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June 21, 2012
|Building a field of dreams;
Sauk Centre grad returns to oversee athletic field renovations
Sauk Centre Herald staff
Steve Wolbeck is guiding the transformation of what he thinks of as a "field of memories" into what he refers to as a "field of dreams" at the Sauk Centre High School athletic fields.
Wolbeck, a 2006 graduate of Sauk Centre, is the project manager for Duininck Construction of Prinsburg, the company renovating and installing the new football field and track and field facilities at O'Gara Field.
Making his job special is that he was a three-sport athlete with many fond memories of playing for the Main-streeters. He played football at Sauk Centre through his sophomore year while playing basketball and baseball through his senior year.
"It's very exciting to come back here and be a part of this," Wolbeck said while entering data onto his company laptop outside the football stadium on Tuesday.
Wolbeck graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato, but before his senior year at MSUM, he held an internship at Duininck Construction in 2009.
"As an intern, I worked in both New Orleans and Fargo on two golf courses," Wolbeck explained. "I was involved in all the different aspects of golf course construction that gave me the desire to come back full time after getting my B.S. in Construction Management."
Wolbeck also earned Minors in Business Law and Business Administration at MSU-Mankato.
From that internship, he landed a position with the company in May 2010 as project manager and estimator for Duininck Construction.
"I've mainly worked with golf course work at Duininck, but last year I worked on a new baseball diamond built in Prinsburg," he recalled.
Wolbeck stressed the importance of being involved in extracurricular activities, athletic or otherwise, while growing up.
"I have to give credit to all my coaches through my high school sports for helping me grow as an athlete while molding me into the person I am today," Wolbeck said. "The encouragement didn't end after I graduated, either, as I still keep in contact with several of them for advice and wisdom."
Wolbeck, who is the youngest of eight children of Don and Jeanine Wolbeck of Sauk Centre, cites school pride as a big reason the new renovations were needed.
"This project will bring great pride to the Sauk Centre Mainstreeter programs and the community," he stated. "I have many nieces and nephews that get to watch us build this magnificent new facility and then play on it years to come!"
- Steve brings more students out for sports.
The efforts of the Sauk Centre community to bring the project to completion should make people step back and think "Wow, Mainstreeter nation set the bar high for other schools," according to Wolbeck.
"It's sort of cliche, but I tell people that this will be a field of dreams," Wolbeck added. "Combined with the improvements to the baseball and softball fields, it will really make a difference for the sports teams and the community of Sauk Centre when it's all done. I am very grateful to be Project Manager for a project that will bring excitement to many Mainstreeters for years to come!"
"It will really make a difference for the sports teams and the community of Sauk Centre when it's all done. I am very grateful to be Project Manager for a project that will bring excitement to many Mainstreeters for years to come!"
- Steve Wolbeck
October 18, 2013