Reflection Upon a Fall

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I keep my mower in a white-block detached garage. A large, zero-radius turn, riding mower with a 52-inch deck, it is a beast powered by a three-cylinder diesel engine located just behind the driver’s seat. The old, well-used lawnmower was bequeathed to me by Grandpa Larry. A genius with machines, metal and wood, he had cut away the bottom half of the front and sides of the mower’s deck. He did … [Read more...]

Jingle Well Spent

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I am not one for wasting electricity. I turn off lights when I leave a room — even in my office at work. I unplug devices once they are charged. I keep my thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer, and I try to do laundry at non-peak hours. My husband is equally frugal when it comes to power consumption. I would like to say our kids are also good at power conservation, but hey, they … [Read more...]

Electricity: A Christmas Story

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Imagine, if you will, you are a child in 1800. It is Christmas morning. You sit on the wood floor in your family’s simple home, a fire in the wood stove and the Christmas tree in a corner. The eve before, Dad had lit candles on the tree, each nestled in a shiny tin with a glowing reflection plate behind. It was beautiful. “The candles are like dancing angels,” Mom said. (Luckily, the tree had … [Read more...]

Fate is not the same for all

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As an NPPD Human Resources representative, I recently traveled to Kewaunee, Wisconsin to recruit experienced nuclear professionals to come and work at NPPD’s Cooper Nuclear Station. Kewaunee Nuclear Plant is similar to Cooper in a couple of ways. It is a single unit 556-megawatt pressurized water reactor perched on the shore of Lake Michigan, and it was commissioned on June 16, 1974, a mere 14 … [Read more...]

10 Years in Public Power

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Whether celebrating decades of working at NPPD or securing just a handful of years under their belts to date, a few things are clear: NPPD teammates have great career ambitions, personal connections, and an invested interest when it comes to public power in Nebraska. Lean a little more about the job of Norfolk Customer Service Leader Shana Halsey, who has been with NPPD for 10 years. How does … [Read more...]

20 Years in Public Power

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Whether celebrating decades of working at NPPD or securing just a handful of years under their belts, a few things are clear: NPPD teammates have great career ambitions, personal connections, and an invested interest when it comes to public power in Nebraska. Learn a little more about the job of Columbus Electronic Records System Specialist Tracy Hake, who has been with NPPD for 20 years. Tell … [Read more...]

30 Years in Public Power

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Whether celebrating decades of working at NPPD or securing just a handful of years under their belts to date, a few things are clear: NPPD teammates have great career ambitions, personal connections, and an invested interest when it comes to public power in Nebraska. Each week throughout Public Power Month, the Behind Your Outlet blog will feature four unique viewpoints regarding working in … [Read more...]

40 Years in Public Power

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Whether celebrating decades of working at NPPD or securing just a handful of years under their belts to date, a few things are clear: NPPD teammates have great career ambitions, personal connections, and an invested interest when it comes to public power in Nebraska. Each week throughout Public Power Month, the Behind Your Outlet blog will feature four unique viewpoints regarding working in the … [Read more...]

Lions and tigers and zombies? Oh my!

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Yesterday, I read that the Kansas Department of Emergency Management is having a campaign called “Zombie Preparedness Month” and the Governor is even going to sign a proclamation to that effect. While the idea of an actual zombie attack is obviously in jest, being ready for a disaster situation isn’t, and the state of Kansas is trying to capitalize on a current pop culture phenomenon — as well as … [Read more...]

Blink of an eye

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"I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man." -- Outlaw Lucky Ned Pepper to Sheriff Rooster Cogburn in the movie “True Grit” OK, so I’m no Rooster Cogburn. There would likely be considerable debate as to whether I’ve got grit, should it ever come up in polite discussion. And for the sake of full disclosure, I have two eyes, though my vision, at best, is poor. Still, the quote above was in … [Read more...]