Category Archives: Sustainability

Electrify your lawn care

Electricity is starting to power more than just the vehicles that get you to and from your daily destinations. It’s also being used to replace the gas you normally use to fill up your lawn mower. When it comes time to buying a lawn mower, there are several reasons to opt for an electric version […]

Falcons return: Egg watch is on!

Great River Energy’s long-term peregrine falcon residents have returned to the Elk River, Minnesota, nest box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned for a seventh year and Breezy, the female, has returned for a fourth year. The pair produced four eggs between March 23 and March 29. The eggs are expected to hatch the week of […]

Safety is Personal: Leaders convene to share and brainstorm

At the center of every employee’s job at Great River Energy is a commitment to working safely. Every employee, regardless of position, is encouraged and empowered to speak up when they see hazards or ways to improve safety. Acting on those comments, Great River Energy’s leaders work with their teams to create a culture of […]

Touchstone cooperatives honor two nonprofits

Due to the impact COVID-19 had on local communities this past year, Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives chose to recognize two organizations that are doing outstanding work in their areas by presenting them with a statewide community award. This year’s winners are Tusen Tack, based in Braham, Minnesota, and Hope House, located in Bemidji, Minnesota. “This […]

Co-op donates $250,000 for ladder truck

Great River Energy recently contributed $250,000 toward the purchase of a new ladder truck for the Jamestown, North Dakota, Fire Department. The department previously utilized a ladder truck owned by the state of North Dakota that failed last summer. The new ladder truck will be a valuable addition to fight larger fires, especially in taller […]

Great year for safety, and a plan to improve

Great River Energy had a historic year for safety in 2020, recording the lowest injury rates in its 21-year history. As employees take on new projects in 2021, they are encouraged to learn from good catches and near misses to continuously improve the safety culture. Great River Energy’s remarkable safety scores are particularly impressive given […]

Two ways a unique internship program is opening doors

Juniors and seniors in college often seek internships, looking for ways to distinguish themselves among their peers. Great River Energy’s internship program is unique in more ways than one, and the differences are making it a huge success. Start them early, watch them grow The purpose of Great River Energy’s internship program is to provide […]

Local food shelves, schools benefit from mask donations

Electric cooperatives are guided by seven cooperative principles, and among them is a vow to support the overall sustainability of the communities they serve, which extends beyond providing electricity. “We know the coronavirus impacted millions of people, including some of our employees,” said Therese LaCanne, manager of communications and marketing at Great River Energy. “We’ve […]

Helping seniors connect, one iPad at a time

Social isolation is a concern for residents of senior living facilities. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, many seniors experienced trouble connecting with loved ones who live far away since using technology can pose some challenges. When the son of a Great River Energy employee heard about this challenge, he wanted to help. Dominic Bitzan, […]

Concern for community shines during pandemic

The holiday season always serves as a time for reflection, gratitude and goodwill. While the past year brought with it many new challenges, Great River Energy and its employees pulled together to strengthen the communities the cooperative and its 28 member-owners serve. As we prepare for a new year, let’s first look back to a […]