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New pollinator habitat adds more acres to co-op’s portfolio

Minnesota Native Landscapes recently planted Great River Energy’s latest pollinator habitat at the Lakefield Junction Station power plant in Trimont, Minnesota. Approximately 11 acres of land was planted with a mix of butterfly milkweed, black-eyed Susans, little bluestems and other pollinator-friendly species in late October. This space will provide a habitat for pollinators such as …

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Event connects entrepreneurs, leaders to support economic growth

As part of its commitment to powering economic growth in the communities it serves, Great River Energy sponsored the fourth annual Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference. Led by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, this event brought together entrepreneurs, business leaders, economic development professionals, decision makers, and community champions from around the state to …

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LREC celebrates 85 years with a statue dedication

This year marks the 85th anniversary of local farmers and rural residents banding together to form Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. This group of people brought electricity to the people and farms located in surrounding rural areas which improved — and forever changed — the quality of …

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Concern for community: A top principle for co-ops

Celebrated by cooperatives nationwide during the month of October, National Co-op Month is an annual opportunity to look at the many qualities that make them unique. Cooperatives are motivated by people and their needs, not by profit. The seven cooperative principles guide electric cooperatives to operate differently from other electric utilities, putting the needs of …

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Helping co-ops in crisis: Board pledges $25,000 for Hurricane Ian recovery

Cooperatives are built on the principle that a group of people united for a common cause is a powerful force. This is especially true when a cooperative must recover from a natural disaster. Great River Energy’s board of directors recently pledged $25,000 to the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association to aid in the relief effort for …

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Co-op lineman earns MREA LIFEguard Award

Stearns Electric Association lineman Mike Siemers recently earned a LIFEguard Award through the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA). MREA recognizes cooperative employees throughout the state who go above and beyond the expectations of keeping individuals safe through its LIFEguard program. Siemers, a journeylineman for Stearns Electric — one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives …

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Ukrainian students learn about leadership, energy during tour

Eighteen students visiting from the Ukraine recently toured Great River Energy’s Maple Grove headquarters and received a taste of home during the event. The students, ages 13 through 18, were in Minnesota as part of a five-week business and entrepreneurship program sponsored by Global Synergy Group, a nonprofit whose goal is to strengthen communities in …

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Youth clinics see successful season

More than 3,400 young Minnesota Twins fans were able to learn the fundamentals of baseball and softball for free this past summer through a long-standing partnership between the Major League Baseball club and Great River Energy. Created in 1961 by Twins scout Angelo Guiliani, the Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics serve as a way to …

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Cooperatives bring EVs to Greater Minnesota

A coalition of electric cooperatives worked together to hold the first annual Southwest MN Electric Vehicle (EV) event where rural residents were able to get a firsthand look at — and even test drive — several EV models. The event, held Aug. 10 at the Windom Community Center, also helped raise awareness of the many …

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Cooperatives serve members by investing in their communities

Electric cooperatives serve their members with the electric power necessary for community businesses and residents to operate and live as they prefer. The economic development services cooperatives provide are also some of the most critical resources that local projects and communities need. But sometimes, the cooperatives are the economic development projects themselves. For example, some …

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