Progress 2011: The Sewer Saver
Published 6:00 pm Monday, March 7, 2011
Hero: Ryan Hajek
Secret identity: senior utility maintenance worker
Base of operations: City Garage, Utilities Department, city of Albert Lea
Superpowers: ability to get along with people and easily make friends, always likes challenges, likes helping people, likes seeing progress, likes to give credit where credit is due, good at operating machinery
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Kryptonite: not as outgoing as he should be sometimes, doesn’t always tell people how he’s feeling
Affiliations: wife, Lisa, two sons, Logan, 6, and Ethan, 3
Origin: Living on an acreage between Myrtle and Glenville, Hajek began working for Albert Lea 11 years ago in March.
He had previously worked at Wangen Excavating and credits many of the skills he uses in his city job to this company.
He helps maintain the water distribution system and the sewer system, both above ground and below ground in Albert Lea. This could include fixing water main leaks and sewer leaks, too.
He specializes in running a backhoe and also has his Class B water operator’s license.
During the winter, he also snowplows for the city.
Outside of his employment with the city of Albert Lea, Hajek farms corn and soybeans and raises cattle.