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Pat Veraguth

Patrick Veraguth has been the Douglas County Surveyor since 2013 and Winona County Surveyor since 1999 and worked for Winona County since 1993. He was instrumental in resurrecting the remonumentation process in Winona County after the county went 60 years without a County Surveyor. Veraguth owned and worked privately for Veraguth Land Surveying in Galesville, Wisconsin. He is licensed in Wisconsin and Minnesota as a Land Surveyor.

Patrick graduated with a BS in Agricultural Engineering from UW – River Falls, and attended Clinton McLagan’s Land Survey Class’s at Inver Hills Community College.

Veraguth is a current member of Chapter 5 and has been Secretary/Treasurer, Vice- President and President of Chapter 3, member and a past board member of MSPS; serves on the MSPS Historical Committee, member, past Director and president (2006 and 2017) and current Past President of MACS; Member and past President of Western Wisconsin Chapter Land Surveyors; Member of NSPS.

In addition to the professional surveying organizations Veraguth has also been a member of the UW – River Falls Football team (1987 – 1991); a Wrestling and Football coach of Galesville Middle School and Youth programs. He is currently a member of the full choir at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria. He has also president elect at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Veraguth has a wife of 25 years, Teresa, and 3 sons, Alexander,24; T.J., 23 and Gunnar, 16.

2015, MSPS Wm. S. Kelley, Jr., Community Service Award Recipient

President Elect

Preston Dowell

Preston began his land surveying career in 1998 in the private sector. He worked on a variety of projects ranging from construction surveys to ALTA Land Title Surveys to Public Land Survey System corner restoration surveys. In 2011 he transitioned to the government sector and is currently employed as a Deputy County Land Surveyor in St. Louis County. He focuses on restoring the Public Land Survey System in St. Louis County, improving access to survey records and integrating surveying into a variety of county functions.

Preston holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and Technology from St. Paul Technical College.

Preston is an active member of MSPS where he is the past chair of the Events Committee. He is also the secretary/treasurer for Chapter 4. He is active in the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium. He has completed numerous presentations on a variety of surveying topics. Preston also serves on the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council where he represents rural county governments.

In 2016 Preston was the recipient of the E.A “Bud” Rathbun Award of Merit for the Advancement of the Profession of Land Surveying from the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors. He also won awards for drafting in 2002 and 2004. He is active in his community where he is a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

Past President

Bryan Balcome

Experience: With more than 18 years’ experience, Bryan Balcome is a vice president in the firm and serves as land survey coordinator for Widseth Smith Nolting & Assoc., Inc.’s eight offices. Balcome assists and advises the office managers and survey department heads by providing leadership, estimating and scheduling, staffing, and technical resources necessary for overall project success.

Education: Associate of Science, Civil Engineering Technology, Rochester Community College, 1995.

Employment History: 18 years of land survey experience: 2006–present, Widseth Smith Nolting & Assoc., Inc.; 2003–2006, John Oliver & Associates, Inc.; 2000–2003, Aerometric; 1999–2000, Olmsted County; 1997–1999, Goodhue County; 1995–1997, Fangman Land Surveying.

Licensure: Professional Land Surveyor: Minnesota (Lic. No. 42594), North Dakota (Lic. No. LS-4897), South Dakota (Lic. No. 7708), Wisconsin (Lic. No. 2599-8), Iowa (Lic. No. 17677), Nebraska (Lic. No. 746).

Professional Activities: 1995–present, Member, MSPS; 2003–present, Member, MSPS Central Lakes Chapter 5; 2011–present, member, WSLS; 2012–present, member, NSPS. Currently serving as Vice President of MSPS Chapter 5 and has served as Secretary / Treasurer of MSPS Chapter 5.

Community Activities: 2007–present, Boy Scout Troop 496 / Cub Scout Pack 496 Den 4 Leader; 2008–present, member, Alexandria Kiwanis (president, 2012).

Awards: 2011, MSPS Wm. S. Kelley, Jr., Community Service Award Recipient; 2008, Prairie Business Magazine “40 under 40,” recognizing 40 leaders under the age of 40.

Julie Groetsch


Julie Groetsch

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from College of St. Benedict; Land Surveying coursework from St. Cloud State University & St. Paul College; Master’s degree in Infrastructure Systems Engineering from University of Minnesota.

Current Position: Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Assistant Director of Land Management, Right of Way, St. Paul.

Employment History: URS Incorporated, Minneapolis; RLK Incorporated, Minnetonka; John Oliver & Associates, Brooklyn Park & Elk River; MnDOT District 1 Land Surveyor, Duluth; MnDOT District 6 Assistant Right of Way Supervisor, Rochester; MnDOT Central Office Project Coordination Supervisor, St. Paul.

