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...]

A Tribute to Veterans

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How can we say thank you? A meaningful thank you, one that can stand the scrutiny of truth and balance? To you who have sacrificed so much. How can we thank someone who stood – or stands – in the face of complete uncertainty and possible death? For what? An idea? A way of life? A possible future plucked from the multitude of possible futures that lie unrequited? You may have questioned, but you … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Sight Indeed

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My father wasn't much of an outdoorsman. Instead of hunting, he liked to take long drives across my home state of South Dakota, passing many an I-90 billboard painted with images of pheasants, fish and white tailed deer. We’d crisscross our way back home taking country roads, and he’d point to fields of beans, corn, wheat and prairie grasses with repeated admiration, Isn't that the most beautiful … [Read more...]

A Hat Story

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Recently, my grandfather, Roger Hinrichsen, passed away after a lengthy illness. I miss him very much, but I am glad I have many wonderful memories of my Papa Roger. For instance, when I was a kid, Papa let me drive his lawnmower around the yard, and even though he set the speed on “turtle,” he never yelled at me when I bumped it up to “rabbit.” He always hid candy bars in his underwear drawer … [Read more...]

My Day – Thursday with Sherry

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“Sharing My Day” This is the last in our series of featuring four individuals from York Operations Center who have, in turn, told readers a little about who they are and what their jobs entail. The four are Mitch Schlegelmilch, Anna Johnson, Matt Holthe and Sherry Kvasnicka. Each has put pen to paper and written, journal- and Twitter-like, about a typical workday in their lives. They’ve also … [Read more...]