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Looking forward reminds me not to forget about the past. Last year at this time, Outdoor Design and Living Guide was just about to release its very first issue. We had no idea if the articles we were writing and the insight we were providing were going to be accepted and enjoyed by the readers of the Fargo-Moorhead area. It is now 2010. We have seen a huge change in the landscape of publications in the Fargo-Moorhead market. Fewer publications have been able to maintain their size; others have left the market. Outdoor Design and Living Guide is committed to this area because we live in and love this area. We are 100 percent locally produced and strive to keep it that way. Thank you for your readership. This magazine is for YOU, and we need to know what YOU need. Send us your ideas on what types of stories you would like to read. Planning on redoing your backyard or planting a new garden? Feel free to send us your story on how or why you want to do your project. Know someone special who has a green thumb, or maybe you want more information for a do-it-yourself project? E-mail me at Outdoor Design and Living Guide is published by Studio 7 Productions, Inc., which has also gone through a large transformation of its own. Studio 7 Productions is now Ampian Publishing. Just like us, they, too, are committed to providing quality local publications that educate and inform their readers. Ampian will have several other publications that will vary by region and may be available by subscription. Go to for more information. Looking forward, spring is just around the corner. In this issue, you will read about some unique and inventive people behind some of the products you see every day. We also give you an update on where our community is on flood control as we head into the spring season. As you plan your spring or summer project, please turn to page 32 for our planning guide which will help you plan and layout your next big project. Remember, whatever your love, we at Outdoor Design and Living Guide are here to help give you the knowledge to empower you to create, design and live better. Think spring. It will come eventually. Brian Bestge Editor, Outdoor Design and Living Guide

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Protect›on from the red A fresh blanket of snow covers the ground outside Fargo City Hall. From his office, Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker looks out over the downtown of his city while working on his computer. He turns and references a pile of trinkets and papers on his desk, and says he is “spring cleaning.” “There’s not enough room for all the stuff. Here’s the 2009 stuff. I just want to get it done so I can function,” he says. Once the 2009 pile is off his desk, Walaker will have more room for the piles of flood protection information that keep his time and attention. A towering stack of papers includes information about the city’s South Side Flood Protection Plan. Next to it is a pile that holds information about the Flood Diversion Project. While he deals with many topics related to the city of Fargo, Mayor Walaker says 15 to 20 percent of his job focuses on flood topics. And lately, it’s all about a permanent solution, which has been fasttracked since the Red River crested at 40.82 feet in 2009.

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Permanent Flood Protection The Army Corp of Engineers has studied options and ruled some of them out. They found that a flood control plan in North Dakota does meet the standards for federal funding. It calls for a 35,000 cubic-feet-per-second diversion on the North Dakota side of the Red River at an estimated cost of $1.4 billion, a larger price tag than a Minnesota diversion. It would also be bigger and more complex. A committee has to decide whether to go with that plan, or with a diversion on the Minnesota side, by April 15. Estimates are that it will take eight to 12 years from start to finish. “If history is a teacher—it would work. Because we’ve had 12 years between major floods—we had some floods in between, but nothing that was insurmountable. The 2009 event was a significant event. Hopefully we’ve got 12 years between now and the next event of significance. That’s the long term,” Walaker says. On the other side of the Red, Mayor Mark

Voxland of Moorhead has filled and thrown too many sandbags to count over the years. He’s sandbagged during every major flood event since 1969. But after 2009, he noticed something different. “I’ve never seen the citizens want something done at the level I’m seeing this time,” Voxland says. Both mayors have heard the citizens of their communities voice opinions. They want something done. The city leaders know that agreements must be made on a tight timeline. “You can fight about the details, but at the end of the day, if we don’t get permanent flood protection, v and it’s because of local level disagreement, citizens are not going to be happy. They are expecting it to get done,” Voxland says. Timing is important. Many congressmen and representatives at the state and federal level are on key committees, including Rep. Collin Peterson, (D-M.N.) Chair of the House Agriculture Committee and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, (D-N.D.) who is on the Ways and Means Committee. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) chairs the Budget Committee, and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) is on the Committee on Appropriations. Though he won’t seek reelection,

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Dorgan has stated that he will help with permanent flood protection in 2010, his last year in office. “If it could ever happen, this is the time it should happen,” Voxland says.

“My motto has always been never anticipate trouble.” –Mayor Dennis Walaker Voxland says it’s nice to see how leaders at the local, state and federal levels are unified on the topic. He talks about how long it took Grand Forks-East Grand Forks and Wahpeton-Breckenridge to get permanent flood protection; it was 12 years for each pair of cities. “We’re a lot bigger than those two sets of communities combined,” Voxland says. “So there’s a lot more to a project in the F-M area—is 12 years realistic? Is eight years realistic? We don’t know.” Voxland says the variables are narrowing. “Now it’s just what side of the river, how much flow is going to be funneled off the river and how are we going to pay for it?” Voxland says.

Fargo Short-Term Improvements “We’ve done a lot of things, we continue to do a lot of things,” Walaker says. “Some people think we don’t do enough.”

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Walaker sites significant improvements on the south side of Fargo. University Drive from 40th to 52nd Avenues South has been built up higher, and a permanent floodwall is in place. The bridge on South University has been updated and can now remain open if the river is up to 40 feet, which is considered a 100-year flood level. A series of levees and permanent floodwalls have been put in near the VA Hospital from 15th Avenue north to the Woodcrest addition; a removable floodwall has been put up near Elm Street. The city has also bought property and 22 homes along the river since the flood of 2009. Eleven homes were bought in 2008.  Walaker says a diversion is really what the city needs. “It’ll be interesting to see if we can pull it off,” he says.

Moorhead Short-Term Improvements Moorhead has attacked flood protection in two different ways. The city bought out 45 homes in 2009 and will buy 42 more in 2010. City staff also designed and built several gates for storm water outfalls and plans to build more this year if it can get money from the state of Minnesota. The mayor hopes that by November all of the intermediate measures will be in place. The city staff in Moorhead noticed that the 2009 flood came earlier, was higher, and lasted the shortest amount of time

compared to any other major flood. “We have to have a new strategy for fighting floods,” Voxland says. “We have to be able to get ready faster, and we have to be able to rely on less outside help.” Moorhead prepared 3 million sandbags in 2009. Voxland wants to cut that number in half in the event of another high flood. “If we are already at a certain level of protection, we don’t have to get as panicked, and we don’t have to expend as much money – we don’t have to use as many assets to protect ourselves, like we did last year,” Voxland says.

