Employee Spotlight: Jim

Jim Jim Dingmann is another fairly new face at Country Lumber. He has been with us for five months, working as an Estimator. Aside from being the “new kids,” Jim and I also share a preference for strong black coffee – the darker the better!

Jim lives in St Cloud with his beautiful wife of twenty-four years, Brenda. The couple are proud parents of two young adult daughters, Jennifer and Mikaela. When he’s not working at Country Lumber, Jim likes hunting, fishing, photography, woodworking, and riding motorcycle. His dream vacation would involve hitting the open road and going somewhere scenic on his motorcycle.

I asked Jim what he likes about working at Country Lumber, and he said that he likes the working environment where, “we can work hard and still have an enjoyable experience.” The fun and productive environment is a direct result of our great staff at Country Lumber. We’re glad to have Jim as part of our team!

Employee Spotlight: Karah

The Blog is Back!

We’ll be featuring new posts at least twice a month to introduce you to our staff and keep you up-to-date on building trends, new products, and information about all things building and remodeling. Remember to follow us on social media, too. We have lots to share and project photos of what builders and homeowners are doing with materials from Country Lumber.

Employee Profile – Meet Karah

Karah and husband Scott at the Neon Boneyard Museum, Las Vegas

I’m Karah Hawkinson, and I’m the newest employee here at Country Lumber! (Seriously. I started one week ago today!) I work just a few hours a week maintaining the website, blog, and social media accounts. In my other life, I’m a professional historian. I have both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history, and I work as the Program Coordinator at the Sherburne History Center here in Becker.

Though both of my jobs are in Becker, I live in Coon Rapids with my husband, Scott, our son, Jacob, and a beagle-mix named Cashew. 2019 is a year of milestones for our family. I have a milestone birthday this year, my husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary, and Jacob is graduating from high school. He’s also moving to the Seattle area this fall to attend college, where he will study to become a minister.

When I’m not working or commuting back and forth, I like to read, bake, and watch sports. I’m a rabid Vikings fan, and I also enjoy watching boxing and hockey. I serve on the deacon board at my church.

In the world of building and remodeling, I like a warm and cozy aesthetic. My favorite current trend is the way the rustic/farmhouse style has brought the emphasis back to homes that are lived-in, and traditions like family dinner around the table.

If you have pictures of projects you’re doing with Country Lumber products, I’d love to see them, and maybe feature them on social media. Email images and information to photos@countrylumber.us. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Employee Spotlight: Lee McDowall

I grew up in Becker, MN and graduated from Becker High School. I married my high school sweetheart, Tiffany, in 2014. We have two children, Sierra (2) and Owen (5 months). I enjoy spending time outdoors biking and camping with my family.

 

I started in the construction business by building pole sheds. In February 2017, my family and I moved back to Becker and I started working at Country Lumber. I started as a delivery driver and have recently been promoted to yard foreman.

Employee Spotlight: Kevin Rasset (Kegger)

I have worked at Country Lumber since April of 2005.  I drive our boom truck.  Deliveries can take me all over the state, but generally I’m in the twin cities metro area.

I’ve been married to Rose for 35 years, we have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.  My favorite things to do outside of work are 4 wheeling, motorcycling and cooking.  I own a 1966 Dodge Coronet that’s driven in the summer.

 

Kegger’s wife Rose keeps our lunchroom filled sweet treats all year long.

Employee Spotlight: Rick Olson

I have been with Country Lumber since the beginning, 1983.  I helped with the building in 1983 and opening the doors in 1984.  I am currently the yard foreman.  I was born and raised in Becker and currently live on the family farm.  I have been married to Bonnie for 26 years, have 2 children (Kari and Cory), 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.  Bonnie and I still farm our family land.  Over the years I have seen lots of changes here at Country Lumber and in the industry.  Country Lumber has been a great employer and Shooter has been a good friend all these years.

Employee Spotlight: Randy Wirz

I have been with Country Lumber, in Sales and Estimating since 2009. I have been in the lumber business for approx. 25 years in truss design, production, and sales. I graduated from St. Francis high school, then attended Northwest Technical Institute for Architectural Drafting and Design. My background is in carpentry and drafting and I still enjoy building things and helping people out with their projects.

