Chapter 20 Board Members

Ben Barker, SR/WA, RW-NAC, RW-RAC

WSB and Associates, Inc.
477 Temperance Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Office: 612-581-6572
Email: [email protected]

Ben Barker is a Right of Way Specialist at WSB and Associates, Inc.,, with more than ten years of real estate experience. He has been the project manager for multiple projects with the past six years exclusively devoted to acquiring right of way and providing relocation assistance on numerous projects for MnDOT, county, city, and utility companies. He understands and has experience implementing procedures set forth in the Uniform Act, and the MnDOT Right of Way Manual.

Ben received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and is a Minnesota licensed real estate agent.

Ben has been a member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) since 2010. He currently serves on IRWA Chapter 20’s Communications Committee, and was previously the Chair of the Relocation Community of Practice. Ben earned the designation of SR/WA and certifications of RW-NAC and RW-RAC in the spring of 2015.

Benjamin Tozer

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1425
Office: 612-492-7444
Email: [email protected]

Ben Tozer is a lawyer with Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. He specializes in condemnation, regulatory work, and litigation related to large energy projects. Ben attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and the University of Minnesota for law school. Ben enjoys traveling and watching college football or the latest Netflix miniseries. He resides in Edina with his wife and their son and daughter.

Matthew Hagelin, SR/WA

Minnesota Power/ALLETE, Inc.
30 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Office: 218-355-3319
Email: [email protected]

Matt Hagelin is a Poperty and Right of Way Agent for Minnesota Power/ALLETE Inc. He represents Minnesota Pwer/ALLETE Inc. on real estate and right-of-way matters related to transmission and generation facilities. Matt has graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth with a degree in business management. He lives near Duluth, MN where he loves to spend time with his wife and two daughters.

Brian Mielke, SR/WA

WSB & Associates, Inc.
701 Xenia Avenue South, Suite 300
Office: 612-368-7835
Email: [email protected]

Brian Mielke is a Right of Way Specialist at WSB and Associates, Inc. with over 12 years of right of way focus and nearly 20 years of real estate experience.  Brian has managed the right of way and local permitting for a variety of project types and sizes both on the client and consultant side. He has worked closely with other departments involved in projects; including engineering, legal, construction, and title.  Brian has also directly negotiated and acquired temporary easements, access rights, permanent easements, and fee simple acquisitions.

Brian holds both a Bachelor’s degree and MBA, is a licensed real estate agent, and has both a SR/WA and RW-NAC designation.

In his spare time, Brian is a Planning Commissioner and coaches youth sports in his city of residence. He enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, and motorcycling with his wife and daughters; as well as attending all of their sporting events.

Sean Lawler, SR/WA

Xcel Energy
414 Nicollet Mall 6A
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Office: 612-330-1956
Email: [email protected]

Sean Lawler is a Land Rights Agent at Xcel Energy. He joined Xcel Energy in 2012 and manages right-of-way acquisitions and local permitting activities for transmission and generation facilities throughout the upper Midwest. He is a skilled negotiator, negotiating with landowners and their legal representatives for the acquisition of land rights, up to and including the process of condemnation. Sean also guides major wind, solar, and transmission projects through siting, routing, permitting, and other regulatory processes before federal, state, and local agencies.

Sean attended St. Cloud State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning and Community Development. Sean lives in Buffalo, Minnesota with his wife and three young children. In his free time, Sean does NOT enjoy warm beer, fish getting off his hook, or having his heart broken by the Minnesota Vikings.