Employee in the News

A Northfield Construction Company employee (and my son), Tristan Cox, was featured in an article in the last week. The article showed Tristan in front of the former Senator Paul Wellstone home. Tristan purchased the home last October and is hard at work painting and repairing the home. He is investing a lot of "sweat equity" into t...

Defeat of Jesse James Days

I attended the Northfield Chamber of Commerce (DJJD) hog roast last Wednesday evening. The hog roast is an annual event and is an opportunity for the Chamber to thank local businesses and festival supporters for their help with the . It is also a time for everyone to meet DJJD Queen Candidates, visit together and generally have a p...

ARTech

Chris Smisek represented Northfield Construction Company at an ARTech dinner last night. The school held the appreciation dinner for parents, students, staff and included those of us involved with the remodeling construction of the school. The dinner was very well attended and included some dancing, singing and other presentations. ...

St. Olaf Community Picnic

My family and I attended the community picnic hosted by last night. It was a wonderful event....over 1,400 people in attendance. When I signed up for it last month I had no idea so many community members would attend. St. Olaf sent invitations to alumni and close-by neighbors, but then also invited the entire community via news post...

Jazz and food

Last night my wife Ellen and I spent the evening on Bridge Square in downtown Northfield. Community National Bank hosted the event in honor of their 125th anniversary. (See in the Northfield News.) They had the Barbary Coast Dixieland Jazz Band playing, ga...

A mouse can be dangerous

We all like to think of mice as little furry animals that we would rather keep out of our homes and places of business....but not exactly dangerous critters. There are a few white pet mice about, but generally they are an animal that it is better to keep out of your home. On a recent remodeling project my Site Superintendent, Arlan...

Structural Insulated Panels

In an earlier posting I talked about work we are doing for Marshall and Carla Hansen on Sixth Street in Northfield. The new house we are building for Hansen's utilize structural insulated panels. The structural insulated panels (SIP's) are manufacturred off site in a controlled factory environment. They are shipped to the site accor...

Small Business Facts

It is not an easy job running a small business. The government generally defines small businesses as an independent business with fewer than 500 employees. When you operate a business with 30 employees you "wear many hats" as you work to keep things running on a smooth and even keel. I ran across an article in a publication that pre...

Rotary

I'm a member of the Northfield Rotary Club. I enjoy the weekly lunch meetings and look forward to whatever presentation is planned for the meeting. We have about 125 active members of the club and get good attendance. Last Thursday we honored Nalongue Bomane Cogan, wife of member Charlie Cogan, with a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) aw...

Honoring a Community Volunteer

Last night I attended the Joseph Lee Heywood Award Banquet to honor Will Brosz. Will received the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguised Service Award from the Defeat of Jesse James committee. This award is given to someone from the Northfield area that has given service to the community for many years. Past recipients include Gov. Al Quie...