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Accountability is a Beautiful Thing

Accountability is a Beautiful Thing

We love to play games at the Chapin house. We realized that we had outgrown our small game table as our family had grown. So recently, we got a new table that will accommodate more people, more games and allows more room for the puzzles that the Pandemic has given us...

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Lean vs Thrifty

Lean vs Thrifty

At Willmar Electric, we try to use Lean Principles in our day to day operations and one of our core values is being Thrifty. Often people equate lean with being thrifty.  A few days ago, somebody did it in front of me, and I lost it. Let me explain why. Lean is the...

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Leading by Inclusion

Leading by Inclusion

To protect the people involved, I have changed the names of those involved to Tom, Dick, and Harry.  (Consideration was given to Huey, Duey, and Luey, as well as Larry, Curly, and Moe, but in the end, I went with the less insulting route). Last week when touring a...

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Thumbs Down To Reading Instructions

Thumbs Down To Reading Instructions

I don’t like instructions. Don’t get me wrong.  I understand the role of instructions in our world.  I also understand people should use them. I just struggle with them.  But, not in a rebellious way.  It isn’t like I am pining to do things my own way, I just don’t...

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Reckless or Righteous

Reckless or Righteous

In 1972 Stealers Wheel’s Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan wrote, “Stuck in the Middle with You.”  In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, claimed the song was a parody of Bob Dylan paranoia.  The chorus says, “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, (but) here I...

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Do I Raise the Average?

Do I Raise the Average?

Motivational Speaker Jim Rohn has been credited with coining the phrase, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Please don’t take Rohn’s advice too literally.  Hanging out with five celebrity chefs isn’t going to make your meals worthy...

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Waiting on Somebody Else to do the Right Thing

Waiting on Somebody Else to do the Right Thing

Later this month, we will cross over the second anniversary of moving into our new house.  We love our new home.  We have loved it since day one. It is located on a local golf course and offers beautiful views of lush green grass and trees. The beautiful view was one...

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Embrace, Quit or Improve

Embrace, Quit or Improve

The best golf advice I ever received was “if you’re a boogie golfer approach each hole with a plan to bogey the hole.” In case you not familiar with the term bogey, it is finishing a hole with one stroke over par.  Once I put this philosophy into place, I started to...

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Mike Chapin Doesn’t Need a Job! (A Timely Repost from 2012)

Mike Chapin Doesn’t Need a Job! (A Timely Repost from 2012)

Mike Chapin doesn't need a job!!! (Since 1920) Tomorrow my son, Mike will start as a pre-fab laborer.  He marks the 5th generation to work at Willmar Electric.  But before I go into that story, let me give you some background. I never met my Great Grandfather Sam...

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100 Years!

100 Years!

On April 20th Willmar Electric will turn 100 years old.  We had planned several parties to celebrate the milestone and the many people who made it possible. We have no idea how many people have helped us reach this milestone. We know six different Chapins across four...

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