MAB September Newsletter

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Homefront The MAB

September 2017

DON’T MISS THE 2017 PARADE OF HOMES! September 16th, 2017 · 10 AM to 4 PM



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Century 21 Action Realtors

Vice President: Melissa Francisco

Eric Wanner (2017)

Dakota Stone and Granite Treasurer: Robb Rotramel

Real Builders

Imm. Past President: Phil Risbrudt

Anasazi Builders

Pat Bailey (2020)

Muus Lumber & Hardware


Letter from the President

Boyd Sivertson (2020)


Memo from the EO


Labor Shortages Cause Problems for Builders

DIRECTORS Rob Orts (2018)

Senior Life Director: Bruce Walker

Northstar Steel

Kal Larson (2018)

Concrete Mobile


Breakfast with the Builders

Coldwell Banker


Minot Permit Reports

Life Director: Joe Stenvold


Maximize Your Social Exposure

We Integrate


New Member Welcome

STAFF Executive Officer: Elysha Head


Project of the Month


Realtors in the News

2017 COMMITTEES Governmental Affairs Kal Larson and Chris Dahl


Home & Garden Show

Parade of Homes

Kasper Ziegler, Loren Vannett, Sheila Melaas, Rob Orts, Melissa Francisco, Carissa Visoscky, Minda Stockdill, Mike Frank

DelRae Zimmerman, Brittany Dahl, Mataya Lafontaine, Kimberly Keller, Renata Buen, Andrea Savelkoul; Pat Bailey


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September 5th—Minot City Council Meeting: 6:30 PM September 6th—2018 Home and Garden Show Meeting—12 PM September 14th—MAB Board Meeting September 16th—2017 Parade of Homes September 21st—Breakfast with the Builders September 22nd—Events Committee Meeting—12 PM

9/16 Parade of Homes

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


5 PM! They’ve got a new owner and a new look from one of 10 AM - 12 PM MAB’s favorite board members! Explore homes in the surrounding area on September Come grab a drink and hear what’s happening at MAB! 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM. See new trends, talk with local builders and make the dream of 12/5 Builders Banquet becoming a homeowner, a The 2017 Builders Banquet is a reality! culmination of our awards presentations into one BIG night. This is where we come together to celebrate the industry and 10/10 Hard Hat recognize the great work you do Happy Hour by presenting our yearly Join us at Arny’s 2.0 Lounge and awards. Bottle Shop on October 10th at Grand Hotel | 5:30 PM

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WINDING DOWN SUMMER We’re more than halfway through 2017 and we hope you had a happy summer. We now have over 150 members spread across the state, from Mountrail Builders in Stanley to Rolling Hills Lumber in Max. As I write this letter, we are in the midst of the season and the weather is still warm. Many of you are hard at work to get your Parade homes ready. The Parade of Homes is approaching quickly and has been getting lots of great press in it’s second year. We’re anticipating a warm weekend and an even warmer reception from the Parade attendees. We’re proud to bring such a great event back to Minot and look forward to continuing it for years to come. Last month, Elysha attended the Association Management Conference in Denver. We’re proud to say that it was a great conference for her and our association. She brought back many ideas from the workshops she participated in and from talking to other associations around the country. The AMC Conference is always a great time to find out how we can do our jobs better. We’re looking forward to implementing her new ideas and taking the association a step further! We hope to send her to Washington, D.C. in October to learn more about the National Association of Home Builders and how to better our association yet again!

