Historic buildings in Chippewa Falls

Last weekend Ellen and I were in and attending a wedding. It was a perfect summer weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to neighboring Wisconsin. While there I had a good time looking over the brick buildings in the area. I visited with some area folks and learned about early industry. I knew the area was involved in logging ...

Lamperts Dinner

Yesterday evening the Northfield Lampert Lumber Yard held a customer appreciation dinner for area builders, contractors and business people. It was a wonderful evening and a great chance for visiting. Held at the Three Links Park, it was catered by Nerstrand Meats. As far as I could tell, the hungry workers picked the hog clean t...

Associated Builders and Contractors

Yesterday afternoon I participated in a fundraising event with the Minnesota (ABC). This is a group that I’ve been working with for many years. They have a good membership base of contractors all across Minnesota and work together to promote free-markets and individual responsibility in the construction industry. Like many...

Harvest Sculpture Dedication

Yesterday evening Ray Jacobson’s Harvest sculpture was officially dedicated. It was a perfect evening for such an event. People gathered at 5:30 around the sculpture in the new park along side the Cannon River.

We heard from representatives of Malt-O-Meal who so generously gave financial support for the sculpture, as d...

Model A vehicles

About a week ago I headed to Mantorville for a job meeting at the Dodge County Courthouse project. After the meeting I noticed a few older vehicles drive by and turn east on main street. I wondered where they were headed so I walked down a few blocks. There I found a whole bunch of Ford Model A cars in the parking lot of the Hubb...

Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving morning the Northfield Rotary Club hosted its annual “Turkey Trot” family fun run. I joined other Rotary members in helping see that the runners got off to a good start. We had over 400 runners register….a record count. As in past years, it started at the Northfield Golf Club and went around the east side of...

Year End Party

Saturday evening Northfield Construction Company hosted a dinner for employees and their spouses and significant others. This year we gathered at Wiederholt’s Supper Club in Meisville. With busy family schedules it is always difficult to get everyone to attend an event like this in December, but we had 36 people in attendance. ...

Wright’s Keys

Earlier this week Ellen and I had an opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do….visit a private Frank Lloyd Wright home. The opportunity presented itself when a friend arranged for us to see the Thomas E. Keys home in Rochester, MN. Mr. Keys was a librarian at the Mayo Clinic. He contracted to have his home built i...

Visit with Governor Pawlenty

Yesterday I attended a luncheon with Minnesota . The event was organized by the and was held at the College City Beverage in Dundas. College City Beverage has a great training room in their new facility that doubles as an excellent gathering space for such an event.

 

There was a good crowd of area busines...

Mexican construction

Last week Ellen and I were vacationing in southern Mexico. Neither of us had been to Mexico in the past. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time in a little town called Puerto Morelos.

One if the things I do on vacation is to observe area construction methods. There was not a lot of construction going on in this little town, ...