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The MAB

Homefront Winter 2019

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

BUILDERS’ BASH RECAP RESPONDING TO SOCIAL MEDIA ATTACKS REGISTER NOW FOR BUSY BUILDER TABLE TALK ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS MOVE FORWARD GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN COULD AFFECT HOUSING


BUILDING OFFICIALS ROUNDTABLE Hosted by the Minot Association of Builders and Bremer Bank . Please join our area’s building representatives at the Building Officials Roundtable. One of the benefits of your membership to the Minot Association of Builders is our advocacy work on your behalf. While you’re in the office or out on the site, we’re communicating with city and county leaders to ensure your needs are met and that rules and regulations help, not hinder your business. Be sure to visit www.minotab.com/events for additional events and activities. Moderated by Minot City Manager Tom Barry

Create a shared vision of opportunities

Real Time Question and Answer Session

CITY AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP TOM BARRY City Manager City of Minot

LANCE MEYER City Engineer City of Minot

DAN JONASSON Public Works Director City of Minot

LANCE LANG Principal Planner City of Minot

MITCH FLANAGAN Building Official City of Minot

RON MERRITT Executive Director Minot Park District

DEAN LENERTZ Fire Marshal City of Minot

DAMON DRUSE Assistant Assessor City of Minot

LEO SCHMIDT Building Inspector Ward County

Location: Roosevelt Park Zoo Auditorium Room 1219 Burdick Expy East Minot, ND 58701

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23 2019

Space is limited! To attend, please register at www.minotab.com/roundtable or email contact@minotab.com $10 to attend Lunch will be served!

11:30 AM - 1 PM

About the Roundtable: The Roundtable offers a unique forum for building officials to answer questions from the MAB membership, board of directors and highlight upcoming projects. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the discussion and submit questions ahead of time.


The MAB

Homefront contents 4

Letter from the President

29-30 National News

4

Memo from the EO

5

PAC Corner

6-9

Membership

10

Staying Connected

30

Recruiting the Next Generation

13

2019 Events

7-8

Bash Recap

15-16

Contracting Concerns

10

Social Media Attacks

17, 19

MAB Update

14

Busy Builder Table Talk

20

Realtors in the News

15

Association Health Plans

21-24

City, County and State

29

Shutdown Affects Housing

25-27

NDAB News

ON THE COVER

ADVERTISING DIRECTORY cleantechllc.us

SERVICES OFFERED Portable Toilet Rentals Certified Septic System Install/Repair and Inspection

Septic Tank Pumping Floor Drains Grease Trap Pumping Hydro Jetting

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A-1 Evans Septic

2

Gravel Products

16

Ackerman Estvold

15

Houston Engineering

19

Acme Tools

11-12

Kipp's Heating & Air

3

Acme Tools

22

Landsiedel's Heating & Air Conditioning 26

All-State Contracting

3

Lite-Form of Minot

24

B & B Insulation

2

Menards

Back cover

Blake Krabseth

3

Mindt Construction

10

Bremer Bank

10

Minot Lumber and Hardware

25

Clean Tech

2

Minot Sash & Door

10

Coldwell Banker

Back cover

North Dakota Guaranty & Title

22

Concrete Mobile

24

North Star Steel

6

Connole & Somerville

25

Northern Prairie Home Improvement

16

Dacotah Bank

29

Prairie Supply

3

Dakota Fence

Back cover

Ready Builders

16

Dawn Rasmussen

24

Real Builders

3

Dig It Up

2

Signal Realtors

16

Farroh Roof Truss

29

Souris River Designs

6

Ferguson

26

SRT

3

First International Bank & Trust

17

SVR

16

First Western Bank & Trust

10

Tollefson's Carpetland

2

First Western Insurance

5

United Rentals

22

Front Street Lighting

24

Verendrye Electric Cooperative

23

Future Builders

24

Watne Realtors

30

Glass Doctor

10

Xcel Energy

Back cover

Grand Hotel

10

MINOT ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS


2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PAT BAILEY - PRESIDENT

PHIL RISBRUDT

Muus Lumber & Hardware

K & R Contracting

PAT GRANER - VICE PRESIDENT

BOYD SIVERTSON

Craft Builders

Pella Windows and Doors

MELISSA FRANCISCO IMM. PAST PRESIDENT

Minot Lumber and Hardware

SHANE LIDER

Dakota Stone and Granite

KASPER ZIEGLER

CHRIS DAHL

Burdick Job Corps

United Rentals

BRUCE WALKER - SENIOR LIFE DIRECTOR Coldwell Banker

ROB ORTS

Verendrye Electric

JOE STENVOLD - LIFE DIRECTOR

AL SCHALL

JAX Contracting

Northstar Steel

STAFF

DAWN RASMUSSEN

Executive Officer: Elysha Head

Century 21 Action Realtors

2019 COMMITTEES EXECUTIVE

PARADE OF HOMES

Pat Bailey, Pat Graner, Melissa Francisco, Bruce Walker

DelRae Zimmerman, Mataya Lafontaine, Kimberly Keller, Renata Buen, Pat Bailey

HOME & GARDEN SHOW

GUNS ‘N’ ROSES SHOOTOUT

Kasper Ziegler, Loren Vannett, Morgan Bosch, Chelsea Gleich, Minda Stockdill, Mike Frank, Shane Lider

Pat Bailey, Casey Erickson

STRATEGIC VISIONING New Committee! Spots open now!

MEMBERSHIP GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

Rob Orts, Dawn Rasmussen, Melissa Francisco, Chris Dahl

New Committee! Spots open now!

