Economic development intern Colin McLain departs

Colin McLain and Charlene Coulombe-Fiore Colin McLain cake
I took this photo this afternoon of Carleton College grad Colin McLain with Northfield Economic Development Manager Charlene Coulombe-Fiore in her office at City Hall. Charlene had attached a comment here on Locally Grown earlier today alerting citizens that today was Colin’s last day as a paid intern.

The newspaper did a story on city interns this summer and he was also cited in an article a couple weeks ago as the person who upgraded the EDA portion of the city’s website. (It’s not a new website but there is new domain name that redirects to the EDA pages.) Tracy and Ross have been impressed with Colin in their dealings with him. “Somewhat more than marginally adequate” was the phrase they used, I believe.

I got there too late to capture the complete phrase written out on the cake (right photo). Since Colin is from the St. Louis area, I’m assuming he’s had to deal with guilt-by-association regarding the city’s ‘missing’ millions from St. Louis-based Rate Search. ‘Tough Luck, Colin!’ How’s that for icing on the cake?


  1. It’s my understanding that thousands of dollars in damage were done when a river of tears have flooded the streets of northfield due to beautiful women, respectable men, and confused children weeping at Colin’s departure from your fair hamlet. Can you formally confirm or deny this?

    November 16, 2007
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    That’s not quite accurate, Mr. Gosset. On weekends, thousands of beautiful women do flood the downtown streets of Northfield in search of respectable men and we expect they’ll weep when they find that Colin is no longer among them. The damage will be purely emotional.

    November 16, 2007
  3. Ross Currier said:

    Ah, the lonely hearts of emerging paradigms of economic development will surely weep as Colin heads into the sunset…somewhere beyond Lonsdale.

    Good luck, Colin…don’t take no St. Louis roadmaps from Vic. That old farm is fer sure a housing development by now.

    November 16, 2007

Leave a Reply