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President's Report

Stephanie Radel, CPD



Good Morning All,


Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees at the ASPE holiday party in Medina! Thank you to Grant Brekke for all of your efforts putting the event on! I apologize for not attending but between me and my husband's travel for work lately, it has been a little chaotic. It sounds like everyone had a good time and walked away with some fabulous prizes. I wonder if the dragon of whiskey made it through the night?


It always amazes me how quickly February comes every year. I'm excited to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children on Feb. 19th in Eagan after our technical session. Also, in February the Texas chapter is putting on their CPD training again on the 29th & March 1st with the mock exam on March 21st. The cost is $200 a person. The chapter is going to try to rally some funds to support a handful of testers in this initiative. More information may be found at


Midwest University is being held March 18th and 19th. This is a great technology show where you can find ideas to improve your workflow in Revit and AutoCAD by using Dynamo and building smart content. And it is at Mystic Lake which, I personally do not gamble more than $40, but I enjoy because it is really close to my house!


Thank you all for your support and try to find some sun!


A brief message from ASHRAE: Minnesota's ASHRAE GAC is happy to host our inaugural Day on the Hill event this year!


Did you know that building connections with representatives from relevant government entities is a critical goal of ASHRAE for the adoption and use of our Standards, Guidelines, and other technical and educational resources?  Please join us as we meet select MN Representatives and raise awareness of local ASHRAE expertise in the built environment.


When:   March 11, 2020

9:30-11 AM


Where: State Office Building, Room 300N

               100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

               St. Paul, Minnesota  55155

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ASPE Holiday Party

The 2020 ASPE Holiday Party was the 26th party I have on record.  The first one that I organized was back in 1996 at the Stroh’s Brewery in St. Paul.  To give you a little history about how far the Holiday Party has come, look at these stats compared to this year’s party 

                                                1996                                            2020

Attendance                                38                                                74 

cost to attend                       $50.00 PER couple           $100.00 per person  

# of casino tables                   7                                                    12

Sponsors                                10                                                  38

Total revenue                       $2,120.00                                  $13,525.00

Total cost                              $1,845.00                                  $12,422.00

Cost of food                          $350.00                                      $3,356.00

Cost of auctioned gifts          $525.00                                      $7,026.00

So, as you can see, the party has morphed into a huge event.  Most importantly, after all these years of big stakes gambling, everyone is still yelling and screaming when they hit a Black Jack.  I would have to say this party was the loudest party on record.  I’m not sure if it was the loose dealers or the adult beverages consumed, but, it was another great party.  I want to thank the sponsors, again, and again.  Without your support, this party goes away.  I will look forward to another great event next year.  Grant Brekke  “The Party dude”

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VP Membership's Report

Rich Davision

Our ASPE chapter is off to a great start for 2020!  Where has the time already gone?  We are just starting February and there are so many great ASPE opportunities for education and networking. 

Thank you to all our members that provide such support of our great chapter.  Way to go Minnesota ASPE!

Happy ASPE anniversary!

Happy January Birthdays fellow ASPE members!

Paul Eichler CPD

Brent C. Carlson CPD, GPD

Rafael Getsug P.E.

Brent O. Carlson LEED AP

Alec Hammer G.E.

Phil  Kraemer

Ronald Hanson CPD

Trenton A. Lalonde

Tyler Kleinsasser        

Douglas S. Lamping CPD, GPD

Tracy LaVere  P.E.

Paul J. McCulloch

William Lent      

Kevin P. Parsons

Kim Olson   

Todd G. Pennington

Kevin Parsons

Bradley M. Rowland

John Pritchard           

Troy  Damon  Scott

Stephanie Radel CPD, GPD

Brett A Stueland


Dustin  Torguson


Thomas A. Wentz P.E.

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VP Technical's Report

Ryan Messmer, CPD

Hi ASPE Members!

How was everyone’s January after the holiday season? I know that for myself it was hectic as everyone gets back to work again. Thanks everyone who made it out to the Holiday Party. It was great seeing everyone and a big thanks to Grant for throwing together a great party!

Thanks for the great turnout at our January Technical Session, like always it is greatly appreciated for everyone coming and asking great questions throughout the session. Also, thanks to Rich Davison for coming out and providing great information about Backflow Prevention.

Its official… We are all booked up for the year for technical speakers. I would like to thank everyone who has presented this year as well as all of you who contributed to bring people in. We as a board greatly appreciate you taking the time out of your day to do this. Anyone who missed out on this spring can start looking at the fall of 2020 for more opportunities. Let me know what you have in mind!

For those of you who haven’t heard, the Spring Seminar will be on Wednesday April 22nd. This is the week after the usual technical session would have taken place. Once again, we are partnering with ASHRAE to bring together a larger, more successful seminar.

Upcoming Presentations:

February 19th

Dan Chudecke

“Discussion of Sizing, Application and Specification of Sewage and Sump Pumps”

Looking for additional CEU’s? Take advantage of ASPE’s Read, Learn, Earn opportunities with a new course updated monthly. You can find the current course list at Each opportunity provides a certificate worth 0.1 CEU’s. The month of January course is on Backflow Prevention Devices. Don’t wait until the last minute for recertification!

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VP Legislative Report

Larry Justin, P.E., CPD


The Holiday party was again a BLAST.  Thanks Grant! 

The Minnesota Plumbing Board met on 1/21/2020 and covered A) the Open Meeting Law and Data Practices, B) reviewed the first draft of the possible proposed amendments to chapter 4714 (proposed adoption of 2018 UPC with amendments) and C) discussed cost analysis of the proposed amendments to Chapter 4714.  The meeting minutes for the 10/15/19 meeting have not been officially issued as of the time of the newsletter.  The next quarterly Plumbing Board meeting is scheduled for 4/21/20.

All of the Plumbing Board Members are listed at

State of Minnesota Plumbing Board Meeting Notification

For more information or to be added to the email list for board meeting notices, contact Lyndy Logan at [email protected] or at (651) 284-5912. People on the email list for meeting notices may also receive periodic updates about activities of the board or the department's Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD).


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