Category Archives: Community

Cooperatives care

A place is just a place. A community is born when people join together to improve everyone’s lives. When electricity was taking hold in urban centers, rural residents formed electric cooperatives to bring electricity – followed by a long line of conveniences – to their communities. Eventually those cooperatives formed companies like Great River Energy, […]

Lending a hand after hurricanes

With thousands of people devastated by the effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Great River Energy’s employees, board of directors and member cooperatives stepped up to help those in need. Fourteen Minnesota line technicians traveled to Live Oak, Fla., to assist Suwannee Valley Cooperative (SVEC) with restoration efforts. Six of Great River Energy’s member […]

Cooperatives: Communities at their very best

Great River Energy is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. Electric cooperatives have been a part of the fabric of Minnesota for more than 80 years. Fourth- and fifth-generation members today enjoy the same benefits […]

Reaching members at the fair

Great River Energy continued its presence at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year with a sponsorship of the Milk Run 5k event and by promoting its battery electric school bus pilot program at the Eco Experience building and in parades around the fairgrounds. The Minnesota State Fair brings people from around the state together in […]

Food drives feed local families

More than 1,100 pounds of food and $1,550 will help put much-needed food on the plates of local families following Great River Energy’s company-wide food drive. Locations across Minnesota and North Dakota all rallied for their local food pantries, amassing donations that will make a difference for their neighbors in need of a little assistance. […]

The mark of cooperative principles

Among the seven principles that guide cooperatives is a promise to demonstrate concern for community. That is taken very seriously at Great River Energy. The cooperative makes financial contributions to community organizations, funds scholarships, collects food and other necessities for those in need, and offers employees time off to volunteer – just to name a […]

Stanton Station’s lasting legacy

When a group of Minnesota farmers and rural residents joined together to form an electric cooperative, their willfulness to create a better way of life for their members resulted in places like Stanton Station. Built in 1966, Stanton Station created reliable energy for their members for over 50 years. As it came to the end […]

Cooperatives provide energy and opportunity

When a new member joins a cooperative, they become an owner of an institution that has served their community for more than 75 years. Electric cooperatives are perhaps the purest example of local business. When a member pays a bill, they are investing in their local electric system, which is operated and maintained by their […]

Companies that care

The Minnesota Keystone Program recognizes companies that donate at least 2 percent of their pre-tax earnings to the community. Great River Energy, a member since 2009, is one of the nearly 200 companies that have earned this honor. The group originated in 1976 when 23 Minnesota companies united to recognize and encourage companies that donate […]