Spring 2010 The National Weather Service has released percentages about possible flooding, which change month to month depending upon conditions. Walaker says heavy snows can come in March or April, so those percentages will continue to change. He says once you’re into April, the next thing to watch is the temperatures and significant warm ups. Walaker won’t start worrying about the numbers this early in the season. “My motto has always been never anticipate trouble,” says Walaker. a

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Energy Savings A Real Turn-On It’s supposed to be a real turn-off. That button on almost every commonplace appliance makes it pretty simple. Running – or not running. It is either on or off. Even the most technically challenged human can figure that out. Right? Right. Maybe. Maybe not. Thanks to local utility companies, people are discovering that not all appliances in their homes are “off ” just because the button says they are. Xcel Energy and Cass County Electric Cooperative (CCEC) have placed energy meters in regional libraries, which can be checked out like any other library materials. Xcel has distributed Power Check Meters in several locations in its eight-state region including Minot Public Library and Hennepin County Public Libraries. CCEC has placed 24 Kill A Watt meters in libraries in West Fargo and Fargo. The response to the programs implemented last fall has been overwhelming, resulting in waiting lists in most of the facilities. Carrie Joyce, community coordinator for CCEC, reports, “This is a very successful project – we have waiting lists for the meters, so we know people are

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really using them.” The meters measure how much energy appliances are using – and wasting. Joyce stresses that the meters will detect “phantom loads” of energy being used even when appliances are supposedly turned off. People are finding out how much items are costing when they are plugged in but not in use. Joyce points out that the biggest “phantom load” culprits include cell phone chargers, coffee makers, televisions, computers – anything that is left in a stand-by mode when not in use. “This is a wonderful educational tool,” she adds. “And they are very easy to use. You simply plug them into a wall outlet, and then plug the appliance into the meter.” Carrie Scarr, assistant director of the West Fargo Library, says the Kill A Watt meters are very popular. “They are certainly being checked out and used –we have a lot buzz about them and a lot of interest.” Bonnie Lund, senior communications representative for Xcel Energy in Fargo, says their Power Check Meters, which operate on any standard 120-volt electrical appliance, are designed to help people understand the energy use in their own homes. “Our homes are among the best places to save energy, and these meters make that possible.” In mid-November, Xcel placed six meters in the Minot Public Library. Kathy Aas, community relations manager for the library, says, “This is a great tool to help people manage their home energy costs. You can determine the operating cost of appliances like refrigerators and microwaves, and then predict your savings by reducing energy use.” An additional advantage, she points out, is the meter will help determine the cost savings for replacing older equipment with energy-efficient models. “In some cases,” she notes, “the cost of a new appliance pays for itself in energy savings over time.” Aas adds, “People also discover what we

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call ‘energy vampires’ – those appliances that use energy when they’re off.” Melinda Ludwiczak, on the staff of the Hennepin County Public Libraries system in Minneapolis, was the project director for the Xcel program. Ludwiczak says she was anxious to try the meter in her own home. Not too surprised to learn that many of her home appliances were never really turned off all the way, she says, “I always thought that maybe some energy was being wasted, but I never knew how much. The meter showed me that a good amount of energy was still being used even though the appliance had supposedly been turned off. “For some reason,” Ludwiczak observes, “people think they have to leave things like hair dryers plugged in all the time even when they are not being used, and that is not true.” In a home with several televisions, it can be a nuisance to plug and unplug each set when not being used. One solution, Ludwiczak says, is to plug several appliances into a surge bar. “This really worked for us and has made a big difference in the amount of energy we use.” Ludwiczak and other library personnel agree that the availability of the meters to the public is extremely valuable. “Our public loves it,” Ludwiczak remarks. “We

have 50 units available, and they are in circulation all the time. In fact,” she adds, “we have a waiting list of about 750 names. These meters are in very high demand.” In addition to having meters in local libraries, Scheels Ace Hardware and Home Depot in Fargo are among stores that carry energy usage meters. Scheels has the Kill A Watt meter available for $29.99. Home Depot carries the Kill A Watt for $29.97 and the Ryobi Power Meter for $25. Saving energy costs at home is now a very easy turn-on. a

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Darcy Olson unwraps steak, leftover from the night before. He cuts it up and adds it to an omelet in a bag — his favorite ice fishing expedition brunch. Traditionally on these trips, he and his group eat deer sausage cooked on the grill, but he enjoys experimenting with other simple meals. Catching fish, of course, is goal number one, but over the years, Olson has found that he enjoys other aspects of ice-fishing as well.

“I spend a lot of time prior to each outing planning my onice meals,” Olson says. Olson attended his first ice-fishing tournament in Devils Lake, N.D., 15 years ago. The experience was the catalyst that hooked him on the sport. He was among thousands of people gathered on the ice for their chance at glory. As a “newbie,” he had no idea what to expect. What he found was a well-organized event that tended to his mid-winter blues and introduced him to a new passion.

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Olson didn’t catch a fish that day, but he did win his first portable ice house by way of a $2 raffle ticket – it only fueled his newfound pastime. “Ultimately, it’s the time spent with friends that I enjoy the most,” Olson says. “In my opinion, catching a big fish alone is less exciting than catching the first fish of the day with my friends.”  Olson owns two portable icehouses.  His one-man house is a Fish Trap Pro by Clam Corporation and the second is a 4-man Polar Sport double flip.  The one-man has a basic sled design with a tarp that flips over to block the wind.  It is very light, and Olson says it works well for staying mobile and warm.  Essentially it’s a boat on the ice, allowing him to move easily when the fish aren’t biting. The Polar Sport is his pride and joy. When he purchased this 4-man house, it was the first of its kind on

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the market. At the time, it came standard with the Polar Sport sled, poles and tarp. He special ordered it from the factory because he wasn’t fond of the yellow roof. He wanted all black just in case he became a spear-fisherman.  The yellow provided too much light for spearing.  Olson has since added a few accessories. It now has back-to back seating for four, rod holders, sled cover, tow hitch and custom pockets and windows added by a local tarp repair shop.  It allows room for cooking and card playing when the fishing gets tough.  It’s a 6΄ by 12΄ house that folds up small for easy transportation and storage. It never fails to impress his neighbors on the ice. “The opposite can be said of the fish inside my house,” Olson says.   Many icehouse manufacturers

“In my opinion, catching a big fish alone is less exciting than catching the first fish of the day with my friends.” —Darcy Olson have added impressive features, and the sport has changed over the years, according to Shawn Dockter of Dakota Outdoors in Grand Forks, N.D. “Ice fishing has gotten to include many more women and children, so people are looking for a place to cook in their icehouses. You can get an oven and stove in any icehouse. You can also get a refrigerator, portable bathroom – basically anything that their home has,” Dockter says. Dockter, who fishes primarily at Devils Lake and Lake of the Woods, recently came across one of the newest personal touches fishermen are adding to their

