Category Archives: People

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 […]

Minnesota Twins honor Great River Energy’s support of veterans

Before the first pitch of the July 23 game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, Twins Territory applauded Great River Energy. Great River Energy was recognized for being a Yellow Ribbon Company, which certifies the company’s support of U.S. service men and women and their families. Great River Energy was named Minnesota’s 57th […]

Co-ops weigh in at Senate clean energy panel

Eric Olsen, Great River Energy’s vice president and general counsel, was invited to Capitol Hill by the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis to participate in a meeting with other electric utility leaders to discuss the challenges they face in transitioning toward cleaner energy resources. The meeting, chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), […]

Week of Service brings employees, communities together

Employees proudly represented Great River Energy at several nonprofit organizations June 17-20 as part of the cooperative’s third-annual Week of Service. The volunteer event had employees rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand in Minnesota and North Dakota communities. Volunteers in Minnesota cleaned the visitor center and weeded gardens at the historic Oliver Kelley […]

Great River Energy certified as a Great Place to Work

Great River Energy, a wholesale energy provider to 28 member-owner cooperatives across Minnesota, received the Great Place to Work Certification, identifying the organization as having a high-trust and high-performing workplace culture. The organization earned the ranking by surveying employees on the five dimensions in the Great Place to Work® Trust Model® – camaraderie, credibility, fairness, […]

Thanks to the line technicians who keep the lights on

They set out in the dead of night or the cold of winter to bring back your power. They climb poles, work from bucket trucks and maintain energized lines. On April 8, line technicians will be recognized in our local community as part of National Lineworker Appreciation Day. Great River Energy, member-owned power supplier to […]

Coal Creek Station, Falkirk Mine host career and leadership day

The junior and senior classes from Underwood High School and Turtle Lake-Mercer High School recently participated in a career and leadership day hosted by Coal Creek Station and Falkirk Mine. At Coal Creek Station, students were taken through a series of stops where they learned about various jobs and responsibilities, and participated in several hands-on […]

Cooperatives help neighbors in need

Concern for community is ingrained in the culture of every cooperative. People cared enough about their hometowns to string wires across vast stretches of countryside 80 years ago. They did it because their communities were worth investing in. That is still true today. The descendants of cooperative founders are supporting school programs and hunger relief […]

Sparking an interest in energy careers

Students and community members learned about electrifying careers on Oct. 11 at Great River Energy’s Elk River campus as part of a career expo event. Employees from relaying, telecommunications, information technology, substation apparatus, system operations and more participated in the event. Anoka Technical College, Dakota County Technical College and Metropolitan State College also sent representatives […]