MMUA Holds Annual Conference

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MMUA Holds Annual Conference

August 26, 2015

The state’s municipal electric and natural gas utilities have been meeting to conduct the association's annual business, including electing board members, approving budgets and hearing from experts in a variety of fields, since 1931. This year’s MMUA annual conference was held Aug. 17-19 at Breezy Point.

The event has evolved over the years to include a number of popular features, including a trade show and a pre-meeting golf tournament, but business remains the meeting’s reason for being.

Troy Adams of Elk River Municipal Utilities was elected president, taking the reins from Bill Wroolie of Brainerd Public Utilities at the conclusion of the meeting. Bob Elston of the city of Sleepy Eye/Sleepy Eye Public Utilities was elected president-elect. The board elected Shakopee Public Utilities Manager John Crooks as its secretary/treasurer.

The Nominating and Awards Committee recommended and the membership approved a slate of award winners. These included:

Public Service Awards

               Rep. Dan Fabian

               Rep. Pat Garofalo

               Sen. David Tomassoni

Rising Star

               Lisa King, SMMPA

               Mike Langer, Elk River Municipal Utilities

               Trent Hawkinson, Brainerd Public Utilities

Community Service

               Tom Koeritz

               Marty Sunderman

               Scott Gravseth

Distinguished Service

               Todd Wicklund, Brainerd Public Utilities

System Innovation

               Brainerd Public Utilities

               Owatonna Public Utilities

Honorary Lifetime Membership

               Hal Becker, Delano Municipal Utilities

               Rick Kittelson, Blooming Prairie Public Utilities

               Larry Johnston, SMMPA

For more on the meeting, look at our online pictorial review and the September issue of the MMUA Resource newsletter. MMUA thanks meeting attendees and the utilities and cities that sent them, our speakers, sponsors and trade show participants.

Mark your calendars now for the 2016 annual Summer Conference, Aug. 15-17 at Craguns.