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7 contractors banned from conducting business in ND

BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued cease and desist orders Tuesday against seven unlicensed contractors for allegedly violating North Dakota’s consumer fraud laws.

The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division initiated investigations after receiving complaints from consumers about the contractors failing to start or properly complete projects for which the consumers had made advance payments, a news release stated.

The contractors lacked the required licenses and didn’t cooperate with investigators, the release stated.

The following contractors were banned from doing business in North Dakota: Michael Knudson of Minot, doing business as MLK Construction; Ed McDonald, doing business as Asphalt Seal Coating and E. McDonald Seal Coating, with addresses in Texas, Iowa and North Dakota; Thomas J. Zimmerle of Mandan, doing business as From Old To New Construction LLP; Jaymason W. Bottin of Bigfork, Mont., doing business as J2 Roofing & General Contracting; Ryan Dalbec of Big Lake, Minn., doing business as Dalbec Property Management, Inc.; Thomas Dohleman of Dilworth, Minn., doing business as Tom’s Painting; and Kenny and Jessica Huffstutler of Dickinson, doing business as BCS Fence & Services LLC.

Criminal charges are pending against Dohleman in Cass County and against Zimmerle in Morton County.

Stenehjem advised consumers never to put money down until they make sure the contractor is properly licensed.

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