Ground Breaking


From left to right are Elvis Voigt, county maintenance superintendent, Commissioner Ron Shimanski, County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst, commissioners Kermit Terlinden, Paul Wright and Jon Christensen; Jerry Hagen of Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain, architects for the facility; and Jody Schultz, Project Manager, Rollie Radtke, CEO, Nate Miller, Site Superintendent, and Gregg Machemehl, CFO, all with RAM General Contracting, Inc..

By Ivan Raconteur
Herald Journal Editor
A ground breaking ceremony took place Wednesday for a new $1.2 million highway shop at the intersection of Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 15 (Falcon Avenue) east of Silver Lake. RAM General Contracting of Winsted was awarded the project, which includes a 12,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal building and a separate salt storage shed. The architect for the project is Jerry Hagen of Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain of Minneapolis. The new shop will replace the county’s existing facilities in Lester Prairie and Silver Lake. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-November. McLeod County Commissioner Paul Wright noted no county levy dollars were used for the purchase of the property, which the county acquired in 2007. The property was paid for with revenue from the county recycling program.