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Senior living projects address greater housing demand

Access to housing is a challenging theme in communities throughout the United States. Housing shortages exist for nearly all demographics and age brackets. The situation for individuals and couples seeking places to retire or needing health services is no different. Creating a greater supply of senior living offers hope for those entering the silver years …

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Advocating for member-owners cooperatives on state task force

As Minnesota moves toward a carbon-free energy future, the state permitting process for transmission projects has risen high on the list of issues that need to be addressed, and it is expected to be a key focus at Minnesota’s legislative session this year. Building transmission lines, such as the 180-mile Northland Reliability Project that Great …

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Co-ops partner to support future EV technicians

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining in popularity, but as the EV fleet expands, so does the need for trained technicians when maintenance or repair needs arise. Kandiyohi Power Cooperative (KPC), based in Spicer, Minnesota, and Great River Energy are working with a local community college to meet the need for qualified EV techs. KPC donated …

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New fire engine ready to serve Jamestown area

The Jamestown Rural Fire Department’s newest truck has arrived and is ready to keep the community safe, thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from Great River Energy. The department covers a wide area surrounding Jamestown, North Dakota, including Great River Energy’s combined heat and power plant Spiritwood Station and the homes of many employees …

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Great River Energy offering annual scholarships to North Dakota students

Great River Energy is offering scholarships for graduating seniors who are pursuing a four-year or vocational-technical degree in North Dakota. This year, up to six $500-1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from the following North Dakota high schools: Barnes County North, Garrison, Jamestown, Max, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Underwood, Valley City, Washburn and Wilton. Scholarship …

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Concern for community shines year-round

‘Tis the season of giving and spreading goodwill. While Great River Energy participates in several year-end donation initiatives, the company also maintains a giving spirit throughout the year as it upholds the “concern for community” cooperative principle. Great River Energy believes in supporting the communities it serves even beyond its business purpose of providing electricity. …

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Hjelle earns Cooperative Network Builder Award

A member of Great River Energy’s board of directors was recently presented with an award that recognizes her outstanding contributions to advance cooperative philosophy and ideals. Audrey Hjelle, who sits on the Runestone Electric Association board of directors and also serves as secretary for Great River Energy’s board, was chosen to receive the Cooperative Network …

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Sharing industry opportunities with students

Approximately 60 first- and second-year electrician/line school students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) in Wadena recently learned about career opportunities available in their field during an event put on by Great River Energy. Students heard from several cooperative employees representing different areas of the business, including human resources, field services, IT …

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Twins clinics draw 3,500 youth to Midwest fields

Baseball fields across the Upper Midwest turned into community hubs this summer as the Play Ball! Youth Clinics brought together local cooperatives, youth organizations, enthusiastic kids and their parents. More than 50 free baseball and softball clinics were brought to communities across Twins Territory through a partnership between Great River Energy, the Minnesota Twins and …

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