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Legacy Power Line donates to M State program

Legacy Power Line Inc., a family-owned business with strong ties to Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena, has donated a boom truck to the college's Electrical Line Worker program.

The company, owned by Jim Koranda and son Shawn Koranda, presented the truck to the college at the end of the annual hotline training hosted recently by the campus. The truck will be used on the power line training field by students in Wadena's Electrical Line Worker degree and diploma programs.

Jim Koranda graduated from the Electrical Line Worker program in 1973, and Shawn Koranda graduated from the program in 1994. Jim Koranda said their goal in donating the truck was to give back to the school where they received their training and began their careers.

The Korandas started Legacy Power Line with five employees in 2008, and the company expects to grow to 32 employees during the summer of 2011. More than 90 percent of its employees are graduates of the Electrical Line Worker program at M State - Wadena.

Legacy Power Line recently broke ground for a new facility east of Wadena on Highway 10.

The recent hotline training school for line workers at M State - Wadena was conducted by Minnesota Rural Electric Association and attended by 60 industry professionals from 19 Minnesota companies. Also in attendance were nearly 75 students from the line worker programs in Wadena and M State's satellite line worker training site in Baudette.