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Tim Wiste (left) and Dan Treichel returned home about a week before Thanksgiving from a trip to help East Coast electric workers restore power to storm victims. Submitted photo

Electric experts help reconnect East Coast

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Two of River Falls' electric linemen traveled from western Wisconsin first to Pennsylvania then to New Jersey to help restore electricity after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the upper East Coast just before Halloween.

Local linemen Tim Wiste and Dan Treichel agreed to "be the ones" to join about 20,000 other out-of-state helpers after the extensive and worse-than-predicted storm damage left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity and other necessities.

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