Construction Trades Academy open to area teens

15 years and older, enrollment fee only $25, 3 college credits available

The Herdina Academy for Construction Trades will be June 2 to 13 at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead. The two-week session runs 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and a certified instructor supervises activities.

The Academy is open to North Dakota and Minnesota high school students ages 15 and older. Enrollment is limited! Students who successfully complete the Academy will earn three college credits from M State. The credits can be used for the carpentry, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning, or mechanical CAD programs at M State. Find out more by calling (701) 232-5846, emailing info@hbafm.com, visiting www.hbcfm.com or visiting www.facebook.com/TradesAcademy.

2013 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades students smile for a photo while removing concrete forms.

2013 Academy graduate Jose Chavez, Leonard, N.D., says, “The Academy opens up your eyes to what you want to do in the construction field, and what you don’t. You get to meet new kids, and it’s a blast.”

The Academy, now in its 17th year, will be held at M State for the eighth year. M State’s campus offers a myriad of opportunities to expose participants to the many specialty occupations within the construction industry including: blueprint reading, carpentry, casework, concrete, drywall, electrical, excavation, HVAC, landscaping, masonry, plumbing and more. Students will work side-by-side with industry and education professionals, learning about occupations, tools, safety requirements and skills required for satisfying and well-paying careers. They participate in classroom and hands-on learning, with the opportunity to experience first-hand how residential and commercial buildings are constructed.

2013 Academy parent Connie Oschner, Glyndon, Minn., says, “I have nothing but good things to say about the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. It offers the students an insight to so many trades and exposes them to all the options available. I would recommend it to all students!  The instructors and area contractors who participated in the program were excellent and very open to the students’ questions. The Academy paved the way for my son to enter M-State’s construction management program without hesitation as to whether or not it was something he would be interested in. He continues to draw on the things he learned at the Herdina Academy.”

Student-built sheds will be available for sale through the 2014 Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. Prices start at around $1,750 for an 8’ x 12’ shed. Contact Dave Kraemer at (218) 299-6912 or david.kraemer@minnesota.edu by May 15 if you are interested in pre-ordering. Limited customization is possible. Sheds will be complete by July and proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Academy in the future.

Sponsorship of the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is provided by: M State, Home Builders Association of F-M and its charitable organization, Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation.

A $500 scholarship from the Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation will be awarded to an outstanding student who completes the Academy and plans to enroll in a construction-related field at M State-Moorhead or North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.

HBA hires Nogosek as events coordinator

HBA Events Coordinator Lindsey Nogosek

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has named Lindsey Nogosek to its events coordinator position. Her responsibilities include coordinating the HBA’s public events, including the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show, Fall Home Show, Spring and Fall Parades of Homes and Remodeled Home Tour. She is also involved with planning Association events including the annual golf outings and membership meetings.

Nogosek is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication. She brings over seven years of professional experience in relationship management, sales and marketing. Originally from Broomfield, Colo., Nogosek and her husband, Kory, live in Fargo with their daughter, Remy.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

HBA announces Parade of Homes dates: April 24-27, May 1-4

This year’s Spring Parade of Homes magazine cover! Look for it at all Hornbacher’s stores starting April 21.

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead is proud to announce its Spring Parade of Homes dates, featuring more than 70 homes over two four-day weekends: April 24-27 and May 1-4. Sponsored by Marvin Windows & Doors, the Parade covers two weekends for consumer convenience. Hours are 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and noon – 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. It will showcase newly constructed homes by local builders.

Admission is free, and the event will be a scattered-site tour of homes throughout the F-M area. Homes will cover all price ranges, including options for those age 55 and better, first-time buyers, people needing more space and those wanting to downsize.

Magazine Details

Parade of Homes magazines detailing each home entry are available at all Hornbacher’s stores April 21-May 4. The magazine is a full-color, glossy publication with a half page dedicated to each home entry. Homes are represented in full color, with 3-D renderings. Builders also have an option to include a floor plan with home listings. The magazine includes a detailed map to each Parade entry, as well as a condensed listing of all homes entered in the event. An insert with home listings will be included in The Forum April 20.