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By: Todd Funfar Has your original lumber used on your deck become a driedup rotting eyesore? Are you continuing to surrender one weekend a year for upkeep? If you are tired of staining, painting, and slivers, resurfacing a deck is a job well within the skill level of almost every do-it-yourself-er.  Resurfacing existing decks is a lot easier, faster, and less expensive than building a new deck.  The first step starts with making sure the existing structure is sound. Test for structure soundness by probing the joist tops. Do this by using a scratch awl (long thin object), table knife, or a thin screwdriver. Probe between the decking in a number of different areas by simply pushing the probe down between the decking boards and into the top of the joists. If the probe goes in, you know you have some rot. It seems it’s always worse after removing the decking boards.  If it’s an upper level deck you can go below under the deck. If there is rot, those joists will need to be replaced before the re-deck. Once all the decking is off, you should check the framing structure over and make any necessary repairs or replacements prior to attaching the new decking. There are a few specific items to check for: • • • • • • •

stiff backing joist hangers ledger lags bolts in beams flashing blocking around railing posts • diagonal bracing or any other connections Measure your joist spacing. Ninety-five percent of composite / cellular pvc decking needs to be 16” on center, not 24” on center. With parallel decking, if the joists are 24”, you can add another joist between each existing joist.  I highly recommend on all resurfacing of decks to use a joist wrap. This seals all existing holes from nails or screws. It also seals all new screws, sheds water off the top of joists, looks better from the top between the decking boards and extends the life span of the joist. It just makes sense to joist wrap in my mind.  This is very inexpensive you can probably wrap the entire deck for the cost of one decking board. Now you’re ready to install the decking of your choice!

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icehouses. “One of them actually had a wet bar,” he says. Icehouses can range from a 6.5’ by 8’ space for $3500 to houses with price tags of $30,000. Other features include bay windows and air conditioning, and some manufacturers are making showers available inside the icehouses as many people use them year round as campers or hunting shacks. “The showers aren’t a real big hit yet; most campgrounds still have showers available,” Dockter says. “Instead of spending $10 to 20,000 on a camper, they pay for an ice house, and they’re all in one.”

“I enjoy introducing new people to the sport,” Olson says. “It’s exciting to watch someone catch their first fish through the ice, especially kids.” Dakota Outdoors carries one brand of icehouses, but the company is in the process of manufacturing and distributing its own. Dockter says a demo ice house will be available this year. No matter the bells and whistles surrounding him, when it comes down to it, Olson likes passing on one of his passions. “I enjoy introducing new people to the sport,” he says. “It’s exciting to watch someone catch their first fish through the ice, especially kids.” If you’re in the market for a portable icehouse, Olson recommends a few must haves: elbow room, rod holders, portability and storage pockets. He also says bigger is better when it comes to portables. He prefers tubular poles to round poles, and he prefers the flip style to the suitcase style. For those interested in trying the sport, Olson recommends buying a used icehouse first. He notes that icehouse preferences vary greatly based on an individual’s interests. For Olson, as long as there’s room to prepare an omelet in a bag, he’s happy. a

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wooden spatula maker and a VW auto mechanic may seem like a strange pairing. Mix those two with 10,000 pounds of rhubarb and 3,000 pounds of raspberries, and you have two men up to their red elbows in success. Stop by the Forestedge Winery near LaPort, Minnesota, and be welcomed to the picturesque setting by two guys probably wiping raspberry juice off their hands and arms. Paul Shuster and John Wildmo 16  Outdoor Design 

know exactly what it means to own a hands-on business–literally. The partnership actually consists of Paul and his wife, Sharon, along with John. The three have been friends a lot longer than they have been winemaking partners. “I was a mechanic in Bemidji, and Paul used to bring his VW bus in for me to work on,” Wildmo explains. “He and Sharon were making wine at home, and he would bring a bottle once in a while. It was good. I liked the kiwi wine they made and thought they should consider going into the wine business.” While they were making wine at home in their leisure time, the Shusters were professional production artisans handcrafting and selling fine wooden cooking tools, traveling the arts and craft fair

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circuits throughout the United States. “We had been doing that for a long time and wanted a change,” Shuster says. “We wanted to stay home.”

Timing Truly is Everything Wildmo, too, was ready to wipe the grease off his hands and hang up the monkey wrenches. “I was looking for a change and so were they,” he says. With a sense of humor that helps balance the insanity of some days, Wildmo says he told Shuster, “We’re not doing anything this weekend; let’s build a winery.” So they did. He makes it sound simple. It wasn’t. A concrete slab the Shusters had poured in 1978 in the woods near LaPort was all they had to start with in 2000 when they

Paul Shuster at Forestedge Winery.

decided to go into the wine-making business for real. The Shusters packed away their traveling days, and Wildmo left the garage behind as they ventured into the woods to start Forestedge Winery. “We were just glad to be back to the land,” Shuster says, recalling the days when he and Sharon were hippie-types living off the land and honoring the world that surrounded them. “We really did make everything and made use of everything around us.” The skills they have honed during the years are utilized everyday at the winery. Together with Wildmo they grow a lot of the fruits they use in the wines. They design and construct the buildings that comprise the woodland winery site. Sharon landscapes and plants the massive gardens and flower beds that bring paradise to the spring and summer setting. One look at the guys up to their elbows in raspberry juice leaves little doubt of all the work and effort it takes to produce their annual output of at least 5,000 bottles filled with their many wine varieties. As Shuster bottles a batch of Forestedge Wines, craftsmanship and pride go into each bottle. Not only do they plant, grow, harvest and make their wines, they also sell and deliver them to many stores throughout Minnesota. They also conduct tours and wine-tastings. The results are thousands of happy customers enjoying the award-winning wines that come from the Forestedge roots. Just ask managers of several stores that feature Forestedge wines. Napa Valley and Nevis, Minnesota, may seem like an unlikely pairing. Despite the fact that hundreds

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of miles separate the two areas, they share a common appreciation of good wines. Mark Peterson, manager of the Nevis Municipal Liquor store, and his wife, Paula, have spent time in Napa Valley studying and sampling that region’s famous wines. “Forestedge is very charming and reminiscent of small wineries. Paul and John are crafting wines as close to a grape varietal as I think is possible. Each of their wines has a distinctive difference with unique nuances. We really enjoy them, and they are very popular here.” Peterson notes that often fruit wines can be too sweet or have too much alcohol in them, making them boring. Not so with Forestedge wines. “Their wines also pair nicely with a variety of foods,” Peterson says, He also encourages people to visit the winery. “I have attended meetings held outside there in the summer, and that has been great.” Scott Olson, manager of Rapids Spirits, the municipal liquor store in Park Rapids, says that the Forestedge wines are popular with his patrons, too. “We have a lot of people who enjoy these wines. It’s nice to have that local connection with the winery. I appreciate the fact that they use all natural fruits juices grown here in Minnesota rather than bringing it in from outside the United States.” Olson says Forestedge’s rhubarbraspberry and the blueberry wines are very popular. “The Forestedge wines are our best-selling fruit wines, and we are happy to have them here.” In Detroit Lakes at the municipal liquor store, manager Brad McMaster is busy moving cases of wine and liquor while preparing 18  Outdoor Design 

