The 85th annual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference was held this week at Mystic Lake Center. The event included the awarding of the Governor's Safety Awards. Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency was among the 294 employers to be honored with an award which was coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

There are three levels of awards. SMMPA received the Meritorious Achievement which goes to those who have incidence rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years and a score between 50 and 74 on a 100- point safety program evaluation scale. There was a total of 170 winners in this category..

SMMPA provides electricity and related services to 18 municipally operated utilities.

A suspicious fire  on Wednesday caused a school closure in Byron on Wednesday. Read more here.

We're giving away free beef every Friday in May. We're also giving away a Traeger grill. Go to our Facebook Page to enter and to find out more.