Category Archives: Community

Co-ops help bring America’s pastime to communities

More than 3,500 youth in 42 different Twins Territory communities participated in baseball and softball clinics for free this summer, courtesy of a partnership between the Minnesota Twins and Great River Energy. Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics have since 1961 promoted baseball and softball to boys and girls ages 6-13 throughout the Upper Midwest. Knowledgeable […]

Employees pitch in on Habitat for Humanity build

Great River Energy employees recently dedicated 552 hours of volunteer time to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Hugo, Minnesota. “We had 71 volunteers participating in the build over the week,” said Dave Kempf, manager of transmission planning engineering at Great River Energy. “This is a great support of our local, cooperative community […]

Minnesota Twins honor Great River Energy’s support of veterans

Before the first pitch of the July 23 game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, Twins Territory applauded Great River Energy. Great River Energy was recognized for being a Yellow Ribbon Company, which certifies the company’s support of U.S. service men and women and their families. Great River Energy was named Minnesota’s 57th […]

Area teachers learn about energy

More than 100 elementary and secondary teachers switched roles in this summer as they became the students at an educational seminar hosted by the Lignite Energy Council. The seminar, held from June 10-13 at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus, included educators from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and […]

Why co-ops work

It all starts with a vote. When you become a cooperative member, you receive the right to vote for the fellow members you want to serve as stewards of the cooperative. Those elected directors hire the general manager (or CEO) to lead the organization and make sure the cooperative is delivering the service the membership […]

Week of Service brings employees, communities together

Employees proudly represented Great River Energy at several nonprofit organizations June 17-20 as part of the cooperative’s third-annual Week of Service. The volunteer event had employees rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand in Minnesota and North Dakota communities. Volunteers in Minnesota cleaned the visitor center and weeded gardens at the historic Oliver Kelley […]

Boat ramp donated at site of retired power plant

Shortly after the closure of Great River Energy’s Stanton Station power plant in North Dakota, area residents had a question that they hoped held a positive answer: “What will happen to the boat ramp at Stanton Station?” Area residents had used the boat ramp for decades. It not only offers convenient access to the Missouri […]

Great River Gives: Nonprofit drives off with donation

The McLean Family Resource Center (MFRC) requested a concrete donation from Great River Energy last year but drove off with much more. With a small nonprofit budget, purchasing a fleet vehicle for themselves was out of reach – or so they thought. When Al Christianson, director of business development and governmental affairs, noticed the need, […]

Cooperatives help neighbors in need

Concern for community is ingrained in the culture of every cooperative. People cared enough about their hometowns to string wires across vast stretches of countryside 80 years ago. They did it because their communities were worth investing in. That is still true today. The descendants of cooperative founders are supporting school programs and hunger relief […]

Florence recovery: Co-op power restoration means all hands on deck

For electric co-ops in the path of Hurricane Florence, the process of restoring power to hundreds of thousands of consumer-members was the ultimate team effort. While the flashing lights of bucket trucks and digger-derricks along wet roads are hard to miss, every lineworker and tree trimmer working in the mud and muck to remove debris […]