Building Permit Fees

Several people have talked to me lately about the cost of building permits...they wonder what you get for the fee. This is a very sensitive subject for many building contractors today. It is especially sensitive to me in my dual role as building contractor and State Legislator. The original intent of building permit fees was to allo...

Cannon River Walk Condo Project

We are getting close to being done with the Cannon River Walk Condominium project on the west bank of the Cannon River in downtown Northfield. The building is looking fantastic! It is wonderful to see this vacant "hole" used for productive purposes again.

We worked with Dean Kjerland on this project (his ArcheoPa...

Employee in the News

My son, Tristan Cox, a Northfield Construction Company employee, appeared in the Minneapolis StarTribune yesterday. The Strib did an article on Senator Paul Wellstone's life in Northfield. Tristan owns the home that Paul and Sheila Wellstone raised their family in during the time they were in Northfield.

Safety

About 10 days ago I had one of those dreaded "Good News...Bad News" days. My employees informed me that one of my workers had tipped over one of Northfield Construction Company's rough terrain forklifts...bad news....and that he had jumped off the unit and no employees were hurt in the incident....good news. We were able to bring ano...

School Levy Vote

Yesterday the voters in the Northfield school district approved the operating levy on the ballot. Roughly 57% of the voters gave approval of this important levy referendum. The levy will generate approximately $3 million of funds for the Northfield schools for each of the next four years. $2.25 million of this will come from the Dist...

Christmas Festival at the Northfield Arts Guild

Northfield Construction Company has agreed to be a corporate sponsor for one of the decorated trees at the Northfield Arts Guild festival in December. The best part of this is that I was able to grab the sponsorship of my sister's tree, Sarah Currier. Sarah does the most fantastic tree decorations....everyone waits to see what her t...

Commercial Tax Base

Yesterday Jim Sawyer, owner of College City Beverage in Northfield and President of the , had a letter to the editor in the Northfield News about business growth. In it, Jim noted that expansion and growth of Northfield's commercial business core is so very important to the health of the city. I couldn't agree more. Like many "ex-ur...

CAC Housing correction

In my September 22, 2003 blog entry I noted that Northfield Construction Company was donating some work on the new multiple dwelling units the Community Action Center is working on. I discovered I created some confusion! NCC will not be siding the triplex as I stated....we will be siding the four-plex building. I was mixed up on the...

New research report on business blogs

Northfield Construction is a featured case study in a research report titled, Business Blogs: How Successful Companies Get Real Results With Weblogs. Other Northfield area businesses included: Norman Butler at and , Ed Kuhlman at Kuhlman Auction Services, and Griff Wigley, Wigley and Associates. See Griff's companion site for his ...

Laura Baker Services Gala Event

Ellen and I spent a fun filled evening Saturday at the Grand in Northfield with friends from the community at a fundraiser for Laura Baker Services operates an intermediate care facility for mentally retarded....ICF/MR... in Northfield. A century old school and care facility, it does a wonderful job assisting and taking care of this ...