Category Archives: Community

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 […]

Member Moment: Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. This member-owner cooperative has deep roots in its communities and provides electric service to one of the largest seed corn companies in the United States. Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) was one of the […]

Terebinth Refuge wins statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award

A St. Cloud-based nonprofit is the recipient of the statewide 2020 Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award. Terebinth Refuge, a shelter and safe home serving sexually exploited and trafficked women in Minnesota, received the award from the Minnesota Rural Electric Association along with $1,000 for its efforts. Minnesota Touchstone Energy cooperatives adhere to the seven cooperative […]

Great River Energy aids in Heartview’s recovery expansion

As alcohol and drug addiction has risen – doubling in the past five years – so has the need for additional treatment services and space at the Heartview Foundation in North Dakota. To help meet the growing demand for treatment facilities, Great River Energy donated $50,000 to the Heartview Foundation’s capital campaign. The donated funds […]

Coming soon: An electric co-op in Maji, Ethiopia

The same co-ops that brought electricity to the American countryside are helping start member-owned utilities in developing countries The first steps of forming a new electric cooperative have begun. This time, in Maji, a small town in Southwestern Ethiopia with 700 families. Surrounding the town are 22 kebeles, or small farming communities where about 4,800 […]

Celebrating 10 years of Keystone membership

Great River Energy is a corporate citizen that believes in supporting the communities it serves — even beyond its business purpose — and is celebrating 10 years of membership in a group that both recognizes the co-op’s giving efforts and encourages other businesses to do the same. Great River Energy is a member of the […]

Concern for community shown all year long

The winter holiday season is here, a time when community members come together to celebrate and family and friends give gifts. It’s also a time when many people give back. With nearly one-third of all charitable giving taking place in December, it has rightfully earned the “season of giving” moniker. Sharing with others, whether through […]

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 […]