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Hagstrom named 'Top 25 Women in Business'

Laura (Johnson) Hagstrom, a 2001 graduate from Jefferson High School in Alexandria, was recently named as a "2018 Top 25 Women in Business" by Prairie Business magazine.

Hagstrom is a water resources engineer for Widseth Smith Nolting in Alexandria.

The magazine noted that Hagstrom has distinguished herself as an engineer, community leader, co-worker and parent.

After working as a water resource engineer in Denver for eight years, she joined WSN in 2013. She is responsible to hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of watersheds and river systems, storm sewer design, water quality control design and bridge hydraulics.

Hagstrom serves as manager and technical advisor for the city of Alexandria's Stormwater Management Committee and manages the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System programs for Alexandria and other cities.

Her work has been recognized by her peers, including when she wrote, "Too many pollutants are still reaching our waters — MPCA tightens the reins" in 2014. She was also honored for her Barnum Park Wetlands design by the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers' 2012 Stormwater Quality Tour.

Hagstrom is the membership director of the Alexandria Kiwanis Club, a graduate of Leadership Alexandria and a volunteer for her children's activities.

The magazine noted that Hagstrom's leadership roles with clients, experience as a water resources engineer and dedication to her family and community show her to be an asset to WSN and part of the firm's next generation of leaders.

Now in its fifth year, Prairie Business magazine's Top 25 Women in Business contest was created to draw attention to the many creative, successful businesswomen in North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota.

Honorees were selected through a nomination process that emphasized professional achievement, community contributions and volunteerism. The 25 winners come from finance, construction, health care, retail and other industries, and have made exceptional contributions in their chosen fields and communities.