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Food drives feed local families

More than 1,100 pounds of food and $1,550 will help put much-needed food on the plates of local families following Great River Energy’s company-wide food drive. Locations across Minnesota and North Dakota all rallied for their local food pantries, amassing donations that will make a difference for their neighbors in need of a little assistance. […]

N.D. governor appoints Christianson to energy councils

A recent appointment means that Great River Energy will have a seat at the table at two of North Dakota’s most influential energy councils. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recently appointed Great River Energy Director of Business Development and Governmental Affairs Al Christianson to the EmPower North Dakota Commission and re-appointed him to the Renewable […]

Nurturing rural businesses toward sustainability

While many rural regions have traditionally relied on one or two industries to support their economies, it’s become increasingly clear that a diversified economy helps ensure more sustainable growth. But launching a new business is a formidable challenge, especially in areas without infrastructure in place to support entrepreneurs. That’s where business incubators come in. Much […]

Summer storms damage electric system

Storms tore through central Minnesota June 11, damaging Great River Energy transmission lines and substations, and contributing to significant power outages in 13 member cooperative service areas. Meeker Cooperative Light Association and Kandiyohi Power Cooperative experienced the longest total outage times, followed by McLeod Cooperative Power, Connexus Energy, Stearns Electric Association and Goodhue County Cooperative […]

A decade of Blue Flint Ethanol

In its 10 years of operation, Blue Flint Ethanol has produced 650 million gallons of ethanol, and it has done so by using thermal energy available at Great River Energy’s largest power plant. Located adjacent to Coal Creek Station in central North Dakota, Blue Flint Ethanol is the first co-located, directly integrated ethanol plant in […]

Electric cooperatives, transportation company launch Minnesota’s first electric school bus program

Beginning this fall, some Minnesota students will be transported to and from school on an all-electric school bus as part of a first-of-its-kind program in the state. This opportunity is made possible through a collaboration between Schmitty & Sons, Dakota Electric Association and Great River Energy to launch a program that will demonstrate the technology […]

Kids, employees dig in to help bees, butterflies at Great River Energy

Today approximately 20 people, including kids from Elk River’s SustainER program, planted the first of nearly 11,000 starter plants that will be planted on Great River Energy’s campus on Highway 10 in Elk River. Their hard work was part of a celebration of a 9-acre prairie planting that will re-establish the native habitat that pollinators […]

The mark of cooperative principles

Among the seven principles that guide cooperatives is a promise to demonstrate concern for community. That is taken very seriously at Great River Energy. The cooperative makes financial contributions to community organizations, funds scholarships, collects food and other necessities for those in need, and offers employees time off to volunteer – just to name a […]

Volunteers spruce up state parks for GreenTouch Day

More than 350 volunteers descended upon their local state parks last month to spruce up the areas as part of Touchstone Energy’s annual GreenTouch Day. A partnership between Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives and Minnesota State Parks, GreenTouch Day is a statewide event that occurs the first Saturday in May and invites electric cooperative employees, members […]

Nelson named first chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council

Kathy Nelson, Great River Energy principal telecommunications engineer, was elected first chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) board at its annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., last month. With 10 U.S. regions, five special board committees, and 10 divisions and councils, Nelson will be part of a select group of top influential industry professionals helping […]