MEUW Weekly :: November 30, 2021

Ropes/Rigging Workshop scheduled for next week in Fennimore and Wausau: MEUW has scheduled two December dates for a one-day safety workshop focused on the fundamentals of overhead rigging and knot-tying and the use of knots, ropes, blocks and tackle in the performance of line work. The session includes classroom and hands-on exercises. The training is Tuesday, Dec. 7 in Fennimore and Thursday, Dec. 9 in Wausau. Additional information is available here. Visit the online Event Calendar and register before the Friday deadline.

Electric Operations Conference & Expo is just six weeks away: Registration is now open for our biggest event of the year. The Electric Operations Conference & Expo, a joint effort of MEUW, the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association (WECA), and the Wisconsin Utility Suppliers Association, is set for Jan. 12-14 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The program is full of highly informative presentations, dynamic speakers, and a large trade show on Thursday, Jan. 13, featuring utility suppliers showcasing the latest products and services. The Early bird discount ends Dec. 15. Full details are available at

In search of a gently used digger/derrick: Cumberland Municipal Utlity is looking to upgrade its digger/derrick and would be interested in hearing from anyone who has one they might be willing to sell. Please contact CMU General Manager Dean Bergstrom at (715) 822-2595.

MEUW Member Services Specialist Mallory Conradt has welcomed a new baby boy to her family. Declan Paul Sova arrived on Nov. 21 at 11:17 p.m., weighing in at 7 lbs., 6 oz., and measuring 20 inches. He joins big brother Dax, age 2. Congratulations!

Join your public power colleagues in the nation’s capital:  Make plans to attend the 2022 American Public Power Association (APPA) Legislative Rally taking place Feb. 28 to March 2, in Washington, D.C. The annual rally is crucial to ensuring that U.S. Senators and Congressional members hear the voices and concerns of MEUW municipal utility members and our communities. Wisconsin is traditionally well represented at the rally, enabling our members to help influence policy and to represent the public power community as a whole. Additional information and registration details are available on APPA’s Website. If you’ve never attended and are interested in learning more about the 2022 event, please call MEUW Executive Director Tim Heinrich at (608) 478-0998. 

Series of one-day three-phase transformer workshops planned for January:  In an effort to maximize cold-weather days for in-person training, MEUW’s Randy Larson will lead a series of one-day workshops on the fundamentals of three-phase transformers in six locations across the state in January 2022. Full details are available here.

The schedule allows utility crews to attend a session at a site nearer them to avoid an overnight hotel stay. Each of the six sessions will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude by 2:30 p.m. The training schedule includes an extended mid-day break to allow attendees to get lunch on their own. The cost to attend is $25 per person, and pre-registration will be required. Visit MEUW’s online Event Calendar to sign up.

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