 and making current events even more beneficial for you to be a part of. Make sure to sign up for your 2018 Home and Garden Show booth as the Show is about half sold out! The Home and Garden Show Committee has been hard at work coming up with more events to attract more people to the show thus making your booth and business more profitable. We’re always working to make this our best show yet and we think it’s headed in the right direction! Mark your calendars for the City Leaders Luncheon on January 18th! City Manager, Tom Barry, will lead the discussion with our members about happenings in Minot. The City Engineer, the Public Works Director and the Park District Director will also join us to give updates specific to their divisions. Register at! The MAB Homefront | 4 | December 2017

Elysha Head MAB Executive Officer


DECLINING NEW HOME SIZE TREND CONTINUES After increasing and leveling off in recent years, new single-family home size continued along a general trend of decreasing size during the third quarter of 2017. This change marks a reversal of the trend that had been in place as builders focused on the higher end of the market during the recovery. As the entry-level market expands, NAHB expects typical new home size to fall as well. According to third quarter 2017 data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, median single-family square floor area was slightly lower at 2,378 square feet. Average (mean) square footage for new single-family homes declined to 2,518 square feet. On a less volatile one-year moving average, the recent trend of declines in new home size can be see on the graph above, although current readings remain elevated. Since cycle lows (and on a one-year moving average basis), the average size of new single-family homes is 10% higher at 2,620 square feet, while the median size is 14% higher at 2,399 square feet. The post-recession increase in single-family home size is consistent with the historical pattern coming out of recessions. Typical new home size falls prior to and during a recession as home buyers tighten budgets, and then sizes rise as highend homebuyers, who face fewer credit constraints, return to the housing market in relatively greater proportions. This pattern was exacerbated during the current business cycle due to market weakness among first-time homebuyers. But the recent declines in size indicate that this part of the cycle has ended, and size will trend lower as builders add more entry-level homes into inventory. In contrast to single-family patterns, new multifamily apartment size is down compared to the prerecession period. This is due to the weak for-sale multifamily market and strength for rental demand.


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. A-1 Evans Septic Tank Service | Cole Ritter www.

Dakota Stone and Granite | Melissa Francisco

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Jost Construction | Darla Jost

Miller Insulation | Todd Brady

Minot Builders Supply | Jim Burckhard

Prairie Supply | Mitch Kraft

R & K Contractors | Darrel Kaylor

Rolac Contracting | Jason Sanders

Watne Realtors | Blake Krabseth

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FANNIE, FREDDIE RE-ENTER LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT MARKET Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced they are now re-entering the Low Income Housing Tax Credit market, the federal program which encourages invement of equity into affordable rental housing. Freddie Mac explained that under the program, qualified properties are allocated federal tax credits and investors are able to invest in those properties to take advantage of those tax credits. The program infuses cash equity into low-income housing properties, reducing the debt burden for the development or rehabilitation of affordable properties. Under this plan, investors take the risk, rather than taxpayers, Freddie Mac announced. “We are excited to resume investing in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, which will expand our affordable housing efforts and help provide stability to this market,” said David Brickman, executive vice president and head of Freddie Mac Multifamily. “Few programs are as mutually beneficial as LIHTC,” Brickman said. “It incentivizes private investment in affordable housing, delivers much-needed cash equity to owners of affordable properties and, most importantly, encourages the development and preservation of critical affordable housing in underserved areas throughout the country.” Fannie Mae announced the Federal Housing Finance Agency approved its re-entry into the market effective immediately. Fannie announced it hopes to improve affordable housing stock to help markets in most need of support. “We are thrilled to announce our re-entry into the LIHTC market,” said Jeffery Hayward, Fannie Mae executive vice president of multifamily. “The LIHTC program has long been the most effective tool at driving housing supply for low- and very low-income families.” “Fannie Mae’s renewed participation in these business activities will support the LIHTC market by providing a reliable source of capital and a stabilizing influence on affordable housing throughout diverse economic markets and cycles,” Hayward said. “This is a significant step forward for Fannie Mae to better serve the multifamily market and play an integral role in

