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Northfielder Bill Steele’s first love is not EcoTrans; it’s Bolder Options

Bill Steele—one of at least three Northfielders by that name—is not just the owner of EcoTrans but has been involved with a non-profit organization in the Twin Cities called Bolder Options since its inception.

EcoTrans provides door-to-door serviceBill Steele and Amy Merritt arrive at Bolder Options HQLeft: Amy Merritt; right: Bill Steele
Bill invited me to their open house last Thursday and gave me a ride up in a new EcoTrans Prius (he’s got another that’s closing in on 400,000 miles). Former Northfield Union of Youth Executive Director Amy Merritt, now working with EcoTrans, joined us. From the Bolder Options mission/vision page:

Bolder OptionsBolder Options is an innovative organization focusing on healthy youth development.  The comprehensive mentoring program, wellness activities, and leadership opportunities coordinate family, community, school, and county resources in a united effort to support youth who are at-risk for dropping out of school or becoming involved in delinquent or unhealthy behaviors.

Darrell Thompson and Bill SteeleDarrell Thompson and Bill SteeleBill Steele and George Thompson
Bill has been so supportive of Bolder Options for such a long time that they’ve named a conference room after him in their headquarters near downtown Minneapolis.  With Bill above (left and center) is Bolder Options President Director Darrell Thompson. (For you non-football types, Darrell is University of Minnesota’s all-time rushing leader and a former Green Bay Packer—first round draft pick in 1990.)  On the right: Bill with Darrell’s dad, George Thompson.

Some photos from the open house:

Bolder Options open house 2013Bolder Options open house 2013Bill Steele (center); Bolder Options open house 2013

Bolder Options Health & Wellness Coordinator Courtney GriffinBolder Options open house 2013Bolder Options open house 2013
Health & Wellness Coordinator Courtney Griffin ran the bean bag toss game, with many winners receiving a pair of tickets to Twins games.

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Darrell gave us a tour of the facility. I was particularly interested in their use of bicycles, part of their Bolder V3 program which includes youth competing in triathlons – swimming, biking, and running.

FYI, Bill Steele received the "Making a Different Award" from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative back in December 2010.

Banner ads now accepted on Locally Grown; try one for free for a month

EcoTrans Cannon River Watershed Partnership web Design Valley 

You may have noticed these banner ads appearing on the left and right sidebars here on LoGro at times in lieu of the Google Adsense ads.

Advertise on Locally Grown Griff Wigley and Phong Nguyen

See our new (revamped, actually) Advertise on Locally Grown page for all the details.  Until further notice, you can try an ad free for a month.  Thanks to Phong Nguyen at Web Design Valley for the nudge and advice on getting this going; and to Bill Steele at EcoTrans and Beth Kallestad at Cannon Valley Watershed Partnership for joining Phong as the first to get their free ads posted.

Tony Sandler Christmas concert: A Northfield Special from EcoTrans

Tony Sandler Xmas Special NorthfieldFor eight years Tony Sandler put on a New Year’s Eve Gala at the Minneapolis Hilton to benefit the Minneapolis Jaycees Charitable Foundation that I was Executive Director of.

As a good friend, he and his wife Mimi have offered a great deal for my Northfield friends to see him perform. It includes:

  • Round trip transportation from Northfield
  • Reserved seating
  • Meet with Tony Sandler after the show

The brochure gives the details.

We have limited seating and would love to have you, friends, or associates share the event with us. Let me know if there is interest!

Bill Steele, EcoTrans

507-301-8077 or info@goecotrans.com