EVENTS

Rob Orts, Phil Risbrudt, Lauri Hopwood, Amanda Geinert, Chris Dahl Your membership with MAB automatically enrolls you in: Minot Association of Builders North Dakota Association of Builders National Association of Home Builders

The MAB Homefront is the official publication of the Minot Association of Builders (MAB). The MAB Homefront is published four 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 www.minotab.com | contact@minotab.com Like us! www.facebook.com/minotab Follow us! www.twitter.com/minotbuilders Pinterest with us! www.pinterest.com/minotab The MAB Homefront || 3 || Winter 2019

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT PAT BAILEY 2019 MAB PRESIDENT

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT Hello fellow MAB members, Happy New Year! I hope this letter finds that everyone had a great holiday and are looking forward to a successful and fulfilling 2019. This is my first letter to you as the 2019 MAB President and I can’t express how honored I am to serve as your president this next year. I look forward to my term as president and want to make it my main focus to grow the membership by 25 to 30 %. It will take all of our efforts, from the builder member, associate member, affiliate member, and the MAB Board of Directors. It is a lofty goal but if we all work together I think great things are achievable. I am excited in the direction the MAB is heading and can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us. From the 40 Below Council, Bags and Builders Cornhole Tournament, the Guns and Roses

Shootout, Birdie with the Builders, Builders’ Bash, and more. The turn out we have seen the past year at these events was awesome! Keep the involvement in the MAB coming! Membership and member involvement drive any successful association. That’s why I feel the future of the MAB is bright. I would also like to take a moment and thank Melissa for the last year as our President of the MAB and look forward to her continued involvement in the MAB and its future successes. I also want to express a thank the MAB membership and the Board of Directors for the continued support that you give selflessly to the MAB. In closing, let me say once again I am honored to be the 2019 MAB president and hope everybody has a prosperous and memorable 2019!

MEMO FROM THE EO ELYSHA HEAD MAB EXECUTIVE OFFICER

OUR MEMBERS MATTER 2019 is the year of membership at the MAB. That means we’re looking forward to growing our membership but also reaching out to current members and telling them how much we appreciate them sticking with us! We all know the building industry has been sluggish the past few years and dollars are tight. The fact that our members continue to support us by being members and sponsoring our many events, really means something to us. Our members joined the MAB because they believe in the building industry and we believe in them.

with us! We hope to continue that trend in 2019! So why attend these events? It helps us continue our mission. As the leading voice for builders and remodelers, we help our members build their business through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. We are the glue that brings this industry together and unites us as a powerhouse in so many ways. Join us as our upcoming events! We want to see you and we take joy in providing you the opportunity to grow your business.

In 2018, we revamped a lot of our events and saw a massive improvement in attendance. We saw something was missing and wanted to come up with better ways for you to spend your time

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MEMBERSHIP

MEMBER BENEFITS Have you heard of www.ndabrebates.com? These rebates are builder specific and available to ALL of our builder members! Save money on products you already buy! In about 10 minutes each month, you can easily make up the cost of your membership!

PAC CORNER Through participation in Builders’ Bingo and PAC pin purchases at the Builders’ Bash on December 5th, the MAB was able to raise over $550 for NDAB–PAC! Those dollars all go to making our members’ voices heard at a state level. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and money to make such a contribution happen!

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MEMBERSHIP

RENEWALS

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our members who renewed their membership or newsletter advertisement this season! Your continued support of the Minot Association of Builders helps us continue to work for you at a local, state and nationallevel. Absolute Comfort | Ryan Conklin

Ackerman Surveying | Rollan Ackerman

www.facebook.com/AbsoluteComfortMinot

www.ackerman-estvold.com/ackermansurveying

B & B Insulation | Jody Braasch

Bremer Bank | Jason Bentley

Century 21 Action Realtors | Lisa Olson

City of Minot | Mike Murphy

Connole and Sommerville | Julie Drady www.connolesomervilleheating.com

Craft Builders | Joe Kraft

Dakota Stone and Granite | Melissa Francisco

First International Bank & Trust | Karen Engle

Grand Hotel

Hebron Brick and Block Supply | Phil Berg

Hight Construction | Jay Hight

Houston Engineering | Dave Schwengler

iHeart Media | Wendy Bailey www.iheart.com

Landsiedel’s Heating & Air Conditioning | Larry Landsiedel

Minot Sash & Door | Myron Feist

ND Guaranty | Paula Bachmeier

Northridge Villas | Toni Meyer

Prairie Engineering | Jason Hunze

RDO Equipment | Brad Murphy

Signal Realtors | Mike Pellenwessel

SRT Communications | Casey Sidener

Tollefson’s Inc. | Brandon Tollefson

www.bbinsulation.com

www.bremer.com

www.minotsells.com

www.minotnd.org

www.dakotastoneandgranite.com

www.firstintlbank.com

www.grandhotelminot.com

www.hebronsupply.com/minot

www.hightconstruction.com

www.houstoneng.com

www.minotsash.com

www.thetitleteam.com

www.northridge-villas.com

www.prairieengineeringpc.com

www.rdoequipment.com

www.minothomesearch.com

www.srt.com

www.carpetlandfloors.com

Wells Fargo Bank | Tom Jones www.wellsfargo.com

www.nahb.org/savings

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Thank you Thank you to our sponsors

to Gravel Products Inc and Concrete Mobile for putting together such a festive and fun event for all of us at the Minot Association of Builders! The Builders' Bash was the perfect way to wrap up 2018!

