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Minnesota County Engineers Association Annual Conference

Lake County (Minnesota) Highway Building
  • Dates: January 2022
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This annual professional development conference provides opportunities for county engineers and staff to gain insight into new trends and professional practices in transportation related to county highway engineering and related issues.




The Minnesota County Engineers Association invites you to the 76th Annual Minnesota County Engineers Conference on January 19−21, 2021. The members of our Association touch many lives, and this conference is a great time to reflect on the work we do, share our experiences, and learn new things that will help each of us in our daily lives. Last year, we introduced a new format to the conference and received very positive feedback on those changes. This year’s conference will once again introduce a change by going completely virtual for all sessions and networking activities. 

The conference will begin on Tuesday afternoon with the New Engineer Reception, where we will meet the newest members of our Association. Wednesday morning will start with the Opening Session, information from our State Aid partners, and our keynote speaker, Dr. Amit Sood from the Mayo Clinic, who will bring us a message on resiliency. Wednesday afternoon is filled with technical topics to include works from the LRRB,snow and ice control,and another Ethics topic from Justin Weinberg. Thursday morning will include our business meeting, followed by informative technical sessions on right-of-way and drainage. Thursday afternoon continues with words from the Iowa County Engineer and NACE Presidents, real-life community engagement experiences during the COVID pandemic, and the Teamsters Strike in Saint Louis County. The conference will conclude with our Award Ceremony and Recognition celebration of the past year and will include MCEA members and our Industry Partners.

Our 76th year will start with unprecedented challenges and present a look like we’ve never seen. By this time, we have all adapted to the challenges before us. We are confident the great leaders in our Association and our Industry will persevere and continue to do great things. We look forward to seeing you. On behalf of the
Conference Planning Committee, welcome.

Facilitated by

University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Sponsored by

Minnesota County Engineers Association and the Minnesota Department of Transportation 

Future Conference Dates

January 18–21, 2022

Continuing Education Units

This conference awards 0.9 University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies CEUs to those attending all sessions. One University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. A CEU certificate will be sent to each participant after the conference. A permanent record of CEUs earned will be maintained by the University of Minnesota Admissions and Record Transcript Office.

2021 Conference Planning Committee

Ted Schoenecker, Ramsey County (co-chair)
Dave Overbo, Clay County (co-chair)
JinYeene Newmann, Carlton County
Teal Spellman, Watonwan County
Kristine Elwood, State Aid for Local Transportation

Association Officers

Jodi Teich, Stearns County, (president) 
Brian Giese, Pope County (vice president)
Joe Triplett, Chisago County (secretary)
Keith Berndt, Norman County (treasurer)
Wayne Sandberg, Washington County (past president)

Contact Info

University of Minnesota

612-625-2900 | ccapsreg@umn.edu