Web Details

Consumers may access the Parade online at www.hbafm.com. The interactive website will allow consumers to browse homes, view maps and look for builders.

A free Parade application for Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPod and iPad is also available at www.hbafm.com.

Featured Homes

Each year, HBA members volunteer Parade of Homes entries priced $500,000 and higher to be “featured” homes in a fundraising effort to support their industry, Association and charity. Look for more details in the event magazine or at www.hbafm.com. The cost is $5 to tour all featured homes. Money raised will go to Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation, the HBA’s charitable foundation. It supports skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry.

Call the HBA of F-M at (701) 232-5846 or visit www.hbafm.com for more information on this event.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

2013 sets record for single-family housing permits, total construction value

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead released its 2013 year-end building permit report for Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo during a press conference Feb. 10.

2013 maintained positive trends for the Fargo-Moorhead area building industry for the final quarter, and a triumphant year overall. As evidenced by the HBA of F-M’s year end building permit report, housing starts continue their push toward record highs. Total construction value is over $663 million, which continues the trend of record numbers, and supersedes last year’s record by just under $90 million; it is a 15 percent increase over 2012’s banner year.

Overall, single-family construction value increased by almost a third at 32 percent; this is a substantial jump from 2012’s record high. In fact, with the exception of public permits, all categories experienced an increase in value over 2012. There were 1,175 housing starts overall for the F-M area, up 214 from last year, and 48 multi-family starts, which was a 33 percent increase.

Single-family construction achieved a record number of 935 starts in 2013. While overall housing starts were higher in 2004, those numbers reflected a much higher number of attached housing permits.

Perhaps most impressively, single-family construction achieved a record number of 935 starts in 2013. While overall housing starts were higher in 2004, those numbers reflected a much higher number of attached housing permits. 2013’s report shows that the market has shifted to a higher percentage of single-family dwellings, and this change helps account for the new high in overall value.

HBA of F-M President Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., says “The home building industry finished 2013 strong, and maintained outstanding production throughout the entire year. We had great expectations for a wonderfully productive year, and we may even have been a bit reserved in those estimates!”

Dietz also noted, “Housing starts were initially slow because of a wet spring and the threat of another flood, but it looks like the numbers rebounded enough to more than make up for that. We need to develop comprehensive and permanent flood protection for the region to make sure that we can eliminate that early-season concern; then, we can focus on building enough homes to meet our ever-increasing demand.”

Click here to access the permit report itself.

Fargo finished the year strong, with 521 total housing starts – an increase of 29 percent from last year. The majority of this growth was in single-family and twin-home construction. Multi-family and commercial starts remained similar to 2012. Through the third quarter, Dilworth had doubled its starts from 2012; it finished the year at that rate, going from 17 to 34 starts, and experienced an increase in residential remodel numbers as well.

While Moorhead hasn’t quite gotten back to the benchmark numbers from 2008, it did finish the year strong. The 46 more total housing starts was a 53 percent increase and a substantial improvement from 2012. City-wide efforts to expand housing aim to ensure those numbers continue on a positive trend. West Fargo finished with 109 additional starts during the fourth quarter, finishing the year with a total of 487 starts, 399 of which were for single family homes. Also, twin home construction in West Fargo increased by 10 percent, although residential remodels dropped by 36 to 264.

Each quarter, the HBA compiles the building permits from Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo into a uniform report for the industry’s and media’s use. It includes summaries for each city, types of construction, valuations and comparisons to the past four years, as well as comparisons to five-year and 20-year averages.

The HBA of F-M looks to celebrate another successful building season with a jam-packed Red River Valley Home & Garden Show Feb. 21-23. The annual show features speakers, presentations, numerous displays and a wide variety of construction-themed vendors, and runs 3 – 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Fargodome. Admission is $8 with two-for-one admission savings 3-5 p.m. Friday and Sunday. Consumers can find a $1-off coupon in the show guide at Hornbacher’s or at www.hbafm.com (coupon not valid during two-for-one hours).

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of nearly 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

2014 Home & Garden Show welcomes Design on a Dime host to Fargo

HGTV Design on a Dime host David Sheinkopf will appear at the 2014 RRV Home & Garden Show Feb. 21-23 at the Fargodome.

