Category Archives: Community

Co-ops donate year-end dollars to fire departments, food pantries

Electric cooperatives do more than just provide a necessary service to their members; they also have a vested interest in the success of the communities they serve. They show a commitment to these communities in various ways, including monetary donations to nonprofit organizations. Between Great River Energy and one of its member-owner cooperatives, 20 food […]

Co-op focuses on community year-round

The end of the year is a time for reflection. For Great River Energy, that means looking back and taking stock of all the ways it upheld the founding principles of what it means to be a cooperative, including “concern for community.” The world needed to adjust and adapt for another year due to the […]

Co-op crew saves young mom after car crash

Demitria Leigh Hartl was driving on a rain-and-snow-slickened Highway 37 outside Hibbing, Minnesota, on Nov. 11 when she suddenly lost control of her car. Next thing she knew, she was trapped upside-down as her vehicle sank into a rain-filled ditch and icy water rushed in. Luckily, Lake Country Power (LCP) lineworkers Tim Rasmusson, Cody Vredenberg, […]

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 […]