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.