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James Kleven works at his job Friday as a electrical/computer engineer at Nova-Tech Engineering on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. Finding qualified engineers willing to settle in rural Minnesota has proven to be a challenge for local employers. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Listening session explores workforce needs, issues in engineering sector in rural Minn.

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WILLMAR -- According to statewide figures, Minnesota is well-supplied with engineers.

But for many local employers, the reality is otherwise. Nova-Tech Engineering, which designs and produces specialized technology for the poultry industry, has been trying to recruit a software engineer for at least a year, says Jim Sieben, vice president and general manager.


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Anne Polta

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