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Jim Olson is settling in quite comfortably as Becker County’s new highway engineer. Though he grew up in the Twin Cities, Olson has roots in the lakes area, having served with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Detroit Lakes for almost five years in the late 1990s/early 2000s. VICKI GERDES/TRIBUNE

New county engineer has been down this road before

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Though Jim Olson has only been the head of the Becker County Highway Department since the end of May, he’s no stranger to the lakes area.


The Edina High School graduate and Twin Cities native also lived in Detroit Lakes from 1997-2001, when he was employed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, working out of both the Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls offices on various road construction and maintenance projects.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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