Lake Country Power receives Employer of Veterans Award

Lake Country Power (LCP) recently accepted the Employer of Veterans Award from The American Legion Department of Minnesota, which was presented to the cooperative during the Department Convention in Willmar, Minnesota. 

Derek Howe, chief operating officer, accepts Lake Country Power’s Employer of Veterans Award from The American Legion Department of Minnesota. D. Marvin Hill, who nominated Lake Country Power for the award, stands second from the right.

Derek Howe, chief operating officer at LCP, accepted the award on behalf of the co-op. Lt. Cmdr. Howe served as a P-3 Mission Commander and provided intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance during operation Iraqi freedom. 

“Our values at Lake Country Power – integrity, safety and quality, innovation, communication, teamwork and respect – are what you’ll find in each American veteran as well as each person serving in active duty,” Howe said.

LCP’s workforce of 134 employees is represented by 11 percent veterans.

The first American Legion Veterans Employment and Education Commission Award was established in 1947, and recognized individuals across the country who had established outstanding records in the employment and retention of workers with disabilities. Since that time, categories were added to the current nine award programs. In 1969, The Veterans Employment and Education Commission expanded its Employer Awards Program when it created an award category for employers of veterans.

LCP’s award represents medium-sized companies in Minnesota. The co-op was nominated for the award by D. Marvin Hill, an LCP member who served 38 continuous years between the Army, Minnesota Army National Guard, Army Reserve at Fort Snelling and Independent Ready Reserve at St. Louis, Missouri.