Widseth names Tim Ramerth president

Widseth named Tim Ramerth president, effective Dec. 1, 2021. He succeeds Kevin Donnay, who held the position since 2013.

Widseth’s ownership structure and transition plan are founded on mentoring future leaders from within – a system that has seen successful transitions since the firm was launched in 1975 by Dick Widseth, Howard Smith and Don Nolting.

Ramerth is a civil engineer licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota with 29 years of experience including nine years with Widseth. He advanced to his new role after managing the firm’s Brainerd Lakes Area office since 2019.

Tim Ramerth
Tim Ramerth

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Ramerth played a key role in the firm’s recent strategic planning efforts.

Widseth is a multi-discipline firm of more than 200 employees providing architectural, engineering, land surveying, and environmental services. Its offices are located in Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Forest Lake, Mankato, and Rochester, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. For more information on the firm, visit Widseth.com.

ASB raises $15,000 for good causes

American Solutions for Business in Glenwood raised $12,000 for families in the Pope County area through their annual Adopt-A-Family fundraiser.

This gift is a reoccurring program put on by American Sales Associates and home office employees as a gift to Founder Larry Zavadil and his wife Diane, that started 20 years ago. This year’s gift surpassed the 2019 donations by $5,000, making it a record year.

ASB reached out to county administrators at the beginning of November for information regarding families in need this year. The county then collected information that kept the families anonymous but outlined the family structures and needs. The sizes and Christmas lists of the families were then collected and shared with ASB.

With the $12,000, ASB was able to buy toys, household items, hygiene products, and clothing for each family member, while including a visa gift card for other miscellaneous items.

ASB also raised $3,000 during the annual Triple Crown online raffle. American donated the proceeds to the Radiothon to End Child Abuse, Someplace Safe, and Pope County Families in Need, donating $1,000 to each.

Triple Crown organizations are non-profit organizations in Pope County that help families recover from abuse and get back on their feet when they face a financial hardship. Someplace Safe offers services for abuse victims by helping them find safe housing and safe meeting place for parent visits and/or pickups.

Radiothon to End Child Abuse is a fundraiser that is aired on the local radio station and all proceeds go to our local Human Services Department. Pope County Families in Need is organized by a local couple who supplies clothes, blankets, beds, gift certificates for gas or food, for families facing financial hardships.

Promotions at Widseth

Widseth announced several staff promotions, effective December 1, 2021, including one at its Alexandria office.

Juergen Brunkhorst, a land surveyor/hydrographic surveyor, was promoted to associate.

Widseth’s ownership structure and transition plan are founded on mentoring future leaders from within – a system that has seen successful transitions since the firm was launched in 1975 by Dick Widseth, Howard Smith, and Don Nolting.

Juergen Brunkhorst
Juergen Brunkhorst

With the new slate of promotions, Widseth President Tim Ramerth expressed his optimism for the future of the firm: “I’m very impressed with the leadership these professionals have already shown, and I’m excited for the fresh ideas they’re bringing to the leadership team!”