An Audit of My First 2 Years at the District

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Being from Columbus originally, I knew I wanted to stay in Nebraska. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Business degree and a double major in Accounting and Finance. I stayed in Lincoln for about three years after graduation, working for the State of Nebraska as an Insurance Auditor. During this time I met my fiancée, Kendra, through a mutual friend. With her living in … [Read more...]

A Future Full of Variety at GGS

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Being natives of McCook, my wife, Corinne, and I always desired to settle down at least somewhere close to Nebraska.  We always desired not too large of a town to raise a family in, while still being in relative proximity (but not too close) to our future children’s grandparents.  While finishing up my Mechanical Engineering degree at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, a Project … [Read more...]

What’s on your walls?

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I don’t know about you, but I have trouble throwing things away. As near as I can figure, I’m only about a trashcan-and-a-half from being featured on one of those cable TV shows where the guy’s family intervenes to clean out his house. Not that I’m actually what you might call a hoarder. You CAN walk from room to room through my house (stay on the path), and my cubicle at work isn’t … [Read more...]

My Day – Thursday with Judy

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“Sharing My Day” This is the third and last in our series of featuring three individuals from Norfolk Operations Center who have, in turn, told readers a little about who they are and what their jobs entail. The three are Lindsey Stara, Anthony Miller, and Judy Cavanaugh. Each has put pen to paper and written, journal- and Twitter-like, about a typical workday in their lives. They’ve also … [Read more...]

My Day – Wednesday with Anthony

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“Sharing My Day” This is the second in our series of featuring three individuals from Norfolk Operations Center who have, in turn, told readers a little about who they are and what their jobs entail. The three are Lindsey Stara, Anthony Miller, and Judy Cavanaugh. Each has put pen to paper and written, journal- and Twitter-like, about a typical workday in their lives. They’ve also each shot … [Read more...]

Between the Lines…Thank a Lineman

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By Gwen Kautz, Dawson PPD General Manager If you’re like me, you’re amazed at how fast 2015 flew by. It’s a time of reflection for most of us. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions any more. I don’t keep them anyway. As I look forward to 2016, there are many things that will remain the same and, yes, there will be challenges ahead. The one constant in my work life are linemen. During the worst of … [Read more...]

My Day – Tuesday with Lindsey

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“Sharing My Day” This is the first in our series of featuring three individuals from Norfolk Operations Center who have, in turn, told readers a little about who they are and what their jobs entail. The three are Lindsey Stara, Anthony Miller, and Judy Cavanaugh. Each has put pen to paper and written, journal- and Twitter-like, about a typical workday in their lives. They’ve also each shot a … [Read more...]

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

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“Oh the weather outside is frightful…” I was singing along to this Christmas carol the other night while driving around trying to get my one-year old son to fall asleep (you parents know what I’m talking about). Certain carols came on the radio that I enjoy while some others are slightly annoying. So, I started thinking… What are my favorite Christmas carols? Of course, I love some of the … [Read more...]

Talk’n Turkey

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Okay, I’m talk’n turkey this Thanksgiving; cold turkey as a certified energy manager, that is. My therapist told me that this year, I am not allowed to openly berate my family members every time they do one of those huge, energy-wasting things that always set me off like they did during holidays past. Those confrontations usually led to me being asked to go outside and “efficiently” cool … [Read more...]

College Experience Teaches Merits of Public Power

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I have a confession to make – I am not a born and bred Nebraskan. I was raised in North Dakota, which means that I have not always been fortunate enough to have my electricity provided by public power.  I know the realities of being a customer of a privately-owned utility, which means I also know what makes public power great. Case in point – the winter of 2007-2008. This was my first year of … [Read more...]