Off Grid Home

Earlier this year I mentioned that we were working on a new home that will not be connected to the main energy grid system. We now have the roof on, windows in, basement and garage floors poured, etc. This is a fine looking home. (See the photo gallery for...

School Superintendent Retirement

A couple of weeks ago I attended the retirement party for Northfield School Superintendent Terry Tofte. It was held in the High School cafeteria commons area and was well attended. Folks from the Ehlers bond house were down and presented T...

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation

Last week I attended the monthly meeting. NDDC, formed a couple of years ago, continues to be active in encomic and development issues in the City of Northfield. It was good to see a large group turn out for the meeting. NDDC is a group that was formed a cou...

In-floor heating

In-floor heating has become very popular in the past 10 years. The majority of the homes we build today include some type of in-floor heating. The main advantages of in-floor heat are even heating, quiet operation and cleanliness. The most common type of in-floor heating we install is hydronic tubing in concrete floors. This photo ...

Business forum

A couple of weeks ago I attended a business forum in Northfield. It was the third in a series of business development forums, hosted by both the and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). This forum focused on business capital and use of funds. T...

National Wild Turkey Federation dinner

Earlier this week I attended the dinner for the Northfield chapter....the Cannon River Gobblers. This was the 3rd Annual dinner and the crowd is growing each year. This year there were about 140 people in attendance...a really good showing for a fairly new chapter.

Trondhjem Lutheran Church, Lonsdale

About a week ago we started work on a project for the Trondhjem Lutheran Church in Lonsdale. The work involves a large addition to the south of the existing building as well as remodeling of the interior of the church. Greg Swanson of has been providing the architectural services for the project. At this point we have done some min...

Morning sky

As you might suspect, managing a sizeable construction company with 32 employees, serving as a Representative in the Legislature, running for re-election, and spending time with my family keeps me very busy. Most morning work for me starts at 5:00 AM and extends past the 10:00 news. Fortunately for me, I'm a person that has kept up a...

Old world craftsmanship

Last week I was out visiting some folks in Wheatland Township west of Northfield. It was a beautiful day to be out in the country. We are fortunate to have fine farms around this area that have been settled and worked by generations of families. On one farm the owners were working on an outbuilding. They had removed some of the sidi...

4th of July

Ellen and I were in Northfield for the July 4th events downtown. There was a fine flea market on the west bank of the Cannon River. There was a great kiddie parade down Division Street, and music on Bridge Square with food vendors, popcorn, etc. At 8:15 there were a series of patriotic readings on the Square. (See my for more.) Then...