Crookston, MN – After nearly 15 years of service to AURI, Keith Sannes has retired. Sannes, AURI’s director of technical services and commercial development, was one of the first employees hired when AURI was established in 1989. He served in various roles out of AURI’s Crookston headquarters, including deputy director and field office manager.

“Keith has had a tremendous impact on AURI’s past and shaping how we operate today,” says Edgar Olson, AURI executive director. “We appreciate all he has done for the organization and for his commitment to Minnesota agriculture.”

Prior to joining AURI, Sannes worked as a chemist at General Electric, general manager of Erskine Manufacturing and an instructor at Bemidji State University. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Iowa.