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for an upcoming busy weekend. “Absolutely we are happy to have the Forestedge wines here. They have our best selling fruit wine,” McMasters states, saying the black currant is his own personal favorite. In Moorhead, at Bernie’s Liquors, Nicole Ness, manager, has just added some of the Forestedge wines to her shelves. “We are happy to be including them with our wines. I think our customers will really appreciate them.” Many of the Forestedge wines also make wonderful reduction sauces for cooking. Shuster likes to experiment with a variety of combinations. Sarello’s upscale restaurant in Moorhead is also incorporating the use of Forestedge wines for some of its sauces as well as having it available for

restaurant patrons. Tony Nasello, who owns the restaurant along with his wife, Sarah, says, “We are really excited about trying these wines. I am anxious to develop some recipes using them.” Shuster and Wildmo spend many days traveling and delivering wine to their stores. “It keeps us really busy all the time,” Shuster remarks. As the reputation of their wines spreads, so does the tempo of their lives. The wine makers believe that the use of local products accounts for some of the growing popularity of their wines. “All the fruits we use are grown locally in Minnesota,” Shuster explains. The crisp clean taste of rhubarb is the signature wine produced at Forestedge and has won many international awards and in 2005 was named best Minnesota Fruit Wine at the Twin Cities Food and Wine Experience. Much of the fruit used at Forestedge Winery is harvested from the winery grounds. Rhubarb plants, which started as part of the family garden, have now become a large part of what is harvested for Forestedge wine. Chokecherries, raspberries, and plums are also grown at the farm. Additional

fruits and berries are purchased from local growers when available. The winery produces nine different single fruit wines as well as blended wines including Summer Blush (strawberry rhubarb), Headwaters Classic Red (chokecherry rhubarb), raspberry rhubarb, and blueberry rhubarb. “We grow the rhubarb here – we have 10,000 pounds in the freezer over there,” Shuster says, pointing out the window to a nearby building. It takes a freezer that measures 10 feet by 16 feet to hold all that home-grown rhubarb. “We use at least 3,000 pounds of raspberries every year,” Wildmo adds. All of this fruit adds up to the 7,000 to 8,000 gallons of wine produced by the wine makers every year. Just doing that sounds like a challenge in itself. Consider the fact that these fellows craft their wines in small batches. After fermentation, the wines are aged in large Italian stainless steel tanks for a year or more before bottling. “All of our Winter 2010  19

wines are aged a year and half ahead of the actual time they are available to the public,” Wildmo stresses. The wines are available for tasting and sale in the Forestedge tasting room. The winery is open May through December, Tuesday through Sunday. Tours are available and are designed to allow visitors to see how these fine wines are crafted, aged and bottled. As if the wine-making team doesn’t have enough to do, there is also a gift shop open in the summer featuring specialty items. During the 25 years the Shusters spent traveling around the country, they had the chance to become great friends with many of the best traveling artists/ artisans. The gift shop carries the work of many of their crafty friends.

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Forestedge Winery also carries a wide range of wine-related items and gifts. On August 21-22, the 10th annual Art Fair At The Winery will take place on the Forestedge grounds.

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Many of these same artisans take part in the Art Fair. The Shusters Forestedge cooking tools are available at the fair as well as stoneware, paintings, weaving, jewelry, batik, photography and other fine crafts. There is no admission for the Art Fair, and parking is free. The Shusters and Wildmo have a couple of favorite sayings they believe define Forestedge Winery: “It’s not just grapes that make fine wine” and “We’re in the woods, but not in the sticks.” For years, Paul Shuster made his wooden spatulas. John Wildmo spent his time fixing cars. Today they have paired their talents to create their own special Forestedge brands of wine. a

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Your Hot Tub Buyers’ Guide Relaxation and Therapy at Home

You’ve had a long day at work. Your back and feet ache. Wouldn’t it be nice to slide into a nice hot bubbling spa with its jets hitting just the right spots where you ache? After a lot of thinking (and persuading from your aching body), you’ve decided that you’re finally in the market for a spa or hot tub of your own. But now what? How do you know what’s good when it comes to a spa? How do you know which tub will be “right” for you?

Service and Warranty? The number one thing to think about when purchasing a spa/hot tub is the reputation of the person from which you’re purchasing the spa/hot tub. If you know the company will take care of you on a daily basis, educate you on proper use and care, provide service on your spa/hot tub, and are an in-house warranty company, then go with the company. You don’t want to make such a big purchase, have something go wrong on the unit, and then have no one that will help you fix it. You want to choose a company that has been in the business and going to be in the business for awhile! How much space do you have available and where? The placement of your spa/hot tub is a very important thing to consider. Will you be using it indoors or outdoors? Are you going to put it on your deck? If so, will your deck sustain that amount of weight? Are you going to pour a cement slab for it outside or create a brick patio? If you choose a spa that requires a 220V, consult an electrician, as he/ she may have some ideas about where the best placement would be for the electrical in any of those situations. Most spas are very well insulated, but if you choose to have your hot tub outdoors, it is important to check on it often during the winter to make sure that pipes haven’t frozen and that the pump is still working. Invest in a good cover and no-maintenance skirts and steps for outdoor use. They are worth the extra money. If you are planning on having your spa indoors, be sure to have a circulatory fan and exhaust fan installed in the room with your new spa to prevent issues with moisture and mold.

How will you use the spa? Will the spa be for entertaining or will it be just for family use? Will you be using it for medical purposes, like therapy for fibromyalgia or arthritis? Keep in mind that people tend to “over buy” when it comes to hot


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tubs. When you first get your spa, lots of people will come to “visit” you and just happen to use your new hot tub, but later on after the “newness” wears off, the real question is how many people will be using it on a consistent basis? The answer to that question will determine the size of tub that you need. Once you determine the size of the tub, make sure that the pump is sized appropriately for the number of jets in the tub. Most hot tubs have a 2 ½ to 4 horsepower pump, and that is usually sufficient.

“On average, it costs about $1 a day for chemicals and $1 a day to pay for the electricity to heat your spa.” –Steve Olson

Lounge or No Lounge? According to Steve Olson of Olson’s Pools and Spas, most people purchase a lounge spa the first time around, but then later on realize that a no lounge spa is a fantastic alternative with no regrets later as you can fit more people in it!

Are the Extras Worth It? There are countless extras that one could choose to have for a spa. Anything from flat panel televisions to LED lights to AM/FM stereo and CD players with iPod plug ins. Jeff

Johnson from Tubs of Fun in Fargo shares that the main thing to think about is how you are going to use your tub. Is it truly for therapy or will it be for entertainment? The extras may be worth it depending on how you plan to use your spa.

Care, Upkeep, Daily Costs When making a purchase like a hot tub, it’s important to consider all it takes to care for a hot tub on a daily basis. It’s not difficult to maintain a spa. The important thing is to “follow the program” and keep the chemicals in the tub at the right levels. It’s simple and inexpensive when done right. Your hot tub dealer should educate you on what works best for the tub that you have purchased. Remember, the more you use the spa, the more chemicals will be needed. On average, Olson shares that it costs about $1 a day for chemicals and $1 a day to pay for the electricity to heat your spa. He recommends draining the hot tub three times a year and replacing the water with fresh water. He recommends that a

spa flush system (cleans out all of the gunk in the pipes and filters) be done before you drain the tub. It’s amazing what gets cleaned out and how well your spa will run afterwards!

