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Utilities Technology Council names Brainerd resident first chairwoman

A Brainerd resident was elected first chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council board at its annual meeting last week in Charlotte, N.C. Kathy Nelson, Great River Energy principal telecommunications engineer, was selected for the post. With ...

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A Brainerd resident was elected first chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council board at its annual meeting last week in Charlotte, N.C.

Kathy Nelson, Great River Energy principal telecommunications engineer, was selected for the post. With 10 U.S. regions, five special board committees and 10 divisions and councils, Nelson will be part of a select group of top influential industry professionals helping to shape the future of utility mission-critical technologies, a news release stated.

"It's a privilege to be a part of such a talented group of individuals who are responsible for driving innovation, fostering collaboration and influencing public policy on critical utility infrastructure," Nelson stated in the release. "I am excited to have the opportunity to and honor of representing Great River Energy and its members by offering the electric cooperative viewpoint."

Nelson has worked at Great River Energy since 1993 after graduating with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University. Nelson is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, and primarily works in wireless systems design, focusing on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition communications and land mobile radio communications. Nelson and her family have been residents of Brainerd for almost a decade.

Great River Energy is a not-for-profit cooperative headquartered in Maple Grove that provides wholesale electric service to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota.

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