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Baby Above Self

Baby Above Self

Last week my daughter, Anne, and son-in-law, Jon, had a daughter.  Her name is Amelia, and she is our first grandchild.  She is a treasure to everybody in the family.  My wife, Sue, and I hustled up from Nebraska to Minnesota to visit her.  Our daughter Sara also...

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Gate to Gate

Gate to Gate

Gate to gate is an airline term.  It is how they measure on-time arrivals of airplanes.  I have been told airlines typically added 20 minutes to every flight to account for taxiing to and from the runway on takeoffs and landings. Anybody who has flown from Lincoln...

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Communication Going Deeper

Communication Going Deeper

Recent SWOT (Strength/Weakness/Opportunity/Threat) analysis at Willmar Electric told the leaders several things.  Most notably, communication is essential. Not really a news flash.  If you didn’t already know the importance of communication, you likely are part of a...

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Merit Shop in Action

Merit Shop in Action

Merit Shop is one of our core values.  It would be impossible to call ourselves a Merit Shop if we didn’t do individual evaluations. At Willmar Electric, evaluations are a two-part process.  Part one is the performance evaluation.  February is performance evaluation...

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Rushing to Judgement

Rushing to Judgement

A few days ago, while getting ready for work, I noticed something my family members call the "license plate" sunrise. Let me explain. In 2004 our family moved to Nebraska.  It meant getting Nebraska license plates for our cars.  Our children didn't complain at all...

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Click Over 2020

Click Over 2020

A lot of people like to make cheap jokes about 2020.  A trend is to refer to it as the “year that shall not be mentioned.” Clearly, 2020 was a lousy year globally and personally for many people, but should we be pretending like it never happened? (To save time, I will...

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Elmo Chapin Day 2021

Elmo Chapin Day 2021

Today is January 6th.  My coworkers at Willmar Electric know that today is Elmo Chapin Day.  Every year we celebrate our Grandfather's Birthday by explaining to those who didn't get the chance to meet him what he stood for in life.  This year is extra special because...

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Getting What You Paid For

Getting What You Paid For

I heard a podcast this week with the author of “This is Marketing,” Seth Godin.  One of the topics he discussed was the price.  He pointed out if people buy your product because it is the cheapest you spend, the rest of that product’s life justifies why it is what it...

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Encouragement

Encouragement

On November 9, 2020, the Lord called to Heaven Jay Tornquist.  Jay is likely the best friend I ever had. I considered him to be an older brother. We worked side by side at Willmar Electric for 24 years.  But beyond work, we were close friends. When I heard Jay had...

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Beautiful Inside

Beautiful Inside

It is Halloween time, and it reminds me of one of the great stories in my family.  It provided us with an excellent life lesson. It was in October 2016.  My youngest daughter, Sara, was a senior in High School.  It was a Saturday, and the two of us were looking for...

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