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Employees volunteer time to create a family’s future home

Approximately 45 Great River Energy employees rolled up their sleeves to support the Habitat for Humanity organization for five days this month. The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is committed to building quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the seven-county metro region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership. The organization’s mission …

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Co-ops donate year-end dollars to fire departments, food pantries

Electric cooperatives do more than just provide a necessary service to their members; they also have a vested interest in the success of the communities they serve. They show a commitment to these communities in various ways, including monetary donations to nonprofit organizations. Between Great River Energy and one of its member-owner cooperatives, 20 food …

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Co-op crew saves young mom after car crash

Demitria Leigh Hartl was driving on a rain-and-snow-slickened Highway 37 outside Hibbing, Minnesota, on Nov. 11 when she suddenly lost control of her car. Next thing she knew, she was trapped upside-down as her vehicle sank into a rain-filled ditch and icy water rushed in. Luckily, Lake Country Power (LCP) lineworkers Tim Rasmusson, Cody Vredenberg, …

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Minnesota Valley marks $2 million donation milestone

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, recently celebrated a big milestone as its Operation Round Up Trust Board recently distributed its two-millionth dollar back to local organizations. Operation Round Up, a program that originated in 1995, makes quarterly donations to organizations of all types and sizes throughout MVEC’s …

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Youth clinics return to Minnesota communities

After a season off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across Twins Territory again hosted thousands of kids in learning fundamental baseball and softball skills. A partnership between Great River Energy and the Minnesota Twins brought free clinic programs across the Upper Midwest for boys and girls ages 6-12 throughout the summer. Now in its …

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Murals add vibrancy to neighborhood

North Minneapolis is becoming more colorful thanks to a mural project funded in part by a Great River Energy subsidiary. Mural at the Market was created by community partners with a vision to bring vibrancy and attract new potential to the Minneapolis Farmers Market area. Young artists from Juxtaposition Arts in North Minneapolis are currently …

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Good Neighbor Award: Employees assist at scene of semi rollover

Plant operators Preston Weisenburger and Jeremy Schmaltz were traveling to Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station power plant at 4:30 a.m. on April 18 when they saw a semi had rolled into the ditch on North Dakota Highway 52. They were the first on the scene and responded quickly by calling 911. While Weisenburger was on …

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Drive-in meetings keep members safe and engaged

Cooperative annual meetings are a time for members to gather, cast their ballots for board of director candidates, ask questions, learn more about their co-op and share a meal together. But with the pandemic taking away the ability for large groups to meet indoors for more than a year now, co-ops have needed to adapt. …

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