Skilled Pipeline Trades Host Technology Expos Across Northern Minnesota

Pipeline Construction, Safety Events Coming to Cloquet, Bemidji, and Park Rapids.  A coalition of trade organizations representing the workers who build Minnesota's pipelines announced today that they will hold a series of public events in northern Minnesota featuring hands-on demonstrations and displays of pipeline technology and construction techniques.

The coalition, including four pipeline crafts unions, will visit Cloquet, Bemidji, and Park Rapids on July 21st, 2nd, and 23rd respectively.

“This is a chance for the public to get up-close and personal with the technology and training that our skilled workers employ to build safe, secure pipelines,” said Dan Olson, International Representative of the Laborers International Union of North America.

Each stop was chosen for its proximity to existing and proposed pipeline projects.

“For us, safety is job one,” Olson said. “We wanted to take this information to the communities that are most directly affected by our work. Our members live here, and most of them have hunting and fishing licenses, so protecting the environment is a job we all take seriously.”

The trades hope this series of expos across northern Minnesota will generate greater public understanding of how pipelines are built, and showcase the skills of union pipeline construction workers.

For attendees, free food and raffle prizes will be available at each event from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event will feature a child friendly mini-back hoe, a virtual welder, and pipeline safety discussions, among other interactive demonstrations and displays.

Last month the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to approve a certificate of need for the Sandpiper Pipeline, a $2.6 billion project that promises to create an estimated 3,000 jobs in the region.

 Schedule At a Glance

Tuesday, July 21  
Veteran’s Park
11am to 2pm 
Cloquet, MN 55720
The corner of Highway 33 and Avenue B. Take Highway 33 north off I35

Wednesday, July 22
Beltrami County Fairgrounds
11am to 2pm 
7223 Fairgrounds Rd NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 444-8169

Thursday, July 23
Hubbard County Fairgrounds
11am to 2pm 
201 Fair Ave
Park Rapids, MN
(218) 732-5296

Note to Editors and Reporters
The coalition has been actively involved in pipeline issues around the region and are available to provide expert interviews for news stories. Contact Robb Leer at 612.701.0608 to set up interviews.

  • Dan Olson, International Representative LiUNA Business Manager Laborers Local 1091
  • Jason George/ Operating Engineers Local 49
  • Chris Thacker, Business Agent from Laborers Local 1091
  • Dave Becker, Business Agent from Laborers Local 1097
  • Steve Trepanier, Business Agent from Laborers Local 563
  • Jamie Anderson, Pipeline Instructor Laborers Training Center
  • Mike LaBorde, Teamsters
  • Dave Ybarra, President, Minnesota Pipe Trades

About Us
The coalition hosting the pipeline expos includes organizations affiliated with the unions whose members build pipelines across the U.S. and Canada; the Laborers International Union of North America, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.