addressing America’s affordable housing crisis.” Increasingly, the housing industry has shown its support for helping low-income households afford homes. In fact, last week, approximately 2,500 signers sent a letter to Congress, addressed to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, urging them to direct savings from the MID cut to rental housing programs that serve the lowest income families such as the national Housing Trust Fund or a renter’s tax credit. Fannie Mae explained the LIHTC program built nearly 3 million apartment units, housed 6.7 million low-income families and currently finances the construction of almost all subsidized housing in the U.S. About 90,000 apartment units are built each year through the program. “We look forward to expanding the productive relationships we have with key partners in the LIHTC industry and enhancing our product line to offer equity financing solutions to support the ongoing needs of the market,” said Dana Brown, director of multifamily customer engagement and program lead for Fannie Mae LIHTC investment activities. “We are ready to hit the ground running and we look forward to expanding our relationships and forming new partnerships.” Freddie Mac will support the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing for low and very low income households. It said its investment into the LIHTC market will provide liquidity and stability to the housing market, and expects to close its first investment in January 2018. “Our LIHTC investment initiative will focus on affordable housing preservation, rural housing, markets with uneven or unpredictable liquidity, and other underserved areas that have been identified in our Duty to Serve plan,” said David Leopold, vice president of targeted affordable sales and investments at Freddie Mac Multifamily. “Doing so will have a significant positive impact on communities with some of the most serious affordable housing needs,” Leopold said. “Ultimately, we seek to provide better access to investment capital for developers, particularly those operating in underserved areas that are overlooked by other investors.”

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Minot and Surrounding Area Permit Reports through


Minot Building Permits 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0



363 292 2011



The price of OSB fell 1.0% in October, in contrast to prices paid for softwood lumber (+2.3%), gypsum products (+0.3%) and ready-mix concrete (+0.2%), which all increased. In addition, the price index measuring inputs to residential construction rose 0.1% in October, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

598 209 60 95





Single Family



49 38



The drop in OSB prices followed a three-month period in which prices increased 7.1% over the prior three months. While the monthly decline is welcome news, OSB prices remain 12.9% and 37.0% higher than they were at the beginning of 2017 and 2016, respectively.


Ward County Building Permits 50




20 10

More recent data published by Random Lengths shows an even steeper decrease over the past month in the prices paid by endconsumers for OSB (just as a person is considered the endconsumer in consumer price inflation (CPI), businesses such as builders and remodelers are considered endconsumers for the purposes of PPI).


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The BLS report showed prices paid for softwood lumber resumed their climb after a monthly decrease in September. Softwood lumber prices have increased in all but two months of 2017. Two important factors drive disparities between price changes builders have experienced and the PPI index changes: 1. The producer price index tracks prices paid by wholesalers, distributers, and retailers rather than what those businesses charge customers. 2. The index does not include prices paid for Canadian products as it does not include imports (just as the consumer price index does not reflect prices paid for exports).

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.




Single Family Dwelling Townhouse Dwelling Move/Relocation Industrial Residential Remodel Residential Addition Commercial Remodel Detached Garage & Carports Accessory Buildings Decks Egress Windows Mobile Home Residential Demolition Commercial Demolition

6 6 2 2 5 1 12 13 3 3 1 1 1 2

$668,000.00 $500,000.00 $2,000.00 $1,264,000.00 $133,000.00 $144,000.00 $3,108,500.00 $386,500.00 $27,000.00 $11,800.00 $500.00 $2,000.00 $9,000.00 $56,000.00




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MEMBER ADVANTAGE OF THE MONTH Do you know how many discounts and services come with your MAB membership? Each month, we’ll highlight some of our favorites!

The Grand Hotel reached out to the MAB and offered our association members a special rate from now until December 31, 2018. Mention the Minot Association of Builders when you make a hotel reservation and reserve a hotel room for only $67 per night!