The 53nd annual Red River Valley Home & Garden Show, brought to you by Accent Kitchen & Bath, ushers in spring and welcomes HGTV’s Design on a Dime host David Sheinkopf Feb. 21-23. He will present interactive seminars each day of the show covering painting tips and tricks, proportion in your home, decorating with things you already have, and making sure you always have the right tool.

“Coming out to see me at the Home & Garden Show means you can have a one-on-one with designer and builder!” he says. “Bring in your photos or floor plans and let’s discuss what design dilemmas you have. It will be an environment of sharing and seeing that all people have the same issues when it comes to design and understanding your home.”

Consumers will find the Fargodome overflowing with more than 330 exhibitors, including the largest selection of home and garden exhibits in the region. It is one-stop shopping and provides a glimpse of spring; enjoy the smell of flowers, mulch and greenery in the landscaping and backyard displays! Inside the home of NDSU’s championship football team, you will find Bison-themed items including pool tables and games, stained glass art and even green and yellow cabinetry. Techies can check out the best in sound and electronics, including a “smart” garage door opener that can be controlled from a phone or the Internet and a wireless, weather-proof television monitor that is part of a hot tub and can withstand rain, snow and cold. Along with home improvement ideas and the latest gadgets,

HBA of F-M Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “Come to gather ideas. In this age of the Internet, nothing beats human interaction and the Home & Garden show’s social setting. We even have a place for the kids: a managed daycare so your children can have fun while you shop.”

Event details and conveniences

  • Show hours are 3-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday Feb. 23.
  • Show guides will be published in The Forum Feb. 16 and become available at all Hornbacher’s Feb. 17.
  • Admission is $8
    • $1-off coupons will be available in the show guides and at www.hbafm.com (starting Feb. 17).
    • Two-for-one admission specials will be 3-5 p.m. Friday and Sunday ($1-off admission coupon not valid during two-for-one hours).
  • Check www.hbafm.com for a seminar schedule and event details. Share what you want to discover at this year’s show using #homesweethomeshow on Facebook (HomeShowFM), Pinterest (HBAFM) and Twitter (@HBAFM).
  • A managed daycare will be available for potty-trained children age three to seven. Fees are $3 per hour for the first child and $2 per hour for each additional child (same family).
  • Entrances on the east and west sides of the Fargodome will be open for consumer convenience.
  • More about Sheinkopf: He has background as a model, actor, set designer and art director and spent over four years and 100 shows on HGTV’s Design on a Dime, realizing that helping people with design problems is a great feeling. He has continued on that road, working on The Greg Berendt Show and Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. Learn more at www.davidsheinkopf.com.
  • Visit www.hbafm.com for more details. Contact the HBA at (701) 232-5846 or info@hbafm.com for more information on exhibiting. For sponsorship information, contact Jenny Erickson at (701) 232-5846 or jenny@hbafm.com.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of nearly 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.

HBA of F-M names Builder, Associate of the Year 2013

Darrick Guthmiller and Terry Lipp with the awards for Builder and Associate of the Year from the HBA of F-M.

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead announces Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc., as the recipient of its 2013 Builder of the Year award and Terry Lipp, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom as its 2013 Associate of the Year.

This award is presented each fall to recognize one outstanding Builder member and one outstanding Associate member for effort and work expended in the interest of his or her fellow members, Association and community.

As a recipients of the Fargo-Moorhead awards, Guthmiller and Lipp will be included in a state-wide competition judged by the North Dakota Association of Builders. Winners will be announced at NDAB’s annual meeting in November in Williston.

More about Guthmiller… 

Guthmiller became involved with the Association’s Membership Committee in 1999, a few years after joining Kochmann Brothers Homes as a drafter/estimator. Within the company, he was promoted to manager and currently serves as part owner and chief business officer. Over the years, he has become involved with the HBA’s Education Committee and numerous public affairs and legislative efforts and groups, taking on more and more responsibilities.

Guthmiller rides in the 2013 Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Tour de Habitat stationary bike race fundraiser.

