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1985 2010 25 years

1985 – 201025 Years!

Eric Albertson -September 22, 2010

august 29 1984
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
september 12 th 1984 meeting held at upa
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…

and given an assignment
…and given an assignment

Dick Hiniker

Dave Nelson

Eric Albertson

mission
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

planning committee october 23 rd 1984 aec
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

final steps
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

1 st rema engr opr meeting march 5 7 1985
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
meeting results
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
final report to rema
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
a long way from 1985
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. …”

many changes
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.
some things stay the same
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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