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Indiana’s top dog

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Posted on Feb 21, 2020 in Profile

While Statehouse politics were underway early this year, your Indiana Connection team hounded out a behind-the-scenes interview with a Holcomb administration insider that’s not just another shaggy-dog story. What follows is an edited portion of our hot-diggity conversation with mover and shaker (especially when he’s wet) Henry Holcomb, First Pooch of Indiana.  INDIANA CONNECTION: Tell… Continue reading.

Career Profile: Human Resources

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Posted on Jan 27, 2020 in Profile

Top 3 responsibilities in a day: Employee relations. I work with our employees to develop solutions to make sure we’re all providing the best service to our consumers. Employee training and development. I help make sure our team has the resources they need to meet their goals. Special projects. There is always something different that I’m… Continue reading.

Crusaders for community

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Posted on Dec 22, 2019 in Profile

Crusaders for a “tobacco-free generation”; for the homeless, hungry, handicapped and poor; for Jesus Christ; and for the community at large constituted a distinguished crop of students who are the latest to be selected for a Youth Power & Hope Award. Given by Indiana Electric Cooperatives and its magazine, Indiana Connection, since 2009, the Youth… Continue reading.

Career Profile: Energy Advisor

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Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Profile

Meet Josh Durbin, energy advisor at Steuben County REMC Top 3 responsibilities in a day: Data Analysis. Finding solutions to issues our consumers are facing and answering residential and commercial bill questions. Energy Evaluation. Determining usage and trying to help consumers understand their bill and how they can be more efficient. Commercial Accounts. Energy analysis inside… Continue reading.

He helped build Apollo

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Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in Profile

By Richard G. Biever In 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the nation to commit itself to landing a man on the moon. That same year, Harold Stark put the skills he learned as a Rush County farm boy on the same trajectory. As the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of that “one giant leap”… Continue reading.

IT person doing job

Career Profile: Information Technology

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Posted on Oct 02, 2019 in Profile

Top 3 responsibilities in a day: Manage all IT-related operations for the cooperative. Oversee infrastructure for the tower, radio and metering. Manage vendors to keep projects on task, on time and on budget.  What’s a typical day like? My “day-to-day” changes often, but I like to check in with all departments first thing in the morning… Continue reading.

Sarah Mahnesmith the 2019 Youth Leadership Council candidate

Above & Beyond

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Posted on Sep 02, 2019 in Profile

Photos and Story By Richard G. Biever Going the extra mile is what makes Sarah Mahnesmith smile … and tick. In track and field, instead of the one-mile, the Rensselaer Central High senior prefers running the two-mile. In 4-H, she wasn’t just a local leader; she represented Indiana at the National 4-H Congress. In high… Continue reading.

Career Profile: Wearing many hats

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Posted on Jul 30, 2019 in Profile

Top 3 responsibilities in a day • Answer questions from consumers about power quality or general engineering issues. • Check the outages from the previous day to make sure the system’s coordination worked as planned. • Communicate with my co-workers about various ongoing projects. What part of your job do you find most fulfilling? I… Continue reading.

Lunar legend

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Posted on Jul 02, 2019 in General, Profile

BY BRIAN D. SMITH Fifty years ago this month, a man on the moon joined the man in the moon, pressing a human footprint onto the grainy gray lunar surface for the first time in history. Neil Armstrong’s July 20, 1969 milestone step (he was soon accompanied by fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin) came 6½… Continue reading.

Career Profile: Motivated when serving members

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Posted on Jun 02, 2019 in Profile

Top 3 responsibilities in a day • Monitor the overall financial condition of the electric cooperative. • Provide financial information to help with the decision-making process for various projects throughout the co-op. • Complete any other duties as assigned by the general manager. What’s a typical day like?  I wouldn’t say there really ever is… Continue reading.

Fast Times

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Posted on May 01, 2019 in Profile

BY RICHARD G. BIEVER Bryce King is growing up fast. The second grader at Kouts Elementary likes his Hot Wheels cars and remote-control race cars. But his need for speed puts him behind the wheel of scaled-down race cars traveling at 50, even 60, miles per hour. “He’s all about fast,” said his dad, Chris… Continue reading.

Career Profile — New goals daily

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Posted on Apr 01, 2019 in Profile

Top 3 responsibilities in a day Maintain and build electric power lines. Service equipment and tools. Perform substation maintenance. What’s your typical day like? There is no such thing. We have planned duties, but a weather event can change those plans quickly.  What kind of education have you had? I completed a four-year apprenticeship program… Continue reading.

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