Category Archives: Community

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 […]

Runestone reaches $1 million in community support

Over the course of several years, lots of tiny donations can add up and make a huge difference in the community. By rounding their electricity bills up to the nearest dollar, Runestone Electric Association’s (REA) members raised $1 million to support important community organizations through a program called Operation Round Up. Over the past 17 […]

Sidewalk donation addresses community safety concerns

As the business district near Underwood, North Dakota, expanded along a highway, a growing stream of cars and trucks mixed with cyclists and pedestrians on a frontage road. A recent Great River Energy concrete donation resulted in a new multi-purpose recreation trail and a safe path for biking and walking. The project came about as […]

Co-op, employees donate more than $10K to rebuild Lake Street

Great River Energy has a long history of donating to communities in need across the country when crises arise. This time, the crisis hit closer to home for many employees and their families. Storefronts along the Minneapolis Lake Street business district—where most businesses and organizations are owned by immigrants and people of color—were vandalized, looted […]

Guarding the future: Aubright adjusts amid COVID-19 pandemic

After ending 2019 strong, Aubright hit the ground running at the start of this year. The St. Cloud-based company, which is served by Great River Energy member-owner cooperative Stearns Electric Association, anticipated another successful year and planned to leverage its growth from 2019. In early January, however, the world began hearing reports about a novel […]