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Kenneth Wanberg

July 22, 2014
MARY WARDELL - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Primary candidate Kenneth Wanberg, former long-time employee of the Marquette Board of Light and Power and former board member, said his biggest concern for the BLP and its continuing operation is financial stability.

"It is (of) the utmost importance that we not only maintain current operations while controlling expenditures, but also look to the future needs for expansion as the system continues to grow," Wanberg said.

Wanberg was an employee of the BLP for 30 years, retiring in 1992.

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"During my time, I operated all generating units to include the diesel, hydro, and steam plants," Wanberg said. "Upon my retirement, I was elected for two consecutive terms, totaling six years on the board. During my tenure with the board, I was actively involved in the settlement and rebuilding of the Tourist Park reservoir and operation."

Wanberg said controlling expenditures and planning for future expansion are key concerns.

"With an aging facility, which currently houses three units with the newest being 30 years old, capital improvements will not only be welcomed but necessary," he said. "As the community continues to grow, the demand for power will increase and being prepared to meet those demands while keeping utility rates low will be essential.

"I strongly feel that my knowledge and experience will be an asset to the board and to the utility as we move forward in the coming years."

Mary Wardell can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248.



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