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Mar. 21, 2019 #11-80 PB1
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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

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.

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