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NorthWestern Energy Announces Employee Fatality in Helena Area

Jul 24, 2015

Helena, Mont.—July 24, 2015—NorthWestern Energy announced today the death of one of its veteran linemen following a work-related accident last night north of Helena.

Bob Mitschke, who had worked for the company for 36 years, was seriously injured last night while working with a crew that was attempting to replace a damaged transmission structure. He later died in a Great Falls hospital as a result of his injuries.

“We are deeply saddened by his loss,” said Bob Rowe, NorthWestern’s CEO. “Bob served the community where he grew up and raised his family. He worked side-by-side with his closest friends, doing work that mattered. Bob made a difference.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Bob is survived by his wife, Jacquie; three grown daughters, Laura, Michelle and Kimberly; and his friends and co-workers in the Helena Division. Arrangements are pending.

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