Gravel Products Inc, Concrete Mobile, First International Bank & Trust, Souris Valley Ready Mix, Minot Sash N' Door, First Western Insurance, Dacotah Bank, Craft Builders, SRT Communications and Burdick Job Corps Center!


Congratulations to all of the New Member Recruitment – Gene Beau Lac Jr

Spike Recognition – John Coughlin BEAM Award Winner – Souris River Designs Dan Feist Extra Mile Award Winner – Gravel Products Citizen of the Year – Chad and Angie Thompson Associate of the Year – Houston Engineering Builder of the Year – All-State Contracting Best Dressed Award – Matthew Jon Geinert

2018

award winners!


MEMBERSHIP

MAB’S NEWEST MEMBERS

October - December 2018 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.

WOLLA PLUMBING

SAUNDERS CONTRACTING

Kris Wolla 701-721-1000 www.wollaplumbing.com

Nick Saunders 701-340-3967 www.facebook.com/SaundersContractingMinot

FLOWER BOX

CONTRACTORS SUPPLY

Tammy Holen 701-838-9302 www.flowerboxnd.com

Ken Salwey 701-214-5799 www.srsdistribution.com

STEVICK BUSINESS SPECIALTIES

STEVE BOGDEN STEVICK BUSINESS SPECIALTIES

Brent Berntsen 701-838-4546 www.stevicks.com

MAKIN’ SAWDUST Kevin Regala 701-240-2776 www.makin’sawdust.com

Steven Bogden 701-240-4129 www.stevicks.com

YOU COULD BE THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE MAB! CONTACT US AT 701-852-0496 TO LEARN MORE!

NEW MEMBER RECRUITERS

Thanks to these members who have help grow our Minot Association of Builders community by recruiting new companies to join our association.

1

GENE BEAU LAC Future Builders

1

HALLIE LOCK Gravel Products

2

PAT BAILEY Muus Lumber and Hardware

1

JOE STENVOLD JAX Contracting

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 (contact@minotab.com or 852-0496) and she’ll take it from there! (Reported thru 01/3/2019 from NAHB)

STATESMEN: (500-999 Credits) John Coughlin (503.5) SUPER SPIKES: (250-499 Credits) Bruce Walker (360) Todd Brady (354) Joe Stenvold (316.5) ROYAL SPIKES: (150-249 Credits) Gary Kramlich (206.5) Joel Feist (193.5) RED SPIKES: (100-149 Credits) Greg Aasmundstad (119) GREEN SPIKES: (50-99 Credits) Rob Orts (103) Dave Lebrun (70.5) John Lund (65.5) Bill Huber (68) Cindy Snay (59.5) Kal Larson (56) Karen Engle (54) LIFE SPIKES: (25-49 Credits) Joe Kraft (40) Pam Karpenko (34) Mitch Kraft (29) BLUE SPIKES: (6-24 Credits) Clyde Thorne (18) Lauri Hopwood (15) Matt Geinert (13.5) Dwight Flygare (9) Stacey Abel (8) Kevin Connole (7) Phil Risbrudt (6) CANDIDATES: (1-5 Credits) Christopher Dahl (5) Todd VanDusen (4.5) Elysha Head (4) Pat Bailey (3) Dale Zarr (1) Melissa Francisco (1) Al Schall (0.5)

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STAYING CONNECTED

BUILDERS UNDER FIRE RESPONDING TO SOCIAL MEDIA ATTACKS Businesses increasingly rely on the internet and social media to attract and retain customers. Responding to online attacks is critical to maintain a strong online reputation. Even one incident can ruin a company’s reputation and cause customers to go elsewhere. Gone are the days when complaints were spread through mouth of word. Attacking a company online is easier and more effective. Anyone can post a bad Facebook review or damaging Twitter post. More sophisticated attackers can impersonate a company online, hack accounts, and reach millions of users often before a company ever notices.

PROACTIVE MEASURES

Harm posed by an attack is greater if the victim company has no detection or response plans in place. There are steps a company can take to limit the harm caused by an attack. MANAGE AND MONITOR. A company should invest in continuously monitoring its online presence. COMPLAINT PROCEDURE. A company should create clear procedures with a designated team to investigate and respond to posts containing damaging rumors or misleading information. The faster company responds to complaints, the more likely any single attack can be contained.

COMBATTING AN ATTACK

1 DO NOT ACT IMPULSIVELY OR RELTATIATE. The initial reaction to a social

media attack is to strike back. A vengeful response, without fully understanding the attack, can do more harm than good. Instead, take a deep breath, consider options and make a proper response.

PLACE YOUR AD HERE! Call the MAB office to find out more. 852-0496

2 IDENTIFY THE NATURE, SOURCE, AND EXTENT OF THE ATTACK. It is crucial (but not always easy) to identify the attackers. Anonymous posting is very common. If the attacker(s) cannot be identified, a company should at least identify the type of the attacker, who may be angry or dissatisfied. 3 EVAULATE POTENTIAL RESPONSES. A. Contact Media Platform. Contact the platform directly or utilize the provider’s reporting mechanisms. For example, Twitter and Facebook allow reporting and blocking of harmful or abusive users. If the damage can be contained using these procedures, this should be the first option. B. Contact the Known Attacker Directly. A disgruntled customer or employee may respond more positively if contacted personally. Research has found that approximately 1/3 of customers receiving a personal response to their negative review deleted the negative review and/or posted a positive review. C. Reaching Out to the Unknown Attacker. By posting a polite message asking the attacker to contact the company directly, a company may cure the underlying problem that triggered the online attack, and will show other viewers that the company is attentive to its customers. D. Issue Public Statement. The more individuals publicly expressing concern, the more appropriate a public statement becomes. The message should focus on affirmative steps taking to remedy a legitimate concern raised by an attacker. 4 LEGAL ACTION. A final option is to pursue legal action. While defamation

claims are notoriously difficult to prove, some organizations have been successful against blatant and unfair attackers.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

2019 EVENT SCHEDULE JAN. 23

FEB. 7

MAR. 1 & 2

MAY 17TH

JUNE

BUILDING OFFICIALS

ROUNDTABLE

APRIL

I LIKE

More details coming soon!

