Category Archives: People

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 […]

Priti Patel elected to North Central Electrical League

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was recently elected to the North Central Electrical League’s board of directors in August. The North Central Electrical League discusses current trends and issues facing the Upper Midwest electrical industry. “NCEL is an association focused on the Midwestern states and brings together members from […]

Line technician helps revive dog

A Great River Energy line technician, was recently recognized for his efforts when he acted quickly and decisively to save a dog’s life last October. Ralph Skoglund was working with crews in Moose Lake, Minn., near a newly-installed roundabout when a car pulled over and a very frantic woman jumped out holding a small dog. […]

Employees guide health care plan strategy

It’s estimated 151 million Americans under age 65 get health insurance through their employers, making such plans the largest source of coverage in the U.S. With health care costs rising annually, is vital to the financial – and physical – health of employees and employers to find ways to temper those increases. For the last […]

A day to honor line technicians

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 work on energized lines. On April 9, line technicians received some well-deserved recognition. “Line technicians keep the lights on for our member-owner cooperatives,” said Roger Kiefer, Great River Energy’s […]

After 40 years, two leaders begin well-earned retirement

Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Larry Schmid and Member Services and Marketing Director Gary Connett will soon retire from Great River Energy. The two combine for more than 80 years of experience serving Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. Schmid noted many accomplishments during his 40-year career, including an improved balance sheet, […]

Schmid announces retirement; Strobel named CFO

After serving members for nearly 40 years, Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Larry Schmid will retire from the cooperative on April 2. Schmid began working for cooperative members in 1978 and was instrumental in the formation of Great River Energy starting with the merger of two predecessor companies in 1999. Schmid […]