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MAB’s Newest Members Joining the Minot Association of Builders is the first step to becoming more active in our industry. Please take a moment to welcome the newest members of our association. Sleep Number Kimberly Nichols | 701-495-0008

Designed to keep you and your partner effortlessly comfortable, the Sleep Number 360™ smart bed uses Responsive Air™technology to sense your movements then automatically adjusts firmness, comfort and support to keep you both sleeping blissfully, all night long.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Lowe's Garden Center proudly announces that Doria Waller has successfully completed extensive course work from the International Society of Arboriculture and is now an ISA Certified Arborist. Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a high level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Continuing education programs must be completed at regular intervals ensuring that the ISA Certified Arborist has continuously updated information. Waller is the only ISA Certified Arborist in Minot and proudly joins the seventeen other ISA Certified Arborists in North Dakota.

Gate City Bank Announces Celebratory Contest and $10,000 Donation on America Recycles Day Gate City Bank is celebrating the powerful and positive impact of their reusable blue bags. With over one million reusable blue bags donated since 2007, they are committed to creating cleaner, greener communities, and believe that it is their responsibility to make a difference in the communities they serve, For a Better Way of Life®. Over the past 10 years, they have helped save 700 million plastic bags from entering our environment. In recognition of reaching the milestone of one million reusable blue bags, Gate City Bank has announced a celebratory contest and significant donation to a local organization. Gate City Bank has launched a celebratory contest where the public can enter to win up to $1,000, with more than $6,000 in total prizes. To enter to win, submit a story, photo or video of how you use your reusable blue bag. Gate City Bank invite members of the community to stop by any of their 36 locations to pick up a bag for themselves or a friend! For full details, please visit or the Gate City Bank Facebook page. In the spirit of giving back to our community, and as we approach the holiday season, Gate City Bank wanted to recognize that there are organizations in our communities that are extremely important that fill other needs in our communities. They asked the Emergency Food Pantry of Fargo to join them at the press conference Wednesday, where they presented them with a donation for ten thousand dollars.


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 11 /18/2017 from NAHB)

SUPER SPIKES: (250-499 Credits) John Coughlin (493) Bruce Walker (345.5) Todd Brady (344) Joe Stenvold (310.5) ROYAL SPIKES: (150-249 Credits) Gary Kramlich (205) Joel Feist (183) RED SPIKES: (100-149 Credits) Greg Aasmundstad (113) GREEN SPIKES: (50-99 Credits) Rob Orts (96.5) Jim Montgomery (75.5) Bill Huber (68) John Lund (66.5) Dave Lebrun (61.5) Karen Engle (53.5) Cindy Snay (52.5) LIFE SPIKES: (25-49 Credits) Kal Larson (49) Joe Kraft (40) Pam Karpenko (32.5) Mitch Kraft (29) BLUE SPIKES: (6-24 Credits) Eric Wanner (18) Clyde Thorne (18) Lauri Hopwood (15) Matt Geinert (13) Leonard Niess (9) Dwight Flygare (8.5) Kevin Connole (7) Stacey Abel (6.5) Phil Risbrudt (6) CANDIDATES: (1-5 Credits) Elysha Head (4) Christopher Dahl (4) Todd VanDusen (3.5) Rich Priesing (3.5) Jim Christ (3) Pat Bailey (3) Dale Zarr (1) Steve Siemieniewski (1) Al Schall (0.5)




Agent of the Month

Watne Realtors Top Producer of the Month for October 2017 is Thad Tarasen.

