Northfield Scouts put the outing in Scouting!

June 30th, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer


Summer is the time when we put the outing in Scouting. These guys enjoyed the hiking at Whitewater State Park. Since then, we’ve camped at Blue Mound State Park and canoed the Cannon River. Outings are planned yet to Itasca and Jay Cooke parks, in addition to our week at Tomahawk Scout Reservation.

Troop 313 is chartered by St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota.

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Randolph home on Byllesby is floored!

June 3rd, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer

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The first floor platform is installed and framing continues on Lake Byllesby. The form of this major whole-house remodeling is visible now when compared with the design images prepared by VIVUS. The angled wall an the left of the construction photo aligns with the angled wall on the design image. It will actually be enclosed by the 1-story porch when it is framed. Another point of reference is the triple window at the lower level’s right side.

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To turn the country around, turn the building sector around.

June 2nd, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer
House for Sale, Northfield

Here’s a typical post-war house. Windows: Single pane, aluminum frame. Wall insulation: R-11 at best. Ceiling Insulation: R-19 at best. Ventilation: none. Foundation insulation: none. In short, this is not an energy efficient home, and neither are the hundreds of thousands like it across the country. Given the housing crash, it is unlikely to receive an equity loan for upgrades. Given the economy, its owner could be facing reduced salary or unemployment, further decreasing the odds of improvement.

Meanwhile, the government is spending billions to help out corporations.

Of the people, by the people, and for the people. Shouldn’t the focus be on the people, not the corporations?

That’s what I like about this article. It makes a compelling counter-proposal to stimulate our economy, helping corporations by directing stimulus to individual households.

Nutshell: Government provides banks with funding for energy efficiency upgrades to existing homes. This will boost home values, tax revenues, construction employment, renewable energy manufacturing and homeowner savings.

Estimated return on investment: fourteen fold, and the stimulus pays for itself in the long run.

Great idea. Great example of how investing sustainably is also investing wisely.

Thanks, George, for the link.

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