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CONTINUED FROM 1A Pete Boulay, a DNR clima- FALL COLOR REPORTS
tologist, said overnight low
> Fall color temperatures have been high-
er than normal for the past
“We’ll have to wait and see Wisconsin: travel
summer drought across what happens,” Boulay said. wisconsin.com/fallcolor_
much of the region, coupled “You never know how good report.aspx
with recent warm tempera- the weather’s going to be. At
tures, lowers the chances for this time of year, the place is normal temperatures are still
the vibrant leaf color that peo- not around the metro. You affecting color.
ple enjoy. have to go farther north.” “We always get the yellows,”
“It’s been pretty brutal, pret- And much farther north at Cox said. “But if we want
ty dry this summer,” Jones Itasca State Park, Connie Cox, those bright reds and the
said. “By early October, if the lead interpretive natural- oranges of the sugar maples,
things turn around, we could ist, said the park is already we really need the cool
have an average year of color. seeing more visitors than nor- nights.”
Right now I’m thinking we’re mal.
going to have a less-than- Itasca escaped the drought, Patrick B. Anderson can be
average year.” Cox said, but warmer-than- reached at 651-228-5444.
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PIONEER PRESS PHOTOS: SCOTT TAKUSHI
Jodi Ertmer, of Orono, checks out the master bedroom in Dream Home No. 125 on the 2009
Parade of Homes, at 3285 Graham Hill Road in Orono. The developer built the 7,305-square- > Globe
foot house with no buyer lined up. But the house sold about halfway through the building
CONTINUED FROM 1A The eastern white pine,
some of it already hundreds
> Parade of Homes of years old, came out of the
vast forests of northern Min- COURTESY ALPENA (MICH.) COUNTY LIBRARY
nesota and Wisconsin. It was Grain from the throughout the Midwest came to the Globe
they build and when they buy.” brought to the site in the Elevator in Superior, Wis., for loading aboard cargo ships.
The Builders Association — an organization Duluth-Superior Harbor and This is the main elevator structure, circa 1900.
comprising builders, remodelers and compa- cut to specifications. Douglas
nies that do business with them — has been try- fir, southern yellow pine and
ing to adapt with the times, including getting white oak also are found in
onto Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as the buildings.
adding mini-lifestyle niche tours to the parade, The main building, three-
its biannual promotional event. fourths as long as a football
The association also has combined events. field, is almost 150 feet high.
This year, the Fall Preview of new homes Two other storage buildings
included the fall Remodelers Showcase. The aren’t as tall, but are twice as
remodeling event usually is held in mid-Octo- long. More than 2 million
ber, after the Parade, but this year it ran earlier board feet of old-growth white
this month in conjunction with the start of the pine were used in each. When
Parade. they were finished, they made
“This was a hard one — there was a lot of up the largest elevator com-
resistance. Change is very, very difficult,” said plex in the world.
Wendy Danks, the association spokeswoman. Collectively, the buildings
“But our revenue is down like anyone else in contained 289 bins or silos PIONEER PRESS: JOHN DOMAN
this industry or other industries — we are that could hold 5 million Supervisor Annette Tracy moves a slab of grain-eroded
struggling to do more with less, or just as much bushels of grain. Until 1989, bin wall to a work-yard location where nails will be removed
with less. We have to find a way to save dollars, the grain was loaded onto and boards separated. Elevator No. 1, in the background, is
and promoting it once instead of twice saved large freighters docked next the first of three being dismantled.
some good dollars.” The staircase in Dream Home No. 125. to the main building and
In the Spring Preview, the remodeling show- transported to Europe and
case will be the last weekend of the Parade elsewhere.
“It costs more to put it at the end, in terms of THE PROJECT
promotional needs,” Danks said. “If it’s at the
beginning, we can promote an event, bulking The salvage project got off
up at the beginning and then put out reminders to an unlikely start.
for the next three weeks. If the remodeling When Hozza was an invest-
event is held at the end, we’ll need to do some ment banker, he was
extra push at the end. This is our test opportu- approached by the former
nity, to see what will work best for our members owner of the buildings, who
and Twin Cities residents.” wanted to develop the proper-
In these times, promoting remodeling makes ty into a marina and recre-
sense, Danks said. ational vehicle campground.
