Early Childhood

Last night I was invited to participate in an Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) meeting at Longfellow school. There was a good group of local citizens in attendance that are working on ECFE issues. The ECFE group is working with the Southern Minnesoata Initiative Foundation to build stronger ECFE programs in Northfield. T...

Winter work

We are in the midst of a real cold spell here in Northfield, Minnesota. It is always a challenge to keep projects moving forward in such severe cold. My work crews are great and always willing to work. However, even that desire to work can be shut down when it reaches -10 to -20 below zero. Wind is a real enemy for workers that are...

Holiday party photo gallery

The photo gallery of the employee holiday party at the Edgewood in Cannon Falls is now up.

James Gang Coffeehouse

The James Gang Coffeehouse opened for business yesterday. This is a new business located in the Heritage Square Business Park on the south side of Northfield.....directly across from Furlong Motors. The James Gang Coffeehouse is owned and operated by Jim and Joan Spaulding, pictured here with their daughter Elizabeth. This is a ne...

Continuing Education

Last Monday I spent the day in Bloomington attending a continuing education class. As part of Minnesota's Contractor's License regulations all building contractors are required to take 7.5 hours of continuing education classes each year. This is a good plan, as it keeps people informed and up to date on issues. My class Monday focus...

Community service and discussion

I've mentioned several times in earlier postings that besides running Northfield Construction Company I also serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The best part of my is talking with my constituents. One in particular that I've enjoyed visiting with on a rather regular basis is Leif Knecht. Leif and I have known each oth...

Home and Garden Show

Saturday Ellen and I attended the Home and Garden Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I had not been to this event for several years and wanted to visit people and learn about products. Such shows are great places to learn about new products and to get technical advice from manufacturers representatives. Much of my attention ...

Pumper Plumbing….nearly finished

Work is really moving along well on the new building for Pumper Plumbing and Heating in Dundas. We started the building late last fall and have worked on it over the winter months. It is located on the south side of Dundas adjacent to the building we constructed for Lonsdale Painting/TrimCote. Pumper Plumbing is working at "fitting...

Laura Baker Services

For the past two months we have had the new building we are constructing for "under wraps". The exterior of the new resident cottage is brick and stucco. Because of the snow and cold weather we enclosed the building in a polyethylene enclosure so we could control the environment while we completed the exterior finishes. It was qui...

New Prairie Home

Over the fall and winter we have been working at building a new Prairie style home on the north edge of the Northfield golf course on Wall Street Road. It was designed by Gary Hanson of Prairie Creek Archtiects and is a beautiful home. (See the gallery of indoor and outdoor photos.) We have worked on many Prairie style homes in thi...