North Star News February 2019, Chapter 20, Region 3


Chapter 20 President: Mindy Leadholm, SR/WA

Greetings Chapter 20 Members -

PURA VIDA. Pura Vida is a Costa Rican phrase that translates to “Pure Life”. After spending two weeks of February in Costa Rica, I discovered the true meaning of Pura Vida is much more than the literal definition; it is a way of life.

Pura Vida = Appreciation of life’s simple treasures, slow down, relax, celebrate good fortune, refuse to take anything for granted, say hello, be thankful, be happy, make friends, have a wonderful day. Over the next several days, weeks, and months; I challenge you to incorporate the “Pura Vida” lifestyle into all that you do. I guarantee it will make all aspects of your life less stressful and more enjoyable.

Chapter 20 has Course 215: Right of Way Acquisition for Pipeline Projects scheduled for April 4-5. Look on the Education Page of our Chapter 20 Website for more information and to register for this course. We would also like to schedule a few more courses for the Fall 2019. Please contact me (mindy.leadholm@co.washington.mn.us) if you have suggestions on which courses you’d like to see offered.

Thank you to those who attended our January Board and Member Meeting. A special thank you to our January meeting sponsors: Fredrikson & Byron, ProSource Technologies, and SRF Consulting Group. Also, thank you to Jen Holmstadt, for speaking to the group about some ideas for implementing new policies to proactively manage natural hazards near our project sites.

Our January Meeting included honoring several members for their achievements. Sean Lawler, Matthew Hagelin, and Chris Rogers all recently earned their SR/WA certification and were honored at our meeting. We also presented our 2018 Chapter Awards (Employer of the Year: Washington County; Young Professional of the Year: Mindy Leadholm; Professional of the Year: Craig Poorker). As one of the award recipients, I am humbled and honored to work with all of you in such an outstanding Association and Chapter. Thank YOU!

Our next Chapter Board and Member meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at Minnesota Power/ALLETE, Inc. in Duluth, MN. Matthew Hagelin will lead a conversation with the group on the right of way acquisition process of the Great Northern Transmission Line. Thank you to Fredrikson & Byron, ProSource Technologies, SRF Consulting Group, HDR, WSB & Associates, Ulteig, and Henning Professional Services for sponsoring the March meeting. Registration is now open and available on our Chapter 20 website. (Note: deadline to register is Thursday, March 7.)

The upcoming Education Conference in Portland is just a few months away, make sure to get registered if you are planning to attend! For those who have never attended, the International Education Conference is full of both educational and networking opportunities. Registration is also open for our Region 3 Spring Forum, which will be in Des Moines, Iowa on April 28-30.

There will be a LOT of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities for our members as we gear up for hosting the International Education Conference in 2020. Watch for emails and announcements in our newsletters in the coming months. Recently, we finalized our 2020 Conference Logo; which makes it start to feel real! You can see the final logo in the newsletter – let us know what you think!!

As always, please feel free to contact me if you need anything or have any questions about Chapter 20 business. As your President, I am here to help you get the most out of your Chapter 20 membership. Pura Vida!

2018-2019 SPONSORS


  • Director: Andrew Girga
  • President: Mindy Leadholm, SR/WA
  • President Elect: Ben Barker, SR/WA, R/W-NAC, R/W-RAC
  • Treasurer: Benjamin Tozer
  • Secretary: Matthew Hagelin, SR/WA


  • Sponsors: HDR, WSB & Associates, SRF Consulting Group, Prosource Technologies, Fredrikson & Byron, Ulteig, and Henning Professional Services
  • Date: Wednesday, March 13th
  • Location: Minnesota Power/ALLETE, Inc. (30 West Superior Street, Duluth MN 55802)
  • Board Meeting: 10:00 – 11:30am
  • Member Meeting and Lunch: 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Speaker: Matt Hagelin, Minnesota Power/ALLETE

Topic – Improving the Community Experience

Minnesota Power is building the Great Northern Transmission Line to bring clean, emission-free energy into Minnesota, meet growing energy demands and increase system reliability. The Great Northern Transmission Line, which will deliver hydropower generated by Manitoba Hydro to customers in the United States, will consist of a 500 kV transmission line from the Minnesota-Manitoba border to the Iron Range 500 kV Substation near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as well as associated substation facilities and transmission system modifications. We will have a conversation on the right of way acquisition of the Great Northern Transmission Line.

Speaker Bio

Matthew Hagelin has 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. Over the years, Matt has worked in commercial & residential sales & leasing, commercial & residential appraisal, residential assessment for ad valorem purposes and right of way. Matt works in the Real Estate Services Department at Minnesota Power/ALLETE, Inc. in his role as Senior Property and Right of Way Agent. Matt began working with Minnesota Power in 2013, where he began working on the Great Northern Transmission Line Project.

For more information, click here! We look forward to seeing you!


Our January meeting was at Great River Energy. The sponsors for the meeting were SRF Consulting, ProSource Technologies, and Fredrikson & Byron. Chapter 20 recognized several people on their accomplishments:

  • Congratulations to Joseph Rath and Ellen Boisen, St. Cloud State University Students, for each receiving a $500 scholarship as a part of our Chapter’s college outreach Program.
  • Congratulations to Sean Lawler, Matt Hagelin, and Chris Rogers – all three have recently earned their SR/WA and were honored with their SR/WA pins and plaques.
  • Congratulations to Washington County – awarded Chapter 20’s 2018 Employer of the Year Award.
  • Congratulations to Mindy Leadholm – awarded Chapter 20’s 2018 Young Professional of the Year Award.
  • Congratulations to Craig Poorker – awarded Chapter 20’s 2018 Professional of the Year Award.

Our speaker was Jen Holmstadt from WSB. She presented on proactively managing the risks of public infrastructures as natural hazards increase. She summarized the methods and outcomes of two projects, MnDOT’s Slope Vulnerability model and the City of Burnsville’s geohazard analysis, and discussed how the results of these projects would influence project scoping and capital expenditures moving forward.

January 2019 Member Meeting


Submitted by Ben Barker, WSB

Thank you to everyone who renewed your IRWA Membership. As of February 20th, 85% of Chapter 20 members have renewed their membership. If you have not renewed, it is not too late. You may renew your membership online at www.irwaonline.org.

Chapter 20 would like to welcome our three newest members to IRWA:

  • Brigette Bartko
  • Darcy Horowitz
  • Tammy Drummond

Brigette is a Right of Way Agent with Carver County. Darcy is employed by Enbridge. Tammy is a Right of Way Specialist with Dakota County. Please extend a warm welcome to them. We look forward to their participation in Chapter 20.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 612-581-6572 or bbarker@wsbeng.com.


Come join us for the 65th Annual International Education Conference is being held at Hilton Portland Downtown (921 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR) from June 9 - 12, 2019. For more information and to register, click here!


the region 3 spring forum will be held in des moines, ia april 28-30th, 2019. for more information and to register, check out the region 3 website!!!
The 2020 Annual International Education Conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN.


Most of us know that the Right of Way International Education Foundation is the non-profit funding mechanism for right of way education, providing funds for new courses, updates of existing courses and other education initiatives. Not as many of us remember that RWIEF supports three scholarship programs, click here to get the skinny!


For additional education opportunities, visit our Chapter's Education Page or contact Chapter 20's Education Chair, Mindy Leadholm.



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