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Continued: Into the wild: Students work with Steger to build their dreams

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 2, 2014 - 11:28 PM

As dreams go, it’s pretty lofty. But so are his plans for programming.

“Generally in leadership circles, people live in silos and it’s hard to communicate,” said Steger. “My goal is to take groups of leaders into that magic of a wilderness setting and put them to work. It’s not going to be the kind of retreat where you come up here to feel good about yourself.”

“If I can pull this off,” Steger said, “I could have the biggest impact of my life.”

He’s already had an impact on Rundles, 29, who worked in a warehouse before getting his scholarship at Summit.

“I feel pretty lucky to be able to see it,” Rundles said. “It was frustrating at times, but at the end of the day, seeing I actually built that, it was crazy.”

After work, he hiked 2 miles through the woods to a nearby lake and caught a mess of fish. They didn’t have time to clean them, so he put his stringer into Steger’s private lake to keep them alive.

“Aw, man, a turtle ate all 30 of them,” he said. The next time, he was more careful.

Since working for Steger, both Hill and Rundles landed jobs with Mortenson Construction, and are working on the Vikings stadium.

“The outcome is fabulous,” said Rundles. “Everything I asked for has come true. It’s something I can show people. I put my sweat, and a little blood, into that.” • 612-673-1702

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