Northfielder Dick Heibel, world-renowned snow globe and music box repairman, was featured today in a Star Tribune video. It’s quite touching.
In addition to the articles listed on his web page, NPR’s Weekend Edition did a story on him back in 2003 titled Where Snow Globes Go When They’re Broken by Liane Hansen.
Thanks for all these links, Griff! Dick was a long-time businessman in Northfield (upholstery) and provided me with photos of the West Side business district as it was before highway 3 intruded, as seen in the 2009 Froggy Times. And Dick gave me a photo of his father Carl as a King—watch for it in January’s Entertainment Guide. Dick has an abiding love for the town he grew up in and is happy to share his knowledge of its history, even as he contributes happiness everywhere through his snow globe repairs.
Thanks for that, Susan. MPR posted this YouTube video of Dick Heibel yesterday: Repairing snow globes and broken hearts.
Wow, great! A “global” celebrity in our midst. Thanks, Griff!
Very cool. After viewing these video clips it makes me proud and honored to be living in the house that Mr. Heibel grew up in.
Do you also make snow globes? My grandson collects them, and I try to bring one back from all over the world. However, i can’t find one in Kathmandu, Nepal. If I find something from Kathmandu, can you put it in a globe for me.
[…] It’s July. Good time to have Dick Heibel fix your snow globes By Griff Wigley, on July 2, 2010, 7:33 am Most media empires in the US have published something about Northfielder Dick Heibel, world-renowned snow globe and music box repairman. I blogged the Strib video about him back in December. […]
My son has a treasured snow globe(Peter Rabbit) that belonged to his Nana, who passed away 11 years ago. My daughter would wind up the snow globe while she babysat my son many evenings when I worked nights. Or when he went to his Nana’s house, he would bring it with him to go to sleep by. The globe was left in the car and it froze and broke as it is winter in Maine. My son called saying he felt like such an idiot for leaving it in the car. I don’t know if your still repairing snow globes, but I would sure love to be able to get this one fixed, can you help us?
Hello Mr. Heibel,
I would love to have my small snow globe repaired. It has a small figurine that is broken in just two places. The base looks solid.
We had it in our home growing up in the 50’s -but it may be older than that.
Please let me know if you are still repairing these.
Thanks so much. Oh – I feel a tie to Minnesota because my dad graduated from Augsburg and in the Athletic Hall of Fame for the 1927 Basketball Championship.In much more temperate Maryland, I grew up hearing tales of snow in Iowa where he grew up and St. Paul and Bemiji where he taught.
Just an FYI to those inquiring:
Dick Heibel doesn’t check this blog, he does not have email that I know of, and his web page is no longer working. You’ll have to phone him. I’m not sure if this number is current but give it a try and report back: (507) 645-4571.
I am also looking to get in touch with Mr. Heibel. I will be around his Minnesota town in July and was hoping he could repair my grandmother’s Disney snowglobe while I’m there. It has some cloudy chunks floating in the water. I haven’t found a website for him, and I’ve seen two different locations for him too. Does anyone know if he is still working, or how I can get in touch with him? Thanks for the help! He comes very highly recommended and this globe is special to my grandma. 🙂
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