Lori Henderson was the Agent of the Month for Octoberber at Coldwell Banker 1st Minot Realty. Lori can be reached at 701-721-0158 or 701-852-0136 or emailed at

Thad can be reached by calling 240-6737 or 852-1156 and by email at

Agent of the Month

Micky Venable was the Agentstof the Month for October at Coldwell Banker 1 Minot Realty. Micky can be reached at 701-240-5257 or 701852-0136 or emailed at

Watne Realtors Sales Professional of the Month for October 2017 is Janet Schelling. Janet can be reached by calling 240-7537 or 852-1156 and by email at

Meet Your Realtor

Dawn VerBruggen Treating customers like family is both a guiding principle and a way of life for me, a 20 year veteran in the industry dedicated to providing service and expertise that makes each transaction as seamless and successful as possible. I work with military families that need extra care during the relocation process. I have experience with being a local family business owner. I am ready to help you in your move. I can be reached at 701-720-2034 or visit my website at

Meet Your Realtor Ric Montoya is the agent for Watne Realtors Hello, I am a 19 year resident of North Dakota. I am a retired US Air Force Veteran who stayed here in Minot because of the warm and friendly people who live here and the wonderful climate. I am a full time REALTOR with experience in residential, land and commercial real estate and have successfully represented Buyers or Sellers in Minot and surrounding communities and in the Bakken. Being a REALTOR is a customer-centric business. I have the customer service background, experience and skills to ensure your real estate needs are fulfilled. Please allow me to earn your confidence and trust for your next real estate deal. Call or text me at 701.240.0749 or email

Clyde Thorne was awarded the “Commercial Realtor of the Quarter” by the Minot Multiple Listing Service. Clyde can be reached at 701-240-8594 or 701852-0136 or emailed at



Congratulations to Team Rockstars Brokers 12, Inc. Broker of the Month for October 2017!

Congratulations Melissa Parmer! Century 21 Action Realtors Realtor and Sales Person of the Month for October, 2017

DelRae can be reached by calling 701-833-1375 or by email

Congratulations to Lori Soltis Brokers 12, Inc. Salesperson of the Month for October 2017! Lori can be reached by calling 701-721-6455 or by email at




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CITY LEADERS LUNCHEON Join the Minot Association of Builders for the City Leaders Luncheon on January 18th, 2018 at the Grand Hotel. City Manager, Tom Barry, will lead a discussion regarding happenings in Minot and give an update on projects taking place in our city. This is your chance to have a one-on-one conversation with your city leaders! Special guests include: City Manager, Tom Barry City Engineer, Lance Meyer Public Works Director, Dan Jonasson Park District Director, Ron Merritt. Register at

January 18th · 11:30 AM · Grand Hotel · $5 to attend 11:30 AM Lunch | 12:00 - 12:45 Speakers | 12:45 - 1:00 PM Discussion


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We're excited to announce some exciting changes to our magazine, The MAB Homefront, in 2018! We're reinventing the magazine in 2018! This means The MAB Homefront will transform from a monthly, 20-page publication to a 32 page, full-color, quarterly magazine. These changes will allow the MAB to better showcase our members' endeavors and accolades as well as bring the magazine into the digital age. As a newsletter advertiser, your website or Facebook page will now be embedded in your advertisement when a digital copy is sent to members. This means anyone viewing the magazine can click on your advertisement and be taken straight to your website; driving up your website views and revenue. Your advertisement will continue to be printed in full-color on a higher quality paper that better represents your business. So what does this mean for you? Our low advertising prices will remain the same in 2018! Beginning in January, over 200 businesses will receive an updated, full-color, quarterly magazine containing your advertisement that looks better than ever! I can promise you that it will be a magazine that you can be proud to advertise in. If you wish you continue your advertisement, simply pay your invoice when the time comes and your advertisement will continue. If you wish to change your ad, please contact Elysha and she can update it to whatever you wish! The MAB is excited to make these updates to our magazine and know it will serve your business even better than before!


November was Spike appreciation month and we want to thank you for your dedication to growing our association membership. It takes passionate people like you to strengthen our network. You’re out there, in the field, recruiting, selling and growing this association to make it it’s best. Member-to-member recruitment and your retention efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for being our members champions. Keep up the amazing work! Your dedication to the association, your leadership through recruitment is an immense value. On behalf of the MAB, thank you for your contribution!

