IRWA North Star Chapter 20 is the premier organization for right of way professionals in the State of Minnesota. IRWA Chapter 20 brings together public and private sector right of way professionals from all around the Midwest and beyond, facilitating diverse educational experiences, exciting professional opportunities, valuable networking time, and even a little fun.

Chapter 20 hosts bi-monthly meetings, educational courses, and networking opportunities designed to provide our members with the tools and resources needed to become and remain leaders in the right of way field.

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Minneapolis Selected by IGC to Host the IRWA Education Conference in 2020!

At the IRWA Board of Directors Meeting in June this year in Hartford, Connecticut, the IRWA Board of Directors selected Portland, Oregon as the host location for IRWA’s 2019 Annual International Education Conference. The final selection came after four rounds of dead heat voting where Portland and Minneapolis each received 50 percent of the vote. On the fifth vote, the IRWA Board of Directors selected Portland as the 2019 site by a margin of seven votes.

Given that half of IRWA’s Board Members selected Minneapolis during four rounds of voting, the International Governing Council (IGC) received many comments from Board Members that they would like the IGC to consider naming Minneapolis as the 2020 host location. In light of the timely nature of the request, and due to the immediacy created because the Minneapolis proposal’s pricing and dates were only valid until July 31, 2014, the IGC met on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 to take up this single issue item, in accordance with IRWA Bylaws. Following full discussion and a number of actions, the IGC approved a motion to make Minneapolis, Minnesota the 2020 host location for the IRWA Annual International Education Conference by a vote of 14 to 1.

Because of this action, there will be no chapter bids presented at the 2015 Board of Directors meeting. Bidding will resume at the 2016 Board of Directors meeting.

IRWA Chapter 20 is BEYOND excited with this decision and thanks our members, region, and supporters! Without the support or our sponsors, our efforts would not have been possible. A special thanks to these companies for their sponsorship and continued support within our great Region.

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.Midwest Right of Way Services, Inc.
Enbridge EnergProSource Technologies, Inc.
Evergreen Land ServicesSRF Consulting Group
HDR, Inc.Stern & Anderson PA
JCG Land Services, Inc.Twin Peaks Field Services, Inc.
L.D. Martin & Associates, Ltd.Wilson Development Services
LHB, Inc.WSB & Associates, Inc.
Melissa WurtzXcel Energy

Chapter 20 looks forward to hosting the Annual Education Conference in 2020!

September Board Meeting & Member Luncheon!

When: Wednesday, September 17th

Where:  Merjent: 800 Washington Ave N #315
              Minneapolis, MN 55401

Time: Board Meeting 10:00 am – 11:30 am
         Member Meeting 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Presenter: Dean Sather, Merjent

Topic: “Cultural Resource Management or How I Learned To Stop Fearing and Love Archaeology”


Dean is a Senior Environmental Analyst at Merjent, Inc. with more than 20 years' of nationwide experience as an environmental consultant and archaeologist. He has managed several high voltage electric transmission permitting projects and related regulatory/environmental review in the Upper Midwest. He is experienced with permitting and knowledgeable of federal, state, and local regulatory requirements involved in the permitting and construction of utility projects to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Dean's experience is derived from his involvement in a wide variety of energy projects including linear transmission (electric and pipeline) and renewable (wind and solar).

As an environmental project manager Dean has been responsible for developing the scope of work for a variety of linear power transmission projects, scheduling and supervising environmental field investigations, coordinating technical assistance and maintaining effective communication with both clients and regulatory agencies. He participates in QA/QC control processes to ensure project deliverables meet federal, state and local standards.

As an archaeologist, Dean manages and provides technical oversight for National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)-compliance based cultural resource investigations for projects throughout the Central and Western United States. He is responsible for cultural resources project components including cost estimates and proposal preparation, management of subcontractors, technical report writing, tribal consultation, and agency consultation. He has extensive experience with and knowledge of federal, state, and local historic preservation laws and regulations.

Prior to joining the Merjent team, Dean served as a Senior NEPA and Linear Permitting Specialist/Archaeological Principle Investigator with URS Corp. and as a Project Manager / Principle Investigator with Westwood Professional Services, Inc. Dean has also served as the Executive Director of the Becker County Historical Society in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Job Hunters & Seekers:

Land Rights Administrator

Real Estate Specialist

Upcoming Education:

Course 209 - Negotiating Effectively with a Diverse Clientele

Course 901 - Engineering Plan Development and Application

Course 902 - Property Descriptions

Questions Regarding Education:

Mindy J. Leadholm

651-430-4361 (office)
651-470-7754 (cell)
651-430-4350 (fax)

Professional Development Corner:

Mindy Leadholm – SR/WA

Darryl Sayler – SR/WA
Matthew Hagelin - RWA

Chuck Mayers - ARWP

Cassie Fulda – RWA
Charles Mayers - RWP

Lisa Beckman – R/W NAC

Matthew Hagelin – RWA
Cassie Fulda – RWA

Corrine D. Sullivan – RWA
Patrick Lambert – RWA
Matthew Hagelin - RWP

Anthony Derrick – RWA
Aimie Mims - RWP

Greg Cooley – SR/WA

Charles Mayers – RWP

Aimie Mims – RWP

Debbie Tyler – R/W-NAC

Questions Regarding Certification:

Greg Cooley, PDC Chair
320-250-2665 (office)