I have been married to Nikki for 23 years and we have a 14 year old daughter Zoey. We are a busy family and live in Nowthen, Mn. which is where I grew up, with our 2 Labrador Retrievers.

In my spare time I enjoy all kinds of hunting, fishing, and spending time at the family cabin.

Give me a call if I can help you out with a project.

Employee Spotlight: Brock Welker

Growing up in Coon Rapids, MN seems like every kid wants to be a big league baseball player.  Shortly after realizing this was not in the cards for me I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I spent my first two years traveling the world with the majority in the far east regions as an Air Defense Controller.  I ended up in 29 Palms California as Senior crew chief of over 1000 square mile of live fire training area helping to prepare men and women from all branches of the military for conflicts in the more desert regions of the middle east and Afghanistan.  While rewarding and proud to serve I knew it wasn’t my calling.

After returning home, I quickly became involved in the building materials industry. With a strong family background, I joined the Country Lumber team in 2005 shortly after relocating to the area and newly married.  Ten years plus of working as Yard personnel, Driver, Dispatcher, prepared me for a new adventure in sales.  My current position here is rewarding as I help contractors and homeowners bring their projects to life by supplying them with the materials, planning and advice to get what they need when they need it. Read more

Employee Spotlight: Roy Kollar

I was born and raised in Princeton Mn. Graduated from Princeton High School.  Then attended Dunwoody Institute for Drafting and Estimating. After graduating from Dunwoody Institute, I started working here at Country in February 2001 as a Draftsman.  My primary job here is to meet with customers and design construction projects for them. Anything from decks and garages to new homes and remodel projects.

I currently live in Becker with my wife Lisa and 3 awesome children Corbin, Austin & Katelyn. They keep me busy between Hockey, Lacrosse & Dancing.

Outside of work I enjoy Spending time with family. Whenever possible I like to hunt & fish. Deer hunting, and turkey hunting are two of my favorites.  I also enjoy spending time cooking especially grilling and smoking meats.

Please feel free to stop by or give us a call if you need any help with your next building project.

Thanks

Roy Kollar

Country Lumber DESIGN CENTER

12575 Oakview Ave. Becker, MN. 55308

Phone:    (763) 262-4750

Cell:        (612) 328-2289

Email:      royk@countrylumber.us

Employee Spotlight: Craig Theisen

I started working at country lumber as an estimator in February 2017. I’m proud to say I grew up and spent most of my life in Marty, MN, a tiny little town not to far from here. I have 5 beautiful children, 4 daughters and 1 son, Maranda (25), Kelsey (23), Ben (20), Kendall (12), Sidney (10). In my free time I love spending time with my family, 2nd to that is a passion for the wild turkey, not just hunting for myself anymore, but taking my kids and other people out to experience it and to help volunteer to raise money for all wildlife. I have been in the lumberyard and construction business all my life. At 12, I started doing odd and end jobs at my parents lumberyard and construction company, soon I was a carpenter and running projects by the time I was 18, after high school, I graduated from St Cloud Technical College  with a Building, Drafting and Estimating degree. Then I hung up my apron to go into the family lumber business, with different roles from drafting, estimating and sales. In 2003 I put my tool belt back on and was self employed for 14 years building and remodeling homes and building post frame buildings for agricultural and light commercial. And now, here I am today doing what I enjoyed most, working in a lumberyard, which I was lucky enough to get hired by the great people here at the Country. When you have great people working together like we do here, you end up delivering the best quality of service possible, you, the customer come to expect. So, next time you have a building project in mind, come on over and let us design, estimate, sell and deliver your dream.

Best Regards,

Craig Theisen

Employee Spotlight: Karen White (Dokk)

I have been with Country Lumber since June 1, 1999. I started as a truck driver and worked my way into the office. I hold the position of Inventory Control Specialist along with other roles such as billing, receiving, sales support, and accounts payable.  My husband Chris and I have 2 children. My hobbies include golfing, fishing, and hanging out with my family.  I am a member of the Clear Lake City Council and also the Sewer Authority Board.