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Critical transmission upgrade finishes strong

The high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) upgrade that has been years in the making was completed May 17 and put into commercial use. This project has been one of Great River Energy’s most significant capital investments over the last several years and was needed to help ensure the continued reliability of one of the cooperative’s most critical […]

Young falcons banded

The four young eyasses (baby falcons) residing in the nesting box atop Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station power plant were banded May 28. The Raptor Resource Project assisted with the banding and bird identification. There are two female eyasses, Meggie and Amelia, and two male eyasses, William and Charlie.

Member Moment: Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. Situated just south of the Twin Cities, Jordan, Minn.-based Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) provides electricity to one of the sweetest places on earth. Jim’s Apple Farm, proud owner of Minnesota’s Largest Candy […]

Boat ramp donated at site of retired power plant

Shortly after the closure of Great River Energy’s Stanton Station power plant in North Dakota, area residents had a question that they hoped held a positive answer: “What will happen to the boat ramp at Stanton Station?” Area residents had used the boat ramp for decades. It not only offers convenient access to the Missouri […]

Co-ops prepare state parks for summer

An annual partnership between Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and Minnesota State Parks and Trails offers an opportunity for the public to pitch in and help beautify their local state parks. GreenTouch Day, which occurs the first Saturday of every May, helps to build a stronger connection between people and the environment through volunteering. Minnesota Touchstone […]

The bees’ knees of habitats created for pollinators

National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 17-21, celebrates the humble bees, butterflies, bats and other bugs that pollinate and help more than 70 percent of the world’s crops. Electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have focused on the plight of these pollinators and have done their part to re-establish their native habitat. Great […]

Annual meeting details financial stability, progressive strategy

Great River Energy shares record of success and projects optimistic future for the cooperative and its membership Once a year, cooperatives open their doors to their members to share information, answer questions and hold elections. Great River Energy delivered on its cooperative promise to members during its annual meeting on June 5. “Great River Energy […]

Lancaster, Olsen to retire from Great River Energy

Great River Energy will say farewell to two long-tenured, respected leaders with the June retirements of Rick Lancaster and Kandace Olsen. “Rick and Kandace have made lasting contributions to Great River Energy’s success,” said President and Chief Executive Officer David Saggau. “As sad as it will be to see them retire, they both have prepared their […]

Member Moment: Lake Region Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. Minnesota earned the nickname of “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and it has Otter Tail County to thank for over 1,000 of those, which is more lakes than any other county in the country […]

Co-op offers members a chance to drive electric

Anyone interested in learning more about electric vehicles (EV) was invited by McLeod Cooperative Power, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, to attend a ride and drive event held May 2. About 50 people attended the educational event in the parking lot of Crow River Winery, located near Hutchinson, Minn., to kick the […]