MTA News Bytes


June 23, 2017

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Register Now for MTA’s Annual Golf Day!

Informational items

>> Intelliquent Raises Money for MTA PAC

Peer Group Bulletin

>> Don't Miss These 2017 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities!

Safety Corner

>> Backs and Work

People and Companies

>> Kenneth Budd Joins Park Region Telephone and Otter Tail Telcom

>> 2nd Annual GigaZone Gaming Championship Set for Sept. 29-30 in Bemidji

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Durant
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Jeanne DeMartino
Website/Newsletter
Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen


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Meetings and Events


July 10, 2017: MTA Golf Day
Crow River Golf Club, Hutchinson

October 5-6, 2017: MTA Fall Conference
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

March 26-28, 2018: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

March 18-20, 2019: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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MTA Updates

ACTION ITEMS:

TA 2017 Golf Day

Register Now for MTA’s Annual Golf Day!

Monday, July 10, 2017
Crow River Golf Course | Hutchinson, MN

Sign up today for MTA’s Annual Golf Day! This year’s event will again be held at the Crow River Golf Course in Hutchinson, Minnesota, on July 10.

Registration is $150 per player or $45 for the reception only. Don’t forget to bring extra cash for the chance board fundraiser!

>> Sign up your team or register as an individual online.

MTA Prize Giveaway

As a thank you for our members continued support of MTA, we are giving away golf shoes to all registered golfers at this year’s event. Foot Joy will be at the course to size your feet and will then drop ship the shoes directly to you. Shoes will be available in men’s and women’s styles. You must be present at the golf event to receive the giveaway. 

To expedite the process and ensure you have enough time on the course, please fill out our online form so Foot Joy can mail you your new shoes. Every individual golfer as well as any individual golfer included in a team must fill out this form. Please note that we will not be collecting your shoe size prior to the event as the shoes are custom fit.

** Due to customization, You MUST be present at the event to receive this giveaway**

Interested in sponsoring Golf Day?

Now accepting golf sponsors! Visit the MTA Golf Day Sponsor Page for complete details and registration.

Current Golf Sponsors

Scoreboard Sponsor
Power & Tel

Cart Sponsors
Eagle Marketing
National Information Solutions Cooperative
Pinnacle Marketing Group
Power Product Services

Brat Sponsors
Cable Connection & Supply
Ewald Consulting
GENBAND, Inc.
MP Nexlevel, LLC

Beer Sponsors
Comlink Midwest, LLC
Olsen Thielen CPAs
TelCom Construction, Inc.

Beverage Sponsor
Calix
Innovative Systems

Breakfast Sponsor
Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Field Sponsors
MP Nexlevel, LLC
Tel Rep Marketing
Unitel Insurance

Hole-In-One Sponsor
Finley Engineering Company

Putting Green Sponsor
TelCom Construction, Inc.

Hole Sponsors
Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Cable Connection & Supply
Calix
Comlink Midwest, LLC
Communication Network Engineering Inc.
Dakota Supply Group
Eagle Marketing
Ewald Consulting
GENBAND, Inc.
Greenlee Communications
Innovative Systems
Interstate Telcom Consulting, Inc.
MP Nexlevel, LLC
National Information Solutions Cooperative
Olsen Thielen CPAs
Pinnacle Marketing Group
Power & Tel
Power Product Services
Ramstad Technologies, LLC
TelCom Construction, Inc.
Tel Rep Marketing


INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:

Intelliquent Raises Money for MTA PAC

On June 6 long-standing MTA member Intelliquent (formerly Onvoy) held their annual golf outing. As part of their event, they solicited donations to MTA’s Political Action Committee (PAC). Thanks to their hard work, they raised $1,020 for the PAC. “Inteliquent has always been a strong supporter of the MTA”, commented MTA President/CEO Brent Christensen, “We very much appreciate their support of our PAC and specifically Tom Kohlbry for reaching out to each attendee personally.”

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Peer Group Bulletin
All MTA members are welcome to join a Peer Group

Don't Miss These 2017 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities!

MTA’s core purpose is to enhance the success and viability of its telecommunications industry members. You are an important part of helping us fulfill this mission. Here is your opportunity to maximize the impact of your event sponsorships for 2017.

Download the 2017 Peer Group Investment Opportunities for full details

Sponsor a Peer Group: Sign Up Online!

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Safety Corner

Backs and Work

Now that summer is here and most companies are up to their necks working on projects, let’s not forget to take care of ourselves.

Chronic back pain affects eight out of ten people, so if you haven’t hurt your back yet, your time may still be coming. Practicing back safety at work prevents issues from becoming worse. Planning ahead, getting help, and working "smart" prevent back injuries from occurring on and off the job. Workers' Compensation and health insurance claims add expenses to the company budget.

