Category Archives: Community

Murals add vibrancy to neighborhood

North Minneapolis is becoming more colorful thanks to a mural project funded in part by a Great River Energy subsidiary. Mural at the Market was created by community partners with a vision to bring vibrancy and attract new potential to the Minneapolis Farmers Market area. Young artists from Juxtaposition Arts in North Minneapolis are currently […]

Scholarships help future energy leaders

The energy industry has always been driven by smart people and new ideas. Scholarship programs funded and organized by Great River Energy are designed to provide training and education for the next generation to lead electric cooperatives. Great River Energy recently awarded dozens of scholarships to students attending high schools in North Dakota and Minnesota […]

Electric cooperatives ask members to do their part to conserve energy today

Cooperative members are being asked to conserve electricity. Please cut back energy use until 10 p.m. today. Your cooperation is appreciated. The heat wave we are experiencing has prompted the operator of the electric transmission system in our region to issue a maximum generation emergency event. This means that all generation is being called upon […]

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 […]

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 […]