“Families in the Twin Cities who have Melissa O’Donnell and Matt Briggs, both of For the project to work, how-
changes in lifestyle, household shape, house- Hudson, Wis., check out the spaces in parade ever, the buildings had to be PIONEER PRESS: JOHN DOMAN
hold size — the options for them include a new house No. 125. taken down. Leo Potter pounds a wedge with a sledge hammer to sep-
home or remodeling,” she said. “New construc- Seeing so much wood that arate boards and beams.
tion and remodeling have to be a one-stop shop Swanson said. “Historically, we want to see could be resold and believing
because of the reality of today’s marketplace.” three to four times the normal amount of traffic it might otherwise be headed remove heavy machinery
Apparently there are plenty of potential home- during the Parade, and we have seen that — we for a landfill, Hozza quit his
FYI from the upper floors, but
buyers — or at least the curious — out there. took 16 lot holds out last weekend, and six have job to form the salvage opera- For more information there were many more interi-
Although the early remodeling show date creat- converted to sales this week.” tion, and secured rights to the about the Globe Elevator or walls, as well as more
ed confusion, initial reports indicate the com- Swanson said other builders have similar sto- main building. wood, than he expected.
bined events have had good traffic, Danks said. ries. “I thought we’d have the project, go to “It’s like a box of Cracker
Actual numbers will be available later. Cudd De Novo built the Dream Home model to building down and the wood wisconsinwoodchuck.net Jack,’’ Hozza said. “There is a
What are these Parade-goers looking at, in attract buyers for a new development, Graham sold in one year,’’ said Hozza, or oldglobewood.com. surprise in every bin.’’
terms of new homes? Some of it is lingering Hill Preserve. who lived in the office trailer A huge crane was used to
inventory, but others are new models — “Well, ‘nervous’ is a good word,” Denman said adjacent to the buildings for haul down machinery from
changed for the times. about the decision to build a house without a 14 months and has since Paul-based Mendota Mantels the upper floors of the main
“They’re smaller, more compact,” said Mike buyer. acquired rights to the other and Old Growth Woods, building. Then crews took on
Swanson, president of the builders association But he’s also hopeful. A family of four, new to two structures. makes fireplace mantels, the task of disassembling the
and vice president of Rottlund Homes, of his the area, bought the 7,305-square-foot home Eventually, Peres, who met tables and other furnishings building one bin at a time.
company’s and other builders’ new homes. about halfway through the building process. Hozza through an online dat- out of reclaimed timbers and With each, workers using
“At Rottlund, we’re open every day of the “Which is always good,” Denman said. ing service, joined the opera- likes working with the wood. chainsaws cut through slabs
week, unlike some of the smaller companies, tion. Because it has been air-dry- of boards that have been
and we track our traffic every single day,” Molly Millett can be reached at 651-228-5505. Wisconsin Woodchuck dis- ing for so long, he said, it’s nailed together to form walls.
mantles the buildings and more stable and less likely to A crane lowers the slabs to
sells the timbers, mainly to twist or crack. “It didn’t take the ground, where other
timber framers. A subsidiary, long to realize this wood is so workers take out the nails. All
Old Globe Reclaimed Wood much nicer to work with than of the wood is kiln-dried to kill
CONTINUED FROM 1A ple by debiting large transac- costs of having a payment or Co., resaws the wood and new wood because of that sta- any harmful organisms.
tions before small ones, transaction rejected.” mills it into handcrafted floor- bility issue,’’ he said. Buyers can choose wood
> Congress exhausting available funds
An ABA spokesman declined
Friday to comment on Dodd’s
ing and paneling.
“When we get an order, this
It’s also not easy to find.
“In the reclaimed-timber
ranging from 12-by-14-inch
timbers to flat tongue-and-
Moebs Services projects the upcoming bill because the gets loaded on a truck and business, white pine is not groove products. The price for
targets banks industry will make $38.5 billion
off the fees this year, up from
details were not yet available.
The contours of the legisla-
taken to Rhinelander, (Wis.,)
where the (subcontractor’s)
easy to come by,’’ he said.
Phil Bjork, owner of Great
white pine goes up to $4 a
board foot, with white oak
$18 billion in 1999, in part tion remain undefined. The shop is,’’ Peres said, showing Northern Woodworks in up to $7.