IKE month JULY 29

AUGUST 27th

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DEC. 5TH

I LIKE

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BELO W

Grow your business by growing your industry connections with 40 Below and 40 Above alike! What should you expect from Table Talk? At this new event sponsored by Tollefson’s Carpetland, we’ll enjoy drinks and appetizers from 4-4:30 PM. Then we’ll split up into groups and you’ll introduce yourself to four new friends at each table. You’ll answer questions about work, life and fun stuff! After a few minutes, we’ll switch tables and you’ll meet four new people! The goal of the evening is to build relationships in a lively, low pressure environment.


CONTRACTING CONCERNS

ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS MOVING FORWARD NAHB has been a long-time proponent of association health plans (AHPs), which empower small businesses to pool together to purchase health insurance plans for their employees. On Oct. 12, President Trump signed an executive order with NAHB First Vice Chairman Randy Noel standing by his side directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to implement new regulations to ease restrictions on AHPs. On Jun. 19, NAHB welcomed the issuance of a final rule by DOL expanding the ability of small businesses to join together locally or across state lines through a bona fide industry, professional, or trade association to become large purchasers of health insurance. Further, the new guidelines allow sole proprietorships and independent contractors to participate in an AHP, expanding access to affordable health coverage to small employers and selfemployed individuals. All associations (new or existing) may establish a fully-insured AHP on Sept. 1, 2018. Existing associations that sponsored an AHP on or before the date the final rule was published may restructure their AHP to be self-funded on Jan 1, 2019. All other associations (new or existing) may establish a self-funded AHP on April 1, 2019.

NAHB does not offer a health insurance benefit to our members at this time. NAHB has remained engaged with Congress, DOL and the White House on the new rule from start to finish and will continue to monitor its implementation. Through the work of a member-driven task force, we are determining what our best opportunities – and those of our affiliated HBAs – may be. Why It Matters Smaller employers face significant challenges in negotiating high-quality health care at costs that they and their employees can afford. AHPs can lower costs for employers and workers by putting small businesses on an equal footing with larger employers and unions when it comes to negotiating lower insurance rates. Moreover, with the construction industry facing a severe labor shortage, allowing small residential home building firms to offer competitive health care benefits at affordable rates will help them to attract and retain talented workers.

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CONTRACTING CONCERNS

NEGOTIATE NOW American home builders need access to reasonably priced lumber to build homes that average working families can afford. However, U.S. domestic production is not sufficient to meet demand. And the Trump administration's 20-percent tariffs on imported Canadian softwood lumber are needlessly increasing lumber prices.

Specializing In All Types of Real Estate 701-852-3505 1541 South Broadway*Minot Today's record high lumber prices are hurting home builders and home buyers. 800-735-4065 Since January 2017, rising lumber prices — made worse by the tariffs — have office@signalrealtors.com

increased the price of an average single-family home by several thousands of dollars. This additional cost has effectively priced out more than 1.1 million households nationwide from the housing market. What's worse, large U.S. lumber companies are unfairly profiting at the expense of American families and small businesses. Why It Matters The tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber are acting as a tax on American home builders and home buyers, making housing less affordable for American families and forcing builders to look overseas to other markets, including Sweden, Germany and Russia, in order to meet demand. That is why it is imperative that the Trump administration resumes talks with Canada to find a long-term solution to the trade dispute that will ensure American home builders and consumers have access to a reliable supply of softwood lumber at reasonable prices. Solutions America cannot meet the nation’s demand for softwood lumber, therefore, NAHB believes the following steps should be taken:

•Rescind the lumber duties and negotiate a settlement to address American home builder concerns regarding price and availability of lumber. NAHB is meeting with representatives of the Trump administration and Congress, as well as Canadian federal and provincial officials, to achieve this goal, most recently sending a letter Oct. 3 to the president asking for a return to negotiations.

•Boost domestic production by seeking higher targets for timber sales from publicly-owned lands and opening up additional federal forest lands for logging in an environmentally sustainable manner.

•Reduce U.S. lumber exports. Domestic producers are selling abroad to China and other international clients in order to increase profits. Exporting timber should be discouraged when there is a gaping need at home.

•Seek out new markets to reduce our nation’s reliance on Canadian lumber imports and make up for our domestic shortfall. NAHB met with Chilean government, trade and industry officials that focused on increasing exports of softwood lumber to America. Other potential markets include Brazil.

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MAB UPDATE

40 BELOW STARTS STRONG The MAB 40 Below hosted their first event on November 7th! Bags ‘n Builders was a hit with both the 40 Below and 40 Above crowd. The MAB would like to extend a special thanks to event sponsors First International Bank & Trust, Lowe's Garden Center and Floral, Gate City Bank and Muus Lumber & Hardware! The Lowe’s Garden Center team took home the trophy and $50 gift cards. Ron Rudser and Cole Stober won second place and $25 gift cards to The Starving Rooster who also provided the awesome appetizers!

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST 12 PM - 8 PM SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND 10 AM - 5 PM

NDSF CENTER MAGIC PLACE ROOM CHECK OUT THE NEW WAYS TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS AT WWW.MINOTAB.COM/HOMESHOW!