Guthmiller cares about education and his industry’s future which is reflected in his commitment to volunteering at the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades and Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo yearly. He earned the Certified Graduate Builder designation from the National Association of Home Builders and serves on the North Dakota State College of Science Construction Technology Advisory Committee.

As for community service, Kochmann Brothers Homes and Guthmiller designed and built two ticket booths for Park Christian Football Field; they also supported the 2012 Home Builders Care Build for Habitat with Guthmiller drafting plans for its garage and for a 2011 State Bank & Trust Pay It Forward remodeling project. Guthmiller has been involved with the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Tour de Habitat bike race since 2007 and has served as a team captain since 2009.

Through his involvement on the HBA board of directors and in his role as president, Guthmiller has been the HBA’s main spokesperson with the media. He regularly participates in industry advocacy meetings.

HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “When you step back and look at the amount of time Darrick has given the HBA in the past 14 years, it’s staggering. He’s the type who prefers to avoid the limelight, has a steady hand and calm demeanor, and is a very effective leader because fellow members and community leaders trust his opinion and direction.”

Guthmiller is a real estate agent and is a member of the F-M Area Association of Realtors. He has degrees in construction management and architectural drafting and estimating from NDSCS in Wahpeton.

Away from work and the HBA, Guthmiller enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their sons, Quinn and Asher.

More about Lipp…

Lipp became involved with the HBA of F-M nearly 20 years ago when working with Kohler Plumbing Company. Today, he is a builder sales associate at Ferguson, which he says is a company that understands the significance and importance of the home builder through the product specification process.

Terry Lipp (right) works on a Remodelers Council handicap accessible ramp project.

Along with being secretary on the HBA board of directors, Lipp is active on the Remodelers Council and is a past chairman of that group. He is a strong supporter of the Council’s projects including the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat, wheelchair ramp projects and RENEW House. Ferguson donated the plumbing, lighting and appliances for the RENEW House, and donated the plumbing fixtures for the Habitat project. It also donated to the Fargo Motor Patrol Fish Fry, a fundraiser for Home Builders Care. Lipp grilled lunch on several occasions at the Habitat build and, over the years, provided grilling services and sponsorship for the Remodelers Council Picnic and Muddy Boots Picnic. He is a Life Spike and served on the New Member Development Committee for two years.

He is a past supporter of the Builders Association of Minnesota’s convention and is a regular volunteer to make deliveries for World of Thanks. He has supported the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Tour de Habitat stationary bike race, serves on the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality board of directors, and has achieved “Gallon” donor status as a volunteer with United Blood Services.

HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “Terry lights up a room and has everyone smiling when he’s around. Over the years, he has been a valuable asset to the HBA of F-M and we are truly indebted to his commitment to the industry and this Association.”

Away from the HBA and work, Lipp enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, Angie, and their twin sons, Jon and Zach.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment where members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of nearly 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show. For more information, visit www.hbafm.com. The North Dakota Association of Builders is made up of six local associations across the state with over 2,000 members, and is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB is a building trade association based in Washington, D.C., with over 140,000 members nationwide.

F-M area construction industry permit values exceed records

The Fargo-Moorhead area building industry continues to experience an astounding resurgence. Overall construction values have surpassed last year’s third-quarter peak, as evidenced by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead’s year-to-date building permit report. This brings the area back to levels it hasn’t experienced since the mid-2000s.

Total construction value is already over $523 million, which is the highest posted through the first three quarters, and supersedes last year’s record by just under $90 million. For reference, the previous third quarter high was in 2006 at $428 million, and current numbers are almost $100 million higher.

HBA of F-M President Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc., delivers the highlights from the 2013 third quarter building permit report released today.

HBA of F-M President Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc., says “Our members continue to enjoy a wonderful work season here in the valley. Although there was a late winter and wet spring, we are still building houses at an amazing rate!”

For the F-M area as a whole, single-family construction has exceeded the previous high of 745 permits in 2004, hitting 770. Residential construction is still at record levels, posting the highest number of housing starts (single-family, twin home and row houses) since 2005: there have been 982 housing starts in the F-M area through September. This pace is up 34 percent from the 732 starts in 2012, which was itself a 64 percent increase from the previous year.

