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Brunkhorst named 2015 county engineer of year

McLeod County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst, right, was named the 2015 county highway engineer of the year by the Minnesota County Engineers Association. Mark Krebsbach, left, presented the award at the Feb. 16 meeting of the McLeod County Board of Commissioners.

McLeod County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst was named the 2015 Minnesota County Engineer of the Year by the Minnesota County Engineers Association.
Mark Krebsbach, president of the association, presented the award to Brunkhorst at the Tuesday, Feb. 16, County Board meeting.
Krebsbach said the engineer of the year award was “the most prestigious award” given out by the association.
Krebsbach said Brunkhorst’s commitment to quality went back to childhood, during which he was a Boy Scout and eventually an Eagle Scout. Brunkhorst attended North Dakota State University, and is still a proud supporter of his alma mater.
“Not many people know this, but John also is a runner,” said Krebsbach. “He completed the 2014 0.05K Race for the Bacon, which is just over 164 feet. So, he’s an accomplished athlete as well,” Krebsbach joked.
More seriously, Krebsbach noted three reasons that Brunkhorst was chosen for the award:
First, because “he is an accomplished engineer, especially for his expertise in concrete paving,” said Krebsbach. Krebsbach added that McLeod County is unusual in that it has over 30 miles of concrete paving.
Second, Brunkhorst has been tapped twice to make presentations at the national county engineers convention, first to speak on snowplowing with the use of GPS, and second for his expertise in concrete.
And, third, Brunkhorst was lauded for being “an advocate for transportation and raising awareness of the need for transportation funding.”

For more, see the Feb. 24 print edition of The Chronicle.