Volume 106 #38
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
March 25, 2021
For Those Attending in Person
Plated Meal
Count Needed
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45 a.m.)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Dale Hoff, division director, EPA
EPA’s Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Research Division
For many years, the EPA has conducted environmental research on the Great Lakes at the Duluth EPA facility. In today’s presentation, we will learn how that work has positively influenced people and their environment, here in the Twin Ports and beyond.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Traci Marciniak
President Dean Casperson rang the bell and called the meeting to order. A large number of Club #25 members along with a few more via ZOOM recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
Darlene Anderson provided the reflection and asked Rotarians to imagine what an incredible experience it would be to soar high above as birds and eagles do. She noted that each of the workers in the seven construction cranes towering above Duluth experience it every day and are lucky enough to have a bird’s eye view of the city and the lake.
Rotarian self-reports with a swift “kick” in the “Golden Can” came from Allen Anway, Geiger Yount, and Darlene Anderson. Those attending via Zoom, including this Gimlet reporter, were not able to hear the reports due to poor sound quality but were certain all three Rotarians deserved a hearty round of applause. Editor’s Note to all Rotarians at the hotel: Please speak directly into the microphone so all can hear.
Wish to be a “snappily” attired Rotarian?  Club #25 has what you need! President Dean Casperson made an announcement that there are 120 pairs of sunglasses that are available for members to take—whether for themselves or to distribute to organizations or others they work with.
Chair of the Day Jerry Pelofske introduced speaker Tim Eaton, who is the general manager of Viant Crane, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnhart. Mr. Eaton has been in the field of construction since the 1980’s, first building nuclear power plants then moving on to various industries including steel, paper mills, food and coal-fired power plants to name a few. Mr. Eaton moved to Duluth and joined Viant Crane in June 2020.
Viant Crane began in 2007 as part of RJS Construction and became its own independent business in 2001. In 2019, it became a part of Barnhart, a company well known and regarded as heavy haulers. Barnhart serves diverse industries such as:
  • General Construction
  • Heavy Industrial
  • Steel
  • Fossil Power
  • Petroleum Refining
Barnhart has offices across the United States, including Superior, Wisconsin.
In November 2020, Barnhart was engaged to provide heavy transport services of a de-isobutanizer from Kansas to the Husky Refinery in Superior, Wisconsin. The equipment, designed to separate propane from butane and separate butane from gasoline, was 200’ in length, 11’ in diameter and weighed 226,000 pounds. The transport took 16 days and required a 15-person crew.
Due to the sheer size of the equipment, a special bolstered trailer was created that pushes and pulls, has lower clearance to pass under power lines and bridges, and can be steered by drivers in the front and back of the trailer.
Hauling in Superior, Wisconsin
Transporting such large equipment required detailed planning of the route from pick-up to drop-off. First, a team drives the proposed route to record barriers, clearance issues, pinch points or other interferences that will impact the movement of the trailer and equipment. Once those issues are determined, significant prep work is done with others such as states’ departments of transportation, to make temporary adjustments to intersections and routes to ensure safe passage.
L to R: Chair of the Day Jerry Pelofske, Speaker Tim Eaton, President Dean Casperson
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
In person and via Zoom
207 W. Superior St. Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Mar 25, 2021
EPA’s Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Research Division
Apr 01, 2021
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
Apr 08, 2021
The Marianas Islands: America's Influence in the Pacific
Apr 22, 2021
Leadership and Change During the Pandemic
Apr 29, 2021
High Speed Rail in America
May 06, 2021
The Bethany Crisis Shelter: The Second Chapter
May 20, 2021
Update on the Duluth Zoo
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Apr 20, 2021 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
May 18, 2021 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Smith
March 1
Bill Himango
March 4
Noah Holland
March 6
Chana Stocke
March 16
Craig Chilcote
March 16
Allen Anway
March 19
Earl Rogers
March 20
Bill Gravelle
March 22
Pat Holliday
March 22
Ruth Westra
March 22
Christine Empanger
March 29
Grant Hauschild
March 31
Rob Hofmann
March 31
Join Date
Mike Orman
March 1, 1982
39 years
Roni Salo
March 7, 1991
30 years
Casey Erikson
March 9, 2020
1 year
Matt Hunter
March 10, 2010
11 years
Holly Sampson
March 11, 1993
28 years
Steve Burgess
March 14, 2013
8 years
Geiger Yount
March 16, 1989
32 years
John Baumgarten
March 16, 1972
49 years
Pat Pfahl
March 17, 2011
10 years
Bob Reichert
March 18, 1976
45 years
Suzanne Anderson
March 21, 2013
8 years
Christine Empanger
March 25, 2019
2 years
Bill Himango
March 26, 2009
12 years
Brett Kinney
March 28, 2007
14 years
Jeff Iisakka
March 28, 2002
19 years
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
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Editor: Al Makynen
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