Minnkota prepared with COVID-19 response plan

As the global coronavirus pandemic spreads to the United States, Minnkota will continue to keep power flowing to its members.


Minnkota Power Cooperative


March 18, 2020

Minnkota and its system of member cooperatives and municipals are committed to serving their more than 150,000 consumers through any difficult time. As new national and regional public health recommendations are released to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, this dedication to service will not change.

“We take our role as the region’s rural electricity supplier seriously,” said Minnkota president and CEO Mac McLennan. “The public can be assured that we will continue to provide reliable power to our communities during the time they need it most. Accordingly, we are adjusting operations to make sure we stay ahead of the coronavirus.”

Minnkota has developed a multifold response plan to protect the health and well-being of its employees. A pandemic preparedness team will communicate daily to evaluate the rapidly changing situation and convey updates to staff in the office and in the field.

The cooperative has implemented the following precautions:

  • Employees who are able to work from home have been asked to do so to minimize exposure.
  • Facility access to Minnkota’s Grand Forks campus and the Milton R. Young Station has been limited to business-essential personnel only.
  • The Minnkota and Square Butte Electric Cooperative joint annual meeting scheduled for April 3 will be held digitally among delegates and staff.
  • Tours and large meetings at Minnkota facilities have been postponed until further notice.
  • Only business-essential travel is permitted.

Electricity is a critical, 24/7 component of everyday life. Minnkota will remain vigilant in monitoring the situation and keeping its workplace safe and functional so that our members can do the same at their homes, farms and businesses.

For more information about the coronavirus and how to prevent the spread, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


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