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Remmen awarded MMUA memorial scholarship

The MMUA Communications/Energy Services Committee on May 21 selected the top three essays in the 10th annual MMUA Tom Bovitz Memorial Scholarship Contest. The winners were first place, Grant Remmen, Detroit Lakes; second place, Brittany Pentek, Rochester; third place, John Schmidt, Alexandria.

"The scoring was very close, with 17 entrants earning points," said Steve Downer, MMUA associate executive director. "Each of the top three finishers garnered two first place votes from the committee. The final vote tally for first place was very close, but there was a clear consensus on the top three entrants."

Winners were picked on the basis of essays that went through a judging process. The essays were initially submitted to the governing body of the local utility.

Winners of the local contest were then entered into the statewide contest. The first place scholarship carries an award of $1,000, the second place winner an award of $750 and third place $500.

The award is named in honor of the late Tom Bovitz, former general manager of Hibbing Public Utility and MMUA president.

MMUA, headquartered in Plymouth, represents the interests of the state's 125 municipally owned electric and 31 municipally owned gas utilities.