Residential Electricity Production

As several of you may know, Northfield Construction Company has been active energy conserving measures for new construction for many, many years. We build some of the first solar homes in the area in the mid-1970's, including homes with active solar water heating systems. We continue to stay abreast of energy issues. This afternoon ...

Project heating

As fall weather starts to arrive those of us in the construction industry start to think about heating our projects. We use a variety of heating equipment to maintain required temperatures during winter construction. As you might suspect, heating a project can be a real challenge. Our Site Superintendents and workers have to pay a lo...

Eye Protection

At our safety meetings twice a month, eye protection is talked about quite a bit. I maintain a full array of safety glasses as many are needed to suit the comfort of individual employees. I learned a long time ago that if you want employees to use safety equipment, it needs to be readily available and it has to be comfortable. That g...

A Home for All

The is working on a campaign to support the housing programs in Northfield. One part of the campaign is a program to build some permanent supportive housing in Northfield. This will consist of a triplex and a fourplex in the Maple Hills area, just east of the new Middle School. Earlier this month I attended a luncheon and ground br...

Rotary Bike Tour

I posted a message earlier about the Northfield Rotary Club bike tour held on September 6th. As I said, it was a great event with nearly 1,000 riders participating. I liked this photograph of the bikers at an aid station. This was station #4 and was the split off point between riders doing the 60 mile ride and 100 mile ride. I staf...

Solar Energy Tour

The is once again hosting a National Solar Tour on Saturday, October 4, 2003. This tour focuses on homes and businesses that utilize solar energy in their design and operation. I'm pleased that one of the homes Northfield Construction Company built is going to be featured on this solar energy tour. The Northfield home is the Bob an...

House sizes

We all seem to be concerned about energy use these days, which is good. One thing that has an impact on overall family energy use is the size of a home....the larger the home is the more energy of all types it takes to operate the home. Energy use includes heating fuels, but also maintenance energy...either by the homeowner or hired ...

CROP Walk

Sunday I participated in the Northfield CROP Walk. This is an ecumenical program supported by many churches across the nation, organized by the Church World Service. It provides support for refugee camps, AIDS prevention programs, nutrition assistance and many other programs in developing nations of the world. CROP Walk particpant...

Bank Ground Breaking

Monday was the ground breaking ceremony for Community National Bank's new facility on south Highway #3 in Northfield. The bank invited members, former Directors and a variety of people involved in the Northfield community. With a tent shelter from the wind and Ole rolls from the Ole Store, everyone had a great time visiting and cong...

Running for Ethanol

Last Friday I met with Tom Andrews at the Cannon Valley Coop in Northfield. Tom ran 500 miles across Minnesota to publicize and support E85 fuel. Tom was in Northfield as his last stop before he ended his run in St. Paul. He was running daily between fuel stations that sell ethanol. Local supporters and press have greeted him at ev...