Employee Spotlight: Rick Olson

I have been with Country Lumber since the beginning, 1983.  I helped with the building in 1983 and opening the doors in 1984.  I am currently the yard foreman.  I was born and raised in Becker and currently live on the family farm.  I have been married to Bonnie for 26 years, have 2 children (Kari and Cory), 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.  Bonnie and I still farm our family land.  Over the years I have seen lots of changes here at Country Lumber and in the industry.  Country Lumber has been a great employer and Shooter has been a good friend all these years.

Siding Options for your home


LP SmartSide

If you have been through a hailstorm, you may have wondered if there is a better siding product out there. LP SmartSide may be a good option for you. LP SmartSide is a treated engineered wood siding made up of either wood strands for a wood grain surface or wood fibers for a smooth surface. That along with a mixture of waxes, zinc borate, a paper overlay, and some resins gives it their SmartGuard protection. This process gives LP SmartSide a 5/50 year warranty. Materials and labor are covered for the first 5 years and the material has a 50 year prorated warranty. LP SmartSide is offered in a full line of lap sidings, panel sidings, trim boards, shakes, and soffit panels, with many sizes offered. It comes either factory prefinished or with a primed finish that can be customized in the field.

The convenient 16’ lengths make for less seams and light weight along with a full line of accessories make it easy to install.

If you like the idea of a solid, durable, and resilient siding for your home or project, come into the Country Lumber showroom to see and touch it.


Employee Spotlight: Randy Wirz

I have been with Country Lumber, in Sales and Estimating since 2009. I have been in the lumber business for approx. 25 years in truss design, production, and sales. I graduated from St. Francis high school, then attended Northwest Technical Institute for Architectural Drafting and Design. My background is in carpentry and drafting and I still enjoy building things and helping people out with their projects.

I have been married to Nikki for 23 years and we have a 14 year old daughter Zoey. We are a busy family and live in Nowthen, Mn. which is where I grew up, with our 2 Labrador Retrievers.

In my spare time I enjoy all kinds of hunting, fishing, and spending time at the family cabin.

Give me a call if I can help you out with a project.

Forever Barnwood

“New meets old”

When you hear the term “Barnwood”, you think of beautiful aged wood used for many different projects around your home. However, the traditional barnwood that is reclaimed to use in building projects comes with its down sides. Timely process to remove from barns and prepare for its end use makes it a quite costly solution, may contain hazards such as lead from the paint used years ago, formaldehyde, arsenic (from pesticides used years ago around the farm), amongst other natural things over many years of being exposed such as dirt, oil, mold, also hidden nails can be an issue when cutting on the jobsite. Read more

Employee Spotlight: Brock Welker

Growing up in Coon Rapids, MN seems like every kid wants to be a big league baseball player.  Shortly after realizing this was not in the cards for me I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I spent my first two years traveling the world with the majority in the far east regions as an Air Defense Controller.  I ended up in 29 Palms California as Senior crew chief of over 1000 square mile of live fire training area helping to prepare men and women from all branches of the military for conflicts in the more desert regions of the middle east and Afghanistan.  While rewarding and proud to serve I knew it wasn’t my calling.

After returning home, I quickly became involved in the building materials industry. With a strong family background, I joined the Country Lumber team in 2005 shortly after relocating to the area and newly married.  Ten years plus of working as Yard personnel, Driver, Dispatcher, prepared me for a new adventure in sales.  My current position here is rewarding as I help contractors and homeowners bring their projects to life by supplying them with the materials, planning and advice to get what they need when they need it. Read more

Aluminum AFCO Railings

“Carefree” is the goal of outdoor living space.  Aluminum AFCO-Rail can help you meet your “carefree” goal with a virtually maintenance-free product that comes with a limited lifetime structural warranty.

The robust Aluminum AFCO-Rail system is made of extruded aluminum that will never rust and exceeds IBC and IRC requirements to provide the structure you need.  With seven durable, AAMA-2604 power coat paint finishes available for all its unique series, Aluminum AFCO-Rail can give your space the style you want. Read more

Employee Spotlight: Roy Kollar

I was born and raised in Princeton Mn. Graduated from Princeton High School.  Then attended Dunwoody Institute for Drafting and Estimating. After graduating from Dunwoody Institute, I started working here at Country in February 2001 as a Draftsman. It’s truly has been a wonderful place to work since day one.  My primary job here is to meet with customers and design construction projects for them. Anything from decks and garages to new homes and remodel projects.

