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...]

Rabbits, reliability, and a little roar!

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I once tried to teach my young daughters about electricity by pointing at the steel structures outside our minivan windows. We were driving down the highway, and I said something like, “See that tall, grey thing out there that looks like a rabbit? Those cables the rabbit is holding carry electricity to our house and make our TV work so you can watch The Lion King.” Their bright, blue eyes … [Read more...]

My power bill realized

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Last Saturday morning I woke up wondering why my electric bill I paid in June was so high. I think what got me started down that path of thinking was the loud buzzing of the alarm on my electric clock. I switched off the alarm and turned on the electric lamp on my bedside nightstand. I needed the light to find my iPhone, which was also on my nightstand and plugged into the wall outlet being … [Read more...]

Is there a lawyer in the house?

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On my desk I have a plaque from Slovenia a friend picked up for me on one of her travels. The painting shows two men fighting over a cow who fail to notice as a third man milks the cow. The words translate into what I am sure is one of the world’s oldest lawyer’s jokes. “While the farmers fight over the cow, the lawyer gets all the cream.” Yes, I am a lawyer. (And I appreciate lawyer jokes, as … [Read more...]