June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

>> 1st Annual Administrative Assistant Peer Group Summer Conference

>> Choosing and Using the Right Ladder

People and Companies

>> Congrats, Rusty Marquart!

>> Kiesling Accounting Seminar

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Jaskowiak
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Broderick
Member Services:
Chris Swanson
Janey Duntley
Administrative Assistant:
Lindsey Clancy

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Meetings and Events

July 8, 2013: 2013 MTA Golf Day

August 12, 2013: Pinnacle Golf Day

August 14-16, 2013: 2013 Telco Marketing Peer Group Summer Conference

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

1st Annual Administrative Assistant Peer Group Summer Conference

Save the date for the Administrative Assistant Peer Group Summer Conference. Join us on August 28 & 29 in St. Paul at the MTA offices for our very first conference. This is a great way to network and learn about best practices from your colleagues. Plus, we will have an off-site ice breaker the night before the conference! Stay tuned for the agenda, registration and accommodations; they will be sent out the first week of July. Make sure to mark your calendar – you don’t want you to miss out on this event! If you have questions, please feel free to contact the planning committee:

Lindsey Clancy – lclancy@mnta.org
Karin Jahnke – kjahnke@fedtel.net
Sue Jensen – sue.jensen@parkregion.com

Would you like to be added to a Peer Group listserv?

Email Jacquie at jacquiej@mnta.org to be added – please specify which listserv(s) you would like to join:

Administrative Assistant
Customer Service (CSR)
Office Managers (OM)
Human Resource (HR)
Plant Superintendents (PM)
Telco Marketing (TMG)

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Safety Corner

Choosing and Using the Right Ladder

Accidents and injuries involving ladders used or placed incorrectly are prevalent in the workplace and at home. Before using any ladder, make sure there are no broken, cracked, or missing parts and that rungs are not slippery. Examining a ladder doesn’t necessarily require a lot of time. If a ladder is in poor condition, don’t use it.

Keep the following tips in mind when choosing and using a ladder:

Size it Right – Always use a ladder that is tall enough for the job at hand. A great number of ladder accidents result from using a ladder that is too short. Ladders are rated for weight capacity. Keep in mind that includes your weight as well as the weight of tools and other material on the ladder.

Near electrical conductors or equipment, use only ladders with non-conductive side rails.

Make Sure It’s Secure – Setting up the ladder correctly may help prevent falls. When planting the base of any ladder, place all feet on a firm, level surface, not on rocks or boards. Spreaders (the devices that hold the front and back sections of a stepladder in an open position) should be completely open and locked before any weight is placed on the ladder. Place the base of a straight ladder out away from the wall or edge of the upper level about one foot for every four feet of vertical height.  Be sure straight ladders are long enough so that the side rails extend above the top support point by at least 36 inches

Don’t Get Too Ambitious – While up on the ladder, don’t overextend your reach or lean away from the ladder to carry out your task. Make sure you keep your weight evenly distributed.

Don’t place a stepladder against a wall and climb it.  The feet are not designed to withstand slipping out away from the wall.

Climb the ladder carefully, facing it and using both hands. Use a tool belt or hand line to carry materials.

Do not use ladders near doorways. If you need to use a ladder near a doorway, make sure that the door is locked.

Remember, ladders are tools. Many of the basic safety rules that apply to most tools also apply to the safe use of a ladder.  By keeping in mind the above tips, ladders can be used safely.

Take care,
Dan Berg, M.S.
Lead Safety Consultant

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People Companies

Congrats, Rusty Marquart!

Rusty Marquart, Customer Service Representative for Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and Federated Telephone Cooperative will retire on July 1, 2013, after 39 years of service. Congratulations on a successful career, Rusty!

Kiesling Accounting Seminar

August 8-9, 2013
Grand Harbor Resort & Convention Center
Dubuque, IA

Kiesling is pleased to announce the Session Topics for this year’s Accounting Seminar which will be held August 8-9, at the Grand Harbor Resort and Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.


  • Forecasting and Business Strategy
  • Telecom Roundtable
  • Economic Outlook


  • Accounting & Auditing Update
  • Accounting for Plant
  • Accounting Potpourri
  • Benefits – Trends & Strategies
  • Cost vs. Average Schedule
  • FCC Waiver Process
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • 2014 HealthCare Reform
  • I-Wireless Report Accounting
  • NECA Reporting
  • Regulatory Update
  • Sharing of Assets & Resources
  • Tax Update
  • Microsoft Office Tips & Tricks

Telco accountants, accounting assistants, general managers, assistant general managers, and office managers working for independent commercial or cooperative carriers and those working in related fields with interest in the topics presented.

For more information, visit Kiesling’s website or contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@kiesling.com, 608-664-9110.

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