History : Don Knutson

Don Knutson

In 1954, at the age of 33, Donald Knutson earned degrees in both architecture and engineering from the University of Minnesota. That same year he became president of Standard Construction Company. Don entered into the hotel industry with his father after the Frederick Martin Hotel in Moorhead, MN ran into financial troubles. Thor and Don took control of the hotel’s operations and successfully ran the hotel for 11 years. By 1960, Don was head of numerous companies — Standard Construction, Knutson Hotel Corporation and Knutson Outdoor Advertising Company — just to name a few. Don was a visionary and one of the driving forces behind the Gateway urban renewal project in downtown Minneapolis.

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  • Frederick Martin Hotel in Moorhead, MN