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Adam Koplin Named Manager of Big Stone Power Plant (2017-08-02)
Written by: Debbie Hemmer

Adam Koplin of Milbank was recently promoted to manager of the Big Stone Power Plant. The coal-fired plant is located northwest of Big Stone City, and operated by Otter Tail Power Company, a utility company based out of Fergus Falls, MN.

Koplin replaced former manager, Jeff Endrizzi, who had transferred to the company’s human resources department in Fergus Falls last year. Prior to Koplin’s appointment, Stuart Schreurs, operations manager, and Koplin, maintenance manager, shared the managerial duties at the plant.

Koplin will oversee the operations at the plant, and its 82 employees. According to Koplin, there will be no significant changes in the foreseeable future. “We are expecting things to run fairly normal,” he said.

The plant completed the construction of a $365.5 million air quality control system (AQCS) in 2015, and Koplin indicated that the system has been operating as planned since it was brought online. “In fact, it is even running a little better than anticipated. It is a solid system that operates well,” he noted.

The plant routinely schedules outages for maintenance, and the next planned outage will begin September 30 when the plant will go offline for 16 days. A much longer outage period is scheduled for 2018.

Koplin began working at the local plant in June of 2009, and was initially hired as a plant engineer. He was promoted to operations supervisor in 2011.

A 2001 graduate of West Central Area High School located in Barrett, MN, Koplin has an agricultural degree from the University of Minnesota Crookston. He later received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Koplin and his wife, Jeny, reside in rural Milbank and are the parents of three children – Mack, eight; Ella, five, and Luke, two.

–Debbie Hemmer

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