Category : Editors Note

Editor’s Note: Run your race

September 1, 2017

Ben Franklin famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For those who make their living in the LBM industry, I’d like … Read More

Editor’s Note: Knowledge as a Service

August 9, 2017

“I don’t make mistakes.” That’s what my 9-year-old son insisted as I drove him to camp yesterday. He was frustrated that his coach didn’t count a crucial goal during a … Read More

Editor’s Note: Desperately Seeking Good People

July 11, 2017

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

June 14, 2017

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

May 22, 2017

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

April 11, 2017

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

March 9, 2017

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

February 15, 2017

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


December 23, 2016

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

December 6, 2016

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