Chris Dahl 2017 MAB President


EVENTFUL AUTUMN AT MAB Parade of Homes, Breakfast with the Builders, Hard Hat Happy Hour Fall is well on it’s way to North Dakota. If you’re feeling down because you know winter is on the way...we’ve got just the thing to cheer you up! September is a busy month at MAB with the 2017 Parade of Homes happening on September 16th. The Parade features 11 beautiful homes in and around Minot that will knock your socks off. I’m pleased to relay that there are price points for everyone this year. Homes start at $139,900 and continue on up. Whether you’re a first time home buyer or a seasoned veteran, you’ll be able to find something to peak your interest! The Parade takes place from 10 AM to 4 PM on the 21st. Tickets are $5 and allow entry into all Parade Homes. On September 21st, NAHB Rep Alex Martindale, will be in Minot to speak to our group about the happenings at a national level and give us an overview of what NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) is doing for you and your membership. They’re busy protecting the American Dream of home building and owning every day. October 10th brings the second edition of Hard Hat Happy Hour! Arny’s 2.0 Lounge and Bottle Shop is back and better than ever! Our board member, Melissa Francisco, purchased and renovated Arny’s Bar and turned it into Arny’s 2.0. We look forward to showcasing a new venue in Minot. Thanks to Arny’s 2.0 for sponsoring the event! The MAB Homefront | 4 | September 2017

Elysha Head MAB Executive Officer


SHARE OF BUILDERS REPORTING LABOR SHORTAGES RISES AGAIN Labor and subcontractor shortages have become even more widespread in July of 2017 than they were in June of 2016, according to single-family builders responding to special questions on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey. The July 2017 HMI survey asked builders about shortages in 15 specific occupations that were either recommended by Home Builders Institute (NAHB’s workforce development arm) or that NAHB found to be particularly significant when tabulating Bureau of Labor Statistics data for a recent article on Young Adults & the Construction Trades. Shortages (either serious or some) were at least fairly widespread for each of the 15 occupations, ranging from a low of 43 percent for building maintenance managers to a high of around 75 percent for the three categories of carpenters (rough, finished and framing).

In addition to labor that single-family builders employ directly, the HMI survey asked about shortages of subcontractors, which have become even more widespread lately. In the July 2017 survey, the incidence of shortages was higher for subcontractors than for labor directly employed by builders in each of the 15 occupations. At the top of the chart, for example, 85 percent of builders reported a shortage of framing subcontractors, compared to “only” 77 percent who reported a shortage of framers directly employed. Historically, this has not always been true. An average shortage calculated across the 9 trades that NAHB has covered in a consistent way since 1996 shows that labor and subcontractor shortages used to track each other fairly closely. Since 2013, however, a persistent gap has opened, with the 9-trade shortage for subcontractors running 5 to 7 percentage points higher. A possible reason is that some workers who were laid off and started their own trade contracting businesses during the housing downturn have returned to working for larger companies. This would improve the availability of workers directly employed by builders slightly, while shrinking the pool of firms available for subcontracting. The 9-trade average shortage for labor has increased from a low of 21 percent in 2012 to 56 percent in 2016, and now 63 percent in 2017. And this trend has been very consistent. For each of the construction occupations covered in both years, the shortage percentage, whether for labor directly employed or subcontractors, increased between 2016 and 2017—with the sole exception of excavator subcontractors, for which the percentage remained roughly the same. The 9-trade average labor shortage is now at its highest since 2000 (which marked the end of an extended period of strong GDP growth that tightened many labor markets and drove the overall unemployment rate down to 4.0 percent). The current labor shortage seems especially severe relative to housing starts, which have only partially recovered from their post-2006 decline. Again, the historical pattern has been quite consistent across construction occupations. Shortages for most of the occupations are more widespread now than at any time since 2000. The exceptions are shortages that are at their all-time worst since NAHB first started asking the questions in 1996. For directly employed labor, the shortage of painters is now at its worst ever. For subcontractors, in addition to painters, shortages of framing crews and electricians are also at their all-time worst. For excavator subcontractors, the 2016 and 2017 shortages are essentially tied for worst all time. Additional details, including changes in labor and subcontracting costs reported by builders and the complete history of responses to each question in the NAHB survey, are available in the full report. The NAHB survey results are consistent with the latest numbers in the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After a decline in May that now appears anomalous, the latest JOLTS shows the number of unfilled jobs in the construction industry rising significantly in June.


