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Stevens County Engineer takes job in Pope County

MORRIS – Stevens County Engineer Brian Giese has accepted the position of Pope County Engineer. His last day with Stevens County will be July 25.

Giese said the position offers new challenges and new career opportunities.

Giese was one of three finalists interviewed for the position by the Pope County Board of Commissioners on Monday, June 17. Other finalists included Nathan Gannon, assistant county engineer in Clay County, and Todd Larson, a private engineer from Glenwood, Pope County Coordinator Jim Thoreen said.

The board voted unanimously to offer the position to Giese, agreeing that Giese had the credentials, experience and demeanor for the position, Thoreen said.

“We understand the loss to Stevens County, but we believe that the loss is our gain,” said Thoreen.

Giese will take over the position from Brian Noetzelman. Noetzelman’s tenure as county engineer concluded on May 31 after the Pope County Board of Commissioners declined to renew his appointment as county engineer at their May 6 board meeting.

Giese’s starting date in Pope County is Aug. 4. His starting salary will be $105,435, Thoreen said.

A discussion about how to fill Giese’s dual roles as county engineer and county coordinator is planned for the Stevens County Board of Commissioners next meeting on Tuesday, July 1.

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

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