Safety Concerns The purpose of a hot tub or spa is for soaking and for therapy. Never have a spa set at more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Use of alcohol while soaking in a hot tub is very dangerous, as you are dehydrating yourself at a very fast rate. Be careful where you place your hot tub outdoors. You’ll want to ensure that ice will not collect, and people will not fall when they get out. Keeping your spa covered around small children is also a must! The bottom line is this: purchase a spa from someone you trust will take care of you, determine your purpose for the spa, figure out where you want to place it and learn how to properly care for your spa. By discerning these things, you will be well on your way to relaxation at the end of your busy day in your new hot tub. Your back and feet will thank you! a Winter 2010  23

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It’s that four letter word we wish we could avoid: snow. It’s inevitable that we are going to have to deal with it during the winter (shoveling, using the snow blower, icy and snow covered roads, visibility, etc.), but when it

starts impacting our home’s roof, it’s time to act quickly and think about prevention. In our cold climate, it is important to be proactive when it comes to the snow and our roofs. Creeping, sliding and falling snow and ice are expected if your roof drains to cold eaves. If you have a steep slope, a warm roof, and slippery surfaces, falling snow is likely. Falling ice and snow can also damage lower roofs, and icicles and ice dams can develop on warm roofs that drain to cold eaves. Water then melts and backs up behind these icicles. The water can leak into the structure of the home and cause damage to the interior. Walls, ceilings, insulation and other parts of

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the house can be damaged. The roof can be affected from leaks from the winter icings, and icicles and ice dams can put added pressure on the eaves, which can sometimes collapse. Large icicles and ice dams can form along eaves if there is not enough insulation or ventilation on the roofs of heated buildings that drain to cold eaves. Meltwater backs up behind the ice, leaks into the building, and the damage is done. Electric heaters may be needed to keep small tunnels melted through ice dams. The tunnels let the runoff flow. Icings can be prevented when roof ventilation systems are able to keep the temperature of the roof from rising above 32 degrees Fahrenheit when the temperature outside is 22 degrees Fahrenheit. It is good to note that lowslope roofs that drain to cold eaves are difficult to work with in cold climates. Icings at eaves are diminished when roofs are well-insulated and ventilated. A good blizzard brings with it big snow drifts. We dig out of our house,

but we often forget about our roof. Big drifts can form on lower roofs, and the added weight on a lower roof can be nine times that on an upper roof. Collapse is a risk if the snow is not removed. That’s when we see people climbing up on to their respective roofs to get the snow down! Many tools have been created to help with this project, as using a regular old shovel provides a risk of harming the shingles on your home and causing even more damage. One such tool is a snow rake. There are several different models, but basically a snow rake is a blade with plastic rollers under it that helps you to scrape snow from your roof without damaging your roof ’s exterior. To use the blade, you go up on to the roof and pull the snow down. You start on the edge and work your way up the roof. The snow is pulled to one section and then is pushed off the roof. By raking your roof, it helps to prevent ice damming and gets the added weight off of the roof. When the snow melts, raking the roof prevents leaks on the roof, as the snow is already off. One tip from Henry at Scheels Home and Hardware in Fargo is to “get the snow off when it’s cold so you don’t get ice underneath.” When ice is under the snow, it is treacherous to be raking snow, as you could slip off of the roof and injure yourself badly. Be proactive when it comes to the snow. Remove snow from the roof to keep from getting ice dams, keep your gutters clean to allow for proper drainage, and keep your roof well insulated and ventilated. Doing these few things can save you a lot of hassle and damage to your property later! a

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Can’t Find a Camper That Fits? Well, just go and build one of your own! With a beer in one hand and Ozzy Osbourne doing “Crazy Train” on the radio in the background, Todd Fuchs stood poised with a one-blade saw in his other hand. If he went ahead and made the cut he was contemplating, he could easily turn a $20,000 2001 Ford truck into a useless heap of scrap iron. If that one swift stroke hit its mark, Fuchs would be launched into an odyssey of incredible proportions that would result in a one-of-a-kind, homemade recreational vehicle (RV) measuring 31 feet long and 8 feet, 10 ½ inches high. If the cut missed, he would have a $20,000 mistake to deal with. “I will never forget that moment,” Fuchs says now with a customary grin

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on his face. “I had that beer in one hand – Ozzy Osbourne was singing “Crazy Train” and I was standing there with that metal blade saw in my other hand. One blade and one song on the radio and one cut – that’s all I had. If it went right, I was on the way. If it went wrong, all I had was junk – expensive junk.” Darcy Fuchs, Todd’s long-suffering wife, affectionately referred to as “the finance director”, was closeby that day when her husband was ready to make the cut. “He asked if I wanted to stay there

and watch. I couldn’t. I knew what it meant if it went wrong,” Darcy says, recalling that day in the garage. Not to worry. That’s just not the way Todd Fuchs does things. Well, not usually at least. But this was different. There literally was a lot riding on a simple movement of his hand. Locked in moments of time, the cut went right. Exactly right. It was August 2008. Todd Fuchs had just made the first of many cuts that began his adventure. The refrain from “Crazy Train” seems oddly appropriate to describe what many might have thought of Fuchs and his project. “I’m goin’ off the rails on a crazy train…” With a sense of humor that fuels the enthusiasm behind many of his words and attitudes, Fuchs comments, “Yes, I think a lot of people thought I was crazy to attempt this, but I had been planning it for a long time. I couldn’t wait to get started.” Darcy chimes in, “I always think he’s crazy.” But, by the time the blade had exited through the bottom of the truck, it was much too late to turn back. “You know you are committed when you cut a truck in half,” Fuchs says. Committed, indeed. Maybe a good idea for someone who plans to build his own RV. Laughing again, Fuchs kiddingly blames their two-year-

old granddaughter, Ellie, for the necessity of the project. He says he never would have had to build a bigger camper to replace a smaller one they had bought and been using. That one was perfect for Darcy and Todd and their daughter, Rani, and her husband, Kyle. “That one worked great, and we took it camping a lot. It was just the right size for the four of us.” Then Ellie was born. That changed everything. “We needed a larger camper, so that’s why I decided to build one. I blame it all on Ellie, that way I don’t get in trouble.” He and Darcy laugh together, something they do often. “We have to laugh

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or we would probably really go crazy,” Darcy grins. Although, she does admit she is getting a little worried. Rani and Kyle are expecting a son this spring. “I just hope this camper will be big enough for all of us,” Darcy grimaces. Fuchs, a mechanical engineer who certainly knows his way around calculations and renderings, says he already is working on plans for Rum Runner III. The camper that

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he is now completing is Rum Runner I – he’s skipping II and going right for III. “It all depends on the finance director,” Fuchs smiles nodding in Darcy’s direction.

