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Lean municipal budgets, road safety innovations, and the arrival of the emerald ash borer were some of the topics of discussion at this year’s Spring Maintenance Training Expo in St. Cloud. The two-day event drew more than 400 maintenance and transportation workers to the St. Cloud Civic Center in April.
Jim Grothaus, Minnesota LTAP director, and David Hutton, president of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Minnesota chapter, kicked off the event with a ceremony honoring this year’s 15 Roads Scholars.
The Scholars, who complete eight credits of training and professional development, represent a “bright spot” in the profession, Grothaus said.
Becker County maintenance superintendent John Okeson received a special “graduate Roads Scholar award.” Okeson is an instructor for Minnesota LTAP’s Gravel Road Maintenance Workshop.
“We appreciate him going out and sharing all his info. It took him 42 years to get through the Roads Scholar program,” Grothaus joked. “You can all achieve that.”
Expo sponsors were Minnesota LTAP, the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB), the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), the Minnesota Street Superintendents Association, and the APWA Minnesota Chapter.
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