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Sioux County Regional Airport project receives award

June 21, 2018

DGR Engineering was honored to receive a Special Recognition Award recently from the Iowa Concrete Paving Association. The award acknowledges the high quality of design and workmanship demonstrated on the Sioux County Regional Airport project. Congratulations to all involved!

Nielson joins DGR Engineering

June 21, 2018

We’re happy to welcome Andrew Nielson to DGR Engineering. He joins our Sioux Falls civil department as a land surveyor/civil technician. Andrew received his Associates of Civil Engineering Technology Degree from Southeast Technical Institute.

He and his wife have three children along with three Labrador retrievers. His hobbies include hunting, camping, photography and activities with his kids. Engineering runs in the family for Andrew. Of his six brothers, three also work in the engineering field.

Vernon Arens Retirement Open House

June 21, 2018

A retirement open house was held Thursday, April 12 in Yankton, SD honoring Vernon Arens for his 41-year career in engineering.

Following his education at the South Dakota School of Mines, Vernon worked 12 years for SPN and 8 years at B&E Engineering.

He then opened Arens Engineering in Yankton in 1996, before joining DGR Engineering. He has
had a long and honorable work history serving many towns in southeast South Dakota, and the Yankton community on a wide variety of engineering and surveying projects.

We wish you a long and happy retirement, Vernon!

DGR Engineering featured as part of Engineering Week 2018

June 21, 2018

DGR Engineering was featured on the front page of the February 21 edition of the Lyon County Reporteras part of Engineers Week 2018. Read the full story  in the e-edition at

Metzger Awarded DGR Engineering Scholarship

June 21, 2018

Grant Metzger, Rock Rapids, IA has been awarded the 2017-2018 DGR Engineering Scholarship.

Grant is the son of Jerome and Jana Metzger and attends South Dakota State University,
Brookings, SD. He has received a cash award of $2,000 towards the 2017-2018 academic
year in recognition of his academic accomplishments and expectation of achievement
in the engineering profession.

Grant serves as SDSU IEEE Treasurer, co-chaired Engineers Week, co-chaired the Spring Engineering
Career Fair, volunteered at the Brookings Boys and Girls Club, and served as a career development
ambassador. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the SDSU Honors College
and has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

The DGR Engineering scholarship is awarded annually to an applicant who has completed 30 semester
credit hours by June 1 of the current year in an accredited undergraduate engineering or land surveying
degree program within the United States, and has a minimum 3.0 composite collegiate GPA.
DGR Engineering has created this scholarship for the purpose of promoting and advancing
the engineering profession in this region.

Pictured are Miriam Perryman, DGR engineer; Grant Metzger, and Sam Johnson, DGR engineer.