I currently live in Becker with my wife Lisa and 3 awesome children Corbin, Austin & Katelyn. They keep me busy between Hockey, Lacrosse & Dancing.

Outside of work I enjoy Spending time with family. Whenever possible I like to hunt & fish. Deer hunting, and turkey hunting are two of my favorites.  I also enjoy spending time cooking especially grilling and smoking meats.

Please feel free to stop by or give us a call if you need any help with your next building project.


Roy Kollar

Country Lumber DESIGN CENTER

12575 Oakview Ave. Becker, MN. 55308

Phone:    (763) 262-4750

Cell:        (612) 328-2289

Email:      royk@countrylumber.us

The Value of Adding a Deck to YourHome

Everyone makes certain compromises when buying a new home. Perhaps your home had everything else on your checklist, minus your dream deck overlooking your beautiful, sprawling lawn. If you did need to leave building your deck until you earned more equity in your home or saved up for it in some other way, you are not alone. The North  American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) reports that, just last year, about 2.5 million new or replacement decks were built in the U.S.

Why Are Decks So Popular? Read more

Employee Spotlight: Craig Theisen

I started working at country lumber as an estimator in February 2017. I’m proud to say I grew up and spent most of my life in Marty, MN, a tiny little town not to far from here. I have 5 beautiful children, 4 daughters and 1 son, Maranda (25), Kelsey (23), Ben (20), Kendall (12), Sidney (10). In my free time I love spending time with my family, 2nd to that is a passion for the wild turkey, not just hunting for myself anymore, but taking my kids and other people out to experience it and to help volunteer to raise money for all wildlife. I have been in the lumberyard and construction business all my life. At 12, I started doing odd and end jobs at my parents lumberyard and construction company, soon I was a carpenter and running projects by the time I was 18, after high school, I graduated from St Cloud Technical College  with a Building, Drafting and Estimating degree. Then I hung up my apron to go into the family lumber business, with different roles from drafting, estimating and sales. In 2003 I put my tool belt back on and was self employed for 14 years building and remodeling homes and building post frame buildings for agricultural and light commercial. And now, here I am today doing what I enjoyed most, working in a lumberyard, which I was lucky enough to get hired by the great people here at the Country. When you have great people working together like we do here, you end up delivering the best quality of service possible, you, the customer come to expect. So, next time you have a building project in mind, come on over and let us design, estimate, sell and deliver your dream.

Best Regards,

Craig Theisen

UM Arboretum Hsaio-Ho Garden Path.

UM Arboretum Hsaio-Ho Garden Path. Architecture from the far east!

If you’ve been to the Arboretum in Chaska recently you may have noticed a little commotion and construction on the far southwest side of the facility. This is a new installment for a full Chinese garden path that features vegetation, sculpture and design from the other side of the planet! One particular piece here will most defiantly draw you in and possibly be inviting enough to relax in for a couple minutes, the Peony Pavilion!

 This small but beautiful piece of architecture resembles a 14th century Song Dynasty rest area called a pinyin tíng which is a type of covered structure without surrounding walls and is a traditional part of Chinese culture to this day. These are mostly found along the sides of pedestrian roads and paths and are symbolic in their presence, which is obviously, just a beautiful place to relax and rest. If you’re looking for unique to Minnesota, this is it!

Unique but expensive might be the first thing that comes to mind when you see something like this! Surprisingly, this little gem may not be as completely complex as it seems. Much of the woodworking was assembled offsite and sent to the arboretum as a kit-of-parts. The wood is simple, common and local white pine that was grown and harvested only 300 miles away! A CNC (computer numerical controller), while sounding complex, is actually a router blade that is used to cut shapes out of wood and metal. This machine cut all the decorative panels from pieces of 1×12 pine. Using normal Simpson Strong Tie wood connectors these ordinary items become art! Read more