Category Archives: People

High-energy jobs

Cutting-edge careers at electric co-ops power the economy “Electricity is the backbone of our economy and is crucial to our national security,” concluded a recent report by M.J. Bradley and Associates, LLC, titled Powering America: The Economic Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry. According to the report, “Our high-tech society demands electricity to […]

A military honor

On Oct. 4, the State of Minnesota, on behalf of Gov. Mark Dayton, proclaimed Great River Energy as Minnesota’s 57th Yellow Ribbon Company. The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs awards the Yellow Ribbon to organizations that unite all key areas within a company structure to proactively support service members, military families and veterans. Brigadier General […]

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 […]

Team stays ‘On the Move’

Great River Energy has been designated as one of the top 10 most active companies following this year’s national “On the Move” company challenge. Developed by the Wellness Council of America, On the Move partners with organizations around the country to take a stand for more movement and improved cultures of wellbeing for employees. Eighty-four […]

N.D. governor appoints Christianson to energy councils

A recent appointment means that Great River Energy will have a seat at the table at two of North Dakota’s most influential energy councils. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recently appointed Great River Energy Director of Business Development and Governmental Affairs Al Christianson to the EmPower North Dakota Commission and re-appointed him to the Renewable […]

Volunteers spruce up state parks for GreenTouch Day

More than 350 volunteers descended upon their local state parks last month to spruce up the areas as part of Touchstone Energy’s annual GreenTouch Day. A partnership between Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives and Minnesota State Parks, GreenTouch Day is a statewide event that occurs the first Saturday in May and invites electric cooperative employees, members […]

Nelson named first chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council

Kathy Nelson, Great River Energy principal telecommunications engineer, was elected first chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) board at its annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., last month. With 10 U.S. regions, five special board committees, and 10 divisions and councils, Nelson will be part of a select group of top influential industry professionals helping […]

Great River Energy receives Gold Well Workplace Award

A recent recognition of Great River Energy’s employee wellness offerings placed the cooperative among the top in the country. The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) awarded the 2017 Gold Well Workplace Award to Great River Energy in May. The recognition has been given to approximately 1,000 companies that met the rigorous set of Well Workplace […]

Priti Patel named Great River Energy’s new vice president and chief transmission officer

Great River Energy has named Priti Patel as the company’s new vice president and chief transmission officer. Patel will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the planning, construction, operations and maintenance of Great River Energy’s transmission assets. “Great River Energy has been working with Ms. Patel for years. Her knowledge of the […]

A new leader for North Dakota generation

Great River Energy begins a new era for its North Dakota generation operations with upcoming retirement of John Weeda, director of North Dakota generation. During his 41-year tenure with Great River Energy, most of which was spent at the Coal Creek Station power plant, Weeda and his staff overcame challenges and completed major projects by […]