North Star News September 2019, Chapter 20, Region 3


Chapter 20 President: Ben Barker, SR/WA, RW-RAC, RW-NAC

Greetings Chapter 20 Members,

As President of Chapter 20 in 2019-2020, I want to thank you all for the opportunity of allowing me to be in this leadership role. Looking ahead, we have a very busy 2019-2020. Here are some dates to mark on your calendar:

Region 3 Fall Forum - September 22-24, 2019

Chapter 37 is hosting the Region 3 Fall Forum in Chesterfield, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. In addition to the Region Forum, Chapter 37 is offering IRWA Course Class 902: Property Descriptions on September 24th. If you are interested in attending the forum, please use this link to register for the Forum: https://www.irwachapter37.org/event-details/irwa-region-3-fall-forum-1/form. Register for IRWA Course 902: Property Descriptions online at www.irwaonline.org.

Chapter 20’s 5th Annual College Outreach Program October 14, 2019

On October 14th, Chapter 20 will be hosting our 5th Annual College Outreach Program in St. Cloud – inviting students from St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical College to attend. The event will be held at Beaver Island Brewery. In addition to the College Outreach Program, Chapter 20 will be having our Chapter meeting prior to the College Outreach Program.

Brian Mielke and Sean Lawler are organizing this event and are looking for Chapter 20 Members to be on a panel discussion sharing with the students the wide variety of areas of “Right of Way” that we work in. This is a great time to talk with students from SCSU and SCTCC about the ROW industry. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sean Lawler at sean.w.lawler@xcelenegy.com or Brian Mielke at bmielke@wsbeng.com.

IRWA Education offered by Chapter 20

  • Education Course 603 – November 5, 2019
  • Education Course 604 – November 6, 2019
  • Education Course 205 – December 4-5, 2019

IRWA Spring Region 3 Forum – March 15-17, 2020 (Chapter 20 hosting forum in Minneapolis)

2020 IRWA International Conference – June 21-24, 2020 (Chapter 20 hosting in Minneapolis)

As always, thank you to our 2019-2020 Sponsors for their continued support of Chapter 20.

  • ProSource Technologies (Platinum Sponsor)
  • WSB (Platinum Sponsor)
  • Fredrikson & Byron (Gold Sponsor)
  • SRF Consulting Group (Silver Sponsor)
  • Ulteig (Silver Sponsor)

I look forward to working with members of Chapter 20 throughout this upcoming year. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 612-581-6572 or bbarker@wsbeng.com.

Best Regards,

Ben Barker, IRWA Chapter 20 President

2019-2020 NEW SPONSORS


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


Good morning Chapter 20 ROW pros!

Each year, Chapter 20 does a college outreach program where we invite students (and their professors) to come to a chapter meeting and hear from professionals and ask questions in an interactive panel format. There is also a scholarship program where two scholarships are granted!

This year’s event will be on Oct. 14 at Beaver Island Brewery in St. Cloud with the college outreach program portion starting at approximately 4:30 (following the chapter board meeting.) The event’s catered by Mexican Village as well!

Would you like to be a panelist or moderator?

  • We’re looking for 4 panelists and a moderator with varying backgrounds and focuses within our field.
  • This is a great opportunity to discuss what we do with those interested in our field and a fun way to volunteer in doing so!
  • Panelists would be welcome to attend the board meeting or come just in time for the college outreach/panel portion.

If you’re interested, please contact me at bmielke@wsbeng.com or at 612-368-7835.

Thank you as always!

For more information and to register, Click here! We look forward to seeing you!


Our July meeting was hosted by WSB and sponsored by ProSource, WSB, Fredrikson & Byron, SRF, and Ulteig. Ben Barker discussed the Portland Conference and noted the upcoming fall forum and college outreach meeting. Then there was a presentation from Can Do Canines. The attendees were very engaged and asked great questions of our presenter and we all found out about the amazing things these dogs are trained to do.


Submitted by Ben Barker, WSB

Chapter 20 would like to welcome our newest member Stephanie Marthaler from HDR to IRWA. Please extend a warm welcome to Stephanie. We look forward to her participation in Chapter 20!

If you have any questions about your membership, please feel free to contact Ben Barker at 612-581-6572 or bbarker@wsbeng.com.

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 more information on our upcoming education opportunities, visit our Chapter's Education Page or contact Chapter 20's Education Chair, Mindy Leadholm.



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