The construction of the building offers another reason – maybe excuse – for Fuchs to go ahead and build his own camper. He had been shopping around for a larger motor home for the growing family. They were all more than nine feet high. That was important because the large garage doors were only nine feet high. “I never thought we would need anything bigger than that,” Fuchs says. He just didn’t realize how big his dream would eventually need to be. The camper has exactly a half-inch of clearance getting in and out of the garage. “See, that’s another reason I had to do this. I couldn’t find a camper that would fit in here.” Would it have been less expensive to just go out and buy one? Todd and Darcy could not have bought one with all the amenities that they built into their camper. Darcy tries to tell people she was only involved with the project as the finance director. Not so. Upon closer examination, it’s discovered that she spent many hours working on the camper’s interior, staining, varnishing, and taking care of finishing touches. She laughs, saying, “All I really said is I wanted a decent bathroom.” She got her wish. And much more. Standing in the 30x50-foot garage area that is warm and extremely clean and orderly, it is difficult to imagine the parts and pieces of a truck laying around

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waiting to be transformed into a camper, transformed into Todd Fuchs’ latest dream. From the time he actually started working on Rum Runner in November 2008, it took Fuchs only about five months until it was road ready but not completely finished. Most of the major work took place during those pre-flood winter months. “I guess I was just looking for something to do on those 40 degree below days,” he chuckles. The 2009 flood and the spring weather crises did slow down work on the camper. There are still some things that need to be done before

they strike out on major camping trips. However, the 19,210-pound Rum Runner has had one maiden trip. Unlike other campers this size – notorious for low gas mileage – Rum Runner outpaced his contemporaries on the road. “We got 11.5 miles a gallon, but I wanted to get 12 miles. I’m still working on that,” Fuchs says. From the onset of the project, Fuchs maintained an Internet journal documenting his progress with commentary and photos. Emails and reactions to the Rum Runner project drew comments and input from people throughout the world. Writing under the name blizzardnd, his Internet RV buddies dubbed him “Blizz”. “People have really been interested in this, and it is fun hearing from them. They have also provided me information that has helped.” Even though they live, work and travel together, there is still a pretty clear definition of roles. “When I look back at some of the things we’ve done and places we’ve been, I never would

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have dreamt we would have done some of the things we’ve done,” Darcy says. She hastens to add, “There is one thing for sure, I take care of the money. I am not a dreamer. That’s Todd’s department.” Darcy will join Todd with a beer in her hand and probably listen to Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” with him. Just don’t ask her to pick up a saw with her other hand. In the next issue of Outdoor Living and Design Guide, we will discuss more details of the camper project. We will catch up with Todd and Darcy to hear about their 2010 adventures with Rum Runner. Imagine

how other campers react when the Fuchs pull into a camping spot! And what do people think of the idea of building their own camper? What

about dealers with manufactured RVs to sell? How do they view Fuchs’ efforts? Crazy? We’ll see. a

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A person would think that an Indoor Girl would be in her element during the winter where she can literally stay “inside” for six months. After all, from November until almost May, we literally only go outside for transportation purposes, and if we could figure out a way for that whole “Beam Me Up Scotty” thing to work, we would never have to take another stiletto step onto a snow-covered sidewalk or carry our hairspray in our handbag because of the incoming Alberta Clipper threatening our carefully styled locks. However, once in awhile, even an Indoor Girl can suffer from the disease that so many Northern Plains people suffer from: Cabin Fever. Now granted, the immune system of an Indoor Girl is inherently able to fight off any symptoms of Cabin Fever. Many of us find indoor activities like shopping at the mall and going to the tanning salon enough artificial “great outdoors stimulation” that we hardly notice we haven’t seen a bird in six months. Many times we get less severe cases of the fever, and we can usually battle the disease by stepping outside to shovel off the front steps, and then we are good to go until April. The problem arises when we Indoor Girls meet Outdoor Boys. I met my Outdoor Boy more than 20 years ago. His idea of a good time is water skiing in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Both of these activities you have to do outside. Now, the summer activity I typically can handle as I can relax in a luxurious boat with my cup holder caressing my favorite beverage, but the winter activity can cause major anxiety for an Indoor Girl like me. It starts with the outfit. If I agree to actually ride on the snowmobile, which, by the way, has not happened in eight year, it’s true torment trying to create an ensemble that will not only look fashionable in a road ditch but will also keep me warm so two miles down the road I am not requesting to go home because I am cold. Borrowing my Outdoor Boy’s cold weather gear doesn’t work that well either as the men’s snow pants seem to forget about women’s hips. The helmet is always a fiasco. Upon the first fitting I ever had with my Outdoor Boy’s helmet, we discovered after I took it off that it is extremely easy for your makeup, blush, and sparkly eye shadow to smear all over the inside of the helmet. In recent years, my Outdoor Boy has started racing his snowmobile. This has cut down on the requests for me actually physically riding the snowmobile and in conjunction has stopped the helmet controversary. It is not without its torment, however, because as a spectator of a race, you typically have to go “outside” to watch it. Selecting the appropriate attire for being a race spectator does take some serious thought. From the coat selection to the boots, an Indoor Girl never wants to look like an Indoor Girl, especially when we are with our Outdoor Boy. Needless to say, I have rarely suffered from Cabin Fever personally. My 20 years with my Outdoor Boy have exposed me to just the right amount of “great outdoors stimulation” during the long winter months that I have been able to fight off the urge to go ice skating, hunting or snowshoing. Perhaps finding the right Outdoor Boy is just what every Indoor Girl needs. Winter 2010  35

Let’s get this straight: I do not claim to have any culinary training. Everything I learned, I learned by watching my father cook exceptional meals for my family as I grew up in the Midwest. We ate, and we ate well! I got my love of food and cooking from him, and I hope to share a few of my own recipes that will fill your belly and make it

happy. I’m just a guy who loves to cook, just like my dad. Winter in the Midwest. Cold, windy and all a person wants to do is hunker down and eat something warm, soothing, and delicious. I’ve created a Loaded Baked Potato Soup (it requires a bit of effort, but I promise you, it’s worth it!) and

Scalloped Onion and Almond Casserole (or a Hotdish, as you call it up in North Dakota and Minnesota) to make mouths happy on a cold winter day! I hope that you enjoy both recipes.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup Serves 6-8 hungry people • 6 large baking potatoes (leave the skins on…) • 1 pound new red potatoes (leave the skins on…) • 1 large sweet yellow onion • 1 bunch green onions • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

• 1 pound bacon • 4 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese • 1 cup sour cream  • 1 quart whole milk • 1 quart low fat milk • Salt • Fresh ground black pepper

1. Take your bacon and get it all browned up, reserving the drippings. 2. While you’re doing that put the large potatoes in the microwave with slits cut in the sides for approximately 7 minutes (or until done).

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3. Chop onion and bell pepper, and saute them until caramelized in the reserved bacon drippings. 4. Take the new potatoes and boil them in water for about 10 minutes (until soft). 5. Chop green onions and set aside.

