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1985 – 201025 Years!

Eric Albertson -September 22, 2010


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August 29, 1984

  • Rural Electric Managers Association met

  • Motion made and seconded to set up a “REC Engineering and Operations Meeting”

  • General Manager Advocates

    • Allen Schrupp – Kandiyohi

    • Wade Hensel – FROST-BENCO

    • Donald Larson – Steele Waseca


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September 12th, 1984Meeting held at UPA

Wade Hensel – GM Frost-Benco

Al Schrupp – GM Kandiyohi

Kirby Posthuma – Engr Mgr, AEC

Steve Green – REA Field Rep

Also present…


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…and given an assignment

Dick Hiniker

Dave Nelson

Eric Albertson


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Mission

Expand Planning Committee, with Dick Hiniker as Chair

Conduct a REC Engineering and Operations Meeting for ½ day- full day-½ day, March 5-7, 1985

Location: Sunwood Inn, St. Cloud

Establish Agenda by 12/01/84


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Planning CommitteeOctober 23rd, 1984 - AEC

Dick Hiniker

Dave Nelson

Eric Albertson

Doug Hughes – Steele Waseca

Robin Hvidston – Agralite

Dan Mairs - Star Federation

Tim Weir – Northern EC


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Final Steps

November 7th, 1984

Agenda finalized

Speakers Lined Up

December 3rd, 1984

Letter of intro and meeting info sent to all MN Co-ops from Al Schrupp and Don Larson

January 14th, 1985

Meeting agenda and registration forms sent


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1st REMA Engr & Opr Meeting March 5-7, 1985

  • Sunwood Inn, St. Cloud

  • Attendance - 62, 71, 56

  • Topics

    • Neutral-to-Earth Voltages

    • Meter Tampering

    • System Protection

    • Metal Oxide Arresters

    • Single-Point Grounding

    • Transformer Sizing

    • Mechanical Pole Strength

    • V Reg Compensation Settings


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Meeting Results

  • Attendees rated 4’s and 5’s (1-poor to 5-Excellent)

  • Several Comments

    • Combine with Line Superintendents

    • Keep it going, really needed

    • Make it less technically overwhelming

    • Keep it away from “short-sided” Managers


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Final Report to REMA

  • Planning Committee met and formed recommendations on April 11, 1985

  • Formally submitted recommendation to create REMA Engineering and Operations Section – May 24, 1985

  • REMA authorized the creation of the section – Fall, 1985


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Meeting Locations


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A long way from 1985…

Documents created on typewriters

Few dot-matrix tractor-feed printers

Only some of us used a PC – no mouse, no “Windows”, no spell-check

Correspondence was done by snail-mail or desk phone (no e-mail)

Pointers were collapsible car antennas

Only “Title” needed on mailings and name tags: “Mr. …”


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Many Changes

  • Digital Clocks and Appliances

  • Customer Expectations - Reliability

  • Better Compound Material/Insulation

  • Affordable Computer Software Solutions for Nearly Everything

  • Large Loads with Critical Requirements in Rural Areas (Ethanol, Casinos)

  • Rising Costs – Do more with less.


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Some things stay the same…

  • The “Cooperative” Spirit

    • Privilege and Obligation to provide electrical energy to our members

    • Service to our customers

    • Service to our communities

  • Sharing

    • Values

    • Knowledge

    • Experiences

    • Resources


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Happy 25th Anniversary!REMA Engineering & Operations

Wishing you many more!


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