Remodeling challenges

I mentioned in an earlier entry that we have been working on the Cannon Falls City Hall remodeling project in Cannon Falls. The building was the office for Minnesota Malting Company for many years and was constructed in the early 1970's. The City of Cannon Falls purchased the office building some time ago and we are converting it to ...

River of Life Church, Hastings, Minnesota

For the past 9 months we have been working on a large remodeling project for the River of Life Church in Hastings, Minnesota. We are drawing to a close on our work. I was on the site today to look things over. Craig Vold, a Senior Project Manager with Northfield Construction Company has done a superb job managing a difficult project....

Cabin Remodeling

The election is over…finally. I was re-elected to my other job as a State Representative from this area. A long, tiring, campaign, but I'll be ready to start work again in January. This weekend I relaxed by going to my lake cabin and doing a small remodeling project. There was a 16' area of my cabin that still had the old log sidin...

New Products

Much of the building business material has remained the same for many, many years. Once the industrial age was upon us and it was possible to saw and mill standard size lumber at a reasonable cost, wood framing has not changed greatly. We use a lot of composite materials such as oriented strand board (OSB) for wall and roof sheathing...

Associated Builders and Contractors meeting

Last Wednesday I attended the 2004 Annual meeting of the (ABC). Held at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington, there were contractors from all across the state at the meeting. The highlight of the meeting for me was listening to Michael Uremovich from Starcon International. Michael gave the keynote address and spoke about how he built his...

Over and Back

Yesterday afternoon Ellen and I attended another Over and Back production at the Northfield High School auditorium. What a great event!

For those of you not familiar with Over and Back, the group has been producing 2-3 weekend shows per year for the past 10 years. Funds generated from the pro...

PVC plastic use

There is a big debate going on in areas of the construction industry regarding the use of vinyl products. Vinyl products are made from petroleum and other products. The issue centers on two concerns….chlorine and dioxin. In the polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, manufacturing process, chlorine is used and PVC workers can be exposed to vin...

Salvaged lumber

When I was in my legislative office Tuesday I read a copy of the St. Paul Legal Ledger. A front page article on old growth lumber caught my eye. Sarah and Jim Rice are operating a company in Hugo, Minnesota called Manomin Resawn Timbers that sells reclaimed wood. One of their main products is wood flooring. The flooring is used in b...

St. Olaf Christmas Concert

invited Ellen and I to their annual dinner and Christmas concert on Thursday evening. This Thursday dinner and concert is a wonderful event. St. Olaf invites area business owners, elected officials, retired faculty and others to enjoy dinner and conversation together. After the dinner we all walked down to attend the Christmas conce...

Riverfront development by Mendota Homes

Wednesday morning the Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) hosted a discussion on the pending Riverfront development. The Riverfront development area is locally called the Kump site -- the area where Kump Lumber operated for about 60 years. The also assisted with the event, sending out many postcard notices. (See Northfi...