Dulas Excavating awarded Thorne Crest Assisted Living Project

Dulas Excavating has been awarded site grading and demolition for the renovation and addition of the Thorne Crest Assisted Living Facility in Albert Lea.  The project consists of construction and renovation of the existing Thorne Crest facility including adding a new Wellness Center.  The project will demolish the old garages and former office building to make room for a new, more space efficient garage structure, along with new parking lot across the whole site.

The project is slated to begin in the early months of 2014.

Thank You Veterans

Dulas Excavating Inc. wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to all of those serving, have served and will be serving to defend and protect our country on this Veterans Day 2013.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. –John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Demolition continues to be a high-risk industry

The Dulas family, along with their employees and staff send their condolences to the Rachel Family in St. Michael, MN, today as Rachel mourns the loss of one of their own, killed in a demolition accident in St. Paul.

This has long been a nightmare of demolition contractors, that one day an employee will not go home with the high risk that demolition carries.  Professionals not familiar with the industry find it hard to understand why simply “taking a building down” could be so hard.

Our prayers are with you on this day, Don and the Rachel Companies.


Positions Available

Dulas Excavating Inc. is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

  • Truck Drivers
  • Equipment Operators
  • Drivers/Laborers

For these positions, all qualified individuals must have a Class A CDL License with a current DOT Medical Card and successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen.  Truck Drivers should have previous experience in the construction industry driving Straight Trucks, Belly Dumps and End Dumps.  Hauling Heavy Equipment is a plus.  Willing and able to work some weekends, including overtime.  All driving and operating positions include laboring.  Good benefits and health insurance for qualified individuals.  Operators should have experience with mid-size excavators and dozers, as well as loaders and skid loaders.

Apply in person to our office at 964 Hwy. 109 E., Wells, MN.


Dulas Excavating selected as site work contractor at Owatonna Power Plant Re-purposing

Dulas Excavating was selected as the site work contractor for the Owatonna Power Plant Re purposing Project.  Teamed with Owatonna’s own Rocon, Inc., Dulas will be performing the mass excavation and underground utilities, as well as helping Rocon with the demolition of the old garage and Administration Building of the Power Plant.

In 2012, Dulas Excavating removed the two cooling towers and the inside of the outdated plant has been stripped of the turbines and generators.  The power plant became inoperable in 2010 when equipment was damaged from the neighboring river that flooded that year.

Once the power plant has been re-purposed, it will house the administrative offices, as well as the engineering department along with commercial space.  Owatonna Public Utilities is getting their local power from SMMPA.

Photo Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Photo Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


A Green Future for Dulas Excavating

Every employee of Dulas Excavating Inc., from field personnel to office staff is striving to be as green as possible in a continuous and ongoing practice.  Dulas Excavating Inc. is aware of the part they play in addressing air quality, water quality and land quality issues.  We remain up-to-date on the best practices and policies and implement each of these in the work we perform.  The information learned is retained for years by review during evaluations.  Training has shown a reduction of waste and less idling of engines and motors.

Friend of Dulas Excavating, Allen Miller, 56, dies

Al Miller

Allen Eric Miller, age 56, of Mankato, died Thursday, March, 29,2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, just shy of a one week anniversary celebrating his life with friends at a benefit.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at SS.Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Mankato.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2012.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato Dialysis, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, or the 1st Presbyterian Church.

Allen was born April 14, 1955, to Charles W. and Anmarie E. (Schulte) Miller in Mankato.  He graduated from Mankato High School in 12973 and from Mankato Vo-Tech in 1975 with a degree in Ag Mechanics.  He was united in marriage to Linda Zilka on June 26, 2004, in Mankato.  Al was employed by RDO Equipment of North Mankato and for the past 11 1/2 years was self employed in mechanic work.  He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a volunteer with the St. Clair Fire Department for over 18 years.  Al enjoyed being outdoors, dancing, bicycling, motorcycling, playing cards and spending time with grandchildren.

Al is survived by his wife, Linda; three children, Erica (Tobias0 Bonthrone, Nate Miller and girlfriend, Shayna Baker, and Adam (Ashley) Miller; mother, Anmarie Delp; eleven siblings; nieces, nephews, many friends, and extended family.

On March 25, 2012, the friends and family of Al had a benefit to help defray medical costs for his family.  We are all glad to have seen Al one last time and is watching down on us from up above.  Dulas Excavating Inc. sends their condolences to Allen’s family.

Seasonal Load Limit Notification

The ending date for Spring Load Restriction in the South and Central Frost Zones will be Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 12:01 AM.

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when Spring Load Restrictions are lifted.  Full-summer overweight permits become available within each frost zone starting two to three weeks after Spring Load Restrictions are lifted.

Longtime John Deere Dealer, Duke Durfee, dies

Duke J. Durfee

Duke J. Durfee, 88, of Bonita Springs, FL, and Grand Rapids, MN passed away earlier this month on March 9, 2012, in Naples, FL.

Duke was born February 14, 1924, to Duke S. and Grace (Blazey) Durfee in Kane County, Illinois.  He grew up in Wheaton, IL, and entered Purdue University in the fall of 1942 on a football scholarship.  Enlisting in the US Navy in January 1943, he served in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters on the Destroyer USS Eberle.  He returned to Purdue in 1946.  From 1949 to 1956, he managed family farms in DuPage County, IL.  Joining Caterpillar Tractor Company in 1956, Duke served as Field Engineer in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1957-1961, and as East African District Representative in Nairobi, Kenya.  In 1963, he established one of the earliest Deere & Co. Construction Equipment dealerships in North Mankato, MN.  Active in the industry, he served as President of Deere’s Industrial Dealer Association, Minnesota Land Improvement Contractors and a founding member of the Board of Directiors of the Construction Management course at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Duke had a lifelong love of flying.  In retirement he volunteered with Angel Flight of South Florida, which arranges free air transport for charitable needs.

Duke is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Harris Durfee, daughter Barbara Phillips of Plano, TX, sons Duke H. Durfee of Bloomfield, CA, Brian Durfee of Eau Claire, WI and his sister Jane Skinner of Princeton, IL.

No funeral service is being planned.

Dulas Excavating Inc. sends their condolances to the Durfee family.  Duke was a true friend of the industry and will always be remembered.