Want to be a vendor? Select your booth space and register online at

www.minotab.com/homeshow

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MAB UPDATE

WELCOME, ALYX!

STARTING 2019 BY GIVING BACK

We're happy to welcome our newest board member, Alyx Pederson! She has been a realtor at Brokers 12 since 2015. We're sure she'll make a great addition to the team. Welcome, Alyx!

The Minot Association of Builders started 2019 the right way! Members of the MAB Board of Directors along with members of the MAB 40 Below Council helped fight hunger by volunteering at Minot Souris Valley United Way with Backpack Buddies Minot! Part of the MAB’s goal in 2019 is to become a bigger part of the community and give back! We’re excited for more opportunities to help those in need!

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REALTORS IN THE NEWS

WATNE REALTORS TOP PRODUCER

WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF THE NDAB'S LEGISLATIVE PULSE! The 66th Legislative Session is underway! The North Dakota Association of Builders lobbying team is ready to proudly represent you at this years session. All three of the NDAB staff is registered as lobbyists this year and our work is well underway. As members of the NDAB Government Affairs committee, led by Chairman Jason Eid of Fargo-Moorhead and supported by Vice Chairman, Eric Brenden of Bismarck-Mandan, you will be receiving this weekly email that recaps the previous week and updates of what is to come. Additional emails will be sent regarding possible votes or the needs for conference calls. Most importantly, please ensure you are watching the important CALL TO ACTION emails where we will be enlisting your help with contacting your local legislators encouraging them to vote either in support or against certain legislation.

In addition to our weekly updates, the NDAB Legislative Bulletin will be sent every two weeks to the full membership updating on the progress of the legislative session along with any CALL TO ACTION emails.

BROKERS 12

Congratulations, Carrie Montoya, Watne Realtors Top Producer of the Month for October 2018. Carrie can be reached by calling 702 240-0709 or 852-1156 and by email at carriecornhusker@aol.com.

SALES PROFESSIONAL Congratulations, Leigh Ann Perdue, Watne Realtors Sales Professional of the Month for October 2018. Leigh Ann can be reached by calling 701 621-0150 or 8521156 and by email at LeighAnn@minothomes.com. MEET YOUR REALTOR - ALI RYAN During the past years, I have appreciated the wonderful clients that I have been able to work with. Finding the best home is a serious search. It is a time of many decisions and some on-going stress, as requirements are laid out and deadlines need to be met. Knowing what to expect as a buyer or seller helps the process along and leads to a successful closing. If you would like my assistance – I can be reached at 701 720-9004 or email at amryan66@yahoo.com.

THE MAB GOES MOBILE Share your cell phone number to receive periodic alerts about events and special member -only offers! Head to the link below to sign up! www.minotab.com/ texting

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CITY, COUNTY AND STATE

LEGISLATURE BEGINS 2019 WORK

MINOT BUILDING PERMITS 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0

840 1056 363 292

1133 598 191

209 60 38 95 2 53

181

68

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Single Family

Multi-Family

WARD COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS 43

50 40 30 20 10 0

33 18 5 2012

17

5

4 2013

2014

2015

Single Family

$600 $550 $500 $450 $400 $350 $300 $250

2

9

9 6

2

2016

2017

13

2018

Commercial

2015-2018 LUMBER PRICES

While the federal government shutdown doesn't have an end in sight, North Dakota's legislature went back to work in early January and there's a number of bills going forward that could be significant. One of the top priorities will be Operation Prairie Dog, a bill Republicans introduced this summer which will get infrastructure money to counties and towns outside of North Dakota's oil country. Rep. Jason Dockter, R-Bismarck, says that bill will start in the taxation committee. North Dakota lawmakers are also looking to get rid of income tax on active and retired military members Other bills that will likely be looked at early on are marijuana decriminalization and record expungement changes. Rep Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo, who is working on these two, said in November these bills would be a continuation on some of the justice reinvestment bills from last session.

CRAMER’S 5 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT The Senate Republican Conference placed Cramer on the Armed Forces, Environment and Public Works, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Veterans Affairs and Budget committees. 2015

2016

2017

During his time in the House of Representatives, Cramer most recently served on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

2018

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.

MINOT BUILDING PERMITS - DECEMBER 2018 BUILDING PERMIT TYPE

NUMBER OF PERMITS

PERMIT VALUATION

Single Family Dwelling

3

$222,000.00

Hospitals and Institutions

1

$82,676,409.00

Residential Remodel & Addition

4

$100,000.00

Commercial Remodel & Addition

2

$697,000.00

Detached Garages & Carports

1

$15,000.00

Egress Windows

1

$1,200.00

Mobile Home

1

$3,000.00

Demolition Residential

1

$12,000.00

Demolition Commercial

7

$458,000.00

TOTAL

21

$84,184,609.00

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CITY, COUNTY AND STATE

FLOOD CONTROL WORK CONTINUES Flood protection contractors executed one of the largest concrete pours to date, this will form lower walls of the Broadway Pump Station on the MI-1 4th Avenue flood protection project in Minot. The walls will be between 1.5 and 4 feet thick, and measure 26 feet high. It is estimated that 410 cubic yards of concrete will be needed, the equivalent of more than 40 truckloads. “It’s nice to see that contractors are taking advantage of warmer than average weather to catch up on their scheduled timeline of work in this area.” said David Ashley, Souris River Joint Board chairman. “Once the Maple Diversion is complete, this pump station will collect the storm water runoff from 2,260 acres of Minot – almost all of north Minot. With the underground utility work being done over the next couple of years, all that new piping and consequent water runoff will be directed to the pump station and not have to go through the base of the floodwalls. This makes the floodwalls, homes and businesses even more secure.” The Broadway Pump Station, a storm water pump station at the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue, makes up a substantial piece of the Phase MI-1 4th Avenue floodwall project, and when finished will be able to pump 180,000 gallons of water per minute. Park Construction anticipates substantial completion of the pump station in 2019. Once completed, the Broadway Pump Station will be one of, if not the largest storm water pump station in the state. The Phase MI-1 Fourth Avenue enhanced flood protection project is a six block stretch of levees, floodwalls, a new sanitary lift station, and a major storm water pump station from just west of Broadway to the east side of Third Street NE.

