WSN holds class in the field: students get schooled in the construction industry

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Even though today’s educational environment has graduated from chalk-covered hands to smartboards, students from Staples-Motley Connections High School recently had the opportunity to step past the virtual and enter the actual as they learned about the commercial design and construction process.  Continue reading “WSN holds class in the field: students get schooled in the construction industry”

March’s featured project on your WSN calendar: Mills Fleet Farm

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The site for the newest, highly anticipated Mills Fleet Farm presented challenges that were unique to this regional retailer, yet typical of the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. With elevations that varied as much as seventy feet throughout the site, developing thirty of the forty acres required creative and skillful engineering. The 183,000 s.f. retail store, three-bay car wash, and fueling station provide a similar variety of products and services as the other Fleet Farm locations throughout the Upper Midwest.  Continue reading “March’s featured project on your WSN calendar: Mills Fleet Farm”

WSN lends hand for playhouse designs at Rochester Area Builders (RAB) Home Show

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Widseth Smith Nolting’s Bruce Meadows helped kids design playhouses at the 38th annual Rochester Area Builders (RAB) Home Show earlier this month. WSN provided design materials for the kids and a special area to display their playhouse sketches. Bruce will review the sketches and choose one design to get built. With about 40 sketches submitted, Bruce will have his work cut out for him.  Continue reading “WSN lends hand for playhouse designs at Rochester Area Builders (RAB) Home Show”

WSN helps transform historic building into Cuyuna Brewing Company’s new home

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The Brainerd Lakes Area has become a destination for craft beer connoisseurs, and Cuyuna Brewing Company is the latest brewery to hop onto the scene. Located in the historic Young Building on Main Street, Crosby, MN, the brewery and tap room offers a lineup of five unique beers, with more on the horizon.  Continue reading “WSN helps transform historic building into Cuyuna Brewing Company’s new home”

February’s featured project on your WSN calendar: The Northern Pacific Center

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The Northern Pacific Center is a premier mixed-use campus, offering unique spaces on the grounds of a former railroad complex. The addition of new tenant Roundhouse Brewery was the catalyst for site improvements that would not only accommodate Roundhouse but also future tenants. Widseth Smith Nolting’s team preserved a portion of the former railyard turntable in the parking area and designed additional improvements including sidewalks, drainage, and a patio for Roundhouse’s customers. The improvements preserve and build upon the unique qualities of the historic site.

Funding for trails and recreation areas

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two opportunities for grant funding this spring — the (1) Outdoor Recreation Grant Program and the (2) Local Trail Connections Program. Each is designed to help communities pay for improvements to, or the development of, trail connections and recreation areas. Here’s what you need to know about the programs.  Continue reading “Funding for trails and recreation areas”

Four things to consider when planning road projects in your community

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Widseth Smith Nolting helped the City of Alexandria transform Geneva Road to make the corridor safer, more accessible, and provide a better connection between Lake Geneva and Lake Le Homme Dieu.
1. Is there a road that is a constant maintenance nightmare?

Do you spend extra money on the same road year after year? Could that money be used somewhere else? Does the road require re-grading regularly, new base material, or drainage improvements? It might be time to think about a reconstruction project.  Continue reading “Four things to consider when planning road projects in your community”