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Flood Recovery Business Fined

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A business formed in Minot following the 2011 flood has been fined by the state for operating without the needed state permit.

North Star Drywall and Construction was begun by a Tennessee contractor who had moved to the state planning to work in the oil patch.

In a story on KX News in 2012, James Wilder said he decided to locate in Minot when he found out about the flood damage to thousands of homes.

However, the Secretary of State reports that Wilder's contractor's license expired on March 3rd of this year and North Star Drywall was declared "not in good standing" with the state as of April.

An official in the Secretary of State's office says a letter to the company was not responded to.

Wilder says it was a clerical error that resulted in his license not being renewed.

Parrell Grossman, the head of the state's consumer protection division in the Attorney General's office says North Star was fined one thousand dollars on Friday, with 250-dollars suspended, and Wilder paid a net fine of 750-dollars for performing work without the required license.

As of today, North Star has NOT yet been granted a new contractor's license and cannot conduct business in North Dakota until a new license is issued.

Grossman says he is seeing more cases of new businesses failing to renew their contractor licenses.

And he says it's something his boss, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, has ordered to be watched closely.

(Parrell Grossman, Consumer Protection Division) "We have to have a level playing field for our contractors. We need to make sure that all the contractors are licensed and they're all following the regulations, that they're paying Workforce Safety and Insurance premiums, Job Service ND premiums, that they're paying North Dakota sales tax, that's they're really following the same rules that all the out-of-state licensed contractors and the in-state licensed contractors are."

Grossman says just since June First, the Consumer Protection Division has taken enforcement actions against nine contractors and levied fines of more than nine thousand dollars.

In addition, the Attorney General has issued two "cease and desist" orders to ban contractors from doing business in the state.

 

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