ARMSTRONG SWORN IN The 435 members of the U.S. House were sworn in together by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was selected by the now majority Democrats. North Dakota Republican Kelly Armstrong was in that crowd taking the oath of office. Armstrong says he's ready to take up the fight over the wall, adding that it's just as important in North Dakota as it is on the southern border.

The House's first item of business is to pass a spending bill to reopen the part of the government that shut down that has no end in sight.

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THE WARD COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN Ward County is in the process of developing a Comprehensive and Transportation Plan to help prepare the County for the future. The Plan is a tool to maintain and improve quality of life for the County’s residents and to build a more resilient County. Public input is essential to understanding the issues and opportunities facing the County now and in the future. Opportunities for public input will be announced through multiple communication techniques including this website. The Ward County Comprehensive Plan will be an official document adopted by the Ward County Board of County Commissioners as a policy guide, vision, and roadmap for the future. The planning process will focus on land use, transportation, and physical infrastructure especially in the rural part of the County. However, additional topics are expected to emerge during the public input activities. The planning process will identify critical topics and develop strategies to address these topics. The Comprehensive Plan is expected to be completed by March 2019, and will be followed by updates to the County’s zoning and subdivision regulations.

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“If the increased activity is indicative of more young families, both those new to North Dakota and life-long residents, pursuing homeownership, that’s good for all of North Dakota because homeowners are typically more invested in their community than renters,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

NDHFA’s loan production was 134 percent higher in 2018 than the previous year. Activity peaked in May when NDHFA received 246 reservations for $41.5 million in financing. The agency’s staff attributes some of the increased demand to the interest rates it was able to offer this past year. “A favorable market for the mortgage-revenue bonds that fund our FirstHome program allowed NDHFA to offer financing for most of the year at a rate that was lower than what was available in the conventional marketplace,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA homeownership division director. “The one-half of one percent or more rate difference results in significant savings on monthly payments.” This past year, two-thirds of FirstHome program users also utilized the down payment and closing cost assistance NDHFA offers. “The assistance allows first -time buyers to enter the market sooner or to retain their savings for household expenses they didn’t have as renters like purchasing a lawn mower or snow blower,” said Flohr. The purchase price of single-family homes financed through NDHFA’s FirstHome program cannot exceed $271,164 to $303,882, depending on household size and the county in which the property is located. The average FirstHome loan purchased in 2018 was just under $166,000. The program is available to state residents earning up to $98,900 who have not owned a home in the last three years. The average FirstHome borrower’s household income in 2018 was $58,600. In addition to the FirstHome loans NDHFA purchased, the agency’s production total for the year includes its HomeAccesss loans, a program for special needs households who may have previously owned a home, and North Dakota Roots, a program that assists moderate-income buyers who may have previously owned a home and first-time buyers whose income exceeds the FirstHome program limits. In an average year, NDHFA purchases 1,200 loans. Private-sector lenders originate loans on the agency’s behalf in communities statewide and sell them to NDHFA when the loans close. Currently 47 financial institutions across the state are partnered with the agency to offer its financing. The greatest overall program use is in Cass and Burleigh/Morton counties. NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency. More information about NDHFA’s homeownership programs is available online at www.ndhfa.org.

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NDAB NEWS KIM SCHNEIDER

NDAB CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR Happy New Year and welcome 2019! All of us at North Dakota Association of Builders are excited to welcome a new year, new possibilities, new journeys, new challenges and new friends. A new year is the first day to 365 days of unwritten pages to make of them what you want! We wish you all the best with your health, with your families and with your businesses. If you were able to join us for our banquet, we hope you had as much fun as we did. Celebrating our award winners, recognizing all our members and volunteers, and reflecting on a very busy, yet successful 2018! We truly value all our Board Members and the time and dedication they put into serving on the board. We also send our heartfelt thank you to the board members families for the time away. Thank You!

January 3rd is the first official day of the 66th Legislative Assembly. The ND Legislature is made up of two chambers. Two representatives and one senator are elected from each district. The House of Representatives has 94 members and the Senate has a total of 47. North Dakota is unique in that the legislature meets bi-annually in odd numbered years and are restricted to being able to meet a total of 80 days once gaveled in which means this session will end by April 26, 2019. Please be watching your emails for Call to Action requests

where you will be asked to reach out to your local representatives and senators regarding bills that impact our industry. Your voice is important to the legislators and make a big impact to their final vote. We will also be hosting various events and invite you to join us. If you plan to make a special trip to the ND Capitol, please let our It’s my honor to get to introduce you to our newest board office know. We always welcome guests and enjoy having members that join in representing your best interest at the the opportunity to show you around the capitol building, NDAB Board of Directors meetings: introduce you to the legislators and share with you the various committee hearings that might interest you to sit in Incoming Board Members: on. In ND, we are very fortunate to have great accessibility § HBA of Fargo-Moorhead: Kim Hochhalter to our Legislators and be active in the legislative process. § Minot Assoc. of Builders: Kasper Ziegler § Western Area BA: Terry Olin

January is also the month to renew your sponsorships or sign up for one! Your company can be an annual sponsor or maybe you are interested in just one of our statewide events. We have many great options and opportunities to display your logo be provided recognition. If interested in learning more, please contact our office at 701-222-2401 or visit our website for details.

