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Ritz Update

Posted: 0208-08-28 10:24:32

Planning for the Ritz home started over a year ago when the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee approached our affiliate. SFI is a wood products certification that ensures that building materials are taken from well managed forests. Their partnership includes obtaining in-kind donations of SFI certified materials for the home and volunteer labor. Through this partnership the framing lumber came from commissioner Keith Nelson’s tree farm and was milled by the East Dhu River Sawmill which also turned ash trees from Richard Ostman’s farm into trim. Senator Tom Bakk donated trees that Ainsworth turned into the sheeting for the home. Kelly and her daughter’s Girl Scout troop spent a day replanting trees with Senator Bakk this spring. Louisiana Pacific donated SFI certified wood siding. This newsletter is printed on Boise paper donated along with a year’s supply to the Habitat office.

All of this building could not have taken place without vital site leadership from volunteer building supervisor Harold Wentland and his faithful crew of local Habitat volunteers. Harold worked with kids from the Iron Range Youth in Action to prepare the foundation which had been poured by volunteers from the Local 633 Mason’s Union. Gordon Smith and volunteers from the local Tapers and Painters Union are currently finishing the sheetrock. Wells Fargo also partnered with us to provide $10,000 towards building materials as well as volunteers.

Trim, interior finish work and landscaping are left to complete before a dedication is scheduled in the next couple of months. Check the website: www.nslchfh.org for volunteer days and the date for the upcoming open house!