April 9th – 11th

North Mankato MN – Nine Hundred- eighty students competed in this year’s State SkillsUSA Conference in seventy-seven competitive events. The conference was held in Minneapolis April 9-11, 2010.

South Central College North Mankato Campus had thirty-five students and five instructors/advisors participate. Twenty-five of the students placed in the top 4.

SCC instructors/advisors attending included: Jeff Fischer, Todd Huxford, Al Kunz, Jon Morgan, and Jay Winters

SCC North Mankato will have ten students attend The SkillsUSA National Conference held in Kansas City MO. June 21st through 25th.

SkillsUSA Minnesota is a leadership organization for students in career and technical programs. Students participate in leadership and skills competition at local, state and national levels where they build and reinforce technical skills, self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. The contests were held in the following nine career and technical education cluster areas: arts and communication; construction; health services; legal and protective services; hospitality; human services; manufacturing; science, engineering and technology; and transportation.

Students proceeding to Nationals (State Officers and 1st Place winners):

State Officers: Mike Day, State SkillsUSA Reporter, Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining)
  Bryan Olson, State SkillsUSA Secretary, Lonsdale (Computer Integrated Machining)
  Tim Brown, State SkillsUSA Historian, Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining)
1st Place:

Automated Manufacturing Technology:
Derek Deling Janesville (Computer Integrated Machining)
Jim Walser New Ulm (Computer Integrated Machining),
Eric Zins North Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining)

Collision Repair Technology:
Kyle Habinger-Burris Mankato (Auto Collision/Auto Services)

Job Skills Demo:
Erik Huxford Janesville (Computer Integrated Machining)

Job Interview:
Roman Thapa Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining)

State SkillsUSA Pin Design:
Logan Wilberts New Ulm (Commercial Technical Art)

State Only Contest:
Safety: Connie Berger Mankato (Mechatronics)

2nd Place:

Job Interview:
Tim Brown Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining)

Community Service:
Tim Brown Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining),
Dan Ewert Mankato (Mechatronics),
Andy Gould Mankato (Child Development Careers)

Automated Manufacturing Technology:
Mike Bunde Amboy (Computer Integrated Machining),
Silas Mauk Waterville (Computer Integrated Machining),
Bryan Olson Lonsdale (Computer Integrated Machining)

Quiz Bowl:
Mark Christian Le Center (Computer Integrated Machining),
Garrett Gieseke Fairmont (Computer Integrated Machining),
Pat Holicky Le Center (Computer Integrated Machining),
Steve Kaufman Le Sueur (Computer Integrated Machining),
Brandon Kiehm Delavan (Computer Integrated Machining)

David Flicek Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining),
Jon Smith St. James (Computer Integrated Machining),
Roman Thapa Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining),
Trevor Weaver Mankato (Mechatronics)

Customer Service:
Andy Gould Mankato (Child Development Careers)

3rd Place:

Chapter Display:
Silas Mauk Waterville (Computer Integrated Machining),
Cody McCall Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining),
Jon Smith St. James (Computer Integrated Machining)

State SkillsUSA Pin Design:
Jessica Scheuer Saint Cloud (Commercial Technical Art)

Bryan Seifert Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining)

CNC Turning:
Bryan Seifert Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining)

4th Place:

Neil Brooks Fairfax (Computer Integrated Machining)

CNC Turning:
Mike Bunde Amboy (Computer Integrated Machining)

Job Skills Demo:
Dan Ewert Mankato (Mechatronics)

Collision Repair Technology:
Derek Bair Alden (Auto Collision)

Job Skills Demonstration:
Shawn Hagen New Ulm (Computer Integrated Machining)

Job Interview:
Logan Wilberts New Ulm (Commercial Technical Art)

By Chris Blaschko, Payroll/Benefits Specialist

If you missed the meetings on May 4, there are other meetings being held across the state.  The list of locations for these meetings can be found on the Minnesota Management and Budget website at www.mmb.state.mn.us.  I also have a list in the HR office.

Long-Term Care insurance (LTCi) Open Enrollment to be held May 3, 2010 through May 31, 2010.  It’s been four years since the last opportunity to enroll in Long-Term Care was held.  Informational Long-Term Care insurance meetings will be starting April 26, 2010 and run through May 7, 2010.

The LTCi Open Enrollment will provide employees with the chance to enroll for Long-Term Care insurance through Minnesota Public Employee Long-term Care Insurance program, (M-PEL) and its carrier CNA without providing evidence of insurability or good health.  Spouses and parents of employees may also apply, but their enrollments are still subject to evidence of good-health.

Employees who are currently enrolled in LTCi may also make changes to their current policies without providing evidence of insurability or good health. All employees who currently carry LTCi are encourage to review their policy at this time, as the newly introduced Partnership Program benefit is now in place. The Partnership Program enables Minnesota residents to protect more of their assets if they later need the state to help pay for their long-term care.

Long-Term Care insurance helps pay for a variety of services that are NOT covered by health insurance or Medicare. The earlier you enroll for coverage, the lower your monthly premiums will be, since the premium is based on your age when you enroll and will not increase as you age. The coverage offered through CNA features a variety of affordable premium levels based on the type of benefit plan you chose.

To begin discovering the many benefit options and protection offered by M-PEL’s Long-Term Care coverage, you may visit the website at:


To have an opportunity to listen to the M-Pel presentation, please review the meeting schedule.  The Presentation will be provided during the first hour of the meeting and the second hour of the meeting will give you a chance to speak directly with a representative from CNA. Representatives from many of the SEGIP insurance programs will also be available to help answer other benefit questions, as well.

Please consider attending a meeting or reviewing the benefits and protection available to you through the Long-Term Care insurance Open Enrollment.