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HBA members ramp it up for Fargo family

May 13, 2021 - Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead’s Remodelers Council members built a handicap-accessible ramp for Fargo resident Barbara Sather May 13. They volunteered their time to assist in building the permanent ramp, helping Sather to access her home as she deals with the effects of an extended cancer battle. Project materials were funded by Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation. 


Above: Volunteers work on the ramp leading into the Sathers' home in north Fargo.

Kent Sather, Barbara’s husband, says,

“First of all, being the recipient of this type of community support is humbling. When we deal with increasing health issues it’s reassuring to know we have the support of people we don’t know to get through and make it easier to do the day-to-day normal things, like getting out of the house! I want to directly thank the HBA and what members do for our community!” 


He also emphasized appreciation for Freedom Resource Center, whose mission is to provide services that increase independence for people with disabilities, for providing a temporary ramp. 

Those who assisted in the project include

Tyler Guhlke and John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.;

 Dustin Murray, Dustin Murray Construction;

Trevor Odden, Stone Ridge Builders, Inc.; and

Steven Schall, Wood Specialists, Inc.


Above: John Gunkelman and Tyler Guhlke, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc., measure and cut carefully!

The Remodelers Council plans the Remodeled Home Tour and is affiliated with the HBA of F-M. The group lends their efforts to these types of small-scale charitable projects, and a common endeavor is handicap accessible-ramps dependent on funding and emergency needs. 

The HBA of F-M nurtures a thriving, innovative and diverse housing industry in our community. It is a non-profit trade association of over 750 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show, Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes and Remodeled Home Tour. For more details, visit


Above: Barbara and Kent Sather with volunteers Steve Schall, Wood Specialists, Inc., Trevor Odden, Stone Ridge Builders, Inc., and Tyler Guhlke and John Gunkelman, both Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.

Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation impacts our community through building projects, empowering students and shaping the future workforce. Founded in 1993, it is the Home Builders Association of F-M’s charitable organization. For more details, visit


Above: The finished product!

Written by Krista Mund, HBA of F-M Executive Vice President