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Published October 08, 2010, 11:44 AM

Extreme Home Makeover: Weather couldn't be better for the Extreme Makeover build

Contractors at the Extreme Makeover site in south Moorhead will tell you, one of the biggest reasons work has progressed so quickly is the weather. Usually, Fargo-Moorhead makes the news for floods and blizzards. For once, we will be on national TV for a miraculous build in 80-degree temperatures.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The cabinets and doors are in. The paint is on the walls. It's now getting into the detail work for the Extreme Makeover Home in Moorhead tonight. We are less than 48 hours away until the Grommesh family gets their first look at their incredible new home. Hundreds of workers are at the site along with spectators right now.

Contractors at the Extreme Makeover site in south Moorhead will tell you, one of the biggest reasons work has progressed so quickly is the weather. Usually, Fargo-Moorhead makes the news for floods and blizzards. For once, we will be on national TV for a miraculous build in 80-degree temperatures. Surprising, some contractors we saw were coming out of the portable toilets carrying their long underwear.

As volunteers and contractors started to pour the driveway, it felt more like a sultry August afternoon. Instead, an October surprise, an 80-degree Friday. Not what anyone expected for the Extreme Makeover build.

KERRI DREESVOLUNTEER: “Goes with the territory, when you do this kind of work like the cold and snow in the winter you just have to go with it and work hard because the family deserves it.”

Even the show producers are familiar with our ever changing weather, but as they get close to their final taping day, this is turning out to Hollywood weather on the south Moorhead set.

GEORGE VERSCHOOREXTREME MAKEOVER EXEC. PRODUCE: “Every day the sun is shining we are thankful because up here in Fargo-Moorhead, we know it can be our enemy this week and we are doing fine.”

And a local entrepreneur is looking forward to a sunny Saturday. 5-year old Beau Majerus of Glyndon will be selling Lemonade across from the Extreme Makeover build just off 8th Street. Money raised will go to the Grommesh family.

You can only imagine what this whole experience must be like for those who nominated the Grommesh family for the "Extreme Makeover" show. Deb Watne of the Dakota Medical Foundation worked with many others in the community to nominate the family.

She then helped direct the difficult application process which meant videos and detailed letters as well as home location and measurements. Some of the stars of the show had met Garrett during a trip last spring to Fargo in preparation for the "family search." Now just days after the announcement, a new home is in place.

“I am flying on air. I told my friends it ranks right up there with marriage and birth. One of the things I was thinking, their mottos is that we can do anything and our community has adopted that motto. We can do anything and just look what we've done.”

Watne says so many people wanted to nominate the Grommesh family, she expects that the show received hundreds of nomination letters from our region.

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