Monthly Archives: October 2019

Electric vehicles stop by Minnesota’s North Shore

Residents from around Duluth were able to check out several types of electric vehicles (EVs) during a special EV-focused event recently held there. Representatives from Great River Energy and several of its member-owner cooperatives—including Arrowhead Cooperative, Cooperative Light & Power, East Central Energy and Lake Country Power (LCP)—partnered to bring this opportunity to the North […]

Member Moment: Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. In 1939, the newly formed Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative (MLEC) proudly served 300 people on a few miles of line. Throughout its 80 years of service, MLEC now serves over 13,000 members, of […]

Co-ops cooperate on cybersecurity

Electric cooperatives share cybersecurity information with each other and industry partners as they work collaboratively to protect and secure the grid from cyberattacks. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort between the Department of Homeland Security and various industries—including electric cooperatives—to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and ensure all Americans have […]

Ribbon cut on new Lake Country Power service center

A new facility built in Cohasset, Minnesota, that will serve as a long-standing investment by Lake Country Power (LCP) in the community is now open. The Cohasset Service Center replaces a former, overcrowded building the electric cooperative owns in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The service center will not only help meet LCP’s mission to provide members […]

Celebrate the co-op difference

It seems to be a recent fad for every type of food to have its own day of celebration—National Cheesecake Day, National Spaghetti Day—or even an entire month (looking at you, pizza), but Co-op Month has been nationally recognized since October 1964. The celebration’s roots trace back even further to 1948, when Minnesota was the […]

Meeker offers members broadband service

In the same way electric cooperatives turned the lights on for rural residents in the 1930s, they are now better connecting their communities to the world with broadband service. Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association, headquartered in Lichtfield, Minnesota, is the latest Great River Energy member-owner cooperative to bring high-speed internet to its members. The […]

Gov. Walz stresses role of co-ops in big electric vehicle plans

Great River Energy’s leadership in electrifying the economy—specifically its focus on electric vehicles (EVs)—was recognized in September as Great River Energy’s David Saggau and David Ranallo were invited to join Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz as he stressed the importance of EVs to achieve Minnesota’s environmental goals. Plans announced by Gov. Walz’s are expected to result […]

Great River Energy named to ‘Co-op 100’ list

National Cooperative Bank recently released its annual NCB Co-op 100®, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses, of which Great River Energy ranked No. 55. “The theme for co-op month this year is ‘Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community,’” said Charles E. Snyder, president and CEO of NCB. “Cooperatives are unique because they […]