North Dakota added 22,000 people in 2013, and home builders were some of the first to feel the impact.
"We had a great year in 2013. It was probably the most for production and overall sales that we've had," says Chad Moldenhaur,
Owner of K and L Homes. "I think a lot of that has to do with the
strong economy, the strong consumer confidence and the ample amount of
work that there is to do."
Single family home permits increased 5 percent from 2012 and the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association says it has been busy keeping the peace.
kind of funny, building houses and working with the city is kind of
like a marriage," says Greg Zenker, 2nd Vice Chair of the
Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association. "There isn't a problem until
there's a miscommunication or lack of communication."
HBA membership grew by 10 percent, and as the housing explosion continues, builders are facing some challenges.
challenge always is keeping a good staff, I have 25 employees and were
always looking to add more people with the record unemployment levels
we've had in the past few years, it's tough," says Moldenhauer.
And Moldenhauer isn't the only one with staffing issues, cities have worker shortages, too.
"They are looking for a head inspector, and other inspectors to do the ground work," says Zenker.
And even though building boomed, the late spring and early winter created problems too.
of the weather challenges that happened in 2013, and you know, there's a
lot of building that needs to be done to finish 2013's projects," says
Both Moldenhauer and Zenker say that they think 2014 will be another busy year, especially as they finish up what they started last year.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:57:59 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.