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. Acme Tools | Rick Quinn

Keller Paving | Dean Keller

Big Sky Insulations, Inc | Jim Christ

Material Testing Services | Steve Wald

Grand Hotel | Nicole Gebeck

Souris Valley Ready Mix | Sue Stewart

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JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST WITH THE BUILDERS! Alex Martindale of NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) will visit MAB and discuss the following topics:

<What BUILD-PAC Really Does < NAHB Rebates < NAHB Behind the Scenes Work Other topics or questions can be discussed and answered in addition to the topics listed above. Registration is free and easy! Email Elysha at to register. Event to be held at MAB Offices. 606 Burdick Expy West Suite B Minot, ND 58701

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In what could be a positive development in the ongoing U.S.Canadian lumber dispute, countervailing duties on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. will be temporarily suspended between Aug. 26 and Sept. 6.




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While no one can predict with any certainty how this will affect prices, the lumber futures market is anticipating that this development could temporarily moderate the cost of lumber.



As background, the Commerce Department on April 28 imposed preliminary countervailing duties (CVD) on Canadian lumber imports into the U.S. averaging 19.88% and levied an additional anti-dumping duty in June averaging 6.87%. Under World Trade Organization rules, the CVD cash deposits are collected for four months, which would go through Aug. 25. The final CVD determination is currently scheduled for Sept. 6, but it is possible that decision could be delayed until later this year. If the decision is postponed, there will be no CVD cash deposits collected from Canadian lumber firms until a final determination is made.

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The temporary suspension of the collection of CVD duties on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. is a positive factor in setting lumber prices. However, many facets determine the cost of lumber. For example, recent wildfires in Canada have adversely affected the supply coming into the U.S. while wet weather has dampened demand.

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NAHB supports trade policies that allow access to the highest quality building materials, at a stable and predictable price. We continue to work with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to find an equitable solution that will protect home builders and American lumber consumers from the cost of unnecessary trade restrictions.





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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.




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Maximize Your Exposure in Five Easy (and Social) Steps 1. Be Consistent.

followers into the construction process, show off your construction photos, show your before photos and really tout your gorgeous after shots. You can even repurpose content by reposting the most -liked photos from the year. TIP: Your iPhone can do the trick, but don’t be afraid to invest in professional photography.

Creating a consistent brand identity for your business means posting consistently on your social platforms. Establish consistent posting habits that work with your schedule and stick to it. Nothing will hurt your business more than creating social media accounts that become dormant. TIP: Create a social media calendar or pre -schedule your posts through Hootsuite or with the Facebook scheduler tool.

3. Create Customized Ads

The language of social media is the #hashtag! This is the quickest way to show you’re social savvy, as well as organize posts, reach new followers and participate in what’s trending online. Start small: jump on the bandwagon and post your #transformationtuesday photos or #TBT (Throwback Thursday) posts. TIP: During the Parade of Homes,

be sure to use the following: #MABPOH

5. Collaborate with Others

If you’re spending the time taking great photos and 2. participating online, make sure that your posts are getting the Focus on Photos greatest reach possible. There’s nothing worse than spending your valuable time on a project that is going unseen. When it comes to Facebook, it pays to play. Boost your posts or take out customized ads for your page, focusing on a targeted audience. TIP: Promote your Parade home to potential If you’re in the home building/ customers in the city where remodeling business, you the home is located. have amazing content to share! Social media is all about 4. the visuals so start showing off your photos. Invite your Start Speaking



9 AM Alex Martindale of NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) will visit MAB and discuss the following topics: <What BUILD-PAC Really Does < NAHB Rebates < NAHB Behind the Scenes Work

Other topics or questions can be discussed and answered in addition to the topics listed above.

Start leveraging your powerful partnerships, especially during Registration is free and easy! mass-marketed events like the Parade of Homes! Email Elysha at • Follow the “2017 Parade of Homes” and share our to register. page. • • •

Share content from like minded sources. Get the MAB Affiliation badge on your Houzz profile. Share your photos with MAB and get featured on the MAB Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest page!

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Event to be held at MAB Offices. 606 Burdick Expy West Suite B Minot, ND 58701


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JAX Contracting is Borsheim Crane Service a full line of the latest your locally owned has crane equipment for electrical lease or rent, with or without an operator. They contractor!

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PROJECT OF THE MONTH Check out a couple projects Jackson Concrete just wrapped up! They can help with your flatwork and demolition needs like patios, sidewalks, driveways, basements and garage floors and snow removal! Give Jackson Concrete a call at (701-240-7173) or email them at!