The NAHB is increasing their dues by 18 dollars in 2018. In 2017, NDAB raised their dues $10 leading MAB to an increase from $375 to $390 in 2017. This increase compels MAB to raise their dues again in 2018. The board decided to raise dues to $400 in 2018. So, what’s the breakdown? NAHB

$182 increasing to $198 in 2018




$108 decreasing to $102 in 2018 $390 in 2017 - increasing to $400 in 2018

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Commercial and Residential

NDAB NEWS Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders · December 2017

Eric Brenden NDAB President

Kim Schneider NDAB Chief Executive Officer

President’s Message

Thank You, 2017!

It has been a rewarding experience for me to serve as the 2017 NDAB president. I would like to thank the NDAB staff, the board of directors, and the entire membership for giving me the opportunity. As my term as NDAB President comes to an end, I would like to reflect a little bit on the events of the past year. The year started, of course, with the legislative session taking up most of our attention. Much of the attention of the session was focused on the budget, so there weren’t too many bills brought forth that would have added additional regulation. However, we were able to defeat a few that were brought forward. Still, there is much work to do in the future. We must remain diligent in our efforts. It is important for us to remain active within our local, state, and national governments to support builder friendly legislation and oppose legislation or ordinances that will add unwarranted costs to houses. We will have important elections on all levels next year which will have ramifications for us all.

December is a month full of emotions, full hearts and time to reflect on another year gone by. Another year of events, new friendships, and a new office! A big thank you to NDAB’s 2017 President, Eric Brenden for his leadership, his calm ways and for the many laughs we shared together. Eric was monumental with the 2017 legislative session and was always willing to be at the Capital to help provide a voice and be a strong advocate for NDAB and all of our members across the state. A special thank you to Eric’s wife, Tara and their children as well, for sharing his “free time” with us. On November 30th the NDAB Board of Directors and special guests gathered in Fargo to toast our successful past year and celebrate the future year ahead of us. 2017 NDAB President Eric Brenden was thanked for his past years’ service and pinned with NAHB’s Past State President pin. 2018 NDAB President Dan Lindquist was sworn in and pinned with NAHB’s State President pin. Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers and we fully recognize and appreciate their time and dedication. To our outgoing board members, a heartfelt thank you. Your leadership helps push forth NDAB, NDAB-PAC and grow in our success. It has truly been a pleasure to work with you.

We had some great events this year, from our Builder Day at the Capital and the Chili and Oyster feed early on to our summer meeting and Pac event in Williston, and of course our annual banquet in Fargo. It was also great to see the participation we had at IBS in Orlando and the legislative conference and meetings in DC.

The end of the year is also a time for us to recognize the success of our members with the local associations recognizing local award winners who then are recognized at the state level. Those who win at the state level are then nominated for North Dakota at the National level. State level winners were announced at the 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.

I would like to thank all of the committee members and the board of directors for all the time they have donated in the past year. The volunteers are really what make this organization. I would also like to thank our outgoing directors for the work they have done the last several years for NDAB. I know they will continue to be active within the association and serve in other ways.

What an exciting year it has been! As 2017 goes down in the record books we look forward to making new memories in 2018. Sponsorship opportunities will soon roll out, education opportunities will be offered, memberships will grow and in the end, new friendships will be made. Thank you all for making NDAB one of the best state-wide Associations in the Nation!

It was also great to work with Kim Schneider and the NDAB staff throughout the year. Having a great staff is critical as well, because they are the constants in our never ending rotation of directors and Senior Officers. Finally, I would like to welcome Dan Lindquist as the incoming President for 2018. I’m confident in his abilities to lead this association into the future, and look forward to working for our members in 2018 under his leadership.

Kim Schneider

Warm wishes to you and yours,

Eric Brenden

Back your PAC … your PAC backs you!

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 ❖

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

The association experienced a renaissance in registrations for the Fall Awards Mixer & Board Election; RSVPs were up 22 over last year. Two new Builder members were voted onto the board in October: Joe Hillerson of Boulder Homes and Greg Meidinger of Aspire Homes will begin their term Jan. 1, 2018. Associate incumbents Greg Zenker of Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air and Susie Franklin of Choice Financial retained their seats despite a run against three challengers. Upcoming events include the Holiday Mixer on Dec. 5 and the Annual Dinner on Jan. 25.

