Travis Dinges recently was promoted to line foreman for Midwest Energy at Hays. He joined Midwest Energy in August 2005 and has worked on several Hays-based crews as a journeyman lineman. Nolan Hoffman recently was promoted to research analyst at Midwest Energy’s Hays office, responsible for forecasting energy costs used in setting rates. A graduate of Fort Hays State University, Hoffman joined Midwest Energy in December 2012 and previously worked as a system operator in Hays. Casey Lee recently was promoted to SCADA administrator, responsible for maintaining the networks that operate electric switching equipment throughout Midwest Energy’s service area. He joined Midwest Energy in February 2013, previously working as a system operator in Hays. Justin Cook, database administrator, recently completed requirements for certification as an Oracle database administrator. Cook attended week-long residencies at Oracle campuses in Chicago and Denver, as well as two detailed examinations and dozens of hours of self-study. Cook joined Midwest Energy in August 2005.

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TOPEKA — The Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association elected Kevin Brady, account manager for Lang Diesel Inc. in Hays, as its new chairman during the organization’s annual meeting in Manhattan. Brady was appointed by the 24-member board of directors to serve his two-year term as chairman through August 2017. Brady is the 51st industry leader to serve at the helm of KARA. He also serves on KARA’s board of directors and executive committee. Brady previously served two-year terms as first- and second-vice chairman, respectively.

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Roy Inlow reached 15 years of service with Nex-Tech on June 26. He is the project coordinator at the Hays office. Ryan McClung reached 15 years of service with Nex-Tech on June 29. He is mobile radio supervisor based in Hays. Crystal Wells reached 10 years of service with Nex-Tech on June 15. She is the administrative coordinator at the Hays office.

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