About Bill Storlie
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in Beautiful Northfield, MinnesotaLife never stands still for William Bill Storlie, owner of Northfield Realty, 301 Division St. Several interesting career moves and an active civic and family life prove Bill Storlie
isn't someone who takes life lying down.
You don't have to look far for a stellar example : Bill
is a driving force behind the establishment of The Presidential Commons, a new state of the art housing cooperative for mature adults.Baby Boomers (as Bill likes to call them) will find the Presidential Commons has a lovely community feeling with great access to all that Northfield and the surrounding areas have to offer.Even the financing is designed to be easy ; just make an initial down-payment to secure the unit you want and then make monthly payments.Activities and services will be coordinated by a part-time manager and there will be a maintenance person.An emergency call system will be provided.As an added benefit, the new development will also free up affordable housing in the community, available to young people.With this type of real estate and development savy, you'd think Bill
had been in it all his
didn't start out in real estate or anything related to it.
Born in Lakeville, Bill
grew up on a Eureka Center dairy farm.He
graduated from Lakeville High School, enjoying football and baseball during his
high school years.He
then enrolled in the School of Agriculture on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, graduating from the two-year course.In 1965, after finishing school, he
started with the Farmers Union Central Exchange stationed at the wholesale fertilizer plant at Dundas.During this time he
moved to Northfield.Bill
was in charge of serving local co-ops in Southwestern Minnesota, from the Iowa border north to Cambridge.The co-op at Webster was one of his
had been at the Dundas plant for five years, Bill
persuaded the Webster Co-op, which had been a dairy plant, to buy the fertilizer plant at Dundas.Later the Webster Co-op also sold an elevator at Elko and a creamery near Cannon Falls, then built satellite plants at Faribault and Cannon Falls.By then Bill
had become the general manager of Webster Co-op AgriServices and enjoyed facilitating the changing of the properties.
As if these jobs and a growing family weren't enough, in his
spare time in the early 1960's, Bill
took the 90 hours of training necessary to get a license to sell real estate and has been licensed since 1962.While he
was manager of the Webster Co-op, he
sold real estate on the side, working with Feliz Tilges of Lakeville.He
also worked closely with the late Lee Fossum, attorney in Northfield.
Bill in front of Northfield RealtyBill
brokers license in 1971.Shortly thereafter Bill
and three financial partners bought W.E Thompson Real Estate in Northfield and the relatively new building in which it was located at 305 Division.The financial partners were Robert Enebek of Faribault and his
sons, Robert H. Tip Enebek of Northfield and Thomas Enebek who now lives at Taylors Falls.Bill
says that over the years, he
has bought out the interest of the Enebeks but they were great people to work with. Thompson, who had been in business in Northfield for 18 years, remained with the firm for a time as salesman and helped with the management.
purchased the Northfield business, Bill Storlie
thought that with his
agricultural background the agency would remain heavily involved in the sale of rural property.For some time he
was involved primarily in the sale of property, but over time his
interest in development grew.In 1979, he
purchased the property at the corner of Third and Division that had once been the location of Grant Electric.After demolishing the structure on the property including considerable excavation of rock, the two-story office building in which Northfield Realty is now located was built.
After that first project, Bill
has been very active in developing Northfield.Bill
has had considerable influence in the Mayflower Hill project and has developed Jefferson Park and Koester Court.
Along with being active in developments, Bill
has also grown his
real estate business.
In the meanwhile, Bill
has also been very active in the community.He
was appointed to the Northfield City Council in January of 1972 when LaVerne Hackerson, a councilman-at-large, was elected mayor.The next fall he
was easily re-elected.At the end of that term, however, he
announced that he
would not seek re-election.He
business had grown so fast that he
could no longer dedicate enough time to city business to do justice to the position.I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, however, he
told a News reporter.I would heartily recommend that anyone interested in learning about government look into filing for this office.Serving on the council is a tremendous education. In 1977 he
was elected to the board of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce.In 1979 he
was chosen Chamber president.Through the years he
has served as president of the United Way, chairman of Defeat of Jesse James Days and a member of the city's design advisory board.He
has been secretary, treasurer, vice president and president of the congregation of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.At various times he
has belonged to the Lions Club and Optimist Club.Currently he
is active in the Northfield Rotary Club.Bill Storlie
officeBill also has a large and active family life.Bill
has four children.Bill
was married to Mary Engman of St. Paul in 1994.
and Mary have a townhouse at Lutsen on Lake Superior.
Working is my hobby, said Bill
, but pictures in his
office reveal that he
loves to hunt.Pheasants are his
favorite quarry although he
has hunted doves in Missouri and mule deer in Montana.But I was younger then, he
said about deer hunting.In addition to Minnesota, he
has hunted in Wisconsin, North Dakota, California and Iowa.Assisting him with this hobby were three black labs.Pancho, Cody and Venner (whose name means friend in Norwegian).In addition to pictures of his
family and dogs, in his
has a little desk motto that brings a chuckle.It says, I said maybe and that's final..