Courier | December 22, 2010

National Guard recognizes Knodel as Patriotic Employer

The South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized a local man as a patriotic employer for this outstanding support of his employee’s military participation Dec. 15, 2010 in Freeman, S.D.

Kelly Knodel, owner of Knodel Contractors was recognized as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by sporting his employees, Sgt. 1st Class Scott Andal’s and Pfc. Joshua Schmidt’s participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.

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Argus Leader | November 22, 2010

Construction has begun on new classrooms

Construction has begun on new classrooms at the Tea Area Intermediate School. The district levies the most under state law of $3 per $1,000 assessed evaluation.

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Tea Weekly | November 19, 2010

Construction begins on Intermediate School Addition

Construction began last week on the eight-classroom Intermediate School addition. The project is scheduled to be completed in June of 2011.

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Courier | October 13, 2010

Old city shed comes down

The brick-faced structure on city property located on the east side of Cedar Street and west of the Freeman Water Tower—most recently used as a maintenance shed—is gone.

The building was demolished Friday afternoon, Oct. 8 in less that half an hour by Kelly Knodel of Knodel Contractors. Knodel submitted a bid to remove the building that was once an essential part of the city’s service but has systematically been replaced by new facilities over the years.

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Viborg Enterprise | September 23, 2010

Construction begins on new Spring Valley Lutheran Church

Construction of Spring Valley Lutheran Church has begun. Knodel Contractors began excavating and site preparation on Tuesday, September 14th.

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Viborg Enterprise | April 15, 2010

Down with the old to make room for the new

One morning was all it took for Knodel Contractors to completely demolish the building that previously housed Auto Doc and Peterson Body Restoration (104 W. Park Ave.). A new Lewis Family Drug will be built on this site.

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Site Prep Magazine | September 13, 2009

Prepping the Keystone Pipeline

When the news of TransCanada’s proposed 2,148-mile Keystone Pipeline was announced in February 2005, Kelly Knodel of Knodel Contractors knew he wanted to be part of this project. And as luck would have it, the new Keystone Pipeline, which will carry crude oil from Canada to the Midwest, runs by a few miles from Knodel’s property in Freeman, South Dakota.

Luck, however, has nothing to do with how he successfully won the bid to perform hauling for this project. Knodel knows exactly what he needs to complete a job on time and within budget—from the right equipment to the right people operating that equipment.

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Freeman Courier | March 4, 2009

Freeman’s Hometown Salute: Knodel Contractors

Kelly Knodel had no intention of starting a business when he purchased a Caterpillar track loader at a surplus auction in the late 1990s.

But shortly after his purchase, he was asked to use that loader to clean up a farm site, "which led to taking down a house in Freeman," he says. "I guess it snowballed from there."

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Courier | August 20, 2008

City marks opening of new shed with open house.

The public was invited to get a firsthand look at the city of Freeman’s new building used to house and service its fleet of vehicles and equipment at an open house Friday afternoon, Aug. 15.

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Courier | May 7, 2008

Change coming to downtown area as Freeman business community grows

This was the scene last week as Knodel Contractors took down two small buildings on the west side of Main Street south of Jamboree Foods and north of Vision Care Associates.

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