Cheers to a New Year, I look forward to an exciting year ahead!

Make this year a year of finding, of fulfillment, of joy, peace and purpose! Take care, Kim Schneider

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NDAB NEWS BOB HORAB NDAB 2019 PRESIDENT

I would first like to thank those who attended the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in Williston on November 29th. It’s always a welcome opportunity when we can host state-wide members along with local association members. Congratulations to all the award winners of their achievements this past year. Members who stand out and are revered by their peers, motivate us to all do what we can to support our industry and the state association. That same night, the 2019 North Dakota Association of Builders Board of Directors were installed along with myself in the role of President of which I am truly humbled. I want to thank Dan Lindquist for his support and know I have big shoes to fill following his presidency.

I’ll make a quick mention of the International Builders Show in Las Vegas which is February 18 – 21. We will again co-host the State Reception with other Area 10 state associations on Tuesday, February 19 at the Westgate. I urge all of you attending to stop in and say hello. This is a great way to build relationships with those in our area caucus.

Again, I want to thank the outgoing 2018 Board of Directors for their dedication and work on behalf of builders and the interests of the industry, and I look forward to the upcoming year. Wishing everyone a safe and blessed holiday season. Bob

We are heading into a legislative year and one of the benefits as a member you can rely on is legislative advocacy representing the association during session. By staying on top of the activity of bills that affect the building industry, we have an advantage of having someone there to promote and protect us while we’re at work. With that said, if any members hear of information that could lead to a potential change in business practices, laws etc., please reach to Kim Schneider, CEO at the state office and/or myself. An additional contact is Jason Eid, Government Affairs Chair who is also available to assist with any upcoming issues as session convenes January 3.

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AROUND THE STATE DICKINSON AREA BUILDERS ASSOC. LINDSAY LANGE, EXECUTIVE OFFICER 701-483-0044 | DICKINSONAREABUILDERS.COM • The 2019 Home Show is less than 6 months away. We are gearing up for another great turnout April 6th & 7th at the West River Ice Center. HOME BUILDERS ASSOC. OF FARGO-MOORHEAD BRYCE JOHNSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 701-232-5846 | HBAFM.COM A top priority for our Association and charity continues to be workforce; here are a few things we are doing to act on this issue: • Fundraise $1 million for the North Dakota State College of Science Career Workforce Academy. The HBA has already raised almost $500,000! • Hosted the Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo on Nov. 30. This event reaches over 3,000 ninth-grade students, giving them hands-on experiences of the trades and more! • Worked with local NAHB Student Chapters to critique their International Builders' Show presentations. • The New Year Celebration & City Night Jan. 24 will feature newly elected Mayors Johnathan Judd (Moorhead) and Bernie Dardis (West Fargo), as well as Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and Horace Mayor Kory Peterson. • Following our Education Summit, the HBA of F-M is hosting its third annual Trade Showcase. This mini trade show allows vendors to talk with attendees finishing up continuing education courses for building contractors, plumbers and power limited technicians. WESTERN AREA BUILDERS ASSOCIATION AMBER ELIZONDO, EXECUTIVE OFFICER 701-572-5744 | WILLISTONBUILDERS.COM 2019 Home and Garden Show planning is in full swing. We are looking to add more “Kids” items at the event. Kids will get the parents in the door! BISMARCK MANDAN HOMEBUILDERS ASSOC. DOT FRANK, EXECUTIVE OFFICER 701-222-2400 | BMHBA.COM • The BMHBA is hosting a plaid party on Jan. 18. The Annual Dinner will include the inauguration of the 2019 Board of Directors and new president Jeff Sattler. • Space if filling for the 2019 Home Show. The BMHBA welcomes exhibitors from across the state to join us for the March 15-16 event and extends member pricing to any member of a North Dakota builders association. • Builders, Beans & Beer is scheduled for Feb. 19. Board members will square off in a chili competition judged by our members and beer will flow freely to wash the palate between tastings. • The HBA Government Affairs Committee is excited to share that the City of Bismarck is no longer requiring sidewalk and

curb deposits. This is something the HBA has been advocating for a long time. FORX BUILDERS ASSOCIATION STACY ANDERSON, EXECUTIVE OFFICER 701-746-4536 | FORXBUILDERS.COM • January 10th is Builders After Hours at Elle Interiors. We are excited to give our members the opportunity to explore their new showroom! • On January 28th we will be installing our 2019 Board of Directors at the Ramada Inn, Grand Forks. • Don't delay...get your exhibitor contract submitted today! The 44th Annual Home Design & Garden Show is just a few months away. March 22-24, 2019 at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks Thank you to our NDAB 2018 Professional Builders

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Don Dabbert Jr.-Dabbert Custom Homes Todd Williams-Todd Williams Construction, LLC Mike Workman-Jordahl Custom Homes Charles Bon-C’est Bon Construction, Inc. Vern Hanson-Hanson Bros., Inc. Eric Berg-Eric Berg Construction, Inc. Michael Bullinger-Western Productions Jason Eid-Eid-Co Homes Tom Spaeth-Accent Kitchen & Bath Mark Spriggs-M & J Construction, Inc. Tyrone Leslie-Heritage Homes Todd Halle-T & S Custom Homes, Inc. Robert Leslie-Designer Homes Charles Zach-Zach Construction, Inc. John Gunkelman-Dakota Construction Greg Krueger-Krueger Construction Robert Kochmann-Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. Gary Orth-Cornerstone Specialties Heather Solberg—Platinum Homes

2018 NDAB Professional Builders should have received a renewal form for 2019. 2019 NDAB Professional Associates program is open and taking applications! Contact Sara Frank at ND Association of Builders (sara@ndbuild.com or 701-222-2401) with any questions on these programs, applications and qualifications needed.

