ERMU Lineworkers recently had the opportunity to compete at the 2016 American Public Power Association (APPA) Lineworker’s Rodeo, held April 2 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. This “once-in-a-lifetime” event hosted lineworkers from around the U.S. who came to demonstrate their skills and compete for professional recognition. Sixty-three teams and 130 apprentice lineworkers from not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities across the nation participated.
This was the first time Minnesota was home to the event, and it certainly lived up to its reputation of a state with frigid temperatures. The event began with temperatures below freezing and blustery winds, but none of that slowed down the competition. ERMU was proud to have five of their lineworkers competing at the event; one journeyman team consisting of three members, and two apprentice lineworkers who competed individually. Co-workers, friends, family, and the utilities commissioners were at the event showing their support and cheering our lineworkers on to success.
Although ERMU didn’t bring home a trophy this year, we couldn’t be more proud of our lineworkers and their courage and commitment to their jobs. Lineworkers risk their lives on the job every day. Commissioner Dietz put it best when he said, “ERMU has a group of very dedicated lineworkers. They take their job seriously. They have to in order to go home to their families every night. When working with electric lines and transformers, one false move could prove tragic.” ERMU would like to acknowledge and thank our lineworkers for their dedication to their jobs and our community.
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