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6. After potatoes are baked and boiled, take the baked potatoes and cut into bite sized chunks. Take the red potatoes (drained) and add the quart of whole milk, and set temperature at a medium low setting on the stove. 7. As this is slowly warming up, add the caramelized onion and pepper to the pot. 8. Using a stick blender (as Emeril calls it, the boat motor) blend all this to a semi fine consistency... It’ll be thick... that’s good! 9. Next, add the chunks of baked potato, the sour cream, 2 cups of the shredded cheese, and crumble all but about 4 pieces of the bacon into the pot.

10. Here’s the part where you have to be the judge. As you’re blending all this together, begin adding some of the low fat milk, just adding enough to bring it to a soup consistency. Let it warm through for about 20 minutes, then taste for how much salt and pepper you’ll need. This can vary depending on how salty your bacon is. 11. To serve, ladle into bowls, topped with a touch of the remaining shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and chopped green onion. 12. Add a good crusty bread to that, and you’ll have a meal perfect for winter.

Scalloped Onion & Almond Casserole Serves 6-8 • 20 small pearl onions (about ½ cup) • 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter • 2 ¼ cups half and half • 4 celery stalks, chopped

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1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Lightly butter a 1-½ quart casserole dish. 3. Using a sharp knife, cut off and discard root end from each onion; set onions aside. 4. Fill a 4-to-6 quart saucepan half full of water; bring to a boil over medium high heat. Add onions; parboil 1 minute (FYI—Parboiling means to cook partially by boiling for a short period). 5. Drain into colander; place under running water until cool. 6. When onions are cool enough to handle, peel by grasping between your thumb and forefinger at stem end and squeezing lightly. The peel should slip off easily. 7. Set peeled onions aside. 8. In a heavy 12-inch skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add celery; cook 5 minutes. Add peeled onions and green onions; stir to blend. 9. Sprinkle flour into skillet; stir until combined. 10. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring. Blend in salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce.

11. Slowly stir in half and half. Cook about 5 minutes; fold in almonds and cheese. 12. Pour into buttered baking dish. 13. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly and lightly browned. It usually takes about 25 minutes. 14. Top with celery leaves if desired.

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Every time you get into the car or truck in the garage during the middle of winter you think about it. Why haven’t I taken the time to “finish” this garage with insulation and sheetrock? Why is it still just the studs and the plywood?

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It sure would be nice to have an “extra room˝ on the house to go and have some “man” time. Well, if those are the questions and thoughts that are running through your head, this DIY article will be right up your alley!

Step 1: Dream

Step 2: Budget

Sit down and figure out what you want the space to be. Do you just want it to house the vehicles, or would you like to make the space “your own” by including a workbench, heater, a fridge with beverages, gaming tables, etc.?

How much can you afford to spend on the project? Are you planning to do everything in a weekend, or are you going to spread it out over a longer period of time? The answers to these questions will affect your project.

Step 3: Plan To Shop, Don’t Just Buy Make a solid list of everything you’ll need for the project, and shop the advertisements from your local hardware and home improvement stores. A good list will help you keep your costs down as you won’t overbuy or buy on impulse!

Here are the Essentials Insulation


• Insulation comes in 16˝ or 24˝ widths. 16˝ insulation is for between the wall studs, and 24˝ is for in between ceiling trusses. Coverage area is listed on the package. • You’ll want to figure the area you will be covering. Figure out the square footage (length times height of each wall and the ceiling surfaces) you need to cover and the distance between your studs. Your local home improvement store sales people will be able to help you get an accurate measurement, but bringing in your measurements will help with accuracy. • Standard 2X4˝ walls will need R11 to R13 insulation. Standard 2X6˝ walls will need R19 to R22.

Measure the square footage you will need and then add 10% for overage. You’ll be grateful for the overage when Murphy’s Law kicks in, and you won’t have to stop everything to go and get one more sheet of $6 drywall because of one wrong cut! • Sheetrock/Drywall screws-1 ⅝˝ length • Utility Knife • Tacking Hammer • Tape Measure • Chalk Line • 48˝ Drywall Square: This is optional instead of the chalk line, and will make your life easier by giving you a raised straight edge to help cut the drywall!

You may want to consider renting: • Sheetrock Jack • Drywall gun

Step 4: Electrical Plan out your electrical needs for now and in the future. Where would you like additional outlets and will you require any larger capacity outlets? For this project, ceiling outlets were added for fluorescent lights, as well as two 220-V outlets for heaters. A local electrician was hired to pre-wire all of the outlets, and to ensure everything was done “to codes.” While the electrician is there,

consult him/her about the possibility of putting in a timer for your heater in the garage. This way you can set your heater to come on in the early morning to heat up the space and then also right before you return home from work. It is also good to consult a local contractor to make sure that your project complies with local and state building code. Winter 2010  39

Step 5: Insulation Use at least R19 or more insulation for the ceiling and R11 and R13 for the walls that is paper backed. Paper backed insulation is easy to work with, but a person could also use bare insulation with plastic as a barrier instead of the paper backed insulation. It has the same effect either way of insulating the space. It’s also good to know that if you are using the garage as an attic space, you’ll want to stick with the R19 rating, but if you’re not, go for the R30 insulation for the space above the ceiling. It will hold the heat better and help with efficiency. Because this is a garage, it is not a “finished” room in the interior of the house, a lower R rating on the insulation can keep your costs lower. You can use a higher R rating if you choose to, but keep in mind that no matter how well you have a garage

insulated, you are still going to lose some heat when you are backing cars out and putting them back in. To install the insulation, use a tacking stapler hammer to install each bat between all of the studs. Stuff the insulation around door frames and windows to prevent gaps in air, which could cause frost on the inside in the winter. If you have a small gap or void in a difficult-to-reach corner, spray expanding foam in to fill the gaps. You can get that at any local home improvement store. Note: If you are going to heat your garage, be sure to check that you have an insulated garage door. An insulated garage door will have a significant impact on how long your garage will retain heat before it begins to cool down.

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Step 7: Hanging the Sheetrock Begin hanging sheetrock on the ceiling. Choose one corner of the room and work lengthwise. If you have 10-foot ceilings in the garage, use 10-foot sheets of rock. If you have 8- foot ceilings, use 8-foot sheets of rock. This will allow you to hang full sheets vertically on the walls later, and will give you fewer seams to fill if you choose to tape and mud the walls later. Using sheetrock that is the height of your walls is easier to handle if you are doing this job yourself. The use of a 48˝ drywall square will help you to cut straight lines on the sheetrock. You can also use a chalk line to draw a line to follow with your utility knife, but the drywall square gives you a raised metal edge to follow as you cut. To cut the sheetrock, don’t cut through the entire sheetrock board. Score the paper

side a few times, and then break the piece off with your hands. If you don’t score the paperside, when the rock breaks, the paper will peel off the back and lessen the rock’s strength. As you are attaching the sheetrock, be careful not to drive the sheetrock screws too deep. This is where a drywall gun is a handy thing to rent. Screws driven too deep or not deep enough will cause sagging sheetrock in the future. The screws are designed to hold the walls up by the pressure they assume on the outside of the sheetrock. Screws that pierce the paper have no pressure and, therefore, are ineffective at holding the sheetrock up. Note: Renting a sheetrock jack can save you time, and your back will thank you later. A sheetrock jack allows for a better fit of each piece

To cut the sheetrock, don’t cut through the entire sheetrock board. Score the paper side a few times, and then break the piece off with your hands.

