Business Person of the Year

Congratulations go out to Senator Tom Neuville. This Wednesday Tom was selected as the 2007 ‘Business Person of the Year’. Senator Neuville is shown below on the left with 2nd District Congressman John Kline and me at an event in New Prague this past fall.

Tom has worked tirelessly to represent the resident...

Rawanda 1994

I often think that Northfield is truly an amazing place to live. With our two world class private liberal arts colleges in town we have tremendous opportunities to access events. Last night was one of those times. I attended a talk by Paul Rusesabagina. This was sponsored by the Political Awareness Committee. It was held in Boe Ch...

NDDC, NEC, EDA…..

This morning I attended the regular monthly forum sponsored by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation. The topic this month was community assistance for businesses. NDDC board chairman Dan Bergeson (standing) introduced Deanna Kuehnen, the City of Northfield’s Economic Development Manager, and Lee Runzheimer, the

Southern construction features…..

Ellen and I traveled to Charleston, SC last week for a spring break. You can read about some of the . When I travel I do pay attention to construction methods, both new and old. Charleston is a very historic city full of wonderful older buildings. They have what they term ‘Charleston single houses’ which are a single room wide. I f...

Construction details in Charleston

There were a few other interesting construction items I found in Charleston, SC last week. Due to the high level of wind driven rains in the area many of the homes and buildings have operating window shutters to protect the glass. The shutters hang on a variety of hinge types that allow the shutter to swing fully open and be held aga...

Hail brings a room addition

With the cold weather quickly leaving there are several construction projects we are getting underway. The one we started this week is a family room addition to a 1950’s home. The project involves reroofing and residing the home due to hail damage. We started with the room addition and got underway with excavation work first thing t...

Northfield Home and Garden Show

I spent the day Saturday at my booth at the Northfield Home and Garden show. It was held again this year in the two gyms at the Northfield Middle School, which worked out very well. The exhibitors gathered in the morning for breakfast and conversation in the atrium at the school. With cool rainy weather keeping folks away from yard a...

Comprehensive plan review process

Last night I participated in the City of Northfield’s town meeting on planning issues. The city is beginning their regular review of the comprehensive plan. Northfield is generally a very involved city and last night did not disappoint the presenters----there were over 250 people in attendance at the Northfield Armory gym. The big t...

Room addition work continues

We started a room addition project for a client during the rather wet weather we had over the last couple of weeks. Fortunately, we were able to install the foundation work without difficulty. We now moved with framing the project, starting with the floor system…

The workers started framing the exterior walls...

Vivus Architecture and Millstream Commons

After work today I headed downtown to for an open house. Peter and Mary Schmelzer were welcoming visitors to their office, including some fellow architects from down the street at Professonal Design Group....

Northfield Construction Company has worked on several projects with Peter and Mary and a couple mor...