Licensure: Professional Land Surveyor Minnesota - 46690

Professional Activities: Current member of MSPS and Capitol Area Land Surveyors Association (CALSA); MSPS Government Relations Chair; past treasurer of MSPS Chapter 6; past president of CALSA; past member Minnesota Government Engineer’s Council (MGEC); past director of MGEC; past president of MGEC


Mark Severtson

Employment: Mark Severtson has more than 38 years of land surveying experience and has been licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor for 29 years. 2017-Present, Olmsted County Surveyor; 2013-2017, WSB & Associates, Rochester, MN; 1979-2013, McGhie & Betts, Rochester, MN.

Education: Associate of Arts in Civil Engineering Technology from Rochester Community College, with additional land surveying coursework at Inver Hills Community College. Surveying instructor at Rochester Community College.

Memberships: NSPS, MSPS, MSPS Chapter 3, RCTC Foundation Board.

Licensure: Professional Land Surveyor in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Marcus Hampton

NSPS Governor

Marcus Hampton

Marcus Hampton has been working in the surveying profession since the turn of the century. During this time, he has been volunteering time to the surveying community at both the state and local levels.  Marcus is a past Director and Treasurer of MSPS and is currently Treasurer of Chapter 6. Additionally, he is on the Events Committee of MSPS and within Chapter 6, is a past president, has served on Summer Meeting planning committees, has coordinated local TrigStar competitions, and has been a counselor for the Boy Scouts of America Land Surveying Merit Badge. Marcus has also been heavily involved in the development of the Young Surveyors networks for MSPS, NSPS, and FIG (North America).

Marcus is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, and is currently Vice President at James R. Hill, Inc. in Burnsville.


Chad Conner

With over 20 years of experience in the land surveying profession, Chad currently serves as the manager of the survey department for Widseth Smith Nolting’s Baxter office. He began his career working on a field crew performing various types of surveys and was also for many of Widseth Smith Nolting’s construction staking projects. As the Baxter land survey department manager, Chad is responsible for supervision of the field and office staff, scheduling, estimating, client development and quality control.

Academic Background: Diploma, Civil Engineering Technology, St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Bachelor of Science Degree, Land Surveying and Mapping, St. Cloud State University.

Licensure: Licensed Land Surveyor in Minnesota – 41643; Licensed Professional Land Surveyor in Illinois - 3887; Certified Federal Land Surveyor - 1292

Professional Activities: NSPS Member MSPS Member, MSPS Chapter 2 member, Past Vice President and Vice President MSPS Chapter 2


Denny Honsa

Mr. Honsa has been in the Land Surveying profession since 1976 and is currently the President of Honsa Surveying serving private and municipal clients thru out Minnesota with offices in Eagan and Outing, Minnesota. He is currently a member of M.S.P.S AND N.S.P.S. Mr. Honsa has been on the former M.S.P.S. Legislative committee and now M.S.P.S. Government Relations committee for approximately 2 decades. Mr. Honsa is the current Chairman of the M.S.P.S. Government relation committee. Mr. Honsa has previously served as Treasurer, Vice president and President of Metro Chapter 6. Mr. Honsa has also served just under decade on the M.S.P.S. Board as a Director, Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President. Mr. Honsa is always pursuing the advancement and recognition of the Land Surveying profession for all our current and future Professional surveyors.

Kory Thurnau


Kory Thurnau

Kory has been working in the surveying profession for 17 years. His experience includes work in both private and public sector boundary surveying as well as providing surveying technology support and training. He currently is the East Zone Land Surveyor for the Superior National Forest providing cadastal survey support to the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts. Prior to this position he served as Regional Land Surveyor for the U.S. Department of Interior Fish & Wildlife Service overseeing the Midwest Region's Surveying & Mapping Branch. Kory earned an AAS degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Lake Superior College (2003) and a BES in Geography from St. Cloud State University (2008). He is a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is a Certified Federal Land Surveyor. He is a member of Chapter 4 and also serves on the MN Geospatial Advisory Council.


Virgina Winberg

Virginia is a professional land surveyor at Westwood. She leads the power survey team in the Minneapolis office and manages projects with multiple Westwood offices and clients. Virginia has worked for 13 years in the surveying profession and is licensed in Minnesota and Virginia.


Jesse Zeig

Jesse has been in the survey profession for 23 year. Jesse started out as a rod man, like most other surveyors slowly working his way up to a survey crew chief and LSIT. He received an A.A.S. degree from SCC in Mankato and a B.A. in Land Surveying from St. Cloud State. Jesse became licensed in 2006 and is currently a survey project manager for Bolton & Menk Inc in the Sleepy Eye office. He is a member of Chapter One and has been their Secretary/Treasurer for 8 years.

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