Category Archives: People

Award honors co-op employee’s life-saving call

An electric cooperative employee’s quick thinking and concern for a member’s well-being led to recognition from a statewide organization. Shannon Klinker, an assistant accountant/payroll clerk at Two Harbors-based Cooperative Light & Power (CLP), fielded a call last month from a co-op member looking for any lineworkers who were current or former volunteer firefighters to check […]

Patel elected to Midwest Reliability Organization board

Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was elected in early November to the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) board of directors. The MRO recently asked for nominations from its industry sector members to fill seats on its board of directors. Patel will represent the cooperative sector. Her term will start Jan. […]

Cybersecurity program earns national acclaim

Information Security Program Manager Marc Child was recently recognized for his — and Great River Energy’s — efforts to promote a safe and secure electric system. Child was honored with the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (E-ISAC) Electricity Security Service Award. The inaugural award was presented during GridSecCon, a North American Electric Reliability Corporation […]

Co-op employee appointed to state electricity board

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz along with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan recently announced the appointment of an electric cooperative employee to the state Board of Electricity. Steve Haiby is manager of energy services at Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Haiby has more than 33 years of experience in […]

Patel named 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was recently named a Twin Cities Business 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive. The magazine featured notable BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) executives who have shown the ability to effect change, demonstrated a willingness to share expertise, and exhibited leadership in specific initiatives or programs […]

Two ways a unique internship program is opening doors

Juniors and seniors in college often seek internships, looking for ways to distinguish themselves among their peers. Great River Energy’s internship program is unique in more ways than one, and the differences are making it a huge success. Start them early, watch them grow The purpose of Great River Energy’s internship program is to provide […]

Employee’s quick response to emergency saves a life

While attending his son’s youth football game, Electrical & Instrumentation Safety & Training Administrator Brad Steier noticed a man lying on the ground behind him. Rushing to his side, Steier and others assessed the man’s vitals, finding no pulse or no signs of breathing. Just like Steier practiced in training, the group assigned one person […]

Jones recognized as finalist for ORBIE CIO of the Year

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jim Jones was recognized Sept. 18 as a finalist in the Twin Cities CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards. Judges rank finalists on innovation, leadership, business value creation and community involvement. Awards are presented each year in six different categories of organizations: global, enterprise, large enterprise, […]

Employee ingenuity earns national recognition

Three Great River Energy employees recently received Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in collaborative research and development projects. Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into results and solutions that can improve the efficiency of power plants, harden […]

Volunteers pack gifts for troops

More than two dozen volunteers from Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Great River Energy packed up dozens of care packages for military personnel overseas before the holidays. The gifts include personal hygiene items and magazines to candy and cookies, all donated by members of the community. Great River Energy was named Minnesota’s 57th […]