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The cooperative way

Great River Energy’s board of directors recently marked a milestone in the electric cooperative’s history by convening for its 25th annual meeting Annual meetings have become synonymous with the unique qualities that set cooperatives apart from other companies, including autonomy and independence as well as democratic member control. Great River Energy’s roots are embedded in …

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Energy experts discuss reliability challenges, solutions

As the energy industry continues to evolve, electric cooperatives are ensuring their members are kept up to date on major topics that are currently affecting — or could, in the future — their particular region. One of the ways cooperatives are engaging their membership on current trends and topics is by hosting events that gather …

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Member voices heard at annual meetings

Electric cooperatives are connected to their members by more than just the lines that power their homes and businesses. This connection is demonstrated through what is known as the “cooperative difference”— the tangible and intangible ways the cooperative business model benefits members and their communities. Electric cooperatives are member-driven organizations guided by several principles that …

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Clinics offer a local Twins experience for youth

Youth across the state will get firsthand experience learning the fundamentals of baseball and softball right in their own neighborhoods this summer through a partnership between Great River Energy, the Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund. Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliana, the Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics offer an opportunity …

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Award honors nonprofit’s commitment to community

United Way of McLeod County was named the winner of this year’s Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award, which was recently presented as part of Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s (MREA) annual meeting. The organization was nominated by McLeod Cooperative Power, one of Great River Energy’s 27 member-owners, as part of an award program that honors local …

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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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Local ‘Women in Power’ featured on national stage

A national panel of women leaders in the energy industry featured some of Minnesota’s best and brightest. Sarah Peterson, vice president of engineering at Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, and Margaret Schreiner, Great River Energy board vice chair and Dakota Electric Association board member, participated in a panel discussion hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative …

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State investment in broadband supports co-op members

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently announced over $50 million in grants to expand broadband access to an estimated 8,900 homes and businesses throughout Minnesota, including areas served by two of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. “We’re investing in broadband infrastructure statewide to help thousands of Minnesotans connect to jobs, education, healthcare and their communities,” Walz …

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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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Solar energy powers co-op’s new electric vehicle chargers

A Southern Minnesota electric cooperative is now providing electric vehicle (EV) drivers the opportunity to quickly “fuel” up at its headquarters with its newly installed fast-charging stations that come with an added bonus: A renewable form of locally produced energy is the source of power. Owatonna-based Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, one of Great River Energy’s 27 …

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