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of rock as you begin to screw it to each stud. The jack usually comes in three pieces and is relatively inexpensive to rent. The $40 is well spent, preventing injury, and allowing for better alignment and fastening to the studs. Depending on the size of the garage, eight hours and two people should get the job done! The right tools for the job obviously help move a project along. If you don’t have the right tools, some local hardware stores may offer a “loan a tool˝ program to help you use the right equipment for the job.

Step 8: Finishing the Ceiling Cut around each electrical box. A nice finishing trick is to trace around an extra electrical box to make sure the hole is big enough, but not too big for where your face plates can’t cover up the edges.

Step 9: Finishing the Walls Choose the same corner you started from with the ceiling and begin sheetrocking each wall. Be sure to look for any screws, nails, or staples before you start the process, as if you cover them with sheetrock, they will cause bulges on the other side of the sheetrock.

Step 10: Finishing Touches Cut smaller pieces as you need them to fit around any hardware that is attached to existing studs. For this project, the headers above the garage doors were in need of several small pieces.

Step 11: To Tape and Texture or Not? For many people, the next step is to tape the lines and mud all of the holes and heads. For this project, the hanging of the sheetrock was the major upgrade that the homeowner wanted. Taping and texturing wasn’t needed for the garage. It’s entirely up to you and based on what your “vision” was of the finished product at the end. A fully insulated garage with maybe a heater warming up the car before you go out on a cold day in the Midwest—sounds refreshing. Taking the time to plan a DIY project like insulating and sheetrocking your garage may just be a great way to “finish” your garage, increase your home’s value, and also save on your energy bill! a 42  Outdoor Design 

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Paul Boyum Metal Sculptor Artist People

Evolutionary. Paul Boyum is exactly that.

Having grown up on a small farm south of Battle Lake, Minnesota, and later farming the land himself, Boyum has used his qualities of ingenuity and innovation to grow a budding business based on a love of metal, welding, and art. His large metal flower sculptures are his trademark. He has evolved into a renowned metal artist in the region.

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While on the farm, Boyum enjoyed “making” things, especially out of metal. He picked up welding at the age of 11 or 12 by watching his father, and could weld better than his father right from the beginning. He explains this as being “blessed with the ability to understand something.” Over the years, his precision and understanding of metal and its properties continued to be fostered by tinkering in the shop and creating items that were useful for family and friends. His current business grew from some artistic moments when he first

created his trademark metal flowers, which he calls “Pipe Dreams.” These “Pipe Dreams” can be seen welcoming people to residences and businesses all over the region. He only makes about 100 a year and distributes them to area shops and also sells them at shows. The flowers were impressive when he first created them, and he was excited by their reception in public. He is gratified when he sees someone who has loved his art enough to have it outside his/her home. Boyum states, “I wouldn’t be excited about making them if people didn’t want to buy

them. It’s nice to have other people appreciate what you do and want one for their own.” After the big flowers sold so well, he started playing around with smaller versions of the flowers. Before Boyum knew it, the little flowers had morphed into an entire product line. One of the best selling products, the Coneflower thread holder, evolved from

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a conversation with his wife, Pam, who was quilting and struggling with the thread leading to the machine. She shared with him that it’s hard to get a decent thread holder, and he decided to make her one. As per her suggestion, he put a nice Paul Boyum flower on it, and the business hasn’t been the same since! The Coneflower thread holder is Boyum’s best-selling item, having been featured in several catalogs and four national publications. As the product line expanded, other items have been named after the ladies in Boyum’s life: his daughter, daughter-in-law, and late mother-in-law. He and his four employees make many Coneflower thread holders weekly. They seem to sell right away as there is truly a national market for them. He’s been experimenting with one and two bottle wine holders, a nine bottle floor-standing wine rack, paper towel holders and toilet paper holders. Boyum states that the “small flowers are attractive in the right environment” and that due to the originality of the ideas and the innovation behind them, people are really starting to notice his products. He has been commissioned to create metal sculpture in the area as well. On occasion, he will do some wall hangings and custom work. He created the cross for Battle Lake First Lutheran Church. His work can be seen around Winter 2010  45

Battle Lake especially. Visit Stella’s in Battle Lake, and you’ll see his handiwork—from the signage to the wine racks, to the outdoor seating area. It’s all his masterful artwork. Living on the shore of Clitherall Lake near Battle Lake makes a great backdrop for a metal studio. His shop

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is 100 yards from his house, and the garage has been remodeled into the “warehouse shipping department” for the Paul’s Metal Petals operation. The UPS man knows him by name as there is a daily pickup sending Boyum’s products all over the United States, from California to New York to Alaska. His products are not just products; they truly are works of art. Every piece is unique and filled with character. He knows he’s done a good job with a product when “every time I finish, I enjoy looking at them.” He jokes that, “I’d work cheaper if I had more spare time!” Boyum’s evolution from farmer to artist has been a journey. The journey continues as he goes “out of his way to influence the flow” when it comes to the creation of new and innovative products. One such product, the

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ReachEZ, has been patented and is used for unloading pickup truck beds. It is equipped with a brush and even a flashlight and was designed to help a person unload a pickup without having to flip back the tonneau cover. Who knows what Boyum will come up with next, but judging from his track record, he will continue to bring originality and charm to the art of welding. Paul Boyum’s Metal Petals products range in price from around $40 to $60 for the thread holders to $90 to $150 for the wine holders. His trademark “Pipe Dreams” flowers are only made once a year, and they sell for around $175. Products are available for online ordering at and can also be found at Shotwell’s Floral and RaeBon Sewing in Fargo. a

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What’s Happening

March 2 thru 6

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March 30

Fargo Film Festival Fargo Theatre

March 13

Bouncin’ Bash & More 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Veteran’s Memorial Arena

Nighttime Easter Egg Hunt 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Veteran’s Memorial Arena

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Moorhead Ice Show Moorhead Sports Center

April 2

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Home, Lawn & Garden Show 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Centennial Hall & Arena

St. Patrick’s Parade Starts at 3 PM Broadway, Downtown Fargo

March 19 Moorhead Ice Show Moorhead Sports Center Bouncin’ Bash & More 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Veteran’s Memorial Arena

Easter Eggstravaganza 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM The Children’s Museum

April 3 Easter Eggstravaganza 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM The Children’s Museum

March 21 Home, Lawn & Garden Show 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Centennial Hall & Arena

April 10 Spring Garden Expo 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Baker Garden and Gift

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