4 percent this year, according because the average fee large Federal Reserve has now off stacks of timbers that have Cambridge, Minn., uses the The company could contin-
to Moebs Services, a financial banks charge for each over- proposed a requirement that been cleaned of nails and wood in homes he builds and ue taking down the building
research firm. draft has climbed by $10, to $35. banks must sign up customers labeled. said it has “a very nice patina without interruption, but
Industry groups argue that Because most overdrafts are for overdraft programs. That The two also are collecting luster that goes deep into the then would be stuck with a
customers are responsible for now prompted by debit card is the minimum standard and reselling an estimated wood.’’ huge supply of exposed wood.
monitoring their account bal- transactions, consumer advo- under consideration by Dodd’s 500,000 of pounds of wrought But it also has two other Hozza said the most efficient
ances, that overdrafts should cates argue that the industry staff. iron, a purer form of iron that characteristics he likes. system seems to be to have
not happen unintentionally in effect has created a new The House bill, authored by is becoming increasingly “It’s historical,’’ he said. “Lit- 200,000 board feet available,
and that overdraft loans — the kind of unregulated credit Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., rare. erally, some of these trees enabling more dismantling
money advanced automatical- card. But the Federal Reserve would require banks to obtain were alive in the early 1700s. when demand requires it.
ly to cover the overdraft — are ruled in 2004 that banks were permission from customers THE WOOD “It’s also a great use of recy- “We can’t afford to go any
a service that banks offer. providing a service rather before each overdraft loan, but cling. What typically has been faster than we can sell it,’’
The issue has been simmer- than a loan, and therefore the Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., The wood is especially bulldozed down in the last 30 Peres said.
ing for years. In the age of customer’s decision to spend chairman of the House Finan- appealing to woodworkers for years is being cleaned up and “My guess now is we’ll fin-
handwritten checks, banks the money was sufficient to cial Services Committee, said its “green” qualities and for dressed up and put to an ish Building One in six
rarely made overdraft loans, indicate approval. The Fed did he considered that idea its character, which includes a appropriate use.’’ months, then take down Two
but as the rise of debit cards require banks to detail the fees unwieldy. polished erosive effect from Hozza said the wood often is and Three as demand dic-
vastly increased the volume of on the customer’s next state- Sen. Charles Schumer, D- years of grain flowing across denser than today’s pines. tates,’’ said Hozza, adding the
transactions, the industry ment. N.Y., also favors a requirement it, according to Caspar. “The knots and the charac- company is mildly profitable
gradually perfected a new A survey released by the making the fee proportional to “First, new trees weren’t ter of the wood are much and current on its bills, but in
strategy. Banks began to American Bankers Associa- the amount of the loan. felled to obtain the wood,’’ more intricate than the stuff a holding pattern.
honor transactions, up to a tion last month showed 82 per- The fate of the bill is inter- Caspar said. “Second, it you would get today, which is So far the company has
preset limit, and then charge a cent of 1,000 customers did not twined with the broader shows quite a lot of character almost like white bread or spent about $2 million to buy
fixed fee on top of the amount pay an overdraft fee in the pre- debate over financial reform. that you wouldn’t get from plain vanilla,’’ Hozza said. the buildings and to disman-
of the loan. vious 12 months. Of those who Frank said new rules clearly freshly cut wood — all the nail “You don’t have the complexi- tle half of the main one. Hozza
Most banks automatically paid the overdraft fee, 96 per- are necessary, but if Congress holes and some of the weath- ty in the grain and the color. said he expects to spend
offer the loans to all account cent said they were glad the votes to create a new con- ered surfaces inside the grain Because of the aging and another couple million dollars
holders, according to a study payment was covered. sumer protection agency, it silos. As grain fell down inside humidity, the wood has taken for the entire project, but it’s
by the Federal Deposit Insur- “Clearly, consumers who pay could write the rules. If the the silos, it wore away the on a honey hue, almost a light difficult to predict what fac-
ance Corp. released last year. overdraft fees are the minority, banking industry succeeds in wood much like water does on golden that, again, you don’t tors — time, demand, weather
They also do not notify cus- and that number is shrinking,” its opposition to the new rock and created patterns find in new white pine.’’ and other unknowns — will
tomers when an overdraft is Nessa Feddis, ABA senior fed- agency, he said, he would favor unlike any I have ever seen come into play.
about to occur, nor offer them eral counsel, said about the a strong overdraft bill. before. Where there’s a knot THE WORK “If I was a younger man, this
a chance to cancel the transac- study. “More importantly, most “Banks should understand or a nail, the wood is not worn would all make sense,’’ said
tion. Furthermore, many consumers want banks to pay that they can’t have it both away. You have this incredible The work has been more the 64-year-old Hozza, who
banks process transactions in their overdrafts so they can ways,” Frank said. “If that sculptured effect you can’t labor-intensive and expensive estimates the entire project
ways that increase the number avoid the inconvenience, should falter, then we will pass create yourself.’’ than Hozza ever envisioned. could take another five years
of overdraft charges, for exam- embarrassment and potential a tough overdraft bill.” Tom Schoeller, owner of St. Not only was it difficult to to finish.