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Year Winner John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.; BEAM Winner Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.; and Home Builders Care Volunteer of the Year Winners Dan Parrow, ISR Homes, and Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design. $14,000 in scholarships was awarded to students from Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation. HBC of F-M Foundation hosted a Curling for Construction event in early November. Members learned how to curl, while all proceeds went to the charity. The HBA of F-M hosted local legislators at its Holiday Legislative Social Nov. 16. The New Year Celebration & City Night will be Jan. 25. This event allows members to stay in touch with local officials as well as hear update from area Mayors.

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Forx Builders Association Cassie Thompson Executive Officer 701-746-4536

The DABA Annual Christmas Party and Awards Banquet is December 15th at the Elks! We are doing a Silent Auction again this year with the proceeds going to two local non-profit organizations the Dickinson Backpack Program and Bakken Paws Animal Rescue. We have three exciting items in this year’s auction an autographed Johnny Cash Record Album, autographed Sheet Music by the Eagles, and an autographed photo of John McCartney! We are starting to plan next year’s meeting and events and are looking forward to some new changes and ideas! The 2018 Home Show is scheduled for April 7th & 8th. We are filling up vendor spaces and planning some exciting new things!

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

The HBA of F-M Awards Gala & Annual Meeting was packed with over 190 members in attendance. Congratulations to award winners: Associate of the Year Winner John

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The FBA hosted its 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off and 1st Annual Bean Bag Toss Tournament on October 14th. The Chili Cook-Off consisted of 14 different chilies! It was a tough decision, but Bill Knipe, of Circle K Builders, took home 1st place and the People’s Choice Award. The Bean Bag Tournament was a hit. The tournament had 14 teams and it was a battle to the end. Vice President, Keith Ostlund, of Premium Waters, and Secretary/ Treasurer, Rob Johnson, of J&J Construction, came out on top with the 1st place win! The FBA would like to congratulate all winners! A big THANK YOU to all our sponsors and everyone who came out to enjoy the day! The FBA Builder After Hours and Christmas Party will be on December 12th at Keith’s Security World. We would love to see all members come enjoy a night full of food, beverages, and networking!

The Builders Banquet is coming up on December 5th at the Grand Hotel in Minot. At the Builders Banquet, MAB will celebrate the industry and present all of 2017’s

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awards and honors together at one spectacular event! City Manager, Tom Barry will be the keynote speaker and City Councilman Shaun Sipma will emcee. On December 13th, MAB will offer a Lunch Hour Learning class entitled18 Trends for 55+ Housing in 2018. MAB is planning a PAC event for 2018 and looking forward to raising money for NDAB-PAC! Booth sales for the 2018 Home and Garden Show have started. MAB offered an Early Bird discount that helped vendors sign up more quickly this year. MAB is excited for a new home show layout and once again adding a fresh feel to the show!

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In early October, WABA delivered a proposal to the City of Williston to assist the City with recent changes in the Building Department. The proposal served as a starting point to help foster a more collaborative relationship between the City and the builders. The City was very receptive to the proposal and City Administrator David Tuan spoke at the October General Membership meeting about the changes in the Building Department and the collaboration with WABA. In June, WABA announced the start of the sub-chapter, McKenzie County Builders Association. MCBA established their board of directors and held their first BOD meeting in September. The new chapter is very excited to get started and actively recruiting new members. Also in June, the NDAB Board approved a waiver of state dues for MCBA members from July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018, to allow WABA the funds to promote the new sub-chapter. This additional benefit has seen an increase in MCBA membership of 27% since June, while maintaining a 95% retention rate. Upcoming Meetings/Programs: o November 21, 2017 – Annual Awards & Membership Meeting o December 19, 2017 – Legislative Social o January 16, 2018 – General Membership Meeting


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