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Oct. 2, 2018

MnDOT’s Tom Swenson retires after 34 years of public service

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Tom Swenson retired from the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Sept. 28, after 34 years of state service.

Swenson began working for the state in 1984. He has spent the majority of his career in District 4 based in Detroit Lakes, and has served roles in materials, construction, project management and traffic. For the last 12 years, Swenson has held the Traffic Engineer position.

“Knowing that the work we do may help to save a life was my motivation every day working in Traffic,” said Swenson. “I’ve had the chance to work on a lot of different projects, with a lot of different people, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the public.”

Swenson said the reconstruction of the Main Avenue Bridge (Veteran’s Memorial) in Fargo-Moorhead and the realignment of Highway 10 on the east side of Detroit Lakes during his time as a project manager were two of his most challenging and rewarding projects. 

District 4 is comprised of more than 1,567 miles of state highway across 12 counties in northwestern Minnesota, and employs approximately 274 people to handle snow and ice control, roadway construction and maintenance, traffic, business operations, planning, design and other transportation-related duties.

You can learn more about MnDOT District 4, at to mndot.gov/d4.