Ice Fishing

Last week my employees gave me a mighty fine present….new ice fishing gear! They gave me a couple of fishing poles, a cushioned seat, rod cases, a tip-up, and all sorts of accessories. They even included a gift card for more gear. What wonderful gifts from a bunch of great, hard-working people!

I have not bee...

House on the move!!!

To make way for some new commercial development in Dundas, the old farm house just off County Road #1 is being moved. It is up on beams ready to be moved.

I believe the home will be relocated to the Rice County Steam and Tractor grounds further south on highway #3. This house is a very typical farmhouse from t...

Guth Electric

Work is moving along at the new shop/office facility for Guth Electric in Dundas. The site work, foundation and asphalt parking areas were completed late this fall. On Tuesday we took delivery of the steel components for the building and have started erecting the building.

Yesterday's mild weather was a real g...

Interior work at Astral Technology

Work has moved inside at Astral Technology’s facility expansion. We used the good weather to finish up all the exterior work and were glad to have the mild weather. With the doors installed and temporary heat on we have moved to the inside. The interior wall framing has started….

Much of the interior is bei...

A strong downtown

Tuesday morning I attended a Northfield Downtown Development Corporation forum on local business issues. Northfield has a beautiful historic downtown district. Over the past decade or so there have been business changes in the downtown, just like there have been everywhere across the nation. The NDDC is a non-profit group that works ...

Our own roof

Eventually ‘even the cobbler has to repair his shoes.’ After working most of the fall re-roofing other peoples homes and businesses, Monday we started re-roofing the NCC shop.

While the weather cooled down, with the sun out it isn’t really too bad doing this type of work. We thought it would be best to get ...

New Subway in Faribault open

The Subway restaurant in Faribault we have been working on this fall is now open for business! First thing Wednesday morning they were busy selling food.

This Subway has the new décor package for the interior and I think it looks quite nice. The food menu is very readable and the food line is attractive…. <...

Business to Business

Wednesday evening I attended the Northfield Chamber of Commerce ‘Business to Business’ event---or B2B---at the Jesse James Lanes. There was a huge turnout for this event, which was good to see.

Terry Heilman, owner of Jesse James Lanes, organized a ‘Scotch tournament’ for us which was fun. Two person teams...

St. Olaf Distinguished Service Award

Friday evening Ellen and I participated in a surprise party for Greg Carlson. Greg has been selected to receive the 2007 Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

Most likely everyone in Northfield has been touched by Greg in one way or another. Greg has been instrumental in assisting many organizations with fundrai...

Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday evening I attended the local celebration of the birth of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It was held at the Northfield Middle School and was organized by members of our local Human Rights Commission. The event opened with greeting music performed by the Drumming Ensemble. Mayor Lee Lansing welcomed everyone to the event. The...