MTA News Bytes

July 21, 2017

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Now Available! MTA Fall Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Informational items

>> MTA Visits DC

Peer Group Bulletin

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

Safety Corner

>> Do You Know the Tick Facts?

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Durant
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Jeanne DeMartino

Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

September 13-15, 2017: 2017 TMG Peer Group Conference

October 3-5, 2017: 2017 CSR Fall Conference
The Inn on Lake Superior, Duluth

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


Now Available!
MTA Fall Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

MTA Fall Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

October 5-6, 2017 | Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Maximize your company's exposure to the MTA membership at the 2017 Fall Conference. The conference will be held on Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.

MTA members will come to Minneapolis from all over the state to learn more about the important issues facing our industry — and this is your opportunity to get your company’s message in front of them.

>> View complete Sponsorship details and register online.

Lodging Information

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Dr. N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

$144.00 single/double per night
Reservation cut off is September 14, 2017
Book your reservation online or call 1-877-303-1681 or 763-536-8300.


If you have any questions about the sponsorship information, please contact Meghan Tompkins at

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MTA Visits DC

This past week, several members of the MTA descended on Capitol Hill to meet with the Minnesota Congressional delegation. Representatives from Albany Mutual Telephone, Benton Communications, Bevcomm, Farmers/Federated, Garden Valley, and Paul Bunyan Communications met with staff from Senators Klobuchar and Franken’s office, along with representatives from the offices of Congressmen Walz, Lewis, Emmer, Peterson, and Nolan.  The trip was part of a NTCA Fly In.  The group talked about expanding the USF contribution base, gigabit communities in Minnesota, and other telecom related issues.

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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!

Mark Your Calendar

2017 TMG Peer Group Conference

September 13-15, 2017
More details to come!

2017 CSR Fall Conference

Tuesday, October 3-5, 2017
The Inn on Lake Superior | 350 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802

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Safety Corner

Do You Know the Tick Facts?

Description: Related imageAs summer heat descends, ticks are now active in many areas. Ticks and tick-borne illnesses are found all over the United States. To see the type of ticks found in your area, visit the website for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which provides maps regarding the type of ticks found in different regions of the United States. ( ).

Did you know that ticks are not insects?

They are arachnids, and like their relative the spider, they have eight legs when they reach adulthood. The life cycle of a tick begins as an egg, then larva, nymph and adult. At the larva and nymph stages, the tick is very similar to an adult but is smaller and often a different color.  At the larva stage the tick has six legs, while the nymphs and adults have eight legs. Ticks typically search for hosts by climbing up plants and sticking their legs out when a potential host is detected.

Where are ticks found?

Ticks are found in grass, shrubs, and brushy areas. Ticks like to “hang out” along animal trails and footpaths — especially those of white-tailed deer and white-footed mice.

What are some common ticks and the diseases that they carry?

Description: American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) American dog tick transmits Tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever; highest risk of being bitten occurs during spring and summer. These ticks are also known as wood ticks.

Blacklegged tick (commonly known as a deer tick) transmits Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan disease; greatest risk of being bitten is spring, summer and fall but adults may be out in the winter when temperatures are above freezing.

Description: Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum)Lone star tick transmits ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and STARI. This is a very aggressive tick; the adult female is distinguished by a white dot or “lone star” on her back. Lone star tick saliva can be irritating; there can be redness and discomfort at the site of the bite.

What are the most common symptoms?

  • Fever and chills are usually experienced by a person who has been bitten by a disease-carrying tick
  • Aches and pains — symptoms often include headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. With Lyme disease, you may also experience joint pain.
  • Rash
    • In Lyme disease, the rash may appear within 3-30 days, typically before the onset of fever. The Lyme disease rash is the first sign of infection and is usually a circular rash; this rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of the individuals infected.
    • In STARI, the rash is nearly identical to that of Lyme disease, with a red, expanding "bull’s eye" lesion that develops around the site of a lone star tick bite.
    • Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) rash varies greatly from person to person in appearance, location, and time of onset. About 10% of people with RMSF never develop a rash. Most often, the rash begins 2-5 days after the onset of fever as small, flat, pink, non-itchy spots (macules) on the wrists, forearms, and ankles and spreads to the trunk.
    • In the most common form of tularemia, a skin ulcer appears at the site of the tick bite. The ulcer is accompanied by swelling of regional lymph glands, usually in the armpit or groin.

Seek medical attention if you have any concerns after being bit by a tick or develop any symptoms.

How Do I Prevent Tick Bites?

Reduce your chances of getting tick-borne disease by wearing appropriate clothing, using repellents, checking and removing ticks.

  • Clothing: wear a hat, light-colored clothing including long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into boots or socks. Treat clothing such as boots, pants and socks with products containing 0.5% permethrin.
  • Use insect repellents containing 20-50% DEET on exposed skin and clothing, reapply as needed — remember to always follow the instructions found on the label.
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off ticks.
  • Do a full-body check — be sure to check under the arms, in and around the ears, hair, inside the belly button, behind the knees, around the waist and the groin area.
  • Remove any ticks found.
  • Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks found on clothing. If clothing requires washing, hot water is recommended.

How do I remove a tick?

  • ASSEMBLE A TICK KIT containing pointed tweezers or a tick-lifting tool, a magnifying glass, a small container (to put tick into), and an antiseptic.
  • DON'T PANIC. Your chances of being infected are reported to occur at the end of the tick feeding cycle, which may take hours.
  • DO NOT USE a hot match head, nail polish or Vaseline on the tick. The tick will regurgitate and transmit infection.
  • REMOVE THE TICK. Grasp the tick firmly by the head with the tweezers as close to your skin as possible. Avoid squeezing the tick's abdomen. Pull straight out, don't twist.
  • SAVE THE TICK in a container with a piece of damp tissue or a blade of grass. Refrigerate, mark the date and where the bite occurred, watch for any unusual symptoms. If symptoms appear, the tick can be sent for testing.
  • CLEAN THE BITE AREA. Blot the bite area with antiseptic. If any tick mouth parts remain in the skin, be sure to tell your doctor.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY with soap and water.
  • CHECK WITH A PHYSICIAN as soon as possible.

Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible — not waiting for it to detach.

Stay Tick Safe — Repel them, check for them and remove them.

Chris Swanson
Safety Consultant

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