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NHU General Manager

John Skurupey's last day as NHU General Manager was June 21. John accepted the position as General Manager for the McKenzie Rural Electric Cooperative in Watford City, North Dakota. He has his roots in North Dakota and spent the early part of his career with the McKenzie Rural Electric Cooperative.

After working part time for NHU, John joined the utility full time in June of 1998 and succeeded Ron Greuel as General Manager in 1999. During his tenure as General Manager, he managed several upgrades to the utility systems. The wastewater treatment plant completed a major upgrade a couple of years ago. Several projects were completed to improve the water distribution system and reduce the water system losses. The electric distribution system had numerous maintenance projects completed. It should be noted that these system improvements were accomplished while keeping the utility's rates economical.

Prior to his departure, John worked with the utility commission and the city to plan for the installation of a new water tower and water system improvements for the new business park. Construction on this project will begin soon. Under his guidance, plans were developed to move forward to construct a new electric substation on the city's north side, thereby improving the electric reliability for the community.

During his tenure, NHU also updated its utility logo, developed a newsletter and implemented its web site to improve the utility's name recognition and communication with its customers. John was active with NHU's power provider, Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI), serving several terms on their Executive Committee and various advisory groups. He also assisted with many of the upgrades at the New Holstein Senior Center.

Thanks John for all of your contributions to New Holstein Utilities and the community of New Holstein! Best wishes to you and your family.

Carl Verhagen, the retired Manager of Operations and Engineering at Menasha Utilities, will serve as NHU's interim General Manager. It is expected that a new General Manager will be selected some time this fall.