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KE's Third Annual Signing Day | Welcoming the Future of the Trades

On May 24th, Knobelsdorff (KE) proudly hosted their third annual Operation Trades Awareness Sign-On Day at the Goodhue Office, welcoming 11 outstanding graduating high school and college seniors into the trades. With families, school faculty, and the KE family in attendance, this event marked a significant milestone for these young professionals as they committed their future careers to the trades. The event featured a live feed by KWNG Radio Station out of Red Wing, Minnesota, bringing the celebration of these individuals to a broader audience.  

“At KE, we understand the critical role that tradespeople play in the world, and we are committed to bringing on new talent to ensure a skilled workforce for the future. Our four divisions offer these individuals numerous opportunities for growth and development, and we are excited to watch them grow within our company,” said Karl Von Knobelsdorff, CEO/President of Knobelsdorff.  

Karl talking to trades signees

Meet the New Hires!  

  • Cody Frerichs: Recent graduate from Northwest Technical College, entering the Power Services Division as an Operation and Maintenance (OM) Technician under the supervision of Jim Karpowicz. 
  • Sam Tipton: Recent graduate from Goodhue High School, officially entering the Electric Division as an Apprentice 1 under the supervision of Cameron Dooley and Mitch Oredson.  
  • JJ Bien: Recent graduate from Goodhue High School, entering the Energy Division as an Apprentice 1 under the supervision of Mike Huneke.  
  • Logan Marquardt: Recent graduate from Red Wing High School, entering the Energy Division as a Solar Installer under the supervision of Mike Huneke.  
  • Max Tyszelman: Recent graduate from Red Wing High School, entering the Energy Division as a Solar Installer under the supervision of Mike Huneke.  
  • Karch Hegge: Recent graduate from Lake City High School, entering the Electric Division as an Apprentice Electrician under the supervision of Cameron Dooley.  
  • Owen Meier: Recent graduate from Hastings High School, entering he Energy Division as a Solar Installer, under the supervision of Mike Huneke. 
  • Connor Seckora: Recent graduate from Dunwoody College of Technology, entering the Automation Division as a Junior Automation Engineer under the supervision of Liam Cassidy. 
  • Zach Martin: Recent graduate from Minnesota State University – Mankato, entering the Energy Division as a Construction Manager under the supervision of Mike Huneke. 
  • Logan Bryant: Recent graduate of Dakota County Technical College, entering the Electric Division as an Apprentice 1 under the supervision of Nick Dodson. 
  • Dillon Bartel: Recent graduate from Kenyon-Wanamingo High School, entering the Energy Division as a Solar Installer under the supervision of Mike Huneke. 
  • Kennette Duffy: Recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, entering Enterprise as a Marketing Coordinator under the supervision of Megan Ramaker. 

Each of these students brings a unique set of skills and a fresh perspective to the KE family. Their commitment to joining KE shows their dedication to the trades and their belief in the values KE stands for. 

Group photo of people from trades signing day

KE’s Third Annual Sign-On Day was more than just an event; it was a celebration of community and the bright future of the trades. Welcoming these talented new hires into the KE family reminds us of the vital role they play in our industry and the incredible potential they bring. With their dedication and support, KE is ready to keep leading the way in innovation, safety, and excellence. Here’s to a bright future where we get stuff done safely, together.  

For more information on Operation Trades Awareness and how to become involved, contact Megan Ramaker ([email protected]) or Kennette Duffy ([email protected]) or visit our Operation Trades Awareness page to learn more. 

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