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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 info@ndbuild.com 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 ❖ www.ndbuild.com The MAB Homefront || 27 || Winter 2019

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HOW THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN COULD AFFECT HOUSING Due to a dispute over border wall funding, President Trump using pre-FY2018 program funds will continue failed to agree to a continuing resolution passed by the uninterrupted unless it is necessary for a HUD employee to Senate that would have averted a partial government approve a voucher or lift a system edit prior to a draw down. shutdown and kept the full federal government running through Feb. 8, 2019. House Republicans later passed a bill Department of Agriculture that included $5.7 billion funding for the wall, but the measure • Most Rural Development programs will not continue without failed in the Senate. appropriation. • The Section 521 Rental Assistance, Section 542 Rural As a result, roughly one-quarter of the government ran out of Housing Vouchers, and Single Family Section 502 funding and was forced to close at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Guaranteed Loans will continue until funding is exhausted. Dec. 22. The shutdown impacts several federal departments, • A shutdown of more than two weeks is likely to have a including HUD, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland significant impact on rural development programs. Security, Interior, State, Transportation and Treasury. Compiled by NAHB and based on the best information available at this time, the following is a list of government programs that could affect home builders and housing stakeholders under the current shutdown: Department of Housing and Urban Development • FHA-insured single-family loans can still close during the shutdown but that decision will be determined by each individual lender. Contact your lender to verify. • Lenders will be able to obtain an FHA case number from FHA Connection, which provides FHA-insured lenders and business partners with direct, secure online access to HUD’s computer system. However, FHA staff will not be available to underwrite and approve single-family loans during the shutdown. • FHA multifamily insured projects with firm commitments and scheduled closings may go forward, although no new firm commitments will be issued. • HUD will make payments under Section 8 and Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs) where there is existing budget authority, multi-year funding, or where there is budget authority available from prior year appropriations or recaptures. This includes processing Section 8 and PRAC renewals for expiring contracts and processing amendment funds for non-expiring Section 8 contract renewals. • No Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspections. • CDBG, HOME and other block grant funds will be dispersed in cases where failure to address issues result in a threat to safety of life and protection of property. • Authorized drawdowns for approved CPD program activities (homeless assistance programs, CDBG, HOME, HOPWA)

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Department of Homeland Security • E-Verify, the Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S., is unavailable due to the government shutdown. While E-Verify is unavailable, employers will not be able to access their E-Verify accounts. Small Business Administration • The SBA will not initiate new loan guarantees during the shutdown. Department of the Interior • Businesses who seek permits from the Fish and Wildlife Service could be affected. New permits or applications currently under review will not be processed during the government shutdown, which will increase costs and delays.

Internal Revenue Service • Some lenders require home borrowers to file IRS form 4506 -T to verify the mortgage applicant’s income and Social Security number. With the IRS shut down, this could result in major delays in some mortgage application approvals. • Taxpayer services will be suspended, meaning taxpayers will not be able to phone the IRS for advice and no refunds will be issued during an extended shutdown. Economic Data • Future reports on items like housing starts and new home sales could be postponed.

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NATIONAL NEWS

RECRUIT THE NEXT GENERATION OF SKILLED LABOR WITH NAHB RESOURCES The start of a new year is a great opportunity to remind your local community about the rewarding career opportunities available in residential construction. The Careers in the Construction Trades section on nahb.org provides detailed information on six popular residential construction trades: carpentry, electrical, HVACR, masonry, painting and plumbing. You can share trade-specific salary information and videos to showcase the different career paths available around the country. Plus, the Career in Construction Management page highlights the industry’s management opportunities. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranked construction managers #2 in Best Construction Jobs and #62 in The 100 Best Jobs in 2018. NAHB also continues to update its members-only Skilled Workforce Development Resources to help you recruit skilled labor and spread the word about the valuable careers available in residential construction. For example, NAHB economists provide annual state-specific salary updates for the top trades based on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data also includes each state’s projected demand for the trades over the next two years. HBAs and members can use this information about their local residential construction labor market to help recruit prospective employees.

FEMA RESUMES FUNDING OF FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM DURING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN After the partial government shutdown threatened the funding of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA announced tonight that NFIP insurers “may resume the sale, renewal, and monetary endorsements for flood insurance policies” effective since the program’s funding was renewed by Congress on Dec. 21. NAHB worked diligently to resolve the funding issue after FEMA abruptly announced on Wednesday that NFIP insurers and insurance agents could not sell or renew flood insurance policies backed by the program because of a lack of government funding due to the shutdown. This is an important victory for NAHB members after lawmakers agreed last week to extend NFIP funding through May 31, 2019. Congress requires all properties within the 100-year floodplain that are purchased with a federally backed mortgage to carry flood insurance. So it is essential that authorization for the program does not lapse. NAHB continues to work with Congress to achieve a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP that will keep the program fiscally sound and let builders provide safe and affordable housing. For more information, contact Jessica Hall at 800-368-5242 x8253.

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