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!


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 07/30/2017 from NAHB)

SUPER SPIKES: (250-499 Credits) John Coughlin (492.5) Bruce Walker (343) Todd Brady (342.5) Joe Stenvold (308.5) ROYAL SPIKES: (150-249 Credits) Gary Kramlich (205) Joel Feist (181.5) RED SPIKES: (100-149 Credits) Greg Aasmundstad (1135) GREEN SPIKES: (50-99 Credits) Rob Orts (96.5) Jim Montgomery (75.5) Bill Huber (68) John Lund (66.5) Dave Lebrun (60.5) Karen Engle (53.5) Cindy Snay (52.5) LIFE SPIKES: (25-49 Credits) Kal Larson (48.5) Joe Kraft (40) Pam Karpenko (32.5) Mitch Kraft (28) BLUE SPIKES: (6-24 Credits) Eric Wanner (18) Clyde Thorne (17) Lauri Hopwood (14.5) Matt Geinert (13) Leonard Niess (9) Dwight Flygare (8.5) Kevin Connole (6.5) Stacey Abel (6) Phil Risbrudt (6) CANDIDATES: (1-5 Credits) Todd VanDusen (3.5) Rich Priesing (3.5) Jim Christ (3) Pat Bailey (3) Christopher Dahl (3) Elysha Head (3) Sheila Melaas (2) Dale Zarr (1) Steve Siemieniewski (1) Reid Kubeseh (1) Al Schall (0.5)




DelRae Zimmerman Brokers 12, Inc.

Realtor of the Month Clyde Thorne was the Agent of the Month for July at Coldwell Banker 1st Minot Realty. Clyde can be reached at 701-240-8594 or 701-852-0136 or emailed at

Broker of the Month For July 2017 DelRae can be reached by calling 701-833-1375, 701-852-3757 and by email at Lori Soltis Brokers 12, Inc. Salesperson of the Month For July 2017

Agent of the Month Micky Venable was the Agent of the Month for June at Coldwell Banker 1st Minot Realty. Micky can be reached at 701-240-5257 or 701-852-0136 or emailed at

Lori can be reached by Calling 701-721-6455, 701-852-3757 and by email

Congratulations to Lori Soltis Minot Board of REALTORS Rookie of the Year! Brokers 12, Inc.

Meet Your Realtor Amber Alexander

Lori can be reached by calling 701-721-6455, 701-852-3757 and by email at


Being a REALTOR for 19 years has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. The people I’ve met, the things I’ve learned, have made me a better person and I hope a better REALTOR. Buying a home is a huge investment in your life. When things change and you have to sell, that is another important change. I enjoy helping with either process. When making your next move, I hope you will consider a long time REALTOR with lots of experience. I can be reached by calling 701 721-3837 or by email

I was born and raised in the Magic City and have enjoyed working as a real estate agent in my hometown for the past five years. I am also proud to work for a local and family owned general contractor, Real Builders Inc. As the sales and marketing representative I have learned about on trend building finishes and quality products and offer a unique perspective to the home buying process. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my clients and look forward to assisting you in your home buying or selling dreams! Cell: 701-500-0810 | E-mail: | Facebook: www.facebook.comAmberAlexanderColdwellBanker | Instagram: amber_cbrealtor

Watne Realtors Sales Professional of the Month for July 2017 is Judy Hoskin. Judy Hoskin can be reached by calling 721- 3837 or 852-1156 and by email at

Watne Realtors Top Producer of the Month for July 2017 is Carrie Montoya. Carrie can be reached by calling 240-0709 or 852-1156 and by email at

CENTURY 21 Congratulations Tracy Dachs our Realtor and Sales Person of the Month for July! C: 701-721-3372 O: 701-8390021



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MAB’s Executive Officer, Elysha, had the chance to attend the NAHB Association Management Conference in Denver on August 16th-19th. It was a great time to speak to other associations about their groups are run, take classes from worldrenowned speakers and learn how to better manage our Association! While there, Bryce from the Fargo HBA won the Career Achievement Award for all of her years of services. Congratulations to Bryce!