  • Moorhead has shown great growth, with 43 more total housing starts than last year at this time, and a 24 percent increase in single-family residences.
  • In Fargo, every category, other than residential remodeling, has experienced an increase from last year, with total housing starts increasing by just under 40 percent from third quarter of last year.
  • Dilworth has seen its total housing starts double, as that number rose from 12 to 25.
  • In West Fargo, where housing (and all construction) numbers have seen the most impressive growth in the region, there has been another 20 percent increase over last year’s total housing starts; multi-family construction has almost doubled.

“Despite this record growth, our metro area still faces challenges in flood insurance mandates and the wait for permanent flood protection,” Guthmiller says. “Our industry is working hard to keep up with demand and to find the workforce necessary – these are positive challenges as it means we are busy putting people to work and creating jobs.”

Access a video of today’s news conference releasing this information here.

Each quarter, the HBA compiles the building permits from Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo into a uniform report for the industry’s and media’s use. It includes summaries for each city, types of construction, valuations and comparisons to the past four years, as well as comparisons to five-year and 20-year averages.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment where members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of nearly 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show. For more information, visit www.hbafm.com.

Leadership expert to present ‘The Power of Understanding People’ keynote Nov. 7

David Mitchell will present “The Power of Understanding People” Nov. 7 at the Ramada.

No matter what business you’re in, you can’t avoid interacting with people and building relationships. David Mitchell of The Leadership Difference will share “The Power of Understanding People” during a keynote presentation at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites, 1635 42nd St. S., in Fargo. His talk will be followed by a social with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and sponsored by Choice Financial Group, Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co., LLP and Hirshfield’s Paints. Cost is $40 for Home Builders Association of F-M members and $65 for non-members. Register by calling (701) 232-5846 or email info@hbafm.com.

By attending Mitchell’s keynote, you will find the tools to understand individuals’ unique communication style. This information-filled, energizing training provides an ideal combination of strong content, laugh-out-loud humor and audience interaction.

Learning objectives:

  • A shared experience and language that attendees can relate to in their work and personal lives;
  • A better understanding of their own and others’ unique interactive styles;
  • Valuable information about the various interactive styles to help become a more insightful communicator, leader, sales professional and customer service provider;
  • The foundation of information necessary to fine-tune relationships with customers, colleagues, family members and friends.

Mitchell founded his organization development consulting firm, Leadership Difference, in 1995. Since then, over 250,000 people have attended his “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics including leadership, customer service, selling skills and personal performance enhancement. Mitchell is also the author of the book Live and Learn or Die Stupid! which focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence. He is currently writing his next book, The Power of Understanding People, scheduled for release in December. In 2013, Mitchell was named Best Speaker of the Year by Meeting Professionals International.

The HBA of F-M promotes an environment where members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of nearly 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show. For more information, visit www.hbafm.com.

Proof that home builders care: HBA member serves as Project HOME coordinator

by Jenny Erickson, HBA Development & Project Coordinator

Gary Opp, Opp Construction, has been proving that home builders care. He recently became involved in Project HOME, a three-bedroom duplex that provides accountability housing for three men recently released from the Cass County Jail.

Project HOME is a three-bedroom duplex that provides accountability housing for three men recently released from the Cass County Jail.

Project HOME began in early February with a partnership between Jail Chaplains and My Father’s House. Jail Chaplains and its team of volunteers provide 20 plus hours of faith-based programs at the Cass County Jail every week. My Father’s House is also a faith-based organization which creates networks of welcoming churches, employers, and landlords for individuals coming out of the criminal justice system and recovery. This past February the two organizations came together to revitalize the duplex so it could be a home for three men seeking to live in a recovery accountability community. The goal of Project HOME is to house, feed, clothe and assist in finding employment for those in the recovery and restoration process after incarceration.

Gary Opp preps a wall at the Project HOME house.

Opp is now serving as project coordinator for Project HOME. The goal was to provide a home for three additional men this summer. Opp became involved in this organization when he was invited to a vision meeting by a friend.

