Friday, February 2, 2018

MN Vikings/Super Bowl

Mitch Brunette

The Super Bowl is here, it is in our backyard, and sadly our 2017 MN Viking’s didn’t make the cut! It was a tough end to a great season and I know many consider it a waste of a season since we didn’t go all the way.  For me, I am very thankful for what this team gave us this year, which was an improbable record with all factors considered and a look at how competitive we should be able to be in the next few years, having a real shot at a Super Bowl Appearance!

I personally haven’t made it downtown to see any of the Super Bowl madness, but I’ve heard many stories.  We have some clients in downtown and I’ve driven closely enough by to have seen endless trailers set up, various structures set up, and as a Nordic skier, I’ve seen the Birkie Bridge videos set up in downtown, which is very cool! I don’t have any plans to be downtown to experience it first-hand, but I am appreciative that I was able to be at our final game of the season and experience the “Minneapolis Miracle” first-hand!

My father in law, Mark, gave Liz and I tickets for our Christmas present, to go to the game with him and a friend of his.  What a gift it was!  Vikings fans will tell stories of where they were when that incredible play happened for years and years to come and I truly believe it will be a Top 5 MN Sports moment for the rest of my lifetime.  The stadium went nuts and time literally stood still for a good 10 minutes as we celebrated, hugged strangers, took shaky pictures (see photo), and high fived as many people as we could find.  That, to me, made the whole season worth it! I can’t wait to see what our QB situation is for next year and get ready to attack 2018, returning for unfinished business.  Enjoy the madness while it is in town, and hopefully it boosts the Minnesota Economy!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Welcome, baby Sasha!

Noah Her: Facility Services Manager

My wife and I welcomed a baby girl into the world on January 10, 2018. Sasha Paaj Yeeb Her was 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured at 20 inches long. She has a full head of thick, black hair.

Sasha enjoys being smothered with kisses and hugs from her big sister Nina (3) and big brother Sean (2). Mommy thinks she is a splitting image of her big sis. Others think she is her brother’s doppelgänger.

Sasha is adjusting well to life outside the womb and is a deep sleeper just like her daddy.

At one time, a few years ago, my wife and I struggled to start our family. Now we are blessed with three healthy and beautiful children. I joke to my wife that I’m going to buy her a minivan! She refuses. My growing family drives me to work even harder each day, as a Facilities Services Manager, so I can set a good example for my children and provide for them.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Ice Fishing

Jarrad Nickolite: Facility Services Manager

Hello from the Southwest Metro:

I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends for the new year!

2017 was a good year for Team City Wide and I’m looking forward to the opportunities in 2018!

Most people know that I’m originally from Nebraska.  I moved to Minnesota 8 years ago and became a huge fan of open water bass fishing and NOT much of a fan of “hard water” (ice fishing).

Back in September, a couple of my old high school friends from Nebraska asked me to put together an ice fishing trip to The Lake of the Woods.  My response was "are you serious….."  Honestly, I didn’t think they could hang.  They’re fair weather fisherman that don’t get out much, plus the last time they came up 2 years ago, we got skunked on Red Lake.  Either way, the idea seemed fun.  I was able to recruit Greg Mansfield, the owner of our company, to come along.  He has some pretty good experience with ice fishing and I knew he would help me get these guys set up to catch fish.

We ended up booking a cabin and day house at Arnesen’s Rocky Point Resort.  The folks there were great and really took care of us.  The guides listened to our needs and were open minded when Greg and I asked for things.

Day 1 was a bit slow.  The one week we decide to book our trip, was the first real cold front of the year.  I believe the temperature was -25 degrees. The four of us combined only had about 15 bites and kept 9 fish for dinner. 

Day 2, on the other hand, was awesome!  That morning we asked our guide, Carl, if we could get into a bigger day house and if we could be out in deeper water, that 32 ft range.  Carl told us he had the perfect house in mind and off we went. The minute we dropped our lines, it was on!  We caught a lot of fish that day - both sauger and walleye, plus a bonus Ell Pout caught by Dustin, which he has never seen or heard of.  That was a pretty funny site, watching that fish come through the ice hole.  We ate like kings on night 2. Plus, Dustin and Ryan were able to take home some fish for the freezer.

Happy New Year everyone!