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Co-ops lead in growing indoor ag trend

Minnesota grocers have long relied on trucking in salad greens and tomatoes from farms thousands of miles away for at least a portion of the year. This amount of travel compromises produce quality and freshness, raises prices and creates more carbon emissions. But with advanced indoor farming technology, produce can be grown closer to home …

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Member Moment: Arrowhead Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. Tucked away near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake Superior and Ontario, Canada, is Arrowhead Cooperative. After forming in 1953 when the Lutsen Light & Power Company closed its doors, Arrowhead has …

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Market aids in supplying reliable, affordable electricity

Where does the electricity that serves Minnesota come from? If you’re a co-op member, it’s an ever changing and growing mix of reliable and cost-competitive energy produced by wind turbines, power plants, and hydroelectric dams across a 15-state market region. Access to reliable and cost-competitive electricity is made possible through Great River Energy’s participation in …

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$5 million refunded to membership

At the close of a very successful 2019, Great River Energy issued a refund to its member-owner cooperatives. Great River Energy far exceeded its 2019 margin goal, which allowed the cooperative to pay down future financial obligations and send $5 million to its member-owner cooperatives. “The success of 2019 will benefit members immediately through a …

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New site chosen for Elk River peregrine falcons

With decommissioning of the Elk River Energy Recovery Station underway, many are wondering what will happen with the nesting peregrine falcons who have long made the plant their home. What started as an Eagle Scout project with the Raptor Resource Project in 2006 grew to see 38 young peregrine falcons fledge from the Elk River …

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Construction underway on Faribault air separation plant

Construction is underway in Faribault, Minnesota, on an independently owned and operated air separation plant that will be powered by reliable electric service from Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Absolute Air—a consortium of five independent gas and welding supply distributors along with the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative—will bring …

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Members receiving energy from new wind farm

The electricity serving cooperative members just got a little greener as another wind energy project has been added to the mix. The Emmons-Logan wind farm located in south central North Dakota began producing electricity in late December, becoming the largest renewable resource serving Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. The 200-megawatt project will provide carbon-free electricity …

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Volunteers pack gifts for troops

More than two dozen volunteers from Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Great River Energy packed up dozens of care packages for military personnel overseas before the holidays. The gifts include personal hygiene items and magazines to candy and cookies, all donated by members of the community. Great River Energy was named Minnesota’s 57th …

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