by Dennis Dalman– firstname.lastname@example.org
Two men who were killed at a construction site in Burnsville are being honored by having an award named after them.
Ron Rajkowski of St. Joseph and Craig Carlson of Ramsey were killed on Oct. 13, 2011 while working at a roadside construction project when a car veered out of control and struck the two men. (For more details, see related story in today’s Newsleader.)
Now an award has been renamed the “Carlson-Rajkowski Award” in their memory. The award is given by “Minnesota Intelligent Transportation Systems annually to outstanding individuals working on projects related to transportation. The award used to be known as the ITS Professional of the Year Award.
An ITS official described Carlson as an innovative outdoor electrical leader at the Egan Co. (the electrical company for which he and Rajkowski worked). Carlson was an expert in designing signal-priority systems, traffic-signal optimization and similar traffic-related technologies. Rajkowski was praised for leading field construction and deployment efforts for the Egan Co. and his excellent supervision at projects.
“Both Craig and Ron were committed to building and maintaining an intelligent, safe Minnesota transportation system,” said an ITS spokesperson.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.