I had a construction meeting yesterday in Minot. Visually there hasn't been much progress, but I am assured that thing are soon going to happen fast.

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The groundwork is nearly done. We've got our geo piers down as much as 40 feet below the floor of the store. The building site has been leveled with gravel (granular material) and they are building the footings around the building.

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We've been at it for a couple months and I wouldn't blame someone who drove by from wondering if we were just adding to our parking lot. That's going to change immensely in the next month. The wall panels are pretty much all completed and are sitting in the Wells Concrete lot in Grand Forks. Next week they'll start putting them up. At the same time the steel columns and ceiling joists will be going up to tie the entire building system together. In the matter of three or four weeks we are going to have the shell of the building up. I can't wait to see it.

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The building site for our new store in Minot sits on top of an old coulee. There's as much as 35 feet of fill in some places. We suspect that the fill was put in by the road department when they built the roadways in that area. You can't build anything on top of soil like that so we are having to stabilize the soil. What we're doing is having a specialist come in and drill 640 holes down to the good soil. Then gravel will be packed into the holes. Once they're done, in about a month, we can build on top of their work with no problems. It's a pretty cool process. We have the best location in town, perhaps in the entire state. We're really glad that we can rehabilitate the site and be able to use it.

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I'm going to try to post here more often to keep the public up to date with the projects that we have going on. Here's a new rendering of the Minot store with the signage included on the building. Since we have such a great location we're going to use as much signage on the building as we can. I think this is going to be a great store.