Category : Editors Note

Editor’s Note: Desperately Seeking Good People

2 weeks ago

When I first joined the LBM industry back in 1990, the major threat was the explosion of big box stores—and the prematurely projected demise of the independent lumber dealer. Later … Read More

Editor’s Note: The Time is Now

1 month ago

No question about it: change is scary. It’s also a primary element of reality, so we’d better get used to it. Beyond merely accepting change, I’m convinced that we and … Read More

Editor’s Note: Lessons Learned

2 months ago

Our third-grade son begins each month with an ever-larger reading assignment. This month, the goal was 222 pages. For a sports-and-Nerfgun obsessed kid, let’s just say that reading doesn’t top … Read More

Editor’s Note: True Stories

3 months ago

Yesterday, I stopped by the local trophy shop to see about getting a part for my son’s soccer trophy. The tiny “showroom,” if you could call it that, was packed … Read More

Editor’s Note: Making Hay

5 months ago

Having grown up in South Dakota, and spent most of my adult life in Minnesota, I have no illusions about Midwestern winters. They can be brutal…and usually are. There’s no … Read More

EDITOR’S NOTE: Optimizing the Journey

5 months ago

There are moments that define our times. A peak of my existence (so far), happened at my son’s kindergarten graduation. The kids were asked what they wanted to be when … Read More

EDITOR’S NOTE: What I Know

7 months ago

EDITOR’S NOTE Shortly after Donald Trump declared his candidacy, I referred to him as “possible future president” in my September 2015 Editor’s Note. While I could point to that comment as … Read More

EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Forward, Together

8 months ago

EDITOR’S NOTE As I write this on November 4, Minnesota is one day away from setting a new record for the longest growing season in history. Also known as the … Read More

EDITORS NOTE: Lessons In Growth

2 years ago

Our job, as parents and/or business-people, is to do our best to navigate the road ahead—and to somehow know when to say no, when to let go, and when to … Read More

EDITORS NOTE: Strength by Association

2 years ago

A lot of things have changed in the past quarter century, but I remain a firm believer in the unique role that our associations play.