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Bechen receives 35-year employee service award

MADISON — Merl Bechen, of Mitchell, was honored recently with an Employee Service Award from East River Electric Power Cooperative for 35 years on the job.

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Bechen began his career at East River Electric in June 1978 as an apprentice lineman. He then earned his journeyman lineman status in November 1986.

In December 1991, he was promoted to his current position as area maintenance foreman at East River Electric’s Mitchell outpost.