Plan Ahead

Your body is most vulnerable when you have not moved for extended periods of time, such as when you get to your work location. Plan ahead for your workday by getting the rest you need, sleeping for eight hours is still recommended for waking up refreshed. Your body is vulnerable when your system is malnourished, which includes lack of sleep. Practice a healthy lifestyle by eating healthful foods regularly; drinking lots of water, and getting one hour of moderate exercise per day, walking is great for your back.

Consider stretching before you go to work to reduce the strain on your back muscles. Minimize the amount of time you carry items, utilize a handcart or dolly, even for seemingly lightweight items. While the weight of the object is a factor, bending over excessively can cause back problems. Store items you use most often off the floor, preferably at waist level which is your power zone.

Prevent work-related back injuries by ensuring your working conditions are free of debris and slippery spots. Slip, trip and fall injuries cause most back pain problems in America.  I realize now, that National Flip-Flop day was last week, but “proper” foot wear with non-slip soles is an important ingredient in preventing falls.

Work Intelligently   

When you are, lifting or moving objects, keep them as close to your body as possible, which helps lower the strain on your back. Do not twist when you lift or put down materials, turn your feet, hips and shoulders at once, this includes shoveling. Improve back health by lifting materials smoothly and using your legs rather than back muscles for strength. Quick jerking motions irritate your upper and lower back, causing soreness the next day. If you need support when lifting, lean on a sturdy object and do not bend over. If the item is too heavy, kneel down and place the object on your knee before you stand to lift it.

Get Help

There is a difference between being lazy and working smart. Everyone is afraid of appearing weak in front of their coworkers or family members, but practicing proper back prevention techniques is an intelligent move.  Ask for help when moving heavier items or equipment, remember it’s not just the weight of the object but also the size and shape that you need to consider. Teamwork

If you do injure your back, get the help and advice you need to get yourself healed.  Report injuries that occur on the job to your Supervisor so that they can be handled promptly and you can receive proper medical attention.

Hopefully by following these tips we can go through summer, and the rest of the year, free of back pain.

Take Care,
Dan Berg, M.S.
Senior Safety Consultant

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People Companies

Kenneth Budd Joins Park Region Telephone and Otter Tail Telcom

The Board of Directors and CEO David Bickett of Park Region Telephone and Otter Tail Telcom are pleased to announce that Kenneth Budd is joining our team as Network Operations Manager. He will begin work July 5, 2017 in our Fergus Falls, MN office.  

Ken’s professional experience includes positions in data systems engineering, project management and network operations with companies in the region over the last 20 years.  He was most recently employed as Director of Wireline Operations with Nemont Telephone in Scobey, Montana. 


2nd Annual GigaZone Gaming Championship Set for Sept. 29-30 in Bemidji

GigaZone Gaming Championship

The region’s stadium style e-Sporting event returns with over $4,500 in cash and prizes

(Bemidji, MN) (June 22, 2017) – The first stadium style eSports event in the region, the GigaZone Gaming Championship returns to the Sanford Center Ballroom in Bemidji on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

Northern Minnesota’s best League of Legends teams will compete for more than $4,500 in cash and prizes and teams interested need to register by July 1 at gigazonegaming.com. The League of Legends tournament is free and open to anyone 13 years of age or older that resides in the 218 area code.

In addition to the League of Legends Tournament, the public is invited to participate in open console and arcade gaming along with tournaments of Street Fighter 5, Mario Kart 8, Madden 18, Overwatch, Super Smash Brothers, Magic the Gathering, and more.  Pre-registration for the Overwatch and Madden 18 tournaments will begin on Tuesday, September 5 at 4 p.m. until full. All other tournaments will be open registration at the door the day of the tournament. Admission is free for both tournaments and the event plus there will be a chance at great door prizes throughout.

“eSports has explored across the country and coming off the success of the first GigaZone Gaming Championship last November we are making this year’s event even bigger and better.  There is a large gaming community in our area and this will showcase not only some of the region’s best but give everyone a chance to get in on the action!” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

“Our cooperative continues to expand one of the largest rural fiber gigabit networks in the country and that brings many advantages to our members. The GigaZone provides extreme speed and low latency which are critical for the best online gaming experience which the GigaZone Gaming Championship showcases,” added Leo Anderson, Paul Bunyan Communications Digital Services Supervisor.

For more information on the 2017 GigaZone Gaming Championships visit www.gigazonegaming.com.

“We’re excited to bring this back to our region!  Whether someone is a big time gamer or not the GigaZone Gaming Championship is a great chance for people to come together, have fun, try out a wide variety of video games, and experience the growing eSports phenomenon.” added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

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