Agriculture is critical for the economy in rural Minnesota.  As I was growing up working on the family farm in Sleepy Eye, MN, I grew to understand and appreciate the need to continue providing new farming techniques, proper drainage, and improve efficiencies to allow farming to be profitable.

After graduating from Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University.  I was hired by Bolton & Menk, Inc. as an intern while I was attending college and full time after graduating from college.

The family farms in our area are critical to our local economies and we need to help protect them.  Today, as a Principle Engineer, at Bolton & Menk, I work with local farmers recognizing proper drainage is directly related to production yields.  In addition, I also work with agricultural producers and counties throughout southern Minnesota and northern Iowa to improve their county ditch systems and provide adequate drainage system outlets.

The best advice I could give to current college students is to really listen to producers and figure out how their careers can help advance agriculture.