MnDOT’s McKinnon plans retirement

Project Manager Joe McKinnon will retire from MnDOT next month after 31 years on the job.

McKinnon spent almost his entire career at MnDOT Bemidji Headquarters, with his beginning as a project engineer in Polk County in 1984.

“In my 31 years at MnDOT, I have had the opportunity to be involved with a project in almost every city in Northwestern Minnesota. I was involved in the design of large reconstruction projects of state highways in Crookston, Thief River Falls, Park Rapids and Bemidji,” said McKinnon.

McKinnon helped manage the development of replacing the International Bridge across the Rainy River from Baudette to Ontario.

“Over the years at MnDOT, there have been many changes I have encountered. Most notably, projects have developed with more input from local governments and the public. MnDOT has also increased emphasis in designing projects for safety and increased accommodations for pedestrians with disabilities,” added McKinnon.


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