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Weekly Update from YPN

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Young Professionals Network Muscatine
Weekly Update

March 31, 2016  






  Third Thursday, April 24 
Pearl Plaza Patio



Member Spotlight: Ken Gilkerson


Name: Ken Gilkerson
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN

Other places you’ve
Houghton, MI (UP)

Employer:  Grain Processing Corp

Position: I’m a project engineer. I plan and run capital projects to improve the plant’s operation. Lately we have been doing projects that center around reducing the plant’s air emissions. Dryer House 5 was the biggest example of this over the last couple years. We installed a new wet precipitator scrubber last year to further reduce our emissions. I also do projects at GPC’s other plant in Washington, Indiana. I’ll be spitting my time between the two plants this summer. Lots of windshield time.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Yacky Shack. Korean beef fried rice, extra house sauce please!

College/Major:  Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Go Huskies!

What do you like to do for fun? Endurance sports. Running, cycling, swimming. You’ll probably see me running up Mulberry a lot. I’ve also been known to play hockey (poorly) with the Pearl City Black Storm. My fiancé and I enjoy back-country camping too. Living in Iowa can make it a challenge to fit that in though.

Why did you join YPN? I didn’t know a single person when I moved to Muscatine 5 years ago. The HR rep at GPC told me to join YPN on my first day. It was a great way to meet people, particularly people I don’t work with.

What is your favorite YPN event? Anything at Boonies or the Brew. Getting a brew burger on a summer evening at a YPN Third Thursday is probably my favorite though.

What event would you like to see YPN do? I think we cover things pretty well. Maybe a habitat for humanity day or a MCSA volunteering day? I think we’ve done those in the past.

Anything else? Living in Muscatine is as exciting or as boring as you decide to make it. You can decide to get out and do things in the community, meet people, and build a life. You can also decide to sit in your apartment and complain about how you don’t live in a metropolis. I’ve done both. The former is lots more fun. Every year I live here I miss living in a big city less and less. If you told me 6 years ago that I would be living in Iowa, own 20 egg laying chickens, and be engaged to an Iowa farm girl, I would have called you a liar. But sometimes you just need go with it.


Job Openings


The Louisa & Muscatine Extension & Outreach Offices
are accepting applications for an


Extension Program Assistant I that will work with low-income
families on nutrition education in both counties. 30 hrs/week, competitive hourly salary, paid travel and some benefits.



Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.
Applications due by March 26th.  
For more information or application call
319.523.2371 x202 in Louisa County
or 563.263.5701 in Muscatine County or
email ude.etatsainull@kecnav 


ISUEO is an EO/AA employer

Big Imprint is Hiring!

Looking for a sales agent to work with us out of our office in downtown West Liberty. For more info visit


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Social Committee Chair
Seth Munier,
Public Relations Committee Chair
Community & Professional Development Chair
Dena Ferreira
Membership Committee Chair
Jenna Hackett,
Jodi Hansen,  

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Featured Membership Benefits

Just Because – 208 W 2nd St #307 (10% off regular merchandise.)
Las Lomas – 10% off dinner entrée

Meineke Car Care – 10% off any service, 5% off tires and batteries. Excludes oil changes.


“The Young Professionals Network is a personal and professional development organization designed to allow members to interact socially, exchange ideas, share common interests, and build a better Muscatine community.” 
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