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M State line worker students win 2nd in national competition

Monday, April 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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WADENA, Minn. – Four teams comprised of Electrical Line Worker Technology students from Minnesota State Community and Technical College won second place overall at the recent national 2017 College Powerline Rodeo.

 

The competition, held April 6-7 on the Western Nebraska Community College campuses in Scottsbluff and Alliance, featured 35 college teams competing in three physical events and a written exam that tested the students’ industry skills.

 

Winning first place in the hurt man team competition and second place in the written exam were the M State team of Noah Haaland of Monticello, Kyle Kreuger of Big Lake and Ryan Filek of Maple Lake, along with alternate Walker Landa of Bemidji.

 

M State’s Joshua Hofmann of Fort Ripley won second place in the individual hurt man rescue competition.

 

Also competing for M State were Ethan Orlando of Verndale; Tanen Holzem of Elk River; Ian Willborg of Blackduck; Dustin Sepin of Boy River; Matthew Roberts of Becida; Daniel Grebinoski of St. Joseph; Cole Mertens of Olivia; and William Nelson of Bemidji.

M State offers its Electrical Line Worker Technology program on its Wadena campus and at its training site in the northern Minnesota community of Baudette. This was the first time students in the program have participated in the national competition.

  

 

As a member of the Minnesota State system, M State serves more than 8,000 students in credit courses each year in more than 70 career and liberal arts programs online and at its campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. By partnering with communities, the college also provides worker development services and other responsive training programs.


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