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Commercial and Residential



A great time was had by all at the Guns ‘n’ Roses Trap Shoot on August 29th! Nearly 50 people joined MAB for trap shooting, rose buying and shot gun shell stacking! Thank you to our sponsors K&R Contracting and Dakota Stone and Granite!

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

Presidents Message

Back to School Time!

Several of the key results of the survey include finding that, compared to other industries, construction businesses in the U.S. tend to serve customers within a single region, they are more likely to operate on a seasonal basis, they operate out of the business owner’s home more often, they tend to use many different subcontractors, and they are less likely to have company websites. Much of the useful information from the survey is the financial data. First of all, as many of you know, construction businesses require less start-up capital than many other businesses. Personal and family savings of the owners are the primary source of start-up capital for construction companies. Construction companies acquire bank loans for start-up capital less often than other industries. As far as profitability, the percentage of construction companies that record a profit is very similar to the other industry average. A couple of downsides, as we all know, is that construction companies are susceptible to the negative impacts from labor shortages and late or non-payment by their customers. The lower cost of entry into construction can offer opportunities to young entrepreneurs who are interested in the industry. As I wrote about a few months ago, the more we can educate children of the opportunities that the construction trades can offer them, the more likely we will be in tackling the labor shortage. The more young people we attract to the industry would then result in creating more entrepreneurs as well. I read that Colorado has recently passed a bill that requires public schools to inform high school students about the opportunities in trade schools and military service, and what they need to do to follow these career paths. Maybe this is something that we should pursue on a state level as well. Eric

September brings us cooler temperatures, football, pumpkin spice and beautiful colors. It also brings us back to chaotic school schedules and for some, empty nests as kids head off to college. A large number of baby boomers are reaching the point where their children have grown up and moved out of the house. Though the transition from full house to empty nest can be filled with excitement, it can also be filled with stress. Among numerous questions that may come to mind, you might be wondering if this is an opportunity to move and downsize to a smaller, more manageable home. Or perhaps you want to stay in your current home and repurpose the extra space.

Kim Schneider NDAB EO

The answers to these questions depend on your unique circumstances. But for those who decide to stay put—at least for the time being—now is a great time to begin considering which, if any, modifications your home may require to better suit your needs as you get older. Rather than waiting until an incident occurs, be proactive about making alterations to your home that will help you avoid potential injury. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are planning to “age in place.” Prioritize Your Wish List With the kids out of the house and more free time on your hands, you might have the urge to dive right in and tackle many of the DIY projects on your list. But first, take another look at the rooms in your house to determine which ones fit your new lifestyle, and which ones need some work. Some areas of the home might only need minor changes. Others might need to be repurposed altogether. Take the time to create a general plan and prioritize the items on your list. Focus on Improving Livability Many empty nesters hire expert remodelers to adapt their home to make it easy to use and maintain. Stairs can sometimes become a problem, but moving the master bedroom and the laundry room to the ground floor can be part of a solution. Doing so can give home owners many more years in the home they love without a sense of urgency to move to a one-story home. Building professionals who have earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation have received training on how to build or renovate a home so that the occupants can live in the home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of their age. Expand Your Space Depending on the age of your home, you may find that, for example, your master bedroom or bath is too small for comfort. Look for opportunities to expand those rooms into adjacent, unused or underutilized spaces. A remodeling professional is the best person to help you determine what your options are to build your dream master bathroom or bedroom. They can also help you find ways to create a more open floorplan that is easier to navigate for those with mobility concerns. Incorporating these changes will not only create a home that suits a changing lifestyle, they also may increase the value of your home when you eventually decide it’s time sell. To learn more, please contact our office or your local HBA. We are here to help you enjoy the transitions of the seasons and of your lifestyle. Take care, Kim

An article that I recently read by NAHB discussed the results of a special study by related to the US Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. This survey allows NAHB to compare construction to other industries. There were a few results of the study that can shed some light between the similarities and differences that construction Eric Brenden might have with other industries. Most of us NDAB Presiprobably know much of the information, but analyzing the results of the survey may help us find ways to promote construction to future entrepreneurs.

