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     March 21, 2019      #11-80 PB1 0
 
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Awan Abot tests out a bridge that he and his fellow students from Shannon Peterson’s third-grade class put together with the help of Kris Langlie, a District Water Resources Engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Six MnDOT engineers helped Gibbs Elementary School students build
Students, engineers create bridges from bags
Students, engineers create bridges from bags

By John Molseed
jmolseed@postbulletin.com


MnDOT engineer Kris Langlie was supervising the laying of a bridge deck Wednesday afternoon when one of his assistant builders noticed a problem. One of the supports wasn’t aligned correctly.

“Wait, this isn’t on the flat side,” said Reed Blood.

“Good catch,” Langlie said.

The oversight was understandable — both were a bit out of their element. Langlie is a water engineer and Blood is a third-grade student at Gibbs Elementary School.

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Students from Shannon Peterson’s third-grade class, including, from left, Anya Winkowski, Kaelyn Baldwin and Asiya Awan, work on building a bridge Wednesday with the help of Kris Langlie, a district water resources engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Joe Ahlquist / jahlqui
John joined the Post Bulletin in May 2018. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004 with a BA in Journalism and Japanese. Away from the office, John plays banjo, brews beer, bikes and is looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter âb.â