(Neb)-Ricketts Proclaims Lineworkers Appreciation Day
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Governor Pete Ricketts was joined Monday by the Nebraska Power Association and electrical lineworkers from throughout the state to proclaim the day as Lineworkers Appreciation Day in Nebraska.
A majority of the state's lineworkers grew up in Nebraska and trained in highly acclaimed lineworker degree programs at the community colleges across the state, including the Western Nebraska Community College program in Alliance.
Governor Ricketts said more than 1,800 lineworkers help maintain Nebraska's power grid of more than 6,000 miles of transmission and 100,000 miles of subtransmission and distribution lines - men and women who go out on weekends and holidays, in rainstorms and blizzards, during the day and in the dead of night, to restore power to Nebraska's homes and businesses.
The governor highlighted the overtime efforts of lineworkers during the winter storms and flooding of recent weeks to restore electrical service, and he thanked them for the great work they do to keep the lights on and help power Nebraska through the flood and severe weather recovery.
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