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 have 5 homes featured this year and look forward to a great event! Thank you to our presenting sponsors Bosch Lumber & Bremer Bank, major sponsors Consolidated, Liberty Doors, ReMax Integrity Realty, and Kahm Construction, and corporate sponsors Gate City Bank, & The Title Resource Network.

Dot Frank, Executive Officer 701-222-2400

The BMHBA has been actively participating in discussions on special assessments. Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary appointed a task force to research and recommend concepts. The Fall Parade of Homes will take place the last weekend of the month. Spectators can experience new construction through home tours Thursday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 1. Executive Offer Dot Frank was a panelist at the Association Management Conference in Denver. She was seated with three other officers to discuss participation by young professionals. Registration is open for all vendors to participate in the 2018 Home Show. Visit for details.

Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer 701-232-5846

Tiffaney Dolechek, Executive Officer 701-483-0044

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Each year the DABA gives out $500 scholarships to four individuals seeking higher education in a subject related to the building industry. This year our winners are Austin Karsky, Margo Binstock, Trenton Jay Davis, and Wyatt J. Johnson. The DABA is proud to support these individuals and wishes them the best of luck in their future careers. On August 10th we had our Annual Golf Scramble at the Heart River Golf Course. 68 players golfed nine holes and had a chance to win a brand new truck in a Hole-In-One contest sponsored by Sax Motors. Unfortunately no one was lucky enough to win the truck, but it was a beautiful day and everyone had a great time! Thank you to all of our Sponsors and to Sax Motors for the fun contest! The DABA Parade of Homes is September 10th and 11th. We will

dedication to Forx Builders. Betty’s retirement party will be September 14th at Lincoln Park from 5-7pm. If you wish to attend, please call the office to RSVP! The 3rd annual Chili Cook-off is in the works and will be scheduled in October. More details will be announced soon! Minot Association of Builders

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The HBA of F-M would like to welcome Summer Hammond to the HBA of F-M team as the education & development coordinator. Hammond is responsible for the HBA of F-M's education programs, including continuing education for contractors, and developing opportunities for future workforce, fundraising and endowment growth for the Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation. Over 20 HBA members attended a Lunch Session to learn how to market your company. HBA member Rachael Boyer, CEO of The Coatings Authority, Inc., led the class covering effective marketing techniques, online presence and creating a strong brand. In July, a free lunch was provided to over 180 members at the HBA's annual Muddy Boots Picnic. In August, dinner was provided to over 180 members at the Associate Appreciation & Family Picnic. The Fall Parade of Home is Sept. 1617 & 23-24 and the Remodeled Home Tour is Sept. 23-24. There will be 53 new homes and five remodel projects. Prior to the start of the parade, local high school students will tour a few homes with the builders to promote careers in the trades.

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

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

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Our Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for September 7th at Kings Walk Golf Course. Please come help us celebrate Betty McDonald and her 19 years of North Dakota Association of Builders The MAB Homefront | 14 | September 2017

Birdie with the Builders was a hit! Almost 100 golfers enjoyed golfing 18 holes at the Minot Country Club on July 31st. The day was full of contests, good food and drinks. 14 sponsors partook in the Hole Sponsor Contest with Bremer Bank winning. Their combination of steak skewers and a tasty drink named John Daly won our hearts and won them $100 of their 2018 Home and Garden Show booth. Congratulations to all participants and contest winner. The Guns ‘n’ Roses Trap Shoot is headed our way on August 29th at the Minot Gun Club. Spend an evening on the range and before you leave, pick up a dozen roses for $20 for your someone special! The 2017 Parade of Homes is scheduled for September 16th from 10AM to 4PM. This year’s Parade route features 11 masterfully crafted homes in Minot and Burlington. Ticket pre-sales have already started and MAB anticipates a great turn out.

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WABA hosted its 2nd Annual Clay Shoot and Membership Appreciation Picnic on Thursday, August 17th at Painted Woods Sporting Range. The golf scramble was held on Tuesday, August 29that Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Parade of Homes will be held in late September. For additional information on upcoming events, visit:

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