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Connie Wangen, recently retired general manager of Princeton Public Utilities, has received the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association Community Service Award. Presenting the award to Wangen is Greg French, general manager of Virginia Public Utilities and president of the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association.

Connie Wangen, recently-retired general manager of Princeton Public Utilities (PPU), has received the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) Community Service Award.

The award is given to individuals who have a long history of exemplary community service with a local municipal utility.

Wangen started at PPU as a secretary in 1985. She retired in May 2019 as general manager.

She also worked for PPU as bookkeeper/clerk, office manager/bookkeeper and administrative assistant before being named general manager in 2012.

Wangen was soft-spoken but her actions and dedication to her community and PPU spoke loudly, MMUA officials stated.

Among the technical achievements during her tenure was implementation of a ‘load control’ energy management system and community solar.

She and her staff consistently led the pack in cyber-security education, as measured by the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA).

Wangen was a key supporter of SMMPA’s pollinator program, and wasn’t above personal involvement in planting pollinator sites.

MMUA was formed in 1931. It represents the interests of Minnesota’s 125 municipally-owned electric and 31 municipally-owned natural gas utilities.

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