“After hearing about the need for this type of housing and seeing the many others in our community who embraced the idea, it was easy to say yes and throw my hat into the ring. I believe God gives us all opportunities to serve Him and when we say yes, He shows up in big ways. I consider it a privilege to have been asked to be part of this Christ-centered outreach,” said Opp.

Cleaning windows, painting, flooring, and minor electrical and plumbing needs are just a few of the things that volunteers did to make the duplex a home.

The “man cave,” which is the site of a weekly bible study.

Project HOME is open to men who are referred through Jail Chaplains. The men are asked to provide their personal story: where they have been, where they are now, what changes they have made and what their goals are. They also go through an interview process. Once living at Project HOME, the residents receive  help in finding employment. They are asked to pay rent, attend a church of their choice, participate in a faith-based recovery program and volunteer. Project HOME helps men build healthy relationships and be responsible citizens in our community. The men are asked to sign a six-month lease which can be renewed. They are welcome to stay at Project HOME as long as they are contributing to the harmony of the home and desire to be there.

Opp said that his favorite part has been “building relationships with the men living at Project HOME and working alongside the many volunteers who have the heart to serve.”

He also said, “I often think of guys like Ron Barstad who was a long time friend of the HBA of F-M and active member of the Remodelers Council. Ron stepped up and served his community and church in a way that had a lasting impact on me. We all miss Ron and I was lucky to have worked alongside him on HBA projects. I learned something he knew all along-giving is more rewarding than receiving.”

The HBA of F-M’s charity, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation, celebrates 20 years this year and is active in supporting education, skill training and projects related to the housing industry. Visit www.hbcfm.com for more about the HBA’s and Home Builders Care Foundation’s good works in the community. Thank you Gary Opp for showing how much home builders care about the communities in which we live and work!

Contact Jail Chaplains Executive Director Gerri Leech at (701) 364-0067 for more information on Project Home.

Fall Home Show moves to Scheels Arena Sept. 27-28, features ‘kitchen magician’

The Fall Home Show, hosted by Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, will be Sept. 27-28 at its new home: Scheels Arena. Hours are noon – 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday. Now in its 24th year, the Fall Home Show will display a wide array of exhibits under one roof. The event’s sponsors include Budget Blinds of Fargo, Luxury Bath of Fargo, CenturyLink and LP Building Products.

The 2013 Fall Home Show’s featured speaker will be Paul F. Ryan, the Kitchen Magician, offering seminars both Friday and Saturday Sept. 27-28.

Featured speaker is Paul F. Ryan, a nationally recognized home improvement expert. Known as the “kitchen magician,” his seminars both days of the show feature cost-effective kitchen improvements that will bring years of enjoyment and a nice payday when it comes time to sell. Ryan has remodeled hundreds of kitchens through his work as television show host on both the DIY and TLC cable networks, and off-camera as a licensed building contractor in the Twin Cities.

The show also features a historic home expert: Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of Place Economics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and nonprofit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. His seminar (Saturday only) will be geared to engender pride in owners of older homes, and preservation of historic homes, while providing practical tips for historic home owners.

See booths featuring building industry companies including general contractors, flooring, siding, spas, windows, water purification, decks, heating/air conditioning, interior decorating and design, kitchen and bath design, cabinetry, plumbing, garages, basements and more.

Check www.hbafm.com as the show nears for a seminar schedule, or pick up the show guide in The Forum Sept. 22 or available at Hornbacher’s Sept. 23.

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity will offer kids projects throughout show hours allowing children to construct projects provided by Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Admission is $3. Parking is free and convenient, provided by HBA of F-M. Children younger than age 14 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Look for a $1-off admission coupon in the show guide inserted Sept. 22 in The Forum. Starting Sept. 23, the coupon will be available at www.hbafm.com and show guides will be available at Hornbacher’s. Two-for-one admission hours will run 2 – 5 p.m. Friday ($1-off admission coupon not valid during this time).

Call (701) 232-5846 or visit www.hbafm.com for more information on exhibiting in the show.

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of nearly 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide quality services